Press releases 2015

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Press releases 2015

  • December 8, 2015
    Robot for testing the lifetime of human-machine interfaces

    Keypads and touchscreens make a wide range of different devices easy and intuitive to operate. However, the material of which they are made is subject to especially high loading through constant use and, at some point, becomes impaired in its functionality. A robot system developed by Fraunhofer IPA now allows device manufacturers to realistically simulate such loading in order to determine how durable their devices are. Typical applications of various devices can be simulated and automatically tested for any desired time duration.

  • December 1, 2015
    Fraunhofer and the University of Auckland to co-develop a bionic elbow joint

    The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the University of Auckland in New Zealand will work hand in hand for the next three years on a project to develop a novel arm orthosis for elbows – the “Bionic Joint”. The kick-off meeting for the international project was held on December 1 at the Fraunhofer-Forum Berlin.

  • November 25, 2015
    New clamping device to protect the shape of semi-finished products

    Unbalanced tension comes into being on thin semi-finished products during the manufacturing process. Milling and hardening processes in particular can result in crooked or warped workpieces.

  • November 23, 2015
    New Sensor Technologies and Mobile Robotics for Emotion-sensitive Assistance Systems

    In the context of the project „EmAsIn”, Fraunhofer IPA collaborates with industrial and scientific partners to develop new assistance systems for people suffering from affective disorders or dementia. The assistance systems should not only support the user informatively, but also recognize his habitual human communication patterns, react accordingly and enable interaction.

  • September 15, 2015
    Smart components for shorter ramp-up phases

    Once machines are assembled and then installed, it can still take a while before they perform efficiently and according specifications. For example, interfaces to other machines must be programmed and process parameters optimized.

  • September 15, 2015
    International training concept on technical cleanliness inspection

    There have been fixed standards regulating technical cleanliness inspections of component parts in the automotive industry for over a decade. These are codified in the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) vol. 19.1.

  • September 15, 2015
    Cutting paper with ultrasound

    More precise cut edges, less cutting force and therefore a longer tool life: cutting folded sheets with ultrasound technology makes all this a tangible reality. A joint cooperation project conducted by Fraunhofer IPA and bielomatik GmbH came to this preliminary result.

  • September 9, 2015
    Cable-driven parallel robots

    Under the lead of the Tübingen-based Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (MPI), Fraunhofer IPA has co-developed a new cable-driven parallel robot that is the first one capable of transporting humans while at the same time setting new standards in terms of workspace, acceleration and payload for a motion simulator.

  • August 26, 2015
    Baden-Württemberg approves funding of EUR 2.4 million for development and manufacturing of solar cells

    On August 25, 2015, Minister of Finance and Economics of the State of Baden-Württemberg, Dr. Nils Schmid, granted funding of EUR 2.4 million to the InES project.

  • July 29, 2015
    Factory of the Future on Research Campus

    The TRUMPF company is embarking on a five-year strategic joint venture with the Stuttgart-based Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA. The aim of this long-term cooperation is to integrate current research findings from Industry 4.0 into sheet metal processing.

  • July 27, 2015
    Intelligent and safe automation of assembly processes

    At this year’s Motek, the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA) is presenting a new assembly automation process.

  • June 11, 2015
    Cleanliness technology prize awarded

    On 10th June at the parts2clean trade fair in Stuttgart, in recognition of exceptional developments in the cleanliness industry, Fraunhofer IPA awarded the cleanliness technology prize CLEAN for the third time! This year, the jury was won over by two contributions.

  • May 18, 2015
    Fraunhofer IPA develops prototype of intelligent care cart

    It comes when called, bringing care utensils with it and recording how they are used: Fraunhofer IPA is developing an intelligent care cart that provides care staff with physical and informational support in their day-to-day work.

  • March 1, 2015
    Do-it-yourself toolkit for soft robotics

    To work directly together with humans, a robot needs to be flexible and soft. Conventional systems are insufficiently flexible for this purpose. Scientists at Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA see promising solutions in so-called soft robotics. They have developed hardware modules for a safe, flexible robot system and have made them publicly available in the form of a toolkit.

  • January 15, 2015
    Robots as multifunctional gentlemen

    Following the success of the personal computer (PC), our private and professional lives could soon be improved by personal robots (PR). These would function as a sort of “electronic butler”, bringing the newspaper, pouring coffee or clearing the table. They are friendly and affable, yet remain discreetly in the background when not needed. The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA has been developing innovative service robots since the 1990s. These can be used in areas including households, hotels, care homes and hospitals, for example. Researchers have now developed a new model centred on the concept of a universal helper for everyday scenarios: the fourth generation of the “Care-O-Bot®”.