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  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Groß (left) and Dr. Erik Meiß (right) honor Marco Molisse during the 17th Bremen Bonding Days as the ten thousandth course participant of the Training Center for Adhesive Bonding Technology.
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    Adhesive bonding has enormous technological benefits when bonding processes are performed effectively. The key to the latter is quality workforce training – something the Training Center for Adhesive Bonding Technology at Fraunhofer IFAM has provided for more than two decades. The Workforce Training and Technology Transfer department at Fraunhofer IFAM has been led by Prof. Dr. Andreas Groß since 1994 and incorporates the Training Center for Adhesive Bonding Technology as an accredited training organization. Worldwide more than a thousand people are now being trained every year. During the recent 17th Bremen Bonding Days the ten thousandth course participant was honored by Andreas Groß and Dr. Erik Meiß, Head of the Training Center for Adhesive Bonding Technology.

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  • Automation solutions developed in the „Autoglare“ project funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) / 2018

    Automated adhesive film placement and stringer integration for aircraft manufacture

    14.11.2018

    Der von den Experten für Automatisierung und Produktionstechnik des Fraunhofer IFAM entwickelte Klebfilmendeffektor während der automatisierten Ablage.
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    Automation is a key strategy for combating production bottlenecks in the aircraft manufacturing industry. The newly developed end effectors are designed for standard industrial robots for automated adhesive film placement and stringer integration in the manufacture of aircraft fuselages. These end effectors not only increase the production rate with no loss of quality but also lower the production costs. The current manual procedure also requires more process steps to achieve the same result. The automation solutions developed in the „NFM-Glare” sub-project by the experts for Automation and Production Technology at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Stade exceed Technology Readiness Level 5 (TRL 5). This means that the technologies have already been validated in a manufacturing environment at near-production speeds on approximately 2 x 6 meter prototypes.

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  • MEDICA/COMPAMED 2018 / 2018

    No chance for bacteria on implants

    29.10.2018

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    Hip and dental implant operations are routine. But not entirely risk-free. They may result in infection that is difficult to control with oral or intravenous antibiotics. In such cases, the implant will probably need to be replaced. Fraunhofer researchers can now apply a precisely matched drug directly to the replacement implant while significantly increasing the effectiveness of the antibiotic via a synergism with silver ions. Their research will be on display at the MEDICA and COMPAMED trade fairs in Düsseldorf from November 12 to 15, 2018 (Hall 8a, Booth P13).

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  • © Fraunhofer IFAM

    For trendsetting lightweight construction concepts, connections consisting of lightweight metals and fibre composites represent ideal material combinations. However, as both materials show different electrochemical potentials, there is the danger of contact corrosion occurring in a hybrid composite. Within the framework of a DFG research project, Fraunhofer IFAM, in cooperation with the Faserinstitut Bremen e.V., has developed a new series-capable joining technology for the combination of cast aluminum and CFRP.

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  • Machining robot Flexmatik.
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    Manufacturers generally must offer high-quality products at low prices in order to remain competitive. Three Fraunhofer Institutes are therefore working on the next generation of ndustrial robots which will facilitate cost-effective production rocesses. The researchers are focusing on developing a new kinematics for milling lightweight materials, metals, and steels. he aim: achieving a production tolerance of just 0.1 millimeters all over the robot workspace starting with the very first component.

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  • Complicated can also be made easy. Lost Foam is the innovative way to produce the most complex components more easily, cost-effectively and efficiently. The versatile process is booming, not only in Asia. From November 7 to 8, a top-class symposium on lost foam casting will take place at the Atlantic Hotel Universum in Bremen, with speakers from all over the world, a specific exchange of knowledge and the presentation of the Lost Foam Council Award 2018.

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  • The mobile robot is processing the tail-fin of an Airbus 320 aircraft.
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    In aircraft manufacturing, much of the milling, drilling and assembly is still done by hand. This is because the raw components vary not only in size and design, but also in shape accuracy. Small differences are unavoidable in extremely lightweight and elastic materials, which poses a challenge for automated processing. Working with an industrial consortium, Fraunhofer researchers have now developed a mobile robot that is able to handle these high requirements – the only robot in the world with this capability.

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