Saturday, 20. January 2018
  • European organisations will jointly renew the steel industry. The Morse project, which began in the autumn, will improve the products, business operations and competitiveness, as well as the energy and raw material efficiency, of the European steel industry.

    Improving the energy efficiency

    New ways for the European steel industry: Morse‘s focus is on developing software tools that will be used to reform, accelerate and manage heavy production processes.
    © Carola Langer / pixelio.de

    European organisations will jointly renew the steel industry. The Morse project, which began in the autumn, will improve the products, business operations and competitiveness, as well as the energy and raw material efficiency, of the European steel industry.   more...

  • Films used for a wide range of applications can be coated with a new process line called "atmoFlex", from decorative film for furniture to permeation barriers for food packaging and organic electronics. Specialized modifications to the conveyor design permit the utilization of both smooth and textured films.

    Coating decorative film for furniture

    With the new process line, 1,200 mm-wide slot die for contactless coating of fragile substrate can be heated up to 50°C.
    © Fraunhofer FEP / Jürgen Lösel

    Films used for a wide range of applications can be coated with a new process line called "atmoFlex", from decorative film for furniture to permeation barriers for food packaging and organic electronics. Specialized modifications to the conveyor design permit the utilization of both smooth and textured films.   more...

  • It is a known fact that adhesives may smell unpleasant. However, as Fraunhofer researchers have recently discovered, this doesn't need to be the case. Through extensive research on acrylic adhesives they were able to identify the substances responsible for the offensive odours. Manufacturers have the opportunity to optimize their production process.

    The mysterious scent of adhesives

    The researchers rely on a variety of analysis methods, including gas chromatography, to detect the causes of unpleasant odors in acrylic adhesives.
    © Fraunhofer IVV

    It is a known fact that adhesives may smell unpleasant. However, as Fraunhofer researchers have recently discovered, this doesn't need to be the case. Through extensive research on acrylic adhesives they were able to identify the substances responsible for the offensive odours. Manufacturers have the opportunity to optimize their production process.   more...

  • Technological infrastructure that enables a flexible and agile yet also automated production process will be shown by the SmartFactoryKL technology initiative at SPS IPC Drives in hall 10.0 at booth 508. SmartFactoryKL invites visitors to experience Industrie 4.0 networking live.

    Synchronic control of two drives

    TSN caters to the needs of modern IT systems as well as to the real-time requirements of industrial control systems.
    © SmartFactoryKL / A. Sell

    Technological infrastructure that enables a flexible and agile yet also automated production process will be shown by the SmartFactoryKL technology initiative at SPS IPC Drives in hall 10.0 at booth 508. SmartFactoryKL invites visitors to experience Industrie 4.0 networking live.   more...

  • The coming 5G mobile communications standard will not sate our hunger for data for very long. That is why Fraunhofer experts are already working on 6G together with partners from industry and research as part of the EU-sponsored TERRANOVA project. The goal is to create a network in the terahertz frequency range.

    From Wi-Fi to mobile

    The image shows a functional prototype of a 300 GHz multichannel wireless system for further integration as a system-on-chip, developed by Fraunhofer IAF.
    © Fraunhofer IAF

    The coming 5G mobile communications standard will not sate our hunger for data for very long. That is why Fraunhofer experts are already working on 6G together with partners from industry and research as part of the EU-sponsored TERRANOVA project. The goal is to create a network in the terahertz frequency range.   more...

  • Human stem cells are considered a major new hope in medicine. It is expected that they will make it possible to treat a wide range of ailments such as neurodegenerative diseases. With LabBag, Fraunhofer researchers have developed an all-in-one system in the form of a transparent bag.

    Stem cell research: Laboratory in a bag

    Mini laboratory for human stem cells
    © Fraunhofer IST

    Human stem cells are considered a major new hope in medicine. It is expected that they will make it possible to treat a wide range of ailments such as neurodegenerative diseases. With LabBag, Fraunhofer researchers have developed an all-in-one system in the form of a transparent bag.   more...

  • Those who want a rich harvest need to drive back weeds so that the crops can grow better. In organic agriculture, herbicides are ruled out as they are considered toxic chemicals, and unwanted plants must be laboriously weeded out. This time-consuming work can soon be taken care of by robots.

    Robot automatically identifies weeds

    Tim Wigbels (left) and Dr. Julio Pastrana with their weed recognition software which is detecting a plant and how the laser system is shooting and damage its foliage.
    © Volker Lannert/Uni Bonn

    Those who want a rich harvest need to drive back weeds so that the crops can grow better. In organic agriculture, herbicides are ruled out as they are considered toxic chemicals, and unwanted plants must be laboriously weeded out. This time-consuming work can soon be taken care of by robots.   more...

  • Better technology and modern materials increase the traffic safety and save human life. But they pose totally new challenges for the emergency personnel at the accident site. Because today, tools like hydraulic rescue cutters more and more often reach their limits.

    Laser rescue system for serious accidents

    Conventional rescue systems more and more often reach their limits with modern materials and time is the crucial criterion.
    © Stadt Dortmund – Institut für Feuerwehr- und Rettungstechnologie

    Better technology and modern materials increase the traffic safety and save human life. But they pose totally new challenges for the emergency personnel at the accident site. Because today, tools like hydraulic rescue cutters more and more often reach their limits.   more...

  • Synthetic rubber and plastics - used for manufacturing tires, toys and myriad other products - are produced from butadiene, a molecule traditionally made from petroleum or natural gas. But those manmade materials could get a lot greener soon. A team of scientists from three U.S. research universities has invented a process to make butadiene from renewable sources like trees, grasses and corn.

    Getting a lot greener soon

    „Our team combined a catalyst we recently discovered with new and exciting chemistry to find the first high-yield, low-cost method of manufacturing butadiene,“ says Dionisios Vlachos, Director of the University of Delaware‘s Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation.
    © University of Delaware/ Jeffrey Chase

    Synthetic rubber and plastics - used for manufacturing tires, toys and myriad other products - are produced from butadiene, a molecule traditionally made from petroleum or natural gas. But those manmade materials could get a lot greener soon. A team of scientists from three U.S. research universities has invented a process to make butadiene from renewable sources like trees, grasses and corn.   more...

  • More and more automobile companies are focusing on body parts made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP). In the project HolQueSt 3D, the Laser Zentrum Hannover has developed laser processes for the automatic trimming, drilling and repair of three-dimensional components.

    Fit for series production

    On the way to series production: 3D CFRP processing
    © LZH

    More and more automobile companies are focusing on body parts made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP). In the project HolQueSt 3D, the Laser Zentrum Hannover has developed laser processes for the automatic trimming, drilling and repair of three-dimensional components.   more...

  • Visitors to the Oktoberfest have always known it and now it has been scientifically proven - beer can lift your spirits. Scientists at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) examined 13.000 food components to find out whether they stimulate the reward centre in the brain and make people feel good. Hordenine found in malted barley and beer seems to do the job well.

    Beer lifts your spirits and makes you feel good

    A researcher preparing a sample of beer.
    © FAU / Katharina Götz

    Visitors to the Oktoberfest have always known it and now it has been scientifically proven - beer can lift your spirits. Scientists at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) examined 13.000 food components to find out whether they stimulate the reward centre in the brain and make people feel good. Hordenine found in malted barley and beer seems to do the job well.   more...

  • In the past, insoles for patients with diabetes were hand-made by orthopedic shoemakers. In the future, these specialist shoemakers will be able to produce insoles more cost-effectively thanks to new software and the use of 3D printers. This approach means the mechanical properties of each insole can be assessed scientifically and more effectively.

    Do-it-yourself insoles

    With a combination of different structures in an insole, localized rigidity is digitally adjustable.
    © Fraunhofer IWM

    In the past, insoles for patients with diabetes were hand-made by orthopedic shoemakers. In the future, these specialist shoemakers will be able to produce insoles more cost-effectively thanks to new software and the use of 3D printers. This approach means the mechanical properties of each insole can be assessed scientifically and more effectively.   more...