Production and Supply of Services – Manufacturing Technologies and Production Processes

Innovative manufacturing technologies increase production efficiency and product quality. Fraunhofer researchers are focusing their efforts on new, environmentally friendly manufacturing techniques suitable for large-series production. Such solutions include optimized forming, bonding and powder techniques along with microassembly, coating techniques that do not damage paintwork, and laser technology. In future, lasers will be used to melt, weld and cut, replacing conventional welding and cutting methods.

Produktion und Dienstleistung

Projects

futureAM – Next Generation Additive Manufacturing

On November 14th, 2017, the Fraunhofer focus project, futureAM, was launched in Aachen under the auspices of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT. Six project partners – the Fraunhofer Institutes ILT, IWS, IWU, IGD and IFAM as well as the LZN Laser Zentrum Nord – have set themselves a clear goal: Over the next three years, they will work closely together to secure the prerequisites for significant technological leaps in additive manufacturing with metallic materials (metal AM).

Holographic measurement technology at production speed

With the development of their holographic measurement technology Markus Fratz, Alexander Bertz and Tobias Beckmann made it possible to fully inspect all parts in the production cycle in a matter of seconds.

The system can measure centimeter-sized rough objects in fractions of a second with micrometer accuracy - even under disturbances, such as vibrations.
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The system can measure centimeter-sized rough objects in fractions of a second with micrometer accuracy - even under disturbances, such as vibrations.

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.

Power Train

 

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has identified fields of research that will play a greater role in the future in meeting challenges such as climate change, changes in resources or preventive health care. One future topic for Fraunhofer is ”Green Powertrain Technologies.” The Fraunhofer IWU is coordinating the work on this next-generation issue.

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Fraunhofer and Continental come together when the dandelion rubber meets the road

© Photo Fraunhofer IME

Rubber can be extracted from the juice of the dandelion. Yet the decisive breakthrough to industrial manufacturing is proving to be a tough step. Working jointly with industry and science, the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME has optimized the cultivation and production engineering over the past few years. Now the researchers – in collaboration with Continental – are building the first ever pilot system to extract vast quantities of dandelion rubber for making tires: an important milestone on the path to rubber procurement in Europe.

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»Molecular Sorting« – Perfectly separated for resource-efficient production

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Shrinking raw material resources, rapidly growing demand in the newly industrializing countries, stricter environmental requirements – all these factors are responsible for the explosion of raw materials prices. Without an improved and more efficient approach to recycling the situation will not be solved. Research scientists are developing new separation and sorting techniques for resource-efficient production.

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Terahertz technology reaches industrial maturity

The researchers at Fraunhofer have packaged the transmitting and receiving unit for terahertz radiation into a handy little sensor head with a diameter of only 25 and a length of 35 millimeters.
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The researchers at Fraunhofer have packaged the transmitting and receiving unit for terahertz radiation into a handy little sensor head with a diameter of only 25 and a length of 35 millimeters.

Terahertz is a new technology in which nondestructive testing of components and surfaces is possible. Until now, these devices and, in particular, the sensor heads have been expensive and unwieldy. Researchers at Fraunhofer have now succeeded in making sensor heads more compact and, thus, cheaper, which facilitates their handling considerably. First prototypes are already being used for the production of plastic pipes. They are also very well suited for analyzing coatings of fiber composites. 

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Fraunhofer Group for Production

The Fraunhofer Group for Production is a cooperative venture, created with the aim of collaborating on production-oriented research and development to offer customers comprehensive single-source solutions.