Conference “Aachen Polymer Optics Days” postponed to autumn 2020

The safety and health of participants and employees is a top priority for the organizers of the "Aachen Polymer Optics Days" conference. Therefore, in consultation with the event’s cooperation partners and following the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute, they have decided to postpone the event until autumn: The conference is now planned for 27 Read more about Conference “Aachen Polymer Optics Days” postponed to autumn 2020[…]

Fraunhofer and Additive Industries cooperate in the Netherlands

Fraunhofer is now picking up speed in the field of additive manufacturing in the Netherlands: Through the cooperation of the Fraunhofer Project Center at the University of Twente (FPC@UT) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT with the Dutch supplier Additive Industries B.V. based in Eindhoven, Fraunhofer is further expanding its activities in the Read more about Fraunhofer and Additive Industries cooperate in the Netherlands[…]

5G is smartening up production

Modern sensor technology can already collect an extensive range of data from machines and equipment. Analyzing these data can expose anomalies between planned and actual production in order to support optimization purposes. However, data storage and analysis still tend to be decentralized and involve a time-lag. The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen Read more about 5G is smartening up production[…]

Non-destructive tomographic measuring method for geometrically complex microoptics

For the functionality of optical systems, the geometrical shape of the functional optical surfaces and their position relative to each other is a decisive criterium. However, small-aperture polymer optics, which are in great demand, for example, in mobile phone cameras, endoscopes or car sensors, cannot yet be checked with sufficient accuracy using standard metrological methods. Read more about Non-destructive tomographic measuring method for geometrically complex microoptics[…]

Digital twin, 5G and the Industrial Internet of Things

How is a digital twin generated from machine data? How can companies apply the new 5G mobile communications standard in their production? What software is required to power the Industrial Internet of Things? These are the questions currently being addressed by the three Aachen-based Fraunhofer Institutes in collaboration with 15 partners from industry who have Read more about Digital twin, 5G and the Industrial Internet of Things[…]

5G-Industry Campus Europe

At the world’s leading industrial exhibition, the Hannover Messe, the focus is on one subject: 5G. While many exhibitors will be showing individual applications of the technology, the Aachen-based Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT and the Swedish mobile network supplier Ericsson will be presenting German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Read more about 5G-Industry Campus Europe[…]

Light and strong: Hybrid lightweight components made of steel and fiber-reinforced plastics

In recent years there has been a sharp increase in demand for lighter components for applications in mobility and transport in response to the need to save weight, and therefore energy and resources. Hybrid components made of steel, locally functionalized with fiber-reinforced plastics combine high mechanical performance with low weight. Demand for manufacturing processes conducive Read more about Light and strong: Hybrid lightweight components made of steel and fiber-reinforced plastics[…]

Fully equipped, automated laboratory advances for clinical stem cell therapies

Stem cells can offer new hope as a treatment for several serious diseases, including arthritis, diabetic complications, several cancers, liver diseases and more. Today, the production of stem cells is a complex, highly-skilled, and labour-intensive task, with a high risk of contamination or human error. Therefore, the EU funded Horizon 2020 research project “Autostem”, led Read more about Fully equipped, automated laboratory advances for clinical stem cell therapies[…]

Plastic Optics from Aachen at Fakuma 2018

The relentless advance in the digitalization of production is making inroads into the manufacture of premium quality optical plastic components: More and more frequently, digital applications help to model production processes more dependably and more predictably and to produce plastic optical components more swiftly and accurately. This is enabling plastic optical components to be produced Read more about Plastic Optics from Aachen at Fakuma 2018[…]

Additive Manufacturing

When economic or safety considerations rule out the use of powder materials in additive manufacturing, the option of wire-feed laser deposition welding resents itself. The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen has developed a smart laser module for wire deposition welding, which can easily be integrated within existing process chains, handling systems or Read more about Additive Manufacturing[…]