Reference projects

Here we show a small selection of our current and successfully completed research and industrial projects.

Please note that many of our references are subject to secrecy and therefore can not be displayed.

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  • Innovations in production logistics at BMW include the “Smart Transport Robot” (STR) developed by BMW in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML. In the past, the STR navigated on fixed paths and required special sensors and a close-meshed network of anchors for localization. BMW wanted a solution that was more flexible, autonomous and economical. It was able to realize this with the IPA navigation software, which uses the safety laser scanner already integrated into the STR for navigation. Methods for dynamic path planning and obstacle avoidance assure the necessary degree of autonomy.

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  • With the BIOTRAIN project, an extensive pilot survey on the biological transformation of the industrial value chain was started under the management of Fraunhofer IPA on the 1st of November 2017. Other members of the project consortium are the Fraunhofer institutes IGB, IML, IWM, IPT and IWU. The project aims at analyzing the potential and requirements associated with implementing biological transformation, particularly regarding a sustainable economy.

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  • If machine learning methods are to be used in industry, robots will have to learn faster than before how to grasp components safely. In the Deep Grasping research project, scientists from Fraunhofer IPA and the University of Stuttgart are therefore developing a virtual learning environment. The neural networks are trained in this environment and then transferred to the real robot.

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  • FlexNote makes it easy to record defects, improvement suggestions and machine settings. The immediate communication of all relevant information to the right people reduces the number of queries. And by statistically evaluating the information gathered, weak points in machines and correlations between defects can be identified in the long term.

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  • Together with BÄR Automation GmbH, an automated guided vehicle has been developed, enabling an automotive manufacture to design his assembly processes flexibly. Consequently, cycle times and conveyors no longer determine assembly processes. Instead, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) bring car bodies from one assembly station to the next via a lifting table.

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