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    ILA 2022 l Hall 4 l Booth 350 - The Automation and Production Technology experts from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Stade will be presenting automation solutions for sustainable aircraft construction at the Fraunhofer AVIATION & SPACE booth at the International Aerospace Exhibition in Berlin from June 22 to 26, 2022.

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    ILA 2022 l Hall 4 l Booth 350 – Automation solutions for sustainable aircraft construction with new materials and manufacturing processes from Fraunhofer IFAM in Stade increase efficiency and reduce costs Complex manual steps in aircraft production – such as the assembly of newly developed, weight-reducing thermoplastic integral frames that stiffen the fuselage in the transverse direction – are to be replaced in the future by automated, intelligent, and precise pre-assembly processes, thus not only increasing production rates but also reducing costs.

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    Automation solutions for aircraft construction: Pioneering mobile holding fixture for flexible clamping, alignment, and transport of components reduces the workload of production processes considerably As part of the "UniFix" joint project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), experts in Automation and Production Technology at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Stade, together with cooperation partners and Airbus Operations GmbH (Stade) as an associated project partner, have developed a unique mobile holding fixture. This fixture is able to flexibly accommodate various large components, such as aircraft tail planes and landing flaps, in a wide variety of types up to eight meters in length, and to align and transport them accurately and sustainably in terms of shape.

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  • Use of inline hyperspectral cameras for reliable detection of paint buildup in the aerospace industry
    © Fraunhofer IFAM

    With the newly opened »Center for Networked Surface and Coating Technology«, Fraunhofer IFAM is researching the digital future of surface treatment using machine learning. On more than 750 square meters of technical center space with state-of-the-art equipment, the institute combines its expertise in the fields of cleaning, pretreatment, coating, and quality assurance for the automated processing of small and large structures. The central development goals here are fully automated process chains for robotguided mobile and inline applications for series use.

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  • Onboard perspective: Unmanned aerial vehicle approaching Helgoland.
    © Fraunhofer IFAM

    One pillar for the energy transition is offshore wind energy. When wind farms are erected, they influence the wind currents over the sea. For this purpose, meteorological measurement data were collected to investigate changes as well as effects of further wind farm expansion. An application example where the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle provides valuable insights. What sounds simple involves a great deal of expertise, as each flight requires extensive approval procedures to ensure a high level of safety. With the Test Center for Maritime Technologies on Heligoland and vast flight experience, Fraunhofer IFAM closes this service gap for research and industry.

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  • New institute director / 2022

    Prof. Thomas Weißgärber appointed as institute direc-tor of Fraunhofer IFAM

    Dresden / April 12, 2022

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    Effective April 1, 2022, Prof. Thomas Weißgärber has been appointed as new director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Ad-vanced Materials IFAM, including the Dresden site. Since April 1, he also holds the professorship of Powder Metallurgy at the Institute of Materials Science of the Faculty of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the Technische Universität Dresden.

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  • Recognition of individual plastic parts using fluorescent markers
    © Fraunhofer IFAM

    Companies need better transparency in their supply chain to ensure optimum quality and to react more quickly to events such as product counterfeiting. Leibniz Institute IPF, Fraunhofer IFAM, and the SKZ Plastics Center have thus set up the PICtor project to research a sustainable solution for individual and robust component marking at the single part level.

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  • © Fraunhofer IFAM

    In times of high risk of infection, effective protective measures are needed. Avoiding transmission routes via contaminated surfaces is an important part. It is known that photocatalytically active coatings reduce the microbial load. In order to increase the efficiency of this light-driven reaction, a novel active composition was developed and introduced into materials within the "Covid-DEKONT" project.

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  • Logo InnoBlech

    In the project "InnoBlech" Fraunhofer IFAM in Dresden develops hybrid metal sheets. The central development goal is to provide mechanically and magnetically improved sheet metal packages for rotors for reluctance or PMSM/IPM motors. In the project, based on the resource-efficient 3D screen printing process, a targeted holistic improvement of the mechanical and magnetic properties of the sheet metal package is aimed at.

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  • First funding package secured for research and development along the hydrogen transport chain

    Helgoland/Essen/Hamburg/Erlangen/Kassel/Bremen / October 14, 2021

    © AquaVentus

    The future starts now: With up to 12.48 million euros in funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the research and development work in the TransHyDE Heligoland project is entering the active phase. Common goal of the project partners: The establishment of a hydrogen transport chain from the offshore area near Heligoland via the ports to the hydrogen consumers on the mainland. Technologies are being researched and developed for this purpose to store and transport green hydrogen in liquid organic hy-drogen carriers (LOHCs). The project belongs to the BMBF's hydrogen lead project TransHyDE and is part of the broad-based AquaVentus initiative, in which all hydrogen activities around the Heligoland south port are bundled under the name AquaPortus.

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