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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.

Kluge Köpfe

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.

Research

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.

Research

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.

Research

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.

Research

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.

Smart minds

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.

Forschung

Joining metal and textiles without adhesives

LZH | Today, metal-textile hybrid materials are being used in many different areas. At the moment, however, these materials are relatively expensive and not always available in a sufficient quantity. In order to optimize metal-textile hybrid materials for widespread industrial use, the LZH is currently working on an adhesive-free process.

Smart minds

Best Paper Award for IPH scientist Sarah Uttendorf

IPH | Artificial intelligence with human logic: This is how to put the research results in a nutshell, making Sarah Uttendorf win the Best Paper Award at IEEM 2016. She developed a path planning algorithm for automated guided vehicles.

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Layout evaluation software makes your factory more efficient

IPH | Researchers at the Institut für Integrierte Produktion Hannover (IPH) have developed a software programme for an objective evaluation of factory layouts. With this tool, you can select your optimum layout numerically instead of following your gut instincts.

Smart minds

Hands-on STEM career: Niedersachsen-Technikum

LZH | Making technical professions interesting for young women: This is the goal of the Niedersachsen Technikum (Lower Saxony Technical Studies), in which over 400 young women have participated since its initiation in 2012. At the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH), they could take a look at science in action.

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