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  • Service robots can help ensure that buildings and means of transport are cleaned and disinfected regularly and with consistently high quality. Since October 2020, twelve institutions of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have been working on the development of new technologies for this field of application. Led by Fraunhofer IPA, the partners are pooling their expertise in the “Mobile Disinfection” (MobDi) research project to contribute to a safe “New Normal” in times of pandemic. The project is part of the “Fraunhofer vs. Corona” campaign.

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  • Fraunhofer IPA presents disinfection robot “DeKonBot”

    Press release November 2020 / November 13, 2020

    In order to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the research institute in Stuttgart has developed the prototype of a mobile cleaning and disinfection robot in a short time. It navigates autonomously to potentially contaminated objects, such as door handles, and disinfects them thoroughly. The robot is gentle on resources and time-saving.

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  • Thanks to AI, robots are learning how to perform assembly tasks

    Press release September 2020 / September 03, 2020

    When it comes to assembly tasks, especially regarding small and medium lot sizes, up till now flexible robot programming has been a time-consuming and costly job. The "Rob-aKademI" research project, which was launched on July 1, 2020, aims to change this. The technologies used in the project, above all advanced simulation and machine learning, are intended to make programming easier and more autonomous.

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  • Study / 2020

    How Supply Chain Management will change by 2040

    Press release August 2020 / August 20, 2020

    More autonomous, greener, more complex, faster and more flexible: Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA have investigated how Supply Chain Management will change by the year 2040 as part of a study conducted jointly with corporate consultancy Ginkgo Management Consulting.

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  • Employee-focused workplaces increase productivity

    Press release July 2020 / July 16, 2020

    In order to design assembly workplaces in a more employee-focused manner, a researcher from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA has not only determined the requirements of people, but also evaluated machine data. With this approach, the researcher’s aim is to increase the efficiency, effectiveness and satisfaction of employees.

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  • Galvanic industry / 2020

    Researchers tackle skills shortage in Thailand

    Press release July 2020 / July 10, 2020

    Thailand’s galvanic industry does not have enough qualified workers. This has been revealed by the collaboration between Fraunhofer IPA and the Metallurgy and Materials Science Research Institute (MMRI) at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. Project SCHOOLPLATE aims to alleviate this shortage.

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  • Artificial Intelligence for Medical Technology

    Press release June 2020 / June 24, 2020

    Small and medium medical-technology enterprises (SME) in Baden Württemberg are set to soon use artifical intelligence (AI) methods for the improvement and new development of their products. The expertise for this has been provided by the Project Group for Automation in Medicine and Biotechnology (PAMB) at Fraunhofer IPA and the Application Center for Intelligent Machines in Medical Technology (ANIMMED) at Mannheim University Hospital. As part of „Forum Gesundheitsstandort Baden-Württemberg“, the state of Baden-Württemberg is providing ANIMMED and a further seven projects with EUR 13.9 million in funding.

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  • Manufacturing successfully resumes after shut-down

    Press release June 2020 / June 05, 2020

    The automotive suppliers Kromberg & Schubert planned to resume production activities with the help of Fraunhofer IPA. Protecting its customers and employees from coronavirus was the company’s highest priority right from the very beginning. The measures developed are currently being implemented at all 26 of its sites around the world.

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  • An impulse generator for the digital production era

    Press release May 2020 / May 18, 2020

    Autonomous, smart, clean: from mobile and self-learning robots to state-of-the-art cleanroom technologies, methods for explaining machine learning, software tools for production, and the Stuttgart Exo-Jacket – in December 2020, Fraunhofer IPA will showcase a wide range of applications and services for automated production processes at Automatica. However, the Virtual IPA Preview will offer the first glimpses as early as June 18, 2020.

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