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IFUM research team wins Otto von Guericke Award

IFUM | Welding and deep drawing in a single step: Thanks to this key technology, three researchers of IFUM received the Otto von Guericke Award 2017. With this research award, the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF) honours the best research project of the year.

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3D cameras evaluate ergonomics of assembly workstations

IPH/IFA | Awkward bending, lifting heavy items, working overhead: Such movements may cause permanent health problems. As a preventive measure, researchers of IPH and IFA developed an ergonomics assessment tool for assembly workplaces: 3D cameras capture unhealthy movements automatically.

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Underactuation: More flexibility through passive structures

match | Passivity pays off – also in robotics. Researchers of the Institute of Assembly Technology (match) are currently developing systems with passive joints: Compared to conventional parallel robots, the advantages are higher flexibility, lower weight, reduced costs and easy reconfigurability.

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Communication module stores and processes production data

ITA | Researchers from Hanover have developed a communication module which is able to store and process component-relevant data and communicate it to its environment. The autonomous system is supplied by a tiny solar cell. Its overall size is only a quarter the size of a sugar cube.

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Energy management for production industry

IPH/GREAN | A clever energy management saves companies a lot of money. The practice-oriented workshop on “Energy management in production”, taking place on 20 February 2018 in Hannover, gives you the right tools. Registration deadline is 22 January 2018.

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IPH Future Award for best student thesis given to Eric Pieper

IPH | Eric Pieper received the IPH Future Award 2017 for his Master thesis on wind turbine repowering. Once a year, the prize is awarded by the Institut für Integrierte Produktion (IPH) gGmbH to honour the best student thesis of the year.

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Web page explains production planning and control

IFA | With the Hanoverian Supply Chain Model, the Institute of Production Systems and Logistics (IFA) has developed a model which links the tasks of production planning and control with logistic actuating variables, control variables and objectives. The model is freely available on a web page for everybody.

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3D printing for medium-sized businesses: Free support for SME

LZH/IPH | Manufacturing individual products at almost the prices of mass products – using 3D printers. The Lower Saxony Center for Additive Manufacturing offers small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) free-of-charge support for the introduction of the new technology.

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Gaining insights to research immediately after the A-levels

LZH/PZH | Research without a university degree: The Voluntary Scientifc Year (FWJ) makes a direct entry into research possible for A-level students. At the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) and at the Produktionstechnisches Zentrum (PZH), the seventh FWJ generation started in September.

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Soft and compliant: The robots of the future

match | Paradigm shift in robotics: Instead of classical robot structures using stiff materials, soft material robotics employs soft and compliant components such as silicones. A new DFG Priority Programme seeks to promote research in this particular research area.

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Benjamin Küster appointed manager at IPH

IPH | Manager with 28 years: Benjamin Küster’s professional development proves that scientists working with research institutions can move up the corporate ladder very quickly. As from October 2017, the industrial engineer is heading the division Production Automation at the Institut für Integrierte Produktion Hannover (IPH) gGmbH.

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Bikes vs cars! Film club hosted by Technik-Salon and PZH

PZH | Never-ending traffic jams: Is this the future of cars in urban areas? How can cyclists survive the ever-growing traffic chaos? On 2 November 2017 at the Hannover Centre for Production Technology, the "BIKES vs CARS" film club poses questions and presents views from our region and from metropolitan cities around the world.

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IPH creates space for creative minds

IPH | Developing new ideas away from the desk: The Idea Lab created at the Institut für Integrierte Produktion Hannover (IPH) gGmbH is meant as a retreat that supports reflection and inspiration, but also facilitates collaborative team work.

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Longer lifetime for tool steels by cryogenic treatment

IW | Up to now, tool steels have been hardened by heat treatment. However, deep-freezing could improve wear resistance even more. For this reason, researchers at the Institute of Materials Science (IW) are investigating a method called cryogenic treatment, i.e. deep-freezing of steel using liquid nitrogen.

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20 years of tool- and mold-making work group

IPH | "The Future of Tool Making" – this is the motto of the tool- and mold-making work group (AKWZB) celebrating the 20th anniversary. The event is scheduled for the 27 September 2017 at the Institut für Integrierte Produktion Hannover (IPH) gGmbH.

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