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  • After handing over the grant approvals issued by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (L-R):  Prof. Matthias Kleiner, President Leibniz Association, Prof. Bernd Tillack, Institute Director Leibniz Institute for Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics (IHP), Dr. Reinhard Ploss, CEO of Infineon AG, Prof. Johanna Wanka, Federal Research Minister, Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, President Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Prof. Hubert Lakner, Chairman Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics, Prof. Günther Tränkle, Institute Director Ferdinand Braun Institute, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (FBH).
    © Photo Fraunhofer Microelectronics / A. Grützner

    To reinforce the position of Europe’s semiconductor and electronics industry within global competition, eleven institutes within the Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics have, together with two institutes within the Leibniz Associa-tion, come up with a concept for a cross-location research factory for microe-lectronics and nanoelectronics. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is providing support with the necessary investment. On April 6, 2017, Education Minister Professor Johanna Wanka handed over the grant approvals – 280 million euros for Fraunhofer and 70 million euros for Leibniz.

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  • Hannover Messe 2017: acoustic quality inspection / 2017

    More objective than human hearing

    Research News / 3.4.2017

    The Fraunhofer IDMT offers procedures for the end-of-line inspection of car parts, such as motors for seats, for the sake of automated quality analysis by means of airborne sound measurement.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IDMT

    In industrial production, the testing of machines and products by means of acoustic signals still takes a niche role. At the Hannover Messe 2017, Fraunhofer is exhibiting a cognitive system that detects erroneous sounds more objectively than the human ear (Hall 2, Booth C16/C22). The technology has successfully passed the initial practical tests and there detected up to 99 percent of the errors.

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  • Hanover Trade Fair 2017: Functionalization of three-dimensional surfaces with cold plasmas / 2017

    Cold plasma: Get started with the Disc Jet

    Research News / 3.4.2017

    Plasmas are often found in the center of stars – on Earth, the electrically charged gas mixtures are a rare occurrence, such as in lightning discharges or aurora borealis lights. However, you can provide some help with high heat or high electrical voltages. Fraunhofer researchers have produced cold plasmas and used them for the surface treatment of temperature-sensitive materials. In doing so, recesses or undercuts were no longer a problem, thanks to a new technology – the Disc Jet can reach everywhere.

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  • Hannover Messe 2017 – Industrie 4.0 production facilities / 2017

    New security procedures secure the intelligent factory

    Research News / 3.4.2017

    At the Hannover Messe from April 24 to 28, 2017, Fraunhofer researchers will present two new procedures for the protection of Industrie 4.0 production facilities (Hall 2, Booth C16/C22): here, a self-learning system recognizes security incidents in manufacturing facilities without knowledge of the underlying system architecture. Hardware-based security modules report manipulation tests on machines and components.

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  • Hannover Messe 2017: interconnected processes / 2017

    Secure cloud platform connects production and IT

    Research News / 3.4.2017

    The manufacturing service bus (MSB) is a universal interface for connecting cyber-physical and digital tools.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IPA

    In collaboration with industrial partners and the Fraunhofer Group for Production, researchers at Fraunhofer IPA have created Virtual Fort Knox, an online marketplace that brings together manufacturing companies and providers of IT solutions. The hybrid cloud platform enables SMEs in particular to digitalize and design more efficient production flows and to develop new business models – very much in the spirit of Industrie 4.0. At Hannover Messe from April 28–24, the researchers will demonstrate the added value offered by a marketplace for industrial applications (Hall 17, Booth C18).

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  • Hannover Messe 2017: Interconnected process systems / 2017

    The process industry on the way to Industrie 4.0

    Research News / 3.4.2017

    Digital plant monitoring for predictive maintenance. The requisite interconnectivity of plants is based on their digital twin.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IFF

    As far as the process industry is concerned, the road to Industrie 4.0 is still long. Fraunhofer researchers and engineers are working on interconnecting process systems so that they can be serviced and maintained predictively. They are combining operating data with employees’ knowledge. The researchers and engineers will be presenting their development at Hannover-Messe (Hall 2, Both C16/C22) from April 24 to 28.

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  • Hannover Messe 2017: 5G – the ultrafast wireless communications standard / 2017

    Industrie 4.0 in real time

    Research News / 3.4.2017

    Der Mobilfunkstandard 5G ist eine Schlüsseltechnologie für Industrie 4.0.
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    With data transfer rates of 10 gigabits a second and a latency of just one millisecond, the 5G wireless communications standard is creating the conditions required for the tactile internet. This in turn will open up the door to new industry, transportation and medical applications. Fraunhofer researchers work on the underlying technology and have developed practical concepts to solve one of the most challenging problems – high-speed low-latency data transfer that is also entirely reliable. The new concepts and technologies will be on show at Hannover Messe 2017.

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  • Hannover Messe 2017: Individualized mass production / 2017

    Flowing transition between design and simulation

    Press Release / 27.3.2017

    With the newly developed simulation software a Fraunhofer IGD employee examines whether the desired design can be realized.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IGD

    The individualized mass production up to the individual item is a promise of the future delivered by Industrie 4.0. It can only be implemented if there are suitable test methods for the feasibility of individual designs. At the Hannover Messe 2017 from April 24 to 28, 2017, Fraunhofer researchers will present a simulation solution that automatically determines whether the customer‘s desired design can be realized (Hall 7, Booth D11).

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  • Hannover Messe 2017: Heavy-duty robots / 2017

    New safety technology enables teamwork

    Press Release / 27.3.2017

    Good teamwork: The robot hands a component to its human colleague.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IWU

    Until now, heavy-duty robots have always been housed in separate work areas to safeguard factory employee safety. Researchers at Fraunhofer want to change that with an ingenious security concept and intelligent robot control. This technology will enable people and robots to collaborate as a team. The researchers will present this concept at the Hannover Messe from April 24-28 (Hall 17, Booth C18).

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  • Hannover Messe 2017: Sovereign control over data / 2017

    Industrial Data Space empowers new business models

    Press Release / 27.3.2017

    Among other things, the Industrial Data Space offers solutions for real-time monitoring of food transports.
    © Photo Fotolia

    Sharing and utilizing data together with business partners – a delicate subject for companies that fear losing control over their own data. This may be about to change, however; with the Industrial Data Space, companies can share data while stipulating who is allowed to use it and for what purpose. At the Hannover Messe, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is premiering the reference architecture model for this concept, which will form the basis for many new data-centric business models.

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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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  • Smart sun protection / 2017

    Automatically darkening windows in a wide range of colors

    Research News / 1.2.2017

    Organic monomers mixed into a special resin darken window glass.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IAP

    Electrochromic glass darkens automatically when the sun shines and keeps the heat out. Previously it was available only in blue, and switching times were also long. Now, a new process makes it possible to manufacture other glass colors for the first time. And compared to previous models, switching is nearly ten times faster.

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  • Experiment on the ISS / 2017

    Algae survive heat, cold and cosmic radiation

    Research News / 1.2.2017

    The many different organisms from all participating partners were all mounted in such trays and then exposed to space on the outside of the ISS for one and a half years.
    © Photo ESA/ROSCOSMOS

    In a long-term experiment on the International Space Station, Fraunhofer researchers studied how the extreme conditions in space affect algae. Fraunhofer conducted this experiment in close cooperation with German and international partners. Research findings could benefit industrial applications and perhaps a mission to Mars.

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  • CeBIT 2017: VR in Industrie 4.0 / 2017

    Complex 3D data on all devices

    Research News / 1.2.2017

    A new web-based software platform is swiftly bringing the visualization of 3D data to every device, optimizing the use of, for example, virtual reality and augmented reality in industry. In this way, Fraunhofer researchers have brought the ideal of “any data on any device” a good deal closer.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IGD

    A new web-based software platform is swiftly bringing the visualization of 3D data to every device, optimizing the use of, for example, virtual reality and augmented reality in industry. In this way, Fraunhofer researchers have brought the ideal of “any data on any device” a good deal closer.

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  • CeBIT 2017: Analysis software for neural networks / 2017

    Watching computers think

    Research News / 1.2.2017

    Fraunhofer HHI’s analysis software uses algorithms to visualize complex learning processes (schematic diagram).
    © Photo Fraunhofer HHI

    Neural networks are commonly used today to analyze complex data – for instance to find clues to illnesses in genetic information. Ultimately, though, no one knows how these networks actually work exactly. That is why Fraunhofer researchers developed software that enables them to look into these black boxes and analyze how they function. The researchers will present their software at CeBIT in Hannover from March 20 to 24, 2017 (Hall 6, Booth B 36).

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  • CES: Ultra-thin camera developed / 2017

    Compound eyes for industry and smartphone

    Research News / 3.1.2017

    The first prototype of the technology transfers the images from the camera to the smartphone by Bluetooth via a transmission box.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IOF

    Fraunhofer researchers have developed a process enabling the production of a two millimeter flat camera. Similar to the eyes of insects, its lens is partitioned into 135 tiny facets. Following nature‘s model, the researchers have named their mini-camera concept facetVISION. At the CES technical trade fair in Las Vegas, they will be presenting it from January 5 to 8, 2017 ( LVCC Hall, South Hall 1, booth 20944).

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  • Using electrons to inactivate viruses / 2017

    More efficient vaccine production

    Reserach News / 3.1.2017

    Viral inactivation by means of electron irradiation.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IZI

    Many vaccines contain viruses that are inactivated to prevent them from harming recipients. This is generally achieved by adding chemicals. Fraunhofer scientists are taking a different approach, using low-energy-electrons to irradiate the pathogens. The advantages of this new method are that it produces no toxic waste and provides a faster and less aggressive way of rendering pathogens inactive.

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  • Data logger optimizes mobility scenarios / 2017

    To each driver the appropriate vehicle

    Research News / 3.1.2017

    © Photo Fraunhofer ICT

    Bringing mobility into Germany’s transition to a new energy economy is a complex undertaking. While carmakers are developing more economical com- bustion engines and alternative drive systems, research establishments and companies are working on making more efficient use of vehicles. A new data logger developed by Fraunhofer researchers simultaneously collects data from vehicles with combustion engines, electric drives, external sensors, and location data, and permits the development of new hybrid and electric vehicles.

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  • New high-tech material / 2017

    Milestone in graphene production

    Research News / 3.1.2017

    © Photo Fraunhofer FEP

    For the first time, it has been possible to produce functional OLED electrodes from graphene. The process was developed by Fraunhofer researchers together with partners from industry and research. The OLEDs can, for example, be integrated into touch displays, and the miracle material graphene promises many other applications for the future.

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  • BAU 2017: Efficient and multifunctional ambient climate control / 2016

    Ceiling panel cools regardless of climate

    Research News / 1.12.2016

    The innovative cooling element reduces perceived temperature in just three minutes. Besides ambient climate control and lighting, the modular system also improves acoustics.
    © Photo Alexander Buff / Fraunhofer IBP

    Poorly maintained air conditioning systems cause mold or other bacteria to spread; they often also generate drafts and are costly to operate. An alternative technology that uses ceiling panels covered in special heat-conducting film operates well below the dew point. Designed by Fraunhofer researchers, the system offers hygienic cooling even in tropical climates, and uses up to 70 percent less energy. The multifunctional system will be launched at the BAU trade fair from January 16-21, 2017 as part of the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance’s special show, “Fraunhofer CityLaboratory – creating living spaces” (Hall C2, Booth 538).

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  • Software VITRUV analyzes risks in advance / 2016

    Security planning for urban areas simplified

    Research News / 1.12.2016

    Risk analysis of an urban area in Oslo which includes empirical data on the use of buildings.
    © Photo Fraunhofer EMI

    For the first time, security aspects regarding urban planning have already been taken into account during the design phase. Software identifies and analyzes specific risks, quantifies damages and proposes solutions. VITRUV supports city planners at all stages of their work and helps optimize existing infrastructures. Scientists will present their technology at Trade Fair BAU 2017 from January 16-21, 2017 in Munich at the Fraunhofer booth (Hall C2, Booth 538).

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