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Flexible write head stores data directly on components

IMPT | Researchers of the Institute of Micro Production Technology (IMPT) developed a magnetic data storage, enabling information to be stored directly on the surface of non-magnetic components.

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New high-precision assembly cell at match

match | Whether sensors, pacemakers or clockworks: Wherever high-precision part assembly is indispensable, conventional robots will reach their limits. For research purposes, the Institute of Assembly Technology (match) has therefore installed a flexible high-precision assembly cell.


Simulation methods for hybrid lightweight components

IFUM | Apart from new materials and production processes, large-batch production of lightweight components also requires novel simulation strategies. Researchers at IFUM are currently developing calculation methods which are suitable for predicting the forming behaviour of fibre-reinforced plastics.

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Research meets culture: Students visit St Petersburg

ITA | This year, it was the fourth summer workshop in St Petersburg organized by the Institute of Transport and Automation Technology (ITA). Students from Hanover visited their partner institute at Saint Petersburg State Polytechnic University and explored the City of the Tsars.

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Basics of factory planning in two days

IFA/IPH | In October, professionals and managerial staff will have the opportunity to learn the basics of how to build a new factory or how to expand or reorganise their existing one. In the practical seminar “Factory Planning“, experts will impart comprehensive knowledge which can be applied by the workshop participants immediately.


Automated splice preparation for conveyor belts

ITA | Researchers of the Institute of Transportation and Automation Technology (ITA) are currently investigating an automatable method for splice preparation of steel cord conveyor belts. Instead of using numerous manual cutting processes, steel cords shall be stripped using water jet technology – a quicker and more precise solution.


Research on coatings for mega yachts

IFW | Smooth and immaculate: Aesthetics has top priority when constructing a mega yacht. Particularly the surface symbolizes the value of a yacht. Therefore, the coating process is of great importance. IFW researchers are currently working on how to improve the process.


Mass production of lightweight composite parts

match | In motorsports, ultra lightweight vehicle body components made of organosheets are already in use. But for now, they are not applicable to large-batch production, since state-of-the-art robots used in the production process are not yet able to handle the dimensionally unstable material. To cope with this drawback, match does research on a novel gripping technology.


Training 4.0 – Virtual reality learning

IFA | There are plenty of training programmes on the market. But how do employers select the most suitable training course for their workers? Researchers from Hanover have developed a questionnaire which helps make the proper choice. Moreover, they are developing virtual reality learning concepts.

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Laser-processed composites on the way to series production

LZH | A funding initiative has brought the laser processing of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) a step closer to series production. Even after the end of the funding, the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) continues optimizing these processes.

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Digitalization roadshow bus on tour in Lower Saxony

IPH/PZH | A bus rebuilt as factory is presently touring across Lower Saxony and Bremen. The goal: getting small enterprises informed on Industry 4.0. The free roadshows are organized by "Mit uns digital!". Until the end of 2017, there will be another eleven tours.

Smart minds

Doctoral candidate from Russia does research at IFUM

IFUM | Research across borders: Aleksandr Zaitsev is working as visiting scientist at the Institute of Forming Technology and Machines (IFUM). The focus of the PhD student from Saint Petersburg is on the simulation of a thermo-mechanical forming process.

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Future career day at the LZH and PZH attracts 140 students

LZH/PZH | Fascinating science: The future career days at the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) and at the Hannover Centre for Production Technology (PZH) were again booked out early. The students were amazed to learn how to look inside a finger nail with a laser and how to construct grippers.


Respect performance fluctuations, improve product quality

IPH | One research topic of the Institut für Integrierte Produktion Hannover (IPH) is the avoidance of worker overload in production during job shop scheduling to eliminate production errors, improve product quality and reduce cost.

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Metal under the microscope: IW shows prizewinning pictures

IW | “Different appearances of metal“: This is the title of a photo exhibition in East Friesland, Germany, organized by the Institute of Materials Science (IW) of Leibniz Universität Hannover. The pictures have been created by five employees working in the metallography sector of the Hannover Centre for Production Technology (PZH).

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