In 3D-printing, up to now, the integration of electronic components and consequently, the production of customized sensors has presented a challenge. Now, together with the companies ARBURG and Balluff, Fraunhofer IPA has achieved a breakthrough.
An app to determine the potential for automation, and a website for automation-friendly components design: Companies can use these two tools to make assembly more efficient and economical. Both can be used with just a few clicks.
Daten sind die Währung der Zukunft. But how does a company derive countless data from its machines in order to modernize production? Innovative software helps. It reads out the data needed and makes it available for any application. Its advantage is: It is particularly flexible and user-friendly.
Many activities overstrain the human body and lead to wear and tear and damage in the long run. For about a decade, Fraunhofer IPA has been developing exoskeletons, i.e. support structures that protect against damage to health.
The analysis of a production starts with the bottlenecks. This prevents production from being optimized locally at the points that contribute little to the performance of the entire production system.
As you read this article, a species is probably going extinct. This happens even before we get to learn about it. According to a biodiversity report from the United Nations, up to 130 animal and plant species die out every day. With each species, we also lose a role model from which we could learn something.
With 2ndSCIN®, a research team from Fraunhofer IPA has developed a protective enclosure for robots and other automation components that are to be used in a clean room.
The two Stuttgart-based Fraunhofer Institutes IPA and IAO have developed an online platform that makes the Future Work Lab and various other research laboratories virtual and accessible.
Philippa Ngaju Makobore of the Uganda Industrial Research Institute, located in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, and her German cooperation partner, Tobias Behr, of the PAMB Fraunhofer Project Group, have been awarded the Afro-German Innovation Promotion Prize 2020 by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Digital transformation is improving production and making entirely new business models possible. However, before implementation begins, it makes sense to determine the degree of maturity, advises Paul Thieme from the DigiTools for Manufacturing department at Fraunhofer IPA.
“TagAktiv”, a computer game for people with dementia, has been developed at Fraunhofer IPA. It is used for everyday practical and cognitive activation and is based on MAKS therapy.
Large quantities of previously unused, degradable biopolymers accrue in agriculture and forestry. They could be used for 3D printing, replacing the non-biological polymers that have been used en masse.
Ohne Abfall, Abwasser und Abluft: Das Konzept für das weltweit erste stadtnahe, ultraeffiziente Gewerbegebiet steht. Wissenschaftler der drei Fraunhofer-Institute IPA, IAO und IGB haben es gemeinsam mit der Stadt Rheinfelden (Baden) und den ansässigen Unternehmen erarbeitet. Es sieht vor, alternative Energiequellen anzuzapfen, vorhandene Synergien besser zu nutzen und Kreisläufe zu schließen.
An example of pioneering technology is a separation process using robots known as bin picking. Its development exemplifies the path from research result to a purchasable product of Liebherr-Verzahntechnik GmbH. The technology is still being further developed today under the motto “Automation for Automation”.