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  • Hannover Messe 2017: fit for Industrie 4.0 by PLUGandWORK / 2017

    PLUGandWORK connects existing machines and systems to Industrial Internet-of-Things (IIoT)

    Research News / 1.3.2017

    © Photo Fraunhofer IOSB

    Fraunhofer solutions integrate existing machines into modern production systems such as MES and SCADA. PLUGandWORK automatically generates a communication server for data exchange with other systems or IT systems. This means that medium-sized companies are also taking the leap into the age of Industry 4.0. The technology is market-ready and is currently being used by several pilot customers. The researchers will be presenting a demo at the Hanover Trade Fair (Hall 2, Booth C22, April 24-28).

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  • CeBIT 2017: The washroom of the future / 2017

    Wireless sensor systems prevent soap etc. topped up

    Research News / 1.3.2017

    Checking dispensers with a tablet computer in a networked washroom.
    © Photo CWS-boco International GmbH

    Washrooms are among the highest-maintenance rooms in companies. A new Fraunhofer technology now monitors soap, cotton towel and toilet paper dispensers fully automatically, and notifies the cleaning staff when levels are running low. At the core of the “CWS Washroom Information Service” are sensors and some ingenious wireless technology.

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  • INDEX 2017 Trade fair: High-tech in everyday life / 2017

    Simulation tool for efficient production of non-woven fabrics

    Research News / 1.3.2017

    High-tech material non-woven: Project manager Dr. Simone Gramsch has developed the simulation tool FIDYST with her team. The simulation of fiber movements in air flows improves the production of non-woven materials.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ITWM

    Non-woven fabrics are indispensable to everyday life. A Fraunhofer Institute has developed software that makes the production of non-woven products much more efficient and flexible. With the tool FIDYST, it has been possible for the first time to simulate the movement of fibers in turbulent air currents. A real innovation – and the breakthrough in a theory that is over a hundred years old.

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  • CeBIT 2017: Automated driving / 2017

    Safe navigation on construction sites

    Research News / 1.3.2017

    © Photo Fraunhofer IAIS

    Automated vehicles have to be able to reliably detect traffic signs. Previous systems, however, have had problems in understanding complex traffic management with different information about speed or the course of the lanes, as mainly occurs on construction sites. Fraunhofer researchers are developing technologies for the real-time interpretation of such signs, which they will present at the CeBIT in Hanover from March 20 to 24, 2017 (Hall 6, Booth B36).

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  • Hybrid storage with market potential / 2017

    Battery production goes Industrie 4.0

    Research News / 1.3.2017

    Thanks to the early warning and emergency management system, impurities in the water supply can be quickly tracked down.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IPA

    A battery that can be charged in seconds, has a large capacity and lasts ten to twelve years? Certainly, many have wanted such a thing. Now the FastStorageBW II project – which includes Fraunhofer – is working on making it a reality. Fraunhofer researchers are using pre-production to optimize large-scale production and ensure it follows the principles of Industrie 4.0 from the outset.

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  • Gentle cancer treatment / 2017

    Ultrasound scalpel destroys liver tumors

    Press Release / 1.3.2017

    Doctors wish to use focused ultrasound to treat tumors in moving organs, such as the liver, shown here.
    © Photo Fraunhofer MEVIS

    Focused ultrasound can effectively destroy tumor cells. Until now, this method has only been used for organs such as the prostate and uterus. At the European Congress of Radiology, Fraunhofer researchers will present a method, developed as part of the TRANS-FUSIMO EU project, that enables focused ultrasound treatment of the liver, an organ that moves while breathing. In the future, this could enable treatment of certain liver tumors in a more gentle way.

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  • © Photo Fraunhofer IOSB

    Researchers from Fraunhofer IOSB, known as team ‘Arggonauts’, are the only German team to reach the semi-finals of the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE. This prestigious international competition aims to incentivize groundbreaking technological innovations in rapid and unmanned ocean exploration.

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  • Hannover Messe Preview 2017: Workpiece in dialog with machine / 2017

    Components with responsibility

    Research News / 9.2.2017

    The smart manufacturing network serves as an enabler for connected, adaptive production processes.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IPT

    Industrial manufacturing usually follows rigidly programmed processes, in which individual work steps and machines are tightly scheduled. This makes production inflexible and causes problems if devices fail or unscheduled com- ponents need to be processed at short notice. At the Hannover Messe Preview on February 9, 2017, Fraunhofer developers will be presenting new software that allows each individual component to tell the machine what has to be done. By breaking away from central production planning, factories can achieve unprecedented agility and flexibility, very much in the spirit of Industrie 4.0.

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  • Hannover Messe Preview 2017 / 2017

    Looking inside materials the smart way

    Press Release / 9.2.2017

    AR-system for intelligent inspection and quality control of safety-critical objects.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IZFP

    Aircraft, trains and power plants have to be inspected regularly. Detecting damage too late could pose safety risks and often results in expensive downtimes. Now, researchers are using the 3D SmartInspect sensor and inspection system to transfer established testing routines into tomorrow’s digital world.

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  • Hannover Messe Preview 2017 / 2017

    Industrie 4.0: Virtual twin controls production

    Press Release / 9.2.2017

    Smart Factory 4.0: processed blanks are lifted onto an automated guided vehicle (AGV).
    © Photo Fraunhofer IPK

    With an innovative new concept, researchers of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK want to turn the vision of Industrie 4.0 into reality. A digital twin models the entire production process and permits direct intervention into manufacturing at all times. Real and virtual production merge into an intelligent overall system.

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