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  • © Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg

    The Orthopedic University Hospital Heidelberg and Fraunhofer IPA have expanded their long-standing research partnership by jointly founding a competence center. A focus of the international expert groups – »Motion Lab« at the University Hospital, led by Dr. Sebastian Wolf, and the Fraunhofer IPA »Biomechatronic Systems« department headed up by Dr. Urs Schneider – was to investigate, develop and medically improve aids such as orthotics and prosthetics as well as other auxiliary systems for people with restricted mobility.

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  • Robot Navigation via the Cloud

    Media service March 2018 / 28.3.2018

    A four-person research team headed up by Kai Pfeiffer from the Robot and Assistive Systems Department at Fraunhofer IPA has developed a cloud-based navigation technology. It increases the reliability, flexibility and efficiency of driverless transport systems (DTS). At the same time, the new approach facilitates versatile production and provides production planners with valuable data on what are known as digital shadows.

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  • Sensitive grip

    Media service March 2018 / 23.3.2018

    © Fraunhofer IPA, Rainer Bez

    Bionics for gripping: Nature provided key inspiration in the development the new shape-adaptive forceps. The tips gently adapt to the surface, distribute pressure evenly and ensure that surfaces are not damaged. An ideal tool for biologic research and surgery.

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  • UV sphere makes applying paint quick and easy

    Media service March 2018 / 23.3.2018

    © Fraunhofer IPA, Rainer Bez

    Cars, furniture, electronic enclosures – all sorts of things are painted. However, the usual paint drying processes have attracted criticism on account of high energy consumption. A new refined system reduces energy requirements, sustainably protects the environment and drastically shortens cycle times.

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  • No compromises: / 2018

    Combining the benefits of 3D printing and casting

    Media service March 2018 / 23.3.2018

    © Fraunhofer IPA, Rainer Bez

    Researchers at Fraunhofer IPA have developed a new process that combines 3D printing and casting. In additive freeform casting (AFFC), first a shell of the part is manufactured using FLM printing, then this shell is filled with a two-component resin. This saves time, increases stability of the part and allows new materials to be printed.

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  • AUTOMATICA in Munich from June 19 to 22, 2018 / 2018

    The virtual world conquers the manufacturing industry

    Press Release February 2018 / 1.3.2018

    © Fraunhofer IPA, Foto: Rainer Bez

    Already at the last Automatica two years ago, the director of IPA, Professor Thomas Bauernhansl, described Industrie 4.0 as a development process which is advancing at a tremendous pace. He is convinced: “People who don’t concern themselves with it today will probably bitterly regret it tomorrow“. The good thing is: nothing has changed about this statement. However, what has changed is that companies have realized that they need to address the topic of digitization and – whether in the form of sprints or marathons – develop strategies, as well as define and take appropriate action.

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  • The event "Tomorrow" provides an outlook on mobility and production of the future / 2018

    Research campus ARENA2036 –

    Press Release February 2018 / 22.2.2018

    © ARENA2036, Max Kovalenko
  • Fraunhofer IPA researchers provide an information service for material provision at LogiMAT 2018 / 2018

    Understanding what is important

    Media Service February 2018 / 6.2.2018

    © Universität Stuttgart IFF/ Fraunhofer IPA, Foto: Rainer Bez

    Material provision employees spend a lot of time at work carrying out non-value-added activities. They read orders, find materials and travel long distances. Fraunhofer IPA is currently working on an app that provides them with the right information in the right place at the right time. Now, Fraunhofer IPA is on the hunt for companies to collaborate on the further development of »Info@Need«. They will present this innovative solution on 15 March in a forum at LogiMAT in Stuttgart.

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  • Change of Secretariat and Presidency on 1 January 2018 to Dr Michael Hilt MBA from FATIPEC / 2018

    Coatings Societies International

    Press Release February 2018 / 6.2.2018

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    Coatings Societies International (CSI – www.coatingscsi.org) is a non-profit association of national bodies from 26 countries, whose individual members are involved in technical and scientific aspects of surface coatings. This encompasses paint manufacturing and those active in allied industries such as the ink, pre-treatment, and adhesives industries, as well as individual members employed in academic and applied research at Universities and Institutes.

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  • Smart solution for plastics processing / 2018

    Condition and process monitoring implemented in temperature control systems

    Media Service February 2018 / 6.2.2018

    © Universität Stuttgart IFF/ Fraunhofer IPA, Foto: Rainer Bez

    Temperature control systems play an important role in plastics processing. Products will only achieve the desired surface and properties if the temperature of the machining tools and the material is properly adjusted. With »Logotherm 4.0,« Fraunhofer IPA and Gesellschaft Wärme Kühltechnik (gwk) have together developed a solution that monitors the condition and process data of the temperature control system and sounds an alarm in the event of any anomalies. This decreases waste and increases process quality, while simultaneously optimizing maintenance.

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