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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

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

    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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  • 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

    AR-system for intelligent inspection and quality control of safety-critical objects.

    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: 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

    The smart manufacturing network serves as an enabler for connected, adaptive production processes.

    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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  • 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

    Organic monomers mixed into a special resin darken window glass.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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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  • Consumer protection / 2017

    App reveals constituents

    Research News / 1.2.2017

    Per Smartphone den Apfel auf Pestizid-Rückstände untersuchen – das ist bald möglich.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IFF

    Per Smartphone den Apfel auf Pestizid-Rückstände untersuchen – das ist bald möglich.

    A new app from Fraunhofer development engineers looks directly inside objects and displays specific constituents. It has numerous uses: For instance, apples can be scanned for pesticide residues. Applications will be added successively following the Wikipedia principle.

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

    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

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

    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

    Viral inactivation by means of electron irradiation.

    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

    The data logger designed by the project group for New Drive Systems NAS in Karlsruhe is useful when developing new hybrid and electric vehicles, and also increases the efficiency of vehicle fleets.

    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

    Orange luminous OLED on a graphene electrode. The two-euro coin serves as a comparison of sizes.

    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

    The innovative cooling element reduces perceived temperature in just three minutes. Besides ambient climate control and lighting, the modular system also improves acoustics.

    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

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

    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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  • BAU 2017: Pleasant indoor climate due to phase change materials / 2016

    Combination of insulation and thermal mass

    Research News / 1.12.2016

    The PCM cube maintains a temperature of 21 degrees Celsius until it is completley melted.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ICT

    The PCM cube maintains a temperature of 21 degrees Celsius until it is completley melted.

    When the summer sun burns in the sky, phase change materials (PCM) integrated in building envelopes absorb the heat – it remains cool inside. When it is getting colder outside, the materials give off heat. Several grams of these storage media can protect against overheating and undercooling for a long time. For the first time, researchers have combined insulating characteristics of foams with PCM thermal masses via established procedures of shaping processes. Due to this combination of materials the heat transfer through walls is reduced for hours.

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  • Intelligent energy management thanks to high-tech electric meters / 2016

    SmartMeters to use algorithms to analyze electricity consumption

    Research News / 1.12.2016

    Devices influence current and voltage in characteristic ways, and leave “fingerprints” that can be identified using special NILM algorithms at only one measuring point; they in turn produce a breakdown of each device’s energy consumption. NILM delivers itemized results for householders’ electricity bills.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IMS

    Devices influence current and voltage in characteristic ways, and leave “fingerprints” that can be identified using special NILM algorithms at only one measuring point; they in turn produce a breakdown of each device’s energy consumption. NILM delivers itemized results for householders’ electricity bills.

    Using innovative electric meters and smart algorithms, Fraunhofer researchers want to revolutionize energy management in the future. In cooperation with their partners, they have developed a method that breaks down total energy consumption appliance by appliance using a single, high-tech electric meter. A prototype will be exhibited at BAU 2017, and is set to go on sale next summer.

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  • BAU 2017: New planning method for construction companies / 2016

    Planning building projects faster and more efficiently

    Research News / 1.12.2016

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    Reference object »OfficeCenter Pionierkaserne« in Ingolstadt.

    Building Information Modeling, an innovative modeling method, displays blueprints clearly in three dimensions and provides additional information such as technical specifications and requirements, building costs and timeframes. Its main advantage is that all the various data sources are digital, so information can be merged coherently into joint models. Researchers will be presenting their projects on BIM at the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance’s special show, “Fraunhofer CityLaboratory – Creating Living Spaces,” at the BAU trade fair in Munich from January 16 to 21, 2017 (Hall C2, Booth 538).

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  • From Belgium‘s largest university in Leuven / 2016

    Honorary Doctorate for Fraunhofer President

    Research News / 10.11.2016

    Honorary Doctorate for Fraunhofer President
    © Photo KU Leuven/Rob Stevens

    Rik Torfs, Rector of the KU Leuven (center), gives Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (right), the Honorary Doctorate of Belgium‘s largest university.

    Prof. Reimund Neugebauer received the Honorary Doctorate from the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven). The President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft was honored by the Faculty of Engineering for his scientific work in the fields of mechanical engineering and production engineering. The largest university in Belgium is also one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe.

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  • German-Canadian research project / 2016

    Safe navigation through the Northwest Passage

    Research News / 2.11.2016

    A German-Canadian research project aims to navigate ships safely through the Northwest Passage in the future.
    © Photo Lee Carson, NORSTRAT Consulting, Canada

    A German-Canadian research project aims to navigate ships safely through the Northwest Passage in the future.

    The Northwest Passage is becoming navigable for longer periods of the year. Ship traffic, however, still bears hazardous risks. A German-Canadian research team co-initiated by Fraunhofer wants to change that. In the project PASSAGES, it is conducting the preparatory work for a safe navigation through the icy waters.

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  • New Biomaterials for Cell Cultures and Regenerative Medicine / 2016

    Stable Biological Coating for Implants

    Research News / 2.11.2016

    A scientist from Fraunhofer IGB cultures cells to form a functionalized extracellular matrix – the click ECM.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IGB

    A scientist from Fraunhofer IGB cultures cells to form a functionalized extracellular matrix – the click ECM.

    The extracellular matrix (ECM) regulates all important cell functions and is an interesting biomaterial for scientists. Fraunhofer has developed an ECM that contains artificial chemical groups which supports natural cell behaviour outside the body. It can be applied as a stable coating on implants or be used in cell culture dishes.

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  • electronica: OLED Technology / 2016

    The energy-saving data glasses

    Research News / 2.11.2016

    Fraunhofer researchers have developed an energy-saving display that reduces the power consumption to a fraction.
    © Photo Fraunhofer FEP

    Fraunhofer researchers have developed an energy-saving display that reduces the power consumption to a fraction.

    Data glasses mirror information to the eye without interfering with the wearer‘s vision. However, the battery runs down quickly, because the electronics consume a great amount of electricity while playing back the images. Fraunhofer researchers have developed an energy-saving display that reduces the power consumption to a fraction. The new display will be presented at the electronica trade fair in Munich from November 08-11, 2016.

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  • Additive manufacturing / 2016

    3D printing: customized insoles for diabetes patients

    Research News / 2.11.2016

    With a combination of different structures in an insole, localized rigidity is digitally adjustable.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IWM

    With a combination of different structures in an insole, localized rigidity is digitally adjustable.

    In the past, insoles for patients with diabetes were hand-made by orthopedic shoemakers. In the future, these specialist shoemakers will be able to produce insoles more cost-effectively thanks to new software and the use of 3D printers. This approach means the mechanical properties of each insole can be assessed scientifically and more effectively.

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  • New software for cancer follow-up / 2016

    Machine learning to help physicians

    Research News / 2.11.2016

    3D Visualization of a patient CT image with highlighted metastases of the spine. Deep learning methods help discover bone metastases, which can be overlooked in clinical routine. CT dataset courtesy of Radboudumc, Nijmegen, NL.
    © Photo Fraunhofer MEVIS

    3D Visualization of a patient CT image with highlighted metastases of the spine. Deep learning methods help discover bone metastases, which can be overlooked in clinical routine. CT dataset courtesy of Radboudumc, Nijmegen, NL.

    Physicians have long used visual judgment of medical images to determine the course of cancer treatment. A new program package from Fraunhofer researchers reveals changes in images and facilitates this task using deep learning. The experts will demonstrate this software in Chicago from November 27 to December 2 at RSNA, the world’s largest radiology meeting.

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  • Screws that fit the body’s notches

    Presseinformation / 27.10.2016

    Bioceramic screw nails with a specially shaped thread can be introduced into bone with just a few rotations.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IFAM

    Bioceramic screw nails with a specially shaped thread can be introduced into bone with just a few rotations.

    Complex bone fractures are often set with titanium or steel screws and plates. However, if these remain in the body for some time, they can cause health problems. A new bioceramic screw nail has the capacity of replacing the currently used metal components. It can be easily introduced into bone and does not have to be removed. Fraunhofer researchers are presenting the screw nail from November 14-17 at the MEDICA trade fair in Düsseldorf (Hall 10, Booth G05).

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  • Robots help position interventional needles

    Press Release / 27.10.2016

    The new robotic assistant requires just five minutes to position the needle.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IPA

    The new robotic assistant requires just five minutes to position the needle.

    Finding the ideal position for interventional needles – as used in biopsies, for instance – is a difficult and time-consuming process. This can now be performed automatically, using a robotic arm to place a needle guide for the doctor at the optimal insertion point. With robotic assistance, doctors need five minutes to position the needle, as opposed to 30 minutes with conventional techniques. The solution will be shown at the MEDICA trade fair in Düsseldorf from November 14 to 17, 2016 (Hall 10, Booth G05).

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  • K 2016 trade fair: Environmentally friendly way to manufacture bioplastics / 2016

    Polyamides from a waste stream of the wood industry

    Research News / 7.10.2016

    © Photo Fraunhofer IGB

    Various raw materials as building blocks for plastics.

    Fraunhofer researchers have developed a process for the manufacturing of high-quality plastics from terpenes, a waste stream of the cellulose production. They will present their new bioplastic and its possible applications from October 19 – 26 at the K 2016 trade fair in Düsseldorf. Visitors can find the joint Fraunhofer booth in Hall 7, Booth SC01.

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  • Energy-efficient wastewater treatment / 2016

    Optimizing sludge treatment

    Research News / 4.10.2016

    The two-stage high-load anaerobic digestion system in Edenkoben allows the wastewater treatment plant to cope with a higher effluent load during the wine harvest.
    © Photo Verbandsgemeindewerke Edenkoben

    The two-stage high-load anaerobic digestion system in Edenkoben allows the wastewater treatment plant to cope with a higher effluent load during the wine harvest.

    Wine harvesting season is a challenge for wastewater treatment plants. When the grapes are being processed, the effluent load rises steeply – by a factor of 17 in the Palatinate town of Edenkoben. High-load anaerobic digestion provides a flexible solution that cuts power consumption by 20 percent, generates over half of the required electricity on site and greatly reduces sewage sludge volumes.

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  • Medica 2016: An alternative to implant batteries and induction / 2016

    Basic structure of ultrasound power supply and communication

    Research News / 4.10.2016

    Basic structure of ultrasound power supply and communication.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IBMT

    Basic structure of ultrasound power supply and communication.

    Unlike drugs, active implants such as electroceuticals act locally, have fewer side effects and function directly through electrical signals, much like the body itself. At the Medica 2016 trade fair in Düsseldorf, Fraunhofer researchers will be presenting a new technology platform that can power active implants wirelessly via ultrasound (Hall 10, Booth G05). The experts are targeting widespread diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes and Parkinson’s.

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  • K 2016: Foams and thermoplastic composites for use in lightweight construction / 2016

    Lightweight rotor blades made from plastic foams for offshore wind turbines

    Research News / 4.10.2016

    Rotor blades made of thermoplastic sandwich materials.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ICT

    Rotor blades made of thermoplastic sandwich materials.

    Offshore wind turbines are becoming ever larger, and the transportation, installation, disassembly and disposal of their gigantic rotor blades are presenting operators with new challenges. Fraunhofer researchers have partnered with industry experts to develop highly durable thermoplastic foams and composites that make the blades lighter and recyclable. Thanks to their special properties, the new materials are also suitable for other lightweight structures, for instance in the automotive sector. The first demonstrators will be on display at the K 2016 trade fair in Düsseldorf from October 19 to 26.

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  • K 2016 trade fair: Plastic lenses for cameras and headlights / 2016

    New antireflective coating reduces stray light and reflections

    Research News / 4.10.2016

    Injection-molded optical lens made from transparent plastic demonstrating the nanostructured antireflective coating. Only the coated right half shows the effect of the antireflection system. The uncoated left half reflects the light.
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    Injection-molded optical lens made from transparent plastic demonstrating the nanostructured antireflective coating. Only the coated right half shows the effect of the antireflection system. The uncoated left half reflects the light.

    Transparent plastic optical lenses can be manufactured cheaply and in any shape. However, a downside is that they reflect light just as much as glass does. At the K trade fair in Düsseldorf, Fraunhofer researchers are exhibiting a new type of antireflective coating that significantly reduces stray light and reflections from plastic lenses. Not only does this improve the performance of cameras and headlights, it’s also good news for virtual reality technologies and Industrie 4.0.

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