Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA

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Industrie 4.0

Industry and manufacturing in the process of change. As an independent research institute Fraunhofer IPA has developed numerous solutions and offers a wide range of services.

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Current News

 

8.9.2017

New VDI standards established for cleanroom technology

Regulations are indispensable in cleanliness technology. Fraunhofer IPA is on committees all over the world and helps to shape groundbreaking guidelines. At the Cleanzone and Lounges on Tour trade fairs in Frankfurt am Main on October 17-18, Fraunhofer scientists will give information on new developments.

 

6.9.2017

Cleaning is just the beginning

Cleaning components for industry is complicated. Expert knowledge is required in selecting the cleaning process, cleanliness analysis and packaging. Fraunhofer IPA is the only institution in Germany to offer the entire process chain in an ultra-clean environment. Experts will present details at Parts2Clean from 25-26 October in Stuttgart.

 

6.9.2017

Virtual technology center for efficient solar cells

Linking up systems to a virtual network in order to make solar cell production in Baden Württemberg more efficient – this was the aim of the “InES” research project. With a cloud infrastructure developed by Fraunhofer IPA the consortium is now able to share the use of machines at different sites.  

 

1.9.2016

Machinery that repairs itself

In the EU-funded project SelSus, Fraunhofer scientists are collaborating in a consortium with partners from research and industry to develop maintenance technology capable of forecasting machine downtimes in production before they occur. This allows plant managers to rectify faults before the machine breaks down. The system even corrects some defects automatically.

 

4.7.2017

Flexible proximity sensor creates smart surfaces

Fraunhofer IPA has developed a proximity sensor made from silicone and carbon nanotubes (CNT) which detects objects and determines their position. The materials and printing process used mean that the sensor is extremely flexible, economical and can be used for large surfaces. Industry and research partners can use and further develop this innovation straight away.

 

2.3.2017

Medical technology conference comes to Stuttgart

Fraunhofer IPA intends to establish the “Medical Device Manufacturing” symposium in cooperation with trade fair organizers UBM and Stuttgart Messe to run parallel with Medtec Europe. On April 5, this new format will be presented within the scope of a public symposium to professionals.

 

2.3.2017

The future of personal mobility

On March 14 and 15, the Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines Stuttgart (FKFS) will host the Stuttgart International Symposium at the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart. More than 100 presentations will be held within the scope of the conference on automotive and engine technology.

 

2.2.2017

Future Work Lab makes work 4.0 tangible

As digitalization transforms processes and services as well as factory floors, many new questions arise. The Future Work Lab, which was officially opened today, offers answers to these issues. Attending the opening were minister Prof. Johanna Wanka, the Fraunhofer Executive Board, the institute directors and some 150 guests from the worlds of politics, research and business.

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