LZH | So far, the on-site welding, cutting or material removal of large and heavy components was only possible within narrow limits. The Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) and the SET Ltd. have now further developed a new mobile laser processing system to a prototype.
IMPT | Novel sensor concepts are supposed to facilitate strain and temperature measurement in future vehicle tires. In cooperation with Continental Reifen GmbH, IMPT is developing production concepts to implement micro components into rubber, which is a quite unusual substrate material.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LZH | Fiber reinforced plastics (FRP) can be used to replace steel sheets, and thus lower the weight of automobiles and aircrafts. However, repairs are often expensive. The Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) is working on making repairs less expensive and more efficient.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.