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  • 3D-printed sensors

    Press release July 2021 / July 29, 2021

    3D-printing is becoming increasingly important in industrial manufacturing. It not only makes it possible to produce very complex shapes that would otherwise be virtually impossible to generate using conventional processes, but also enables small batch numbers to be produced on a cost-effective basis. However, up to now, the integration of electronic components and consequently, the production of customized sensors has presented a challenge. Now, together with the Baden- Württemberg-based companies ARBURG and Balluff, Fraunhofer IPA has achieved a breakthrough.

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  • Medical technology / 2021

    Stereotactic systems from the 3D printer

    Presse release June 2021 / June 16, 2021

    Stereotactic systems are special devices used in neurosurgical procedures. Until now, conventional production methods have meant that these devices are not only expensive to manufacture, but are also geometrically limited. However, in conjunction with inomed Medizintechnik GmbH, a research team from Fraunhofer IPA has now found a way of manufacturing stereotactic systems from plastic using a 3D printer – a cost-effective method that opens up new design potential.

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  • Study “Explainable AI in practice – application-based evaluation of xAI methods” / 2021

    Mastering Artificial Intelligence

    Press release June 2021 / June 02, 2021

    In most cases, artificial intelligence has a black-box character. However, it is only through transparency that trust can be built. Specialized software is available in order to explain different AI models. Now, a study by Fraunhofer IPA has compared and evaluated various methods, which explain machine learning approaches.

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  • White Paper: Dependable AI / 2021

    Making AI ready for safety-critical applications

    Press release May 2021 / May 31, 2021

    Production planning, logistics, maintenance, quality control – there is a wide range of application areas for the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in industrial manufacturing. However, in practice, AI models have only been infrequently used up to now. The reason: It is incredibly challenging to empirically validate the reliability of such systems. New certification criteria could now ensure AI is ready to be deployed for safety-critical applications.

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  • New AI applications for SMEs in Baden-Württemberg

    Press release March 2021 / March 18, 2021

    Fraunhofer IPA is participating in three separate projects which have emerged victorious in the Baden-Württemberg “AI Innovation Competition”. The project partners will be spending the rest of this year developing AI-based applications to address needs identified in the areas of process monitoring, machine operation and beverage logistics.

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  • Harnessing the power of AI for robotics

    Press release March 2021 / March 03, 2021

    As a part of Cyber Valley, the AI Innovation Center “Learning Systems” operated by Fraunhofer IAO and Fraunhofer IPA supports companies in their efforts to exploit the economic potential of AI. Across a total of 44 projects, feasibility studies and solutions for practical applications have already been developed. With total funding of EUR 23 million, the “Cognitive Robotics” center at Fraunhofer IPA will expand the organisation’s service portfolio in this area from 01 March 2021.

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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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