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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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  • 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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  • “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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Microwave amplifiers improve weather prediction / 2017

    Highly-sensitive tracking nose in space

    Research News / 2.5.2017

    Amplifier module: The low-noise, high-sensitivity microwave amplifiers of the Fraunhofer IAF can already detect signals of only a few nanowatts. They are based on the semiconductor material indium-gallium-arsenide.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IAF

    In the coming years, the European Space Agency (ESA) will be launching a series of new weather satellites that will be able to measure important meteorological data, such as precipitation, water vapor or temperature, better than ever before. The heart of these measuring devices consists of extremely sensitive microwave amplifiers that were developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF. These can perceive even very weak signals from the environment, which are important for more accurate weather predictions.

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  • Control 2017 / 2017

    Infrared 3D scanner: fast and accurate

    Research News / 2.5.2017

    With the new infrared 3D scanner, people can be measured without disturbing projections.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IOF

    Infrared 3D scanners have been used in video games for quite some time. Whereas in video games the scanners are, for example, only able to identify if a player throws his arms up in the air while playing virtual volleyball, the new 3D scanner of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF is able to be much more precise. With a resolution of one million pixels and real-time data processing, numerous applications are possible with this new device.

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  • SENSOR+TEST 2017: Monitoring components / 2017

    Heat-resistant ultrasonic transducers

    Research News / 2.5.2017

    High-temperature ultrasonic transducer.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ISC

    Technical systems must be regularly checked for defects, such as cracks. Up to now, piezo sensors measuring pressure, force or voltage have been used to reliably detect such faults – but only to around 200 degrees Celsius. Now, special high-temperature piezo sensors can continuously monitor components that are as hot as 900 degrees Celsius. Fraunhofer researchers will present their development at the SENSOR+TEST measurement fair in Nürnberg, May 30 to June 1, 2017 (Hall 5, Booth 248).

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  • Shaping glass / 2017

    Bending sheet glass using lasers and gravity

    Research News / 2.5.2017

    Prototype sheet glass with very small radii, produced using the new laser-based glass forming technology.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IWM

    A new Fraunhofer technique makes it possible to bend sheet glass into complex or unconventional shapes with the help of laser beams. This opens up a whole new range of potential products for architects and designers. The researchers are taking advantage of a particular attribute glass has of becoming viscous and therefore malleable when exposed to high temperatures. Precise calculations and gravity do the rest.

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  • Electromobility / 2017

    1000 km range thanks to a new battery concept

    Research News / 2.5.2017

    Production of the bipolar electrode on a pilot scale.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IKTS

    You cannot get far today with electric cars. One reason is that the batteries require a lot of space. Fraunhofer scientists are stacking large cells on top of one another. This provides vehicles with more power. Initial tests in the laboratory have been positive. In the medium term, the project partners are striving to achieve a range of 1000 kilometers for electric vehicles.

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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.
    © Photo iStock/hh5800

    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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