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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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Guiding themes

 

Industrie 4.0

 

Lightweight engineering

 

Energy storage systems

 

Resource efficiency

 

Frugal manufacturing systems

Current News

 

20.12.2017

Milestone in circular saw technology

Researchers at Fraunhofer IPA have developed an innovative procedure for internally cooling disc-shaped, rotating cutting tools. With the support of pertinent mechanical saw and sawing tool manufacturers, the result is a lightweight, upgradable and cost-effective concept that represents a milestone in the evolution of circular saws.

 

20.12.2017

Programming of robot systems simplified

In the past, European small and medium-sized enterprises have often clearly held back when it comes to implementing robot technologies. The reasons are that they are too expensive, too inflexible, and installation takes far too long. Within the EU-project »Factory in a Day,« researchers and industry representatives has revealed new ways to install, program and commission robot systems within 24 hours.

 

20.12.2017

Jelly with memory

An innovative measurement and evaluation process developed by Fraunhofer IPA means that for the first time, the properties of any paint can be used to predict its levelling behavior. By using this procedure when developing a paint, the development time can be reduced by 15% on aver-age and EUR 150,000 worth of development costs can be saved.  

 

20.12.2017

Intelligent wheelchairs, predictive prostheses

If you use a wheelchair or have a prosthetic leg, small obstacles can become insurmountable barriers. Now, researchers at Fraunhofer IPA have developed a way to detect uneven ground, tiered levels or steps using radar. The information gained can be employed in orthopedic technology to control and stabilize prostheses or wheelchairs.  

 

6.11.2016

Digital layering

Nanoparticles can make ordinary materials into high performance materials, which is why nanotechnology is being used on the market in a wide range of diverse products. However, applying new particles to materials still represents a challenge, since you never definitively know how they will react. Fraunhofer IPA scientists are collecting process data and linking up production systems via the cloud to reduce...

 

26.10.2017

Online platform shows sustainable product lifecycle

Most companies perceive the pillars of development and design over the lifecycle of a product as two separate entities, but economic and environmental added value can be achieved by pursuing a holistic approach. Within the ResCoM project, Fraunhofer IPA’s Sustainable Manufacturing project group in Bayreuth worked with eleven partners to develop an online...

 

26.10.2017

Automation to ensure quality in 3D printing

The genuine hope for Industry 4.0 is pinned on 3D-printed parts, but there are still no quality standards in place for additive manufacturing. Fraunhofer IPA has developed an automated system that enables quality to be automatically checked during printing. Industry partners can test and further develop “IQ4AP” straight away.

 

17.10.2017

IPA plans project center in Shanghai

In Shanghai/Lingang Fraunhofer IPA
has entered into a cooperation with Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU),
initially set to run for five years. The aim of the cooperation “Project Center for Smart Manufacturing” is to implement projects in the research fields of digital transformation and artificial intelligence with industrial partners.

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