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    Sensors continuously record measurements in plant and machinery to check that everything is running according to plan and to enable any errors in the industrial production environment to be recognized at an early stage. However, as a rule, evaluation of the data is decentralized and takes place after a time lag. In contrast to this, the 5G wireless standard permits direct, wireless measurement in real time. Fraunhofer in Aachen has teamed up with Ericsson to offer a unique test environment for 5G applications in industry. The partners will be using the example of aero-engine component manufacture to demonstrate live, for the first time, the opportunities provided by the technology at the Hanover Fair from 23– 27 April 2018 (Hall 17, Booth C24).

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    Components made of fiber-reinforced plastics have long outgrown their role as elements for use exclusively in high-performance applications in the aerospace sector. Piping for industrial applications and components for both the automotive engineering and the consumer goods industries can now be produced in fully automated tape placement and winding processes, making them relatively economical. In collaboration with Conbility GmbH in Aachen, the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT is working to develop the technology to the next level in order to meet industrial requirements in readiness for transfer to industrial application.

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    Researchers from three Aachen-based Fraunhofer Institutes are working together in the Fraunhofer High Performance Center for Networked, Adaptive Production to realize the complete connectivity of machines and sensors with the goal of evaluating all recorded production data with intelligent algorithms in real time and flexibly adapting processes accordingly. At the Hannover Messe Preview on February 6 and at the Hannover Messe proper from April 23 to 27, 2018, they will demonstrate what diagnostic and forecasting possibilities this yields for the manufacture of demanding products for various sectors.

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    The Invention Center opened its INCworX in the Production Engineering Cluster on RWTH Aachen Campus during the 11th Aachen Convention for Technology and Innovation Management lasting from October 18th - 19th. The creative space is available for use by members of the Invention Center for secured collaboration with scientific researchers and industrial partners. Moreover, ideas can be tested quickly on concrete prototypes.

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  • Digitization in production is not stopping short of the manufacture of high-quality optical polymer components: Digital applications are making an increasingly frequent contribution towards illustrating production processes more safely and predictably, thereby producing optical polymer components faster, more precisely and more reliably. At the polymer technology trade fair, Fakuma, taking place from 17 to 21 October 2017 in Friedrichshafen, Aachen's Fraunhofer Institutes IPT and ILT as well as the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at the RWTH Aachen University are joining together in hall B4, on stand B 4404 to offer an initial outlook, concerning new technologies and applications in the manufacture of optical elements from various polymers.

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    Nowadays, workers on the shop floor are required to operate increasingly complex machinery whilst reacting flexibly to any disturbances. At the EMO Metal Working Trade Fair in Hanover from 18 – 23 September in Hall 25, Booth B94, Mitsubishi Electric and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT will be revealing for the first time, a smart information system which will deliver information tailored to match the requirements of the job in hand, straight from the machine control unit to the machine operator. This will slash the time required by the operator to make a decision and will permit even unfamiliar tasks to be solved more swiftly and more flexibly.

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    Cost efficiency coupled with high productivity without any adverse impact on the environment: As part of the EU “PoLaRoll” Project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen is collaborating with the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT in Oberhausen and with partners from industry to develop a module capable of direct laser micro-structuring in a roll-to-roll process. The aim is to produce a sieve-like metal foil to serve as a demonstrator which will be used to protect glass facades from the effects of the sun: their special geometry will lower the impact of solar radiation, thereby reducing the amount of energy required in order to cool and ventilate the building.

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    ”Internet of Production for Agile Enterprises” was the guiding theme of the 29th AWK Aachen Machine Tool Colloquium on May 18 and 19, 2017. The highlights of the conference, which was organized by the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL of RWTH Aachen University and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT, comprised the introduction of the first production car developed by using Industrie 4.0 methods, the opening of Europe’s largest (30 000 m²) research cluster for production technology at the RWTH Aachen Campus as well as the inauguration of the newly established RWTH Aachen Business School.

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    Pipes for the oil and gas industry, particularly risers, which are used to transport raw materials from the seabed to the surface, have to meet specific requirements. They are highly relevant to security because every single pipe must be able to fully withstand the enormous loads of deep-sea production. Hence, controlling the manufacturing process of wound thermoplastic fiber-reinforced pipes is extremely complex. The same applies to pressure tanks, which are used in the automotive industry for brake and suspension systems of trucks. The EU research project “ambliFibre”, consisting of thirteen international partners led by the Aachen-based Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT, focuses on the manufacturing of these pipes and pressure vessels and aims to develop an Industrie-4.0-compliant, highly flexible and reliable control system.

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