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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

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 | 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

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 | 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

09-07-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Carbon infrared oven for jam production

Manchester-based jam manufacturer Duerr's is now using a carbon infrared oven for production and was able to switch from a hot water to a cold air rinsing system at their Wythenshawe jam-making site. This saves several thousand pounds a year for the water and also ensures process optimization.

Author:
Wiebke Sanders

09-07-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Adhesives at the World Cup in Russia

At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, 32 teams will vie for the title at 11 venues. Long journeys have to be made by plane or bus. In order for the teams to arrive safely, transport vehicles must be reliable and robust – adhesives help bridge these far-flung venues at the World Cup.

Author:
Dr. Hubert Pelc

06-07-2018 | Materials | News | Article

Virtually Maintenance-Free Lightweight Drives

Lightweight components made of magnesium and other metals can now be individually protected against corrosion and wear. The high-performance plastic PEEK (polyether ether ketone) is melted onto the surface by laser beams.

Author:
Andreas Burkert

05-07-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Highly Wear Resistant Coatings

A research group at the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU, Brandenburgische Technische Universität) in Senftenberg, Germany, has developed coatings with high wear resistance, which are used in crushers and grinding plants, for example.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

28-06-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Metal-ceramic substrate for power electronics

Silicon nitride is a widely used material in the semiconductor and electronics industries. With the AMB silicon nitride substrate (Si3N4), a new metal-ceramic substrate has now been developed that offers a number of advantages compared to other metal-ceramic substrates.

Author:
Wiebke Sanders

28-06-2018 | Engineering + Development | News | Article

Air Layer Permits Ships to Glide through Water more Easily

As part of the AIRCOAT project, researchers from all over Europe have developed an air coating that reduces drag on ships. The researchers use the salvinia effect, which allows an air layer to permanently exist under water.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

27-06-2018 | Basic Technologies | News | Article

Steel Components Can Be Efficiently Coated Using EHLA

Every three years, the German steel industry awards the Steel Innovation Prize for innovations that keep this material modern. This year the award went, among others, to an environmentally-friendly laser-based alternative to chrome(VI) plating. 

Author:
Dieter Beste

26-06-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Efficiency of Aircraft Engines Improved

The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS has succeeded in increasing the stability of those aircraft engine parts which are subject to stress due to temperature. This helps to reduce kerosene consumption and CO2 emissions.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann
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