Press Releases

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IOF

    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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  • Software improves cleaning performance / 2016

    Optimizing fuel filters via simulations

    Research News / 4.10.2016

    Calculated flow through the filter element: flow lines mapping fluid velocity.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ITWM

    Filters developed for cars have to meet stricter and stricter requirements, yet they also need to be ready for the market in ever shorter periods of time. Designers caught between these two demands now have support in the form of a simulation tool: it calculates all the relevant characteristics of filter design – cleaning performance, lifetime, etc. – and thus allows efficient, cost-effective development.

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  • Better safety in automated vehicles / 2016

    Ultrasensitive sensors ensure optimum sight conditions

    Research News / 4.10.2016

    SPAD sensor chips are implemented in CMOS technology.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IMS

    Automotive industry research is strongly focused on technology that enables automated driving. A new sensor system developed by Fraunhofer researchers should help increase passenger safety.

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  • IFA/IBC: Virtual reality / 2016

    Beam me up to the video conference

    Research News / 1.9.2016

    Right in the middle of the action with VR glasses: A new camera system virtually represents people naturally and realistically.
    © Photo Fraunhofer HHI

    When science fiction heroes communicate, they don‘t use landlines or cell phones. The caller simply appears in virtual form in the middle of the room; full sized and three dimensional. For researchers at Fraunhofer, this vision is already within reach: At the trade fairs IFA in Berlin (Hall 11.1, Booth 3) and IBC in Amsterdam (Hall 8, Booth 8.B80) they will show a new technology technology called "3D Human Body Reconstruction".

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