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14-11-2018 | Sensors | News | Article

Robot Eye with a 360° View

Robots can move – but not see – in all directions. Fraunhofer IAPT's new laser sensor is designed to solve this problem by providing an all-round view.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

12-11-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Thin films from Germany Bound for Mercury

On 20 October, the European-Japanese BepiColombo mission to study Mercury began. It included thin films produced at the Fraunhofer IST.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

08-11-2018 | Biomedical Technology | News | Article

Medication through the Skin

If drugs are to enter the body painlessly and efficiently, they can be administered via skin patches. Researchers at Empa and the University of Fribourg are currently developing nanocontainers for therapeutic agents that can be controlled by light.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

06-11-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Customised Biosynthetics

Chemists have developed a new method to precisely control the length of fatty acids chains, creating synthesised materials with tailor-made properties. In future, a special layered structure could be used for high-tech membranes.​​​​​​​

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

02-11-2018 | Battery | News | Article

Polycarbonate Protects the Heart of Electric Mobility

Polycarbonate plastics are dimensionally stable as well as impact and temperature resistant. In electric vehicles, they ensure optimal protection of the lithium-ion battery as a cell holder or housing component.

Author:
Dr. Hubert Pelc

29-10-2018 | Basic Technologies | News | Article

Colour Change with Temperature

Thanks to moving components, a new active nanocomposite reacts to temperature changes with a colour change. In the future, this will also be possible with other external influences such as chemical substances or toxins.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

24-10-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Riveting High-Strength Aluminium Layers Reliably

A special self-piercing rivet now allows up to four layers of 6000 series high-strength, low-ductility aluminium alloys to be riveted together reliably. This process is well suited to lightweight automotive construction.

Author:
Andreas Burkert

22-10-2018 | Lightweight Design | News | Article

Particle Foam for Lightweight Components

The particle foam, which was developed on the basis of polyethersulfone, can withstand high temperatures, is intrinsically flame retardant and extremely lightweight, making Ultrason E suitable for foam mouldings in lightweight construction.

Author:
Andreas Burkert

17-10-2018 | Production + Production Technology | News | Article

Tough Nuts, Cracked in a Smart Way

Welding, crushing, breaking up concrete – an Empa team monitors noisy processes using artificial intelligence. This way, the sounds of production faults and impending breakdowns can literally be filtered out of the noise.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

15-10-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

3D Printed Midsoles for Footwear

Danish shoe manufacturer Ecco, ViscoTec and a 3D printer manufacturer are jointly developing a process for the additive manufacturing of midsoles from a heat-cured two-component silicone.

Author:
Dr. Hubert Pelc

11-10-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Taylor Medal Award 2018

This year's Taylor Medal went to Dr. Markus Zeis from the Machine Tool Laboratory (WZL) at RWTH Aachen University, for his scientific work establishing a process signature for electrical discharge machining, a machining process involving thermal/chemical effects on the workpiece.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

08-10-2018 | Production + Production Technology | News | Article

Clean Engines for Reduced Fuel Consumption

Contaminated aircraft engines work less efficiently and require more fuel. Therefore, researchers from Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences are searching for new methods to allow engines to be cleaned more frequently and to a higher standard, which in turn would mean engines operate more efficiently.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

04-10-2018 | Production + Production Technology | News | Article

The World's First CFRP Rail Vehicle

CG Rail has unveiled a rail vehicle made almost entirely of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) components. The lightweight train's car body alone is 30 percent lighter than a conventional aluminium structure.

Author:
Thomas Siebel

01-10-2018 | Industry 4.0 | News | Article

Sensor System for SMEs

A state-of-the-art mobile sensor system makes it possible to capture data from existing processes as well as from additional sensors and transmit it via mobile communication to a database. Analysis techniques can reveal causes of quality deficiencies or identify signs of imminent maintenance.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

26-09-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

New Surface Properties for Wood-Based Materials

As part of an international research project, scientists have investigated to what extent atmospheric plasma can be useful in the surface modification of wood-based materials. The results of this research are relevant for a large number of applications.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

24-09-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Anti-Adhesive Surface in the Sea

The mushroom-like microstructure of a new non-toxic silicone coating reduces the adhesion area of barnacles to surfaces by more than 50 percent, making it more difficult for the barnacles to stick to ships' hulls.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

20-09-2018 | Production + Production Technology | News | Article

Adhesives Industry in Cost Trap

According to IVK, significant price increases for basic chemicals and intermediates, limited availability and a strong global demand are making adhesive raw materials far more expensive.

Author:
Dr. Hubert Pelc

19-09-2018 | Industry 4.0 | News | Article

Simple Networking of Machine Components

To date, the networking of plant components has failed due to the manufacturer-specific software and the great effort required for reprogramming. Fortiss, in collaboration with the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) and industry partners, has now unveiled a new assembly cell that operates using a manufacturer and platform independent protocol.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

12-09-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Silicone Adhesion Inspired by Beetle Feet

Inspired by the adhesive elements on beetle feet, a group of researchers from Kiel in Germany have significantly improved the adhesion of silicone surfaces through micro structuring and plasma treatment.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

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

Serial Production of Fibre-Reinforced Magnesium

A consortium led by the Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden) has developed a system for producing particle- and fibre-reinforced magnesium components on an industrial scale. The cycle times are less than a minute.

Author:
Thomas Siebel
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