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  • Flexible proximity sensor creates smart surfaces

    Press Release July 2017 / 4.7.2017

    Fraunhofer IPA has developed a proximity sensor made from silicone and carbon nanotubes (CNT) which detects objects and determines their position. The materials and printing process used mean that the sensor is extremely flexible, economical and can be used for large surfaces. Industry and research partners can use and further develop this innovation straight away.

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  • The “Coating systems and painting technology” department was delighted to receive a visitor from Iran yesterday. Prof. Zahra Ranjbar, Head of the Institute for Color Science and Technology in Tehran, Iran, viewed the laboratories, including the painting lines, and discussed cooperation possibilities with IPA scientists.

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  • © Photo TU Delft

    Open-Source Software for robots is a de-facto practice in academia, and its advantages can also benefit industrial applications. The worldwide ROS-Industrial initiative has been using ROS, the Robot Operating System, to this end. To consolidate Europe’s dominance in advanced manufacturing, ROSIN with Fraunhofer IPA as one of the partners will push the role of the EU within ROSIndustrial to a leading position. It will achieve this through three main actions: ensuring industrial-grade software quality, promoting new business-relevant applications by providing 50% of the project’s budget for European users and developers, supporting educational activities for students and industry professionals. Interested entities are welcome to apply for participation.

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  • Medical technology conference comes to Stuttgart

    Media Service March 2017 / 2.3.2017

    © Photo Fraunhofer IPA, Rainer Bez

    Fraunhofer IPA intends to establish a new conference format in cooperation with trade fair organizers UBM and Stuttgart Messe to run parallel with Medtec Europe. The “Medical Device Manufacturing” symposium is aimed at bringing together research and industry experts from all over the world to develop solutions for the global market. On April 5, 2017, this new format will be presented within the scope of a public symposium to professionals and representatives from, among other organizations, BIOPRO, Technology Mountains and VDMA Medical Engineering.

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  • On March 14 and 15, 2017, the Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines Stuttgart (FKFS) will host the Stuttgart International Symposium at the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart. More than 100 presentations covering automated driving, common rail fuel injection as a key technology in emissions-free driving in addition to the challenges and consequences presented by full digitization in the automotive industry will be held within the scope of the 17th Stuttgart International Symposium on automotive and engine technology.

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  • Interested companies and research institutes can join the Innovation Center / 2017

    Technology for the smart labs of the future

    Media service March 2017 / 2.3.2017

    © Photo Fraunhofer IPA, Rainer Bez.

    Today, laboratories often resemble a traditional manufactory structure. Devices and processes are not connected and valuable samples are often processed manually by employees. For a long time, this system has been sufficient to maximize the innovative strength of laboratories. However, they now generate much more data and the familiar model cannot keep up with this increased complexity. At the Innovation Center for Laboratory Automation Stuttgart, nICLAS for short, Fraunhofer IPA and industry partners are developing new technologies for the smart laboratory of the future. The team will introduce itself for the first time at the nICLAS forum in Stuttgart on March 23.

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  • Innovation laboratory for work, people and technology opens at Fraunhofer Campus in Stuttgart / 2017

    Future Work Lab makes work 4.0 tangible

    Press Release February 2017 / 2.2.2017

    © Photo Fraunhofer IPA, Rainer Bez

    What is work becoming? In what directions is it developing? How can we best harness the potential of new technologies for our work? As digitalization transforms processes and services as well as factory floors, many new questions arise. The Future Work Lab, which was officially opened today, offers answers and innovative approaches to these issues. Attending the opening were Prof. Johanna Wanka, German Federal Minister of Education and Research, the Fraunhofer Executive Board, the institute directors and some 150 distinguished guests from the worlds of politics, research and business. In the innovation laboratory for work, people and technology, the Fraunhofer Institutes IAO and IPA and the University of Stuttgart Institutes IAT and IFF pool their expertise in the area of Industrie 4.0.

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  • © Photo Saturn

    In January 2015, Fraunhofer IPA presented a prototype of the “Care-O-bot® 4” service robot. The charming helper is now proving its worth in the real world. “Paul” the robot has been greeting customer in Saturn-Markt Ingolstadt since the end of October 2016 and directing them towards their desired products.

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