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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Hannover Messe 2017: Efficient forging and additive manufacturing

IPH/LZH | Forging undercuts, additive manufacturing, underwater laser cutting and integrating sensors: This can be done with the tools presented by the IPH and LZH at the Hannover Messe 2017. From 24 to 28 April 2017, they will be presenting their research findings in hall 2.

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Fast and easy method to determine the efficiency of forming presses

IFUM | Determining the energy efficiency of presses is a very complex and time-consuming process. Since efficiency depends on the forming process, experiments with different tools are necessary. Researchers at IFUM seek for a solution: They are developing a device which is able to model various processes.

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Cost-efficient production of bipolar plates for fuel cells

IW | In fuel cells, water-cooled bipolar plates function as current collector, gas distributor and serve for heat control. To make their production more cost-efficient, researchers of Leibniz Universität Hannover and TU Chemnitz have developed a new method.

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Retain and impart the knowledge of employees

IFW | Jobs in production industry become more and more sophisticated, while it is difficult to find qualified staff. For this reason, enterprises have to promote their employees systematically – making sure that experienced staff members impart their knowledge to their colleagues. IFW wants to help them meeting this challenge.

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Johanna Uhe – new CRC managing director

IFUM | Since the beginning of 2017, Johanna Uhe belongs to the management of the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1153. The 28-year old is responsible for the coordination of 14 subprojects on “Tailored Forming“, meaning the manufacture of tailored hybrid high-performance components.

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