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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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  • 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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  • 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 / 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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  • 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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  • 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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