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  • Nanotechnology meets Big Data / 2017

    Direction: digital layering

    Media service November 2017 / 6.11.2017

    © Photo Fraunhofer IPA, Rainer Bez

    Nanoparticles can make ordinary materials into high performance materials, which is why nanotechnology is being used on the market in a wide range of diverse products. However, applying new particles to materials still represents a challenge, since you never definitively know how they will react. Fraunhofer IPA scientists are collecting process data and linking up production systems via the cloud to reduce development times and ensure quality across the entire process chain.

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  • Online platform shows sustainable product lifecycle

    Media service October 2017 / 26.10.2017

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    Most companies perceive the pillars of development and design over the lifecycle of a product as two separate entities, but economic and environmental added value can be achieved by pursuing a holistic approach. Within the ResCoM project, Fraunhofer IPA’s Sustainable Manufacturing project group in Bayreuth worked with eleven partners to develop an integrated consideration of the supply chain, business model, product design and IT systems via an online platform. This provides companies with an incentive for reusing, reconfiguring or reselling their products after use.

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  • Automation to ensure quality in 3D printing

    Media service October 2017 / 26.10.2017

    © Photo Fraunhofer IPA, Rainer Bez

    The genuine hope for Industry 4.0 is pinned on 3D-printed parts, but there are still no quality standards in place for additive manufacturing. Fraunhofer IPA has developed an automated system that enables quality to be automatically checked during printing. Industry partners can test and further develop “IQ4AP” straight away.

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  • Fraunhofer IPA is looking for partners to test and further develop “InsideOut” together. / 2017

    IT tool makes machine data visible

    Media service October 2017 / 26.10.2017

    © Photo Fraunhofer IPA, Rainer Bez

    Digitization means that machines and systems are generating more and more data. However, many members of staff have difficulty interpreting it. With “InsideOut” Fraunhofer IPA has developed an IT tool that visualizes real machine data in a context specific way. This enables workers to call up required information such as temperature or fill level in near real-time. Fraunhofer IPA is now looking for test subjects as it enters the testing phase.

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  • Fraunhofer IPA plans project center in Shanghai

    Press Release October 2017 / 17.10.2017

    © Photo School of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai JiaoTong University

    In Shanghai/Lingang, one of China’s leading science and technology regions, the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA has entered into a cooperation with Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), initially set to run for five years. The aim of the cooperation at the so-called “Project Center for Smart Manufacturing” is to implement projects in the research fields of digital transformation and artificial intelligence in collaboration with industrial partners. The scheme’s signing ceremony was held on the 14th of October.

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  • New VDI standards established for cleanroom technology

    Press Release September 2017 / 7.9.2017

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    Regulations are indispensable in cleanliness technology. They specify which cleanliness standards, test methods or threshold values must be observed for particular industries. Fraunhofer IPA is on committees all over the world and helps to shape groundbreaking guidelines. At the Cleanzone and Lounges on Tour trade fairs in Frankfurt am Main on October 17-18, Fraunhofer scientists will give information on new developments such as the expansion of the VDI 2083 set of guidelines to include nanoscale contamination and a calculation method to determine the degradation kinetics of hydrogen peroxide and the desorption kinetics of materials after hydrogen peroxide fogging.

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  • Parts2Clean 2017: Fraunhofer IPA presents details of the process chain from cleaning through analytics all the way to packaging in ultra-clean environments. / 2017

    Cleaning is just the beginning

    Press Release September 2017 / 6.9.2017

    It is more complicated than many might think to clean components for industry. Expert knowledge is required in selecting the correct cleaning process, cleanliness analysis and packaging. Moreover, industry-specific regulations and the requisite infrastructure are additional factors involved. Fraunhofer IPA is the only institution in Germany to offer the entire process chain in an ultra-clean environment. Experts will present details of this at Parts2Clean, an international trade fair for industrial parts and surface cleaning, which is being held October 24–26, 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany.

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  • Virtual technology center for efficient solar cells

    Press Release September 2017 / 6.9.2017

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    Linking up systems to a virtual network in order to make solar cell production in Baden Württemberg more efficient – this was the aim of the “InES” research project. With a cloud infrastructure developed by Fraunhofer IPA and both mobile and browser-based applications, the consortium is now able to share the use of machines at different sites. Remote monitoring of processes and automated test data transfers were also implemented.

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  • Eliminating production downtimes / 2017

    Machinery that repairs itself

    Research News September 2017 / 1.9.2017

    In the EU-funded project SelSus, Fraunhofer scientists are collaborating in a consortium with partners from research and industry to develop maintenance technology capable of forecasting machine downtimes in production before they occur. This allows plant managers to rectify faults before the machine breaks down. The system even corrects some defects automatically.

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  • Flexible proximity sensor creates smart surfaces

    Press Release July 2017 / 4.7.2017

    © Photo Fraunhofer IPA, Foto: Rainer Bez

    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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