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17-08-2018 | Electro Mobility | News | Article

TU Graz Unveils Robot-controlled CCS Rapid Charging System

The Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) has developed an automated CCS rapid charging system for electric cars. The robot-assisted prototype enables the sequential charging of different vehicles entering the charging space one after the other.

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. 

16-08-2018 | Carsharing | News | Article

Kaspersky Lab Criticises Security Risks in Car Sharing Apps

The software firm Kaspersky Lab has investigated car sharing apps from well-known developers. The result: several security vulnerabilities make it easy for hackers to target users. 

15-08-2018 | Electric Vehicles | News | Article

Audi e-tron Gets Electrohydraulic Brake Control System

Car manufacturer Audi claims its e-tron model will be the first electric car fitted with brake-by-wire technology. Depending on the driving situation, the brake system decides whether the Audi will decelerate using the electric motors, the wheel brake, or a combination of the two. 

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.

10-08-2018 | Internal Combustion Engine | News | Article

Mazda Researches Efficient Combustion Engines

Mazda has developed a research project focussing on creating a new, low-carbon fuel alongside research into internal combustion engines that use the fuel.

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.

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.

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.

08-08-2018 | Commercial Vehicles | News | Article

Renault Trucks Urban Lab 2 Demonstrates Fuel Saving Potential

Renault Trucks has optimised a temperature controlled truck in terms of aerodynamics, drive train, tires and connectivity. The Urban Lab 2 now consumes 12.8 percent less fuel in city and regional traffic.

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.

03-08-2018 | Fuel Cell | News | Article

Toyota Improves the Range of Its Fuel Cell Truck

Toyota has further developed its heavy-duty fuel cell truck. Alongside a higher range, the Beta truck offers increased suitability for everyday use and better manoeuvrability. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

26-07-2018 | Mobility Concepts | News | Article

TU Munich’s Hyperloop Team Races to its Third Victory at 467 km/h

The third Hyperloop competition took place in Los Angeles, where the Technical University of Munich (TUM) won for the third time in a row. 

25-07-2018 | Mobility Concepts | News | Article

Aston Martin Is Working on a Luxury Air-Taxi

Aston Martin has unveiled its vision of an air-taxi – the Vision Volante Concept. The British-based company’s concept is an autonomous hybrid-electric luxury compact aircraft with room for three passengers. 

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