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  • Powered-up plastics

    Press release September 2022 / September 21, 2022

    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.

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  • Biointelligent sensor for measuring viral activity

    Press release September 2022 / September 06, 2022

    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. Viruses are generated via complex biological processes that have to be optimised virus-specifically in order to produce high-quality therapeutics. A new method is needed that simplifies and optimises these processes.

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  • Handbook on Smart Battery Cell Manufacturing / 2022

    Digitization to conserve resources

    Press release August 2022 / August 11, 2022

    Electromobility is causing an explosion in demand: Large-scale production of battery cells needs gigafactories, and these consume vast amounts of energy and raw materials. A research team at the Center for Digitized Battery Cell Production at Fraunhofer IPA has now investigated how digitization of manufacturing can not only optimize production processes and save materials and energy, but also extend battery service life.

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  • Expansion of German-Japanese network on research and industrialization of biopolymers / 2022

    Strategic partnership with Japanese engineering firm Sugino

    Press release July 2022 / July 28, 2022

    Fraunhofer IPA maintains close partnerships with research institutes and businesses in the Far East. On July 25, 2022, a collaboration with Sugino Machine Limited was officially launched during a symposium.

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  • Setting the pace in the age of digital production

    Press release May 2022 / May 04, 2022

    Sustainable, autonomous, intelligent, clean: From self-learning robots for use in fields and factories to state-of-the-art cleanroom technologies, methods for explaining machine learning and software tools for optimized production – Fraunhofer IPA will be showcasing a wealth of applications and services for automated production at automatica from 21 to 24 June 2022.

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  • Massive Open Online Course for optimized patient care

    Press release April 2022 / April 29, 2022

    At OTWorld, the largest international trade fair with a specialist congress for manufacturers, retailers and service providers in the modern supply of prosthetics an orthotics, researchers are presenting an online course for interdisciplinary patient care. An international pilot project has shone a light on how rehab support for leg amputees can be improved.

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  • Power supply / 2022

    Fuel cells set to substitute diesel generators

    Press release April 2022 / April 08, 2022

    Diesel generators often provide the local power supply in developing and emerging economies – emitting millions of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. To minimize these emissions in the future, a research team from Fraunhofer IPA, together with CBC GmbH & Co. KG and the University of Bayreuth, is currently developing an electricity generator that runs on hydrogen.

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  • Hydrogen technology / 2022

    Electrolyzers set to become mass products

    Press release March 2022 / March 15, 2022

    If you want to use hydrogen as a sustainable source of energy, you need electrolyzers. However, they are rare and expensive because they are still largely manufactured by hand. To enable them to be produced on an industrial scale in the future, a research team at Fraunhofer IPA is currently developing a fully automated electrolyzer factory.

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