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Technology for increased efficiency in production

The focus of this year’s Hannover Messe (April 17–21) will be on technologies to promote climate-neutral and networked industry. The digitization of production processes generates efficiency gains in many areas, and with efficiency being the key to greater sustainability, Fraunhofer IPA will be exhibiting technologies that save both energy and resources.



Machine learning improves the reprocessing of electronic waste

Fraunhofer IPA is working with ten project partners on the “Desire4Electronics” project to advance research into automated disassembly processes for the remanufacturing of small electrical appliances. The project runs from 2023 to 2025 and addresses 7 of the 17 United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).



Powered-up plastics

Until now, it has not been possible to additively manufacture sensors and other electronic devices in a single operation. However, a research team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA has now succeeded in doing just that. The key to this achievement? Conductive plastics.



Biointelligent sensor for measuring viral activity

Today, genome editing is almost as easy as programming software. However, the generation of viral vectors as initial material is still associated with many expensive and error-prone handling procedures. A new method is needed that simplifies and optimizes these processes.

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Mobile robotics as the key to matrix production

For matrix production to function optimally, a whole fleet of mobile robots is needed. Ants serve as a role model for orchestrating this dynamic interaction as efficiently as possible. Agha Ali Haider Qizilbash from the Robot and Assistive Systems department gives an insight into his research work.


AI under control

Products that use artificial intelligence (AI) must be developed in accordance with the law and deliver comprehensible results. An audit conducted by Fraunhofer IPA has now confirmed these properties for a product from Experian – the “Fraud Miner” as part of a fraud prevention solution.


3D-printed sensors

In 3D-printing, up to now, the integration of electronic components and consequently, the production of customized sensors has presented a challenge. Now, together with the companies ARBURG and Balluff, Fraunhofer IPA has achieved a breakthrough.


Digital helpers for assembly automation

An app to determine the potential for automation, and a website for automation-friendly components design: Companies can use these two tools to make assembly more efficient and economical. Both can be used with just a few clicks.

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