Fraunhofer Exhibition Partners

Overview exhibits at the Hannover Messe 2016 at Production

Fraunhofer IFF

Contact: Herr Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Richter


Workers, containers and goods interconnected by IT at logisticsworkplaces will be encountering vehicles and equipment with new assistance technologies in smart logistics zones in the future.
Integrated analysis of new physical and information assistance technologies for order pickers and drivers is opening new options for faster, easier and safer movement and handling of large loads centered on humans in their natural sequence of movements while simultaneously minimizing risk factors affecting occupational health and safety. Driving assistance concepts for order picking and transport carts rely on adapting the performance and equipment of control strategies from driver assistance systems for motor vehicles and electric bikes.


Fraunhofer IPA

Contact: Herr Tobias Herbst


  • Registration of defects and ideas for improvement
  • Immediate, role specific distribution of information
  • Context specific visualisation of observations using augmented reality
  • Historical, area-specific analysis



  • powered assist devices for weight lifting tasks, assembly and logistics
  • prevent overload of body parts such as elbow, shoulder or knees
  • prevent long-term injuries of joints and spine due to nergonomic work conditions
  • reduce fault rate due to muscle-skeletal diseases
  • no limitation regarding fast movements and dexterity
  • enable and support overhead work lightweight, intuitive and safe solutions


Fraunhofer IPK

Contact: Herr Eckhard Hohwieler


Manufacturing small and fluctuating batch sizes while still keeping costs stable is an increasing demand in industry. Yet if production becomes more flexible, processes become more complex, increasing the danger of unmanageable procedures making production inefficient. At Hannover Messe 2016, Fraunhofer IPK will demonstrate in close cooperation with partners from industry, how digitally integrated technologies facilitate transparency in flexibly organized production. The possibilities offered by novel technologies will redefine the tasks and work of production employees along a process chain from corporatewide job management through manufacturing organization to work on individual machines.


Fraunhofer IPT

Contact: Frau Susanne Krause


The Fraunhofer IPT has decades of experience in the production technologies it utilizes in order to provide companies with a strong basis for the digitization of production processes, machine tools and equipment. Their technological expertise is complemented by new production organization methods and by the design of industrial software systems. The portfolio of the Fraunhofer IPT extends from the evaluation and design of technologies and process chains through planning and control concepts to quality management control circuits.


Fraunhofer IWS

Contact: Herr Ralf Jäckel


Industry 4.0 describes the next step of industrialization, in which processes will become more intelligent and more tailored to answer customers’ application requirements .Currently the stateof- the-art is “Tailored Light” – an adjustment of the laser to material and geometry- with its static approaches (telescope, z-axes, etc.). By the help of the MEMS technology, developed at the Fraunhofer ISIT and the excellent Fraunhofer IWS expertise with regard to coating and process technology for high power lasers, the static approach is now consequently enhanced with transient beam shaping, using MEMS mirrors. They enable to adjust the beam geometry with high-frequency oscillation to application requirements. The selection of different frequencies enables a targeted control of the heat input, so that the process efficiency and the quality can be significantly improved. Evidence could already be demonstrated for the kilowatt range. With the corresponding sensor technology we have now a tool at our disposal, which provides intelligent and tailored applications, just according to the concept of Industry 4.0.


Industry 4.0 (intelligent production) describes the computerization of manufacturing technology and logistics processes for machine-to-machine communication. This exhibit shows the programmable logic controller (PLC), a device which is applied for controlling a machine and which is digitally programmable. Up to now the handling of laser scanners is performed via PC plug-in cards. Our concept demonstrates that in modern scanning systems PC plug-in cards are not needed any more. Here the SL2-100 module converts SPS signals into the SL2-100 or the XY2-100 standard. This solution is applied for laser magnetic domain refinement (LMDR) processes.


Industry 4.0 (intelligent production) describes the computerization of manufacturing technology and logistics processes for machine-to-machine communication.

The exhibits include the following topics:

  • printing of functional materials
  • recently integrated solutions in the field of 2D and 3D printing by combining several printing technologies
  • flexible and efficient manufacturing of customized products by the use of additive manufacturing technologies

Significant progress could be made in the field of printing functional materials. Recently we managed to use a dispenser printing method to print an entire thermoelectric generator on a flexible carrier foil. The generator produces an electrical voltage already at small temperature gradients. This voltage is sufficient to supply sensors with electrical energy. These sensors can be mounted to various components in machinery and thus form the basis of a sensor network to improve the communication between the individual machine components. This is an important contribution to Industry 4.0.


Fraunhofer IWU

Contact: Herr Markus Werner


The EU-Project “HyBlade” won the Steel Innovation Prize 2015. Together with scientists of the University of Brussels Fraunhofer experts developed a forming technology to produce blades for vertical axis wind turbines out of sheet metal. In comparison to fiber reinforced plastic blades there is no drawback regarding recycling. While there is no satisfying solution for FRP available, the steel recycling quote is higher than 80%, a good base for real sustainability.


Fraunhofer Projektgruppe RMV

Contact: Frau Lena Sophie Frank


Additiv gefertigte Bauteile (auch vor Ort mittels Makerbots) werden von einem Leichtbau-Roboter und einem Werker gemeinsam montiert. Dies findet an einer Werkbank statt, die – als interaktiver Montagetisch – den Prozess mit Spracheingabe, einem gestengesteuertem Handbuch und weiteren Smart Devices unterstützt.


Darstellung eines Produktions-Leitstandes: 2 große Bildschirme mit Info-Animationsgrafik zum Datenfluss (z. B. MES-Verknüpfung) des Exponats »Interaktive Montage« sowie der Darstellung der OpenServ4P (Open Source Planungssoftware).