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24-05-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Metal-Phosphate Flakes Improve Corrosion Protection

Zinc-phosphate coatings are frequently used to protect steel structures against corrosion. Researchers at the Leibniz Institute for New Materials (INM) have developed special, flake-shaped metal-phosphate particles to improve passivation and increase the diffusion barrier to corrosive substances.

Author:
Nadine Klein

22-05-2018 | Production + Production Technology | News | Article

Conveyor with Silicone Muscles

Researchers have developed an energy-saving conveyor technology that individually adapts to the conveyed goods according to size, weight and desired speed: silicone muscles under the conveyor.

Author:
Nadine Klein

18-05-2018 | Lightweight Design | News | Article

Inexpensive Carbon Fibres for Lightweight Construction

Producing carbon fibres is still too expensive for the mass market. This should change with the ComCarbon technology from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP, which focuses on an inexpensive melt-spinning process with special meltable PAN copolymers.

Author:
Andreas Burkert

15-05-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Disorder Increases Thermal Insulation

Powders are highly suitable for thermal insulation when they comprise a disordered collection of differently sized nanoparticles. Researchers at the University of Bayreuth have discovered how the thermal conductivity of powders is influenced by the order and disorder of their components.

Author:
Nadine Klein

14-05-2018 | Industry 4.0 | News | Article

All-Round Talent in Aircraft Construction

Unfinished aircraft components come in different sizes and designs, which complicates automatic machining. A new mobile robot can rapidly adapt to shape deviations, as well as product and type changes, and machines the components highly accurately.

Author:
Nadine Klein

11-05-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Upcycling PET Bottles

An innovative procedure should permit re-utilisation of PET waste from used beverage bottles to produce industrial plastic, thereby reducing the consumption of new, high-grade polyamide-based plastic. 

Author:
Nadine Klein

07-05-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Origami à la Earwig

Researchers at ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich) have developed multifunctional origami structures and produced them on a 3D printer. They copied the principle underlying the shapes from the earwig.

Author:
Nadine Klein

04-05-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Precisely Predicting Material Failure

When components are made in several solid-forming steps, the loads involved can invisibly damage the materials. A new simulation model can precisely calculate the damage progression to predict the time and location of material failure.

Author:
Nadine Klein

02-05-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

New Plastic Makes Administering Drugs Safer

When a patient needs medication for life-saving cancer treatment, this treatment must be smooth and well coordinated. This also applies to the plastic used for Luer and other connectors.

Author:
Dr. Hubert Pelc

30-04-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Digitalisation Shortens Planning Process for Forged Parts

Until now, planning the production process of a forged part has been costly and time-consuming. In addition, the quality of the result has depended on the designer. The IPH is therefore researching a method to significantly reduce the effort involved in planning the successive forming of a forged part.

Author:
Nadine Klein

27-04-2018 | Engineering + Development | News | Article

World’s Largest Mosaic Made of ETFE Film

The world's largest facade made of single-layer ETFE  film shines in the colours of the Mexican first-division team FC Puebla. Thanks to this film's low weight per unit area, the structure uses 1,500 tonnes less steel than does a comparable glass facade.

Author:
Dr. Hubert Pelc

25-04-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Successfully Recycling Release Paper

Siliconised release liner can be found wherever there are labels: large amounts are generated, for instance, in the consumer goods and food industry, and in logistics.

Author:
Dr. Hubert Pelc

23-04-2018 | Industry 4.0 | News | Article

Robots Save Jobs

Human-robot collaboration (HRC) could save thousands of assembly jobs throughout Europe. However, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in particular, have so far been reluctant to invest in partial automation. An EU research project is aiming to make the use of robot assistants for assembly work more commercially attractive.

Author:
Nadine Klein

19-04-2018 | Basic Technologies | News | Article

Laserauftragschweißen perfektioniert

The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has developed an inline system for testing, qualifying and adjusting the focused powder jet for laser material deposition. With this system, nozzles can be certified and the caustics characterised completely.

Author:
Nadine Klein

16-04-2018 | Production + Production Technology | News | Article

Greater Flexibility in Plant Conversion

How can production plants be converted flexibly and safely in terms of "plug & produce"? The solution is an extended modular safety concept presented by the partner consortium of the Smart Factory KL-Industrie 4.0 production plant at the Hannover Messe trade show from 23-27 April 2018.

Author:
Nadine Klein

10-04-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Efficient Use of Resources for Manufacturing Metal Components

Even marginal reductions in the material and resources used per component yield high cost savings in series production of lightweight components made of aluminium.

Author:
Nadine Klein

09-04-2018 | Basic Technologies | News | Article

Determining the Properties of Extremely Short Pulses of Light

Short, rotating pulses of light reveal much about the inner structure of materials. An international team of physicists from the Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI) has developed a new method for precisely characterising such extremely short light pulses.

Author:
Nadine Klein

05-04-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Using Flame Spray to Make Surfaces Liquid Repellent

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany, and Tampere University of Technology, Finland, have found a new way of applying a structured coating that repels liquids.

Author:
Nadine Klein

03-04-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Holistic Materials Characterisation of Plastics and Fibre Composites

The Fraunhofer Institutes for Nondestructive Testing IZFP, for Mechanics of Materials IWM, and for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF now jointly offer a comprehensive portfolio for holistic material characterisation of plastics and fibre composites for component design.

Author:
Nadine Klein

28-03-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Release Agent Free Manufacture of FRP Components in the Hot Press

At the JEC World 2018 fair in Paris from 6 to 8 March, the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM presented the use of flexible FlexPlas release film in complex hot press moulds for the first time.

Author:
Nadine Klein
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