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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.

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Industry 4.0: Tailored strategies for every company

IFA | Implementing Industry 4.0 into their production helps SMEs to improve their efficiency – when selecting those methods and technologies which suit their company’s needs best. This approach is supported by researchers of IFA and wbk.

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New technology for high-sensitive fire detectors

IMPT | Researchers of the Institute of Micro Production Technology (IMPT) of Leibniz Universität Hannover made a contribution to improve public security with the development of a micro-electron source for high-sensitive fire detectors.

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Space-saving assembly of XXL products thanks to dynamic layouts

IPH | Whether aircraft, ships or construction machines: The assembly of so-called XXL products requires a lot of space. Researchers at IPH are currently developing a method which enables companies to find an ideal layout. By this means, they can save space and increase their productivity.

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Concrete from robots

match | In future, manufacturing of concrete structures will be possible in any shape – thanks to robot-assisted concrete spraying technology. Researchers from Hanover, Brunswick and Clausthal are jointly working on the new technology – with virtually no design limits.

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Linear direct drives for belt conveyors

A novel drive concept for belt conveyors is under development at ITA in cooperation with IAL. Linear direct drives shall facilitate longer conveying distances and higher mass flows – with decreasing belt stress and tension as well as energy demand.

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Transplantation of thermally sprayed coatings

IW | Coatings protect components against wear, heat and corrosion. However, coating of very small inner diameters has not been possible so far. Researchers at the Institute of Materials Science (IW) are working on a solution – the transplantation of thermally sprayed coatings.

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Longer conveying distances thanks to driven idlers

ITA | An innovative drive concept pushes previous boundaries of conveying technology: Driven idlers shall facilitate considerably longer conveying distances and larger mass flows. This novel technology is being investigated by researchers of the Institute of Transport and Automation Technology (ITA).

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Specific tool paths for every repair case

IFW | How can turbine blades be repaired to restore the shape without their surface suffering a loss of smoothness and aerodynamics? This problem is investigated by scientists of the Institute of Production Technology and Machine Tools (IFW).

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Brazing of stainless steel under low vacuum

IW | Up to now, aluminiferous stainless steels can only be brazed under high vacuum at very elevated temperatures – a complex and expensive process. Researchers at IW-FORTIS have developed a more efficient alternative: Special carrier gases enable brazing even under low vacuum.

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Joining lightweight materials: laser welding of fiber composite parts

LZH | A groundbreaking joining technique in lightweight construction is the laser transmission welding for endless fiber reinforced thermoplastic parts. Now this method has been successfully further developed for the use in industrial production at the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH).

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UHC steel: New material for lightweight construction

IFUM/IFW | High-strength, lightweight steel at low price: UHC steel could replace conventional steel and reduce the weight of motor components like piston pins. Scientists and industrial companies are jointly working on a process chain for the novel lightweight material.

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Mass production for micro cutting tools

IMPT | Bulk production of small tools – this is the aim of the Institute of Micro Production Technology (IMPT) at Leibniz Universität Hannover. The scientists are presently developing batch strategies for the production of high-precision silicon carbide micro end milling tools.

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Cable-driven actuators: More flexibility for handling technology

match | Existing assembly cells are often not flexible enough and difficult to adapt to new processes. match is presently developing a modular cable-driven actuator system, providing parallel robots with additional mobility and rapid changeover times.

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Creating a preform within 60 seconds with evolutionary algorithms

IPH | The future belongs to forging preforms that are designed automatically: IPH is presently working on a software programme based on evolutionary algorithms, allowing companies to save valuable development time and improve the efficiency of forging processes.

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