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20-08-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Vibrations Prevented During Milling

Milling operations, particularly when conducted on thin-walled parts, often cause vibrations which impact negatively on part accuracy and on machining time. Using specialist support structures, such vibrations can be prevented during the post-processing of additive manufacturing components.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

17-08-2018 | Production + Production Technology | News | Article

Covestro Strengthens its Global Film Production

Covestro aims to develop its worldwide film production in order to meet rising demands across all regions. With a total investment of more than 100 million euros, the company also plans to expand its existing infrastructure and logistics. 

Author:
Dr. Hubert Pelc

16-08-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Complex thin glass components

Complex shaped thin glass products, such as those found in rounded displays in smartphones and electrical appliances or touch light switches in automobiles, can be produced within a few minutes. Glass moulding, gravity slumping and vacuum or overpressure-assisted slumping are the processes of choice, that the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT from Aachen, Germany, combines for this purpose.

Author:
Wiebke Sanders

16-08-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

New pigment inks for extreme temperatures

In some branches of industry, processes take place at temperatures of several hundred degrees Celsius. Only very few inks for component-marking with ink jet printers can withstand these extreme temperatures. With this in mind, marking and coding specialist Paul Leibinger GmbH & Co. KG from Tuttlingen has introduced a pigment ink to the market.

Author:
Wiebke Sanders

13-08-2018 | Basic Technologies | News | Article

Microstructuring of large surfaces using a UV Laser System

The company Coherent, in collaboration with Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT), hopes to develop new methods of gentle surface treatment using a short wavelength, high performance excimer laser system. The preparation of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) adhesive surfaces is just one example of the many possible applications.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

10-08-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Lignin-based Aerogels

In the context of a research project, scientists have developed highly porous insulation boards with excellent properties, and are now offering these lignin-based aerogels to interested companies for implementation in their pilot plants.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

09-08-2018 | Automotive Manufacturing | News | Article

Audi and Ericsson Test 5G in Production

Together car manufacturer Audi and communications technology company Ericsson aim to investigate the potential for network technology and mobile connectivity 5G in automobile production. For this purpose, a 5G radio cell test field has been set up.

Author:
Patrick Schäfer

09-08-2018 | Engineering + Development | News | Article

2018 TÜV Süd Innovation Award

The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS and 3D-Micromac AG were joint winners of the 2018 TÜV Süd Innovation Award. They received the award for developing a modern laser-based device that enables faster and more flexible sample preparation of materials for microstructure diagnostics.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

07-08-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Zinc Flake Coating with Micro- and Nano-Particles

Minuscule micro- and nano-particles can improve surface hardening when added to zinc flake coatings. The particles can also extend the corrosion protection under mechanical stress.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

02-08-2018 | Companies + Institutions | News | Article

Audi Starts Series Production of Electric Motors in Hungary

Series production of electric motors has started at Audi’s site in Győr, Hungary. The electric motors are manufactured on a floor space of 8,500 square metres using an innovative modular assembly production concept. 

Author:
Christiane Köllner

01-08-2018 | Battery | News | Article

Daimler Invests in Battery Plants and Chinese Partnership

Daimler is building two new battery plants in Germany. In addition, the Stuttgart-based car manufacturer is furthering its relationship with Baidu in China in order to accelerate the development of automated driving. 

Author:
Christiane Köllner

01-08-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

An Easier Take-Off

Lightweight carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) composites are increasingly being used in aircraft construction due to their high specific stiffness and strength. With the development of an aircraft nose wheel made of CFRP, researchers are aiming to demonstrate potential weight saving of up to 40 percent.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

30-07-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Faster and Better Production of Plastic Parts

Prior simulation of manufacturing processes and component properties plays an increasingly important role in plastic parts production. Including the crystallisation state in predictive models could optimise components and speed up development processes.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

27-07-2018 | Electric Vehicles | News | Article

Recyclable Electric Car Made from Flax and Sugarcane

Students at Eindhoven University of Technology have developed the Noah concept car. The electrically powered Noah consists largely of recyclable, bio-based raw materials. 

Author:
Christiane Köllner

27-07-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Requirements for Modern Car Body Adhesives

Sika's new generation of structural adhesives, which are derived from a special low-viscosity epoxy resin matrix, is based on a modular system that allows the combination of the most diverse material properties. This system is novel in that, apart from low viscosity, particularly good wash-out resistance is also achieved.

Author:
Dr. Hubert Pelc

23-07-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Thermal Imager for Industrial Applications

Fluke Process Instruments offers thermal imagers that meet the highest demands on industrial automation equipment and support image transmission via GigE, the latest interface standard in industrial image processing. A new series of thermal imagers with integrated optical camera has now been showcased.

Author:
Wiebke Sanders

19-07-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Nanocoating for Anti-Fingerprint Surfaces

Greasy streaks and traces on stainless steel and metal surfaces are not only unsightly but also attack the surface. A research project at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS therefore has plans to develop a highly effective nanocoating to avoid fingerprints.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

17-07-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Biopolymers for Self-Repairing Automotive Clear Coat

Scientists are developing a self-healing clear coat that is expected to make scratches in the car body disappear with the help of bio-based polymers and a new operating principle.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

16-07-2018 | Industry 4.0 | News | Article

Augmented Reality Helps Build Aircraft Tanks

Scientists at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are developing an augmented reality (AR)-based assistance system that should make it easier for engineers to build and maintain aircraft tanks.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

13-07-2018 | Companies + Institutions | News | Article

New Sino-German Collaboration in the Automotive Industry

In recent days, new partnerships between German and Chinese companies in the automotive sector have been announced as part of the Chinese state visit to Germany. 

Author:
Patrick Schäfer

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