Press Releases

  • 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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