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Web page explains production planning and control

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.

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Longer lifetime for tool steels by cryogenic treatment

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.

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Repairing FRP components instead of exchanging them

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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