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  • Microelectronic and Optical Systems for Biomedicine / 2017

    Signing of the foundation declaration for the new Fraunhofer Project Center in Erfurt

    Press Release / 22.8.2017

    Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer Society, and Wolfgang Tiefensee, Economics and Science Minister, sign the foundation declaration for the new Fraunhofer Project Center in Erfurt.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IZI

    A new project center for multidisciplinary work in the sector of microelectronic and optical systems for biomedical applications is being created in the German state of Thuringia. Three Fraunhofer Institutes, which cover the disciplines of biosciences, microelectronics, microsystems technology, optics and photonics, will be researching new biomedical applications in close collaboration with industry. In order to set up the project center, the state of Thuringia today signed a joint founding agreement with the Fraunhofer Society.

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  • Prof. (Univ. Stellenbosch) Alfred Gossner, executive board member in charge of Finance, Controlling and IT, has informed Prof. Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann, chairman of the senate, that he wishes to step down from the board on December 31, 2017. This decision was made in consultation with Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, president of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Prof. Gossner has proposed a flexible transition solution that meets the needs of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

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  • Refreshment beverages / 2017

    Perfect for athletes and health aficionados: the lupine protein beverage

    Research News / 1.8.2017

    A protein-rich yet refreshing smoothie for the summer: the extract of the sweet lupine can be made into a great variety of beverages.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IVV

    The beverage market in the health, sports and wellness sector is continually coming up with new products. Now, researchers at Fraunhofer have developed a protein-rich drink based on sweet lupines, which tastes sour and refreshing at the same time. And the lupine drink can be produced at any brewery.

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  • Smartphone to measure the environmental concentration of particulate matter / 2017

    Smart pump: small but powerful

    Research News / 1.8.2017

    The world’s smallest micromembrane pump measures just 25 square millimeters.
    © Photo Fraunhofer EMFT

    Particulate matter harms the heart and lungs. In the future, a smartphone with an inbuilt gas sensor could be used to warn of heavy exposure. To help the sensor respond quickly and provide accurate measurements, researchers at Fraunhofer have developed a powerful micro diaphragm pump for delivering ambient air to the sensor.

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  • The battle against dangerous space debris / 2017

    Defunct satellites: reliably determine and predict attitude motion

    Research News / 1.8.2017

    Fraunhofer FHR‘s space observation radar TIRA.
    © Photo Fraunhofer FHR

    Uncontrollable flying objects in the Earth‘s orbit are an enormous risk for active satellites and for spacecraft in general. Since April 2012, the European environmental satellite ENVISAT has also been adrift in orbit. Now, the Fraun-hofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR has developed pioneering methods to precisely determine the attitude rotation of malfunctioning satellites and, thus, to support de-orbiting missions in the future.

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  • Profile-based anomaly detection for SIEM systems / 2017

    Uncovering data theft – quickly!

    Research News / 1.8.2017

    Profile-based anomaly detection helps to uncover network attacks more quickly.
    © Photo Fraunhofer FKIE

    Computer experts have always struggled to find solutions for protecting businesses and authorities from network breaches. This is because there are too many vague indicators of potential attacks. With PA-SIEM, IT managers have a solution that effectively protects their systems while exposing data thieves and criminal hackers more quickly than conventional software.

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  • Self-programming paint booth / 2017

    Automated painting of individual pieces

    Research News / 1.8.2017

    Multi-physical simulation of a high-rotation atomizer with internal charging. In this example, the simulation is being used to calculate the drop trajectory on the car body of a Volvo V60.
    © Photo Fraunhofer FCC

    Reductions of 20 percent in paint use, 15 percent in energy consumption and 5 percent in production time – the SelfPaint automated painting system offers significant advantages compared to manual painting operations, which have previously been the preferred option. SelfPaint’s biggest advantage could well be that it is also suitable for painting individual pieces, known in industry as batch size 1.

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  • German researchers are in the process of establishing the Industrial Data Space, a virtual construct for secure data sharing based on standardized communication interfaces. Its key feature is data sovereignty: it allows users to monitor and maintain control of their proprietary data, by enabling them to decide who has the right to access these data and for what purpose. The research project, for which the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has granted funding of five million euros, is now moving on to its second phase, which aims to see this architecture adopted internationally.

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  • Forming simulations / 2017

    Virtual laboratory: Fast, flexible and exact

    Research News / 4.7.2017

    During the forming process, sheet metal materials are often stressed to their limits. Computer simulations are used to test how far it is possible to go in production. However, the simulation is only ever as exact as the data on which it is based. Fraunhofer scientists have now developed a virtual test laboratory that allows them to examine different load states for metal materials and determine precise mechanical data.

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  • Surface technology / 2017

    Precision work: defect-free coatings for silicon spheres

    Research News / 4.7.2017

    The silicon sphere to be coated must be handled like a raw egg. On the right in the picture: one of the three-point mounts.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IST

    The prototype kilogram – to which all scales are calibrated to – is losing weight. International efforts are striving to redefine the base unit for measuring mass and, in future, redefine the kilogram on natural constants. For this purpose, the Avogadro experiment determines the number of atoms in almost perfect silicon spheres. Fraunhofer researchers have recently succeeded in homogeneously coating the spherical surfaces – the measurement uncertainty can be limited to a range below 10 micrograms.

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  • Blockchain-Lab / 2017

    Initial prototypes developed

    Research News / 4.7.2017

    A year ago, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT opened the Blockchain Lab. Its customers come from all sectors of business. They want to know if there is any substance to the hype around the new technology. And what does it mean for their industry? The Fraunhofer experts shed light on these issues, identify use cases and develop prototypes.

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  • Innovative bracing for durable structures / 2017

    Protecting buildings against earthquakes

    Research News / 4.7.2017

    Fraunhofer WKI’s sensor-controlled bracing connectors can protect a building’s structural integrity in case of an earthquake.
    © Photo Fraunhofer WKI

    Across the world, severe earthquakes regularly shake entire regions. More than two billion people live in danger zones – many of them in structures not built to withstand an earthquake. Together with partners from industry, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research WKI are developing building materials designed to prevent buildings from collapsing in a natural disaster.

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  • Mobile control with facial gestures

    Research News / 4.7.2017

    Test person with EarFS prototype controlling the mobile phone using facial gestures.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IGD

    Mobile devices play an increasingly important role in our lives; in some situations, though, they cannot be adequately managed and even accepting a call is a real challenge. In a study, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD in Rostock, Germany have evaluated which alternative control concepts are suitable to supplement the conventional use of mobile devices. EarFieldSensing (EarFS), the proprietary development that recognizes facial gestures via a special ear plug, has a lot of potential and offers further development possibilities besides its use on mobile devices.

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  • Pooling competencies / 2017

    Fraunhofer creates new group for innovation research

    Research News / 3.7.2017

    Understanding the complex effects of new technologies is critical for the success of entire economies. Structural changes through technological developments must therefore be recognized and understood at an early stage in order to actively shape the long-term economic, social, political and cultural impact on society and the economy. With the new Fraunhofer Group for Innovation Research, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft aims to strengthen its future role in research, technology and innovation policy dialogue with industry, politics and society, thus further cementing its position as a leading player in the German innovation arena.

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  • Laser World of Photonics 2017 / 2017

    Bug-proof communication with entangled photons

    Press Release / 21.6.2017

    Fraunhofer IOF‘s quantum source. Designed to be fully operational even after extreme stress.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IOF

    Due to the rapidly growing processing power of computers, conventional encryption of data is becoming increasingly insecure. One solution is coding with entangled photons. Fraunhofer researchers are developing a quantum coding source that allows the transport of entangled photons from satellites, thereby making an important step in the direction of tap-proof communication. In addition to the quantum source, researchers from various Fraunhofer institutes will be presenting other exciting optoelectronic exhibits at the LASER World of Photonics trade fair in Munich from June 26 - 29, 2017 (Hall A2, Booth 431 and Hall B3, Booth 327).

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  • Laser World of Photonics 2017 / 2017

    Climate satellite: Tracking methane with robust laser technology

    Press Release / 19.6.2017

    Das LIDAR-System für die MERLIN-Mission enthält alle Komponenten vom Pumplaser bis zur Frequenzkonversion in einem besonders kompakten und weltraumtauglichen Aufbau.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen.

    Heatwaves in the Arctic, longer periods of vegetation in Europe, severe floods in West Africa – starting in 2021, scientists want to explore the emissions of the greenhouse gas methane with the German-French satellite MERLIN. This is made possible by a new robust laser system of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen, which achieves unprecedented measurement accuracy.

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  • Twenty years ago, the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD in Darmstadt, Germany took the bold step to form ties with Singapore. Back then, not many research institutions were thinking about internationalization, but this courage has paid off. A small project group in collaboration with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) evolved into the Fraunhofer Project Center for Interactive Digital Media in 2010. And now this center has become the first legally independent subsidiary in Asia – “Fraunhofer Singapore.”

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  • Safety and resource protection in wind turbines / 2017

    The strength test

    Research News / 1.6.2017

    Dross in thick-walled cast iron with spheroidal graphite: casting surface after the fluorescent magnetic powder test.
    © Photo Fraunhofer LBF

    Wind turbines rise into the sky on enormous feet. To ensure these giants can reliably generate electricity for many years to come, the iron processing industry must manufacture their massive components in a stable, resource-saving and yet cost-effective way. However, material inclusions such as dross are often unavoidable while casting. Fraunhofer researchers are currently working to detect and analyze such material defects.

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  • “Track & Trace fingerprint“ / 2017

    Component tracking solution via “fingerprint“

    Research News / 1.6.2017

    Das Fraunhofer IPM hat mit »Track & Trace Fingerprint« ein markerfreies System zur Rückverfolgung von Massenbauteilen entwickelt.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IPM

    Highly interconnected manufacturing chains, cost issues and technical feasibility make it difficult to trace individual components in mass production. Efficient “track & trace“ solutions are, however, an important prerequisite for production and process optimization — especially in the context of digitized manufacturing. With its “Track & Trace Fingerprint“ solution, the Fraunhofer-Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM in Freiburg, Germany, has developed a marker-free system for tracing mass components.

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  • Individual service records to boost Industrie 4.0 productivity / 2017

    Every drill bit counts

    Research News / 1.6.2017

    A drilling spindle used in industrial manufacturing: Using smart tools for Industrie 4.0, processes can be optimized autonomously.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IMS

    Currently, factories work on a principle of “one size fits all” when it comes to replacing or regrinding tools such as drill bits, milling machines or planes after a specified period of time – whether they need it or not. Not only does this unnecessarily increase the time spent on maintenance, it is expensive, too. In the “Cute Machining” project, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS in Duisburg are working on the issue by creating individual tool “service records” and employing a new communication technology that uses RFID tags. The aim is to optimize productivity, quality, throughput time and inventory in the manufacturing operations of the Industrie 4.0 era.

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  • Microhole chip: / 2017

    Single cells lined up like ducks in a row

    Research News / 1.6.2017

    The new microhole chip can be populated with 200,000 single cells, each held in place in separate holes.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IBMT

    The higher the concentration of tumor cells in the bloodstream, the greater the risk of metastasis. The number of circulating tumor cells indicates how well a patient is responding to therapy. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a new microhole chip that enables cells to be identified and characterized reliably within minutes.

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  • Pilot line for tailor-made spectroscopy solutions / 2017

    MIRPHAB: Sensor boutique for early adopters

    Research News / 1.6.2017

    Demonstrator of the miniaturized laser source consisting of a quantum cascade laser chip and a MOEMS grating scanner.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IAF

    Every chemical substance absorbs a very individual fraction of infrared light. Like a human fingerprint, this absorption can be used with optical methods for identifying substances. Such methods are used in the chemical industry, for example, but also in the health sector or in criminal investigation. If a company plans a new project, it often needs individually tailored sensor solutions. In the search for a suitable system, they are now supported by the EU-funded pilot line MIRPHAB (Mid InfraRed PHotonics devices fABrication for chemical sensing and spectroscopic applications) for the development of sensor technology and measurement technology in mid-infrared (MIR). Three Fraunhofer institutes are participating in this project.

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  • Presentation of the 2016 Annual Report / 2017

    The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft continues its course as an innovative pioneer in applied research

    Research News / 31.5.2017

    In 2016, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and its institutes were again able to build on the successful development of the previous years. The target role as a leading technology partner for the economy was further expanded. Together with its customers and project partners, the Fraunhofer institutes also developed and optimized efficient processes, new products and innovative systems in the past year with a research volume of around 2.1 billion euros. With projects such as the "Industrial Data Space", Fraunhofer emphasizes the main points in the growing demands of the economy in the age of digitization.

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  • Cleaning waste water effectively

    Research News Special Issue / 30.5.2017

    Ceramic membranes by the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IKTS

    Water is vital – therefore, waste water has to be cleaned as efficiently as possible. Ceramic membranes make this possible. Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS in Hermsdorf, Germany were able to significantly reduce the separation limits of these membranes and to reliably filter off dissolved organic molecules with a molar mass of only 200 Dalton. Even industrial sewage water can thus be cleaned efficiently.

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  • Live safely even in old age – within your own four walls

    Research News Special Issue / 30.5.2017

    The new technology concept enables elderly people to live in their own four walls with a maximum of security and privacy. The System was developed by Cornelius Moucha, Rolf van Lengen, Anne Gebert, Bernd Klein, Mario Schmitt (from the left).
    © Photo Piotr Banczerowski / Fraunhofer

    What to do if you fall in your home? Many elderly people ask themselves these and similar questions; they want security without having to give up their own four walls. A new technology concept, developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE in Kaiserslautern, Germany, now makes this possible – while also ensuring privacy. A communication tool integrates nursing care consultation and ensures social integration.

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  • Holographic measurement technology at production speed

    Research News Special Issue / 30.5.2017

    The system can measure centimeter-sized rough objects in fractions of a second with micrometer accuracy - even under disturbances, such as vibrations.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IPM

    Fault tolerance in automobile production is increasingly diminishing. Until recently, this presented suppliers with a problem: There were no sufficient methods for detecting micro defects during production. Visual inspection was the solution of choice, but this is not suitable for in-line measurements in the production process. By developing digital holography to become suitable for production, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM in Freiburg, Germany have resolved this dilemma. Digital holography makes it possible to fully inspect all parts – in a matter of seconds.

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  • Telephone calls clear as a bell

    Research News Special Issue / 30.5.2017

    The EVS codec transmits speech of such pure quality that it sounds as if the person you’re calling is in the same room.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IIS

    Smartphones can do almost everything you want, but their poor voice quality is still a vexing issue. Fraunhofer researchers have helped develop a new codec to banish this problem. Their solution raises voice quality to an unprecedented level – making it sound as natural as if the person you’re calling is standing right next to you. That’s because, for the first time, the entire audible frequency spectrum is transmitted.

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  • A way out of the chromium ban

    Research News Special Issue / 30.5.2017

    With EHLA, metal protection layers can be applied at an extremely high speed.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ILT

    To prevent components from becoming corroded or worn, they are often coated using hexavalent chromium. Starting in September of 2017, though, this will only be permitted with exceptions. The extreme high-speed laser material deposition (EHLA) developed by Fraunhofer and RWTH researchers offers an economic alternative for the first time ever.

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  • Exhibition, award ceremony and open-air event / 2017

    Success story: Fraunhofer celebrates 25 years of applied research in the new federal states of Germany

    Research News / 29.5.2017

    No research organization has made its contribution to German reunification as quickly and intensively as has the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. For more than a quarter of a century, Fraunhofer has been an innovative research partner, a future-oriented employer as well as a technological, economic and social impetus in the new federal states. Fraunhofer is honoring and celebrating this anniversary, the unique history of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in the new federal states as well as the achievements of its institutes and institutions with special events.

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  • Semiconductor technology / 2017

    Heat-resistant capacitors: Stability at up to 300 degrees

    Research News / 2.5.2017

    The capacitor withstands temperatures of up to 300 degrees Celsius.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IMS

    Heat is one of the worst enemies of electronics. It can disrupt functionality and cause electronic components to age more quickly, or even destroy them. Now Fraunhofer researchers have developed a capacitor that can withstand temperatures of up to 300 degrees Celsius. They did so by using an innovative mix of materials – and a special 3D trick.

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