HANNOVER MESSE 2018, 23 - 27 April
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Forschung e.V.

Hansastr. 27c
80686 München
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Ms. Franziska Kowalewski
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>10.000 (Status: 2016)

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The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the leading organization for applied research in Europe. Its research activities are conducted by 69 institutes and research units at locations throughout Germany. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft employs a staff of 24,500, who work with an annual research budget totaling 2.1 billion euros. Of this sum, 1.9 billion euros is generated through contract research. More than 70 percent of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's contract research revenue is derived from contracts with industry and from publicly financed research projects. International collaborations with excellent research partners and innovative companies around the world ensure direct access to regions of the greatest importance to present and future scientific progress and economic development.

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04.04.2017 [D]

Cold plasma: Get started with the Disc Jet

Plasmas are often found in the center of stars – on Earth, the electrically charged gas mixtures are a rare occurrence, such as in lightning discharges or aurora borealis lights. However, you can provide some help with high heat or high electrical voltages. Fraunhofer researchers have produced cold plasmas and used them for the surface treatment of temperature-sensitive materials. In doing so, recesses or undercuts were no longer a problem, thanks to a new technology – the Disc Jet can reach everywhere. P... read more

04.04.2017 [D]

The process industry on the way to Industrie 4.0

As far as the process industry is concerned, the road to Industrie 4.0 is still long. Fraunhofer researchers and engineers are working on interconnecting process systems so that they can be serviced and maintained predictively. They are combining operating data with employees’ knowledge. The researchers and engineers will be presenting their development at Hannover-Messe (Hall 2, Both C16/C22) from April 24 to 28. A lot of time is lost compiling relevant information and documents or gathering experienced ... read more

04.04.2017 [D]

Industrie 4.0 in real time

With data transfer rates of 10 gigabits a second and a latency of just one millisecond, the 5G wireless communications standard is creating the conditions required for the tactile internet. This in turn will open up the door to new industry, transportation and medical applications. Fraunhofer researchers work on the underlying technology and have developed practical concepts to solve one of the most challenging problems – high-speed low-latency data transfer that is also entirely reliable. The new concepts ... read more

04.04.2017 [D]

Secure cloud platform connects production and IT

In collaboration with industrial partners and the Fraunhofer Group for Production, researchers at Fraunhofer IPA have created Virtual Fort Knox, an online marketplace that brings together manufacturing companies and providers of IT solutions. The hybrid cloud platform enables SMEs in particular to digitalize and design more efficient production flows and to develop new business models – very much in the spirit of Industrie 4.0. At Hannover Messe from April 28–24, the researchers will demonstrate the added v... read more

04.04.2017 [D]

New security procedures secure the intelligent factory

At the Hannover Messe from April 24 to 28, 2017, Fraunhofer researchers will present two new procedures for the protection of Industrie 4.0 production facilities (Hall 2, Booth C16/C22): here, a self-learning system recognizes security incidents in manufacturing facilities without knowledge of the underlying system architecture. Hardware-based security modules report manipulation tests on machines and components. Manufacturing processes in the context of Industrie 4.0 are highly automated: the realization... read more

04.04.2017 [D]

More objective than human hearing

In industrial production, the testing of machines and products by means of acoustic signals still takes a niche role. At the Hannover Messe 2017, Fraunhofer is exhibiting a cognitive system that detects erroneous sounds more objectively than the human ear (Hall 2, Booth C16/C22). The technology has successfully passed the initial practical tests and there detected up to 99 percent of the errors. In industrial production, it is crucial that the machines work and that the product does not have any defects. ... read more

28.03.2017 [D]

Industrial Data Space empowers new business models

Companies earn their money with products, services, or solutions, while data is often simply a by-product or waste product of their day-to-day business. This maxim sounds so logical, so familiar – but is no longer true. Just as the digital transformation megatrend is changing business processes, it is also transforming the role that data plays in companies. This role is increasingly being viewed as an asset and a strategic resource. Yet, when working with their business partners, how can companies use thi... read more

09.03.2017 [D]

PLUGandWORKTM connects existing machines and systems to Industrial Internet-of-Things (IIoT)

Fraunhofer solutions integrate existing machines into modern production systems such as MES and SCADA. PLUGandWORKTM automatically generates a communication server for data exchange with other systems or IT systems. This means that medium-sized companies are also taking the leap into the age of Industry 4.0. The technology is market-ready and is currently being used by several pilot customers. The researchers will be presenting a demo at the Hanover Trade Fair (Hall 2, Booth C22, April 24-28). PLUGandWORK... read more

17.02.2017 [D]

Industrie 4.0: Virtual twin controls production

With an innovative new concept, researchers of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK want to turn the vision of Industrie 4.0 into reality. A digital twin models the entire production process and permits direct intervention into manufacturing at all times. Real and virtual production merge into an intelligent overall system. - A virtual twin simulates the entire production system. - Bidirectional control: changes in the virtual twin are passed on to the real producti... read more

17.02.2017 [D]

Looking inside materials the smart way

Aircraft, trains and power plants have to be inspected regularly. Detecting damage too late could pose safety risks and often results in expensive downtimes. Now, researchers are using the 3D SmartInspect sensor and inspection system to transfer established testing routines into tomorrow’s digital world. Detecting material defects in structures susceptible to wear such as in technical installations or in aircraft components is a difficult process: inspectors completely rely on their own experience. The 3D... read more

17.02.2017 [D]

Components with responsibility

Industrial manufacturing usually follows rigidly programmed processes, in which individual work steps and machines are tightly scheduled. This makes production inflexible and causes problems if devices fail or unscheduled com- ponents need to be processed at short notice. At the Hannover Messe Preview on February 9, 2017, Fraunhofer developers will be presenting new software that allows each individual component to tell the machine what has to be done. By breaking away from central production planning, fact... read more

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