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Rotor Blade Production is Industrialized

11-11-2023 | Manufacturing | Editor´s Pick | News

Rotor Blade Production is Industrialized

The Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES completed the BladeFactory project in October, an important occasion to look back on the results together with project partners and guests from the wind energy industry and research.

Cobalt: Element of the Periodic Table

10-11-2023 | Battery | In the Spotlight | Article

How Can Cobalt Be Reduced in Electric Car Batteries?

Cobalt is a controversial raw material. There are both technical and ethical reasons for this. Researchers are therefore looking for alternatives for the cathode material.

Continental Mobile Robots takes over Kinexon specialty division

09-11-2023 | Automotive Manufacturing | Editor´s Pick | News

Continental Takes Over Robotics Speciality Division

Continental acquires Kinexon's specialist division for the "Brain" on-board operating system, thereby further expanding its expertise in the field of autonomous, mobile robots.

Production of Non-ferrous Metals 2022

08-11-2023 | Production + Production Technology | Infographic | Article

Germany Becomes a Net Importer of Non-ferrous Metals

High energy costs led to a reduction in non-ferrous metal production in 2022. While the trade balance for semi-finished products is roughly even, Germany remains heavily dependent on imports for raw metals.

Plastic Granulate and Leaf

08-11-2023 | Materials Technology | In the Spotlight | Article

How Plastics Could Get Rid of Fossil Raw Materials

Plastics Europe has presented a roadmap for the transformation of the plastics industry towards a circular economy and climate neutrality. The aim is to reduce the proportion of fossil-based plastics to 35% by 2050.

Quote from Bernd Jung from PwC

06-11-2023 | Companies + Institutions | Infographic | Article

Mechanical Engineering is Pessimistic about Economic Development

According to PwC, the majority of mechanical and plant engineering companies are pessimistic about economic development. Cost pressure, a shortage of skilled workers and regulation are slowing things down, while sustainability is not recognized as an opportunity.

Sketch of a light bulb under a magnifying glass

02-11-2023 | Machinery | In the Spotlight | Article

Frugal Innovation Replaces Over-Engineering

European machine and plant manufacturers are increasingly competing on the global market with local companies from the low-cost segment - which offer high-quality products. Is the "golden tap" on the brink of extinction?

Share of plastics recycled in 2022

31-10-2023 | Materials Technology | Infographic | Article

Share of Recycled and Bioplastics Grows

Nearly 10% of the plastics produced worldwide is made from recycled or bio-based raw materials. The European industry even reaches almost 20 %, but at the same time its share of the world market is decreasing.

Hydrogen Symbol Image

24-10-2023 | Hydrogen | In the Spotlight | Article

How Germany is Becoming the Leading Supplier for Electrolysers

In the production of electrolysers, German manufacturers are among the top addresses. But international competition is tough. Acatech outlines how German industry can maintain its strong position.

Battery Recycling Symbol Image

16-10-2023 | Battery | In the Spotlight | Article

Battery Recycling Picks Up Speed Starting in 2030

Strategy& and RWTH Aachen expect a large supply of materials and falling costs - in recycling and for batteries. However, the volume of used batteries threatens to significantly exceed recycling capacities.

Top 5 Applications for Professional Service Robots

13-10-2023 | Robotik | Infographic | Article

Demand for Service Robots Driven by Shortage of Skilled Workers

For professional use, transport robots and increasingly also information robots are in demand. According to the IFR, however, the number of vacuum and garden robots for private use is far higher.

Microscope Image of Steel Grain Sizes

11-10-2023 | Materials Technology | Editor´s Pick | News

Deep Learning Model Determines Grain Sizes in Steel

Steel properties depend strongly on grain size, which has so far been evaluated by visual inspection. A model developed by Schaeffler and Fraunhofer IWM now promises a more reliable classification.

Liquid Metal is Poured into a Mold.

10-10-2023 | Engineering + Development | Editor´s Pick | News

Ultralight Cast Structures to Become More Reliable

The GJSlim project combines knowledge from foundry technology, lightweight construction and fatigue strength. Structures made of nodular graphite cast iron with wall thicknesses of less than 5 mm are to be made more resistant to cyclic loading.

Hot Formed Aluminum Sheets

21-09-2023 | Machinery | Editor´s Pick | News

Aluminum Hot Forming Process Does Not Require a Separate Furnace

A process developed by Schuler for hydraulic presses heats aluminum sheets within a very short time and reshapes them in a water-cooled die. A separate furnace is not required.

Manufacturing of a Fuel Cell

21-09-2023 | Fuel Cell | Editor´s Pick | News

Bosch Recycles Platinum from Fuel Cells

Bosch intends to buy back and recycle its self-produced fuel cell stacks at the end of their service life. In the process, almost all of the platinum contained can be used to build new stacks.

BAM research on LME improves safety of vehicle bodies.

14-09-2023 | Manufacturing | Editor´s Pick | News

Prevent Cracks in Galvanized Steels

Zinc coatings protect steels from corrosion. But during subsequent welding, the zinc coating can lead to microcracks. BAM has discovered a cause for this.

Man Views Virtual Image of a Machine on Tablet

12-09-2023 | Industry 4.0 | In the Spotlight | Article

Where the Digital Twin Reaches its Limits in Production

More and more companies are relying on the digital twin in production. But the concept is limited when it comes to complex machines and systems. This is particularly evident in modular and reconfigurable systems.

Rath reduces CO2 emissions by 70 % in silicon carbide production

12-09-2023 | Ceramic Technology | Editor´s Pick | News

Rath Reduces CO2 Emissions by 70 % in Silicon Carbide Production

At the Rath plant in Lower Austria, two new vacuum nitriding furnaces, used to produce silicon carbide plates and bricks, are now being operated with electricity. The result: CO2 emissions are around 70 % lower.

New Process Makes Silicon Carbide Recycling Possible

12-09-2023 | Ceramic Technology | Editor´s Pick | News

New Process Makes Silicon Carbide Recycling Possible

The production of silicon carbide is energy-intensive and produces large amounts of by-products. Researchers at Fraunhofer IKTS have developed an environmentally friendly recycling process to turn these back into high-quality silicon carbide.

Heat-Resistant Ceramic Ink for Data Codes on Metal Components

12-09-2023 | Ceramic Technology | Editor´s Pick | News

Heat-Resistant Ceramic Ink for Data Codes on Metal Components

Fraunhofer researchers have developed an extremely heat-resistant ceramic-based ink. This enables metal components processed in the automotive industry at temperatures over 1000 °C to be marked with a code.