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12-12-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Pixelated Phosphors Are an Alternative to LEDs

Fraunhofer researchers have discovered silicon structures filled with phosphor as an alternative to LED matrix systems. These structures are said to offer a higher spatial resolution and a better contrast ratio.

Author:
Patrick Schäfer

10-12-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

A Focus on Pressure Sensitive Adhesives

From 22 to 24 October 2018, around 255 participants from 14 countries gathered for the 43rd Munich Adhesives and Finishing Symposium. The focus this year was on the subject area "pressure sensitive adhesives".

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

06-12-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Non-Uniform Heating Should Reduce Forging Times

A new process should allow complex preform operations to be greatly simplified or even omitted in future. Scientists at the IPH are planning to use non-uniform heating to shorten the forging process and save energy and resources.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

05-12-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

3D Printing without Support Structures

The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has now developed the TwoCure process to industrial maturity: the resin-based 3D printing process enables the large-scale production of unsupported components in an automated process.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

03-12-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Smart Machining Module for Wire-Based Laser Deposition Welding

When economic or safety considerations rule out the use of powder materials in additive manufacturing, wire-based laser deposition welding becomes an option. The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen has now developed a smart laser module that can be combined with industrial robot systems in the medium term.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

03-12-2018 | Lightweight Design | News | Article

Less Contact Corrosion in CFRP Components

Lightweight metals and fibre composites have different electrochemical potentials, which risks contact corrosion occurring in the hybrid composite. However, a temperature-resistant protective layer on the CFRP component can prevent electrochemical corrosion processes arising in the composite material.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

28-11-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Sealing Solutions for Sustainable Power Generation

The global expansion of wind turbines is progressing at a rapid pace. Power suppliers are beginning to cover new ground with wind power. Nowadays, cost efficiency and reliability are in higher demand than ever before. This requires high-performance components and operating materials.

Author:
Dr. Hubert Pelc

26-11-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Huge Rotors Made of Lightweight Polyurethane Infusion Resin

Wind turbine rotor blades are generally made out of resin. Now Covestro has made the first blades out of polyurethane infusion resin. This allows the blades to be made longer and stronger.

Author:
Andreas Burkert

22-11-2018 | Industry 4.0 | News | Article

Trustworthy Data Exchange Between Smart Factories

As a part of their "SYNERGY" data space project, researchers at the Fraunhofer IOSB are making communication between smart factories simpler and more secure. To accomplish this, they are building a bridge between different reference architectures of the Industrial Internet of Things.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

20-11-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Molecular Multitools

An international team of scientists has developed surfaces that can easily be modified by visible light and assigned various functions.

Author:
Nadine Winkelmann

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
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