Press releases 2016

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA

Press releases 2016

  • November 8, 2016
    Care-O-bot® 4 celebrates its première as shopping assistant

    In January 2015, Fraunhofer IPA presented a prototype of the “Care-O-bot® 4” service robot. The charming helper is now proving its worth in the real world. “Paul” the robot has been greeting customer in Saturn-Markt Ingolstadt since the end of October 2016 and directing them towards their desired products.

  • October 27, 2016
    Demo model awarded prize for “Academic Excellence”

    On 26 October, Trumpf and Fraunhofer IPA received an award in the “Academic Excellence” category at the second EuroBLECH competition entitled “The New Generation of Sheet Metal Working”. The prize was awarded for the companies’ demo workplace showcasing new technologies for automation part sorting.

  • September 15, 2016
    The “MeBot” robotic wheelchair can climb steps on its own

    Pittsburgh-based Human Engineering Research Lab (HERL) has developed the first ever robotic wheelchair – the MeBot – capable of climbing steps and mounting curbs on its own. The innovation came up against other systems at the first Cybathlon, which will take place at ETH Zürich in Kloten, Switzerland on October 8.

  • August 29, 2016
    Cleanroom on demand

    The smallest degree of contamination can lead to major quality issues across many industries. Should, for example, any impurities occur on microchips, space probes and lenses, this can lead to defects or faulty end devices. To avoid damage, companies tend to outsource the relevant manufacturing and assembly steps for high-quality products to cleanrooms. However, these are expensive, limited in their availability and fail to offer protection against contamination as a result of transportation. Fraunhofer IPA has now developed the world’s first mobile cleanroom system in the form of its “Clean Multipurpose Cover”. It can be set up flexibly and ensures the sterility of products during transportation.

  • June 2, 2016
    Future Work Lab makes the Future tangible

    With the Future Work Lab, the Fraunhofer Institutes IAO and IPA are opening a center that will let visitors experience the future of manufacturing. The center will offer tangible demonstrators, expertise development and training programs as well as a platform for scientific exchange, and targets industry, employee associations, politics, science – and future production workers.

  • April 21, 2016
    Flexible robot systems for digitalized production

    Cost-effective automation solutions for assembly, welding and woodworking, specially tailored to the needs of small and medium-sized manufacturers: that is what will be on show from the European SMErobotics initiative at the AUTOMATICA trade fair from 21 to 24 June in Munich.

  • March 30, 2016
    Automatica 2016: Fraunhofer IPA demonstrates the advantages of networked manufacturing components

    In line with current requirements in this age of digital manufacturing, the scientists from Stuttgart are presenting an intelligent interplay of different exhibits at the AUTOMATICA in Munich from 21st till 24th June 2016. Covering the fields of man at the workplace, products and automation, as well as IT infrastructure and networking, the exhibits demonstrate the added value offered by a production plant geared towards Industrie 4.0.

  • February 25, 2016
    Adopting ROS to develop industrial applications

    The open-source Robot Operating System ROS can be used to make the development and commissioning of robotics and automation systems more efficient. The ROS-Industrial initiative is committed to the diffusion of ROS in the industrial domain. Fraunhofer IPA heads the initiative’s European Consortium, and acts as a technology partner for the developer community and industrial partners.