In this issue, particular attention is devoted to lightweight design. We explain how fibre composite parts can be joined by laser welding and how a new kind of steel reduces the weight of engine parts. Future sensors might be capable of being integrated into paper – a lightweight but also renewable material.
Of course, lightweight design is not the only topic of this newsletter.
We hope you enjoy reading about the latest news around production technology!
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).
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.
IMPT | Can new ideas sketched out on a sheet of paper also be produced on paper? Is it possible to integrate sensors for computers or smartphones into a sheet of paper? Scientists of the Institute of Micro Production Technology (IMPT) are working on this vision of the future.
LZH | Three million dollars for a sensational scientific breakthrough: For the first detection of a gravitational wave the team of scientists receives the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.
IPH | There has been a change at the top of the Institut für Integrierte Produktion (IPH): Dr. Malte Stonis is the new managing director. His aim: Make the IPH more visible at the international level, sharpen the research profile and expand the business activities with industry.
IFUM | On the occasion of the 22nd Forming Colloquium Hannover (Umformtechnisches Kolloquium Hannover, UKH), specialists from fields related to research, production and management will meet on 15 and 16 March 2017 under the motto "Innovation Potential in Forming Technology" to discuss recent developments and future challenges related to forming technology.
IFUM/IW/IPH | IFUM, IW and IPH present their latest research results for the automotive sector at the EuroBLECH exhibition in Hannover. From 25 to 29 October 2016, they showcase entirely new tool technologies, lightweight design concepts, joining methods and stress tests.
LZH | The IMA Award of Excellence 2016 goes to Dr. Matthias Gieseke from the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) for his work on the additive manufacturing of magnesium components by Selective Laser Melting (SLM®). His findings have significantly improved the quality of the parts.
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).
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).
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.
PZH/LZH/IPH | Online monitoring of production processes, digital factory planning, additive manufacturing – "Mit uns digital!" offers these workshops for free to specialists and executives of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). The digitalization campaign is sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany.
IFW | Aerospace specialists from all over the world will meet at the "16th Machining Innovations Conference for Aerospace Industry" held on 23 and 24 November 2016 in Hannover, Germany. They will discuss the latest materials for airoplane construction, more efficient processes and innovative machine tools.
PZH/LZH/IPH | On Saturday, 12 November 2016, the Leibniz Universität Hannover will be organizing a "Night Out With Science" – and entertainment. Starting at 6 p.m., the institutes and laboratories will open their doors. The production technology will be presenting itself in the Welfenschloss and in the Hannover Centre for Production Technology (PZH).
IMPT | Schoolgirls between the ages 13 and 18 can discover their abilities on Thursday, 10 November 2016, at the Hannover Centre for Production Technology (PZH). For the eighth time, girls are invited to take part in an experience day called "MuT – Mädchen und Technik" (meaning "Tech Needs Girls").
IPH/IFA | On 21 and 22 February 2017, specialists and executive managers have the opportunity to learn in Hannover all about the planning of efficient and changeable factories. Experienced factory planning specialists from science and industry provide their practical knowledge – from factory analysis to layout planning.