(01 - 05 April)

Fraunhofer Group for Production at the Hannover Messe 2019

70 Years of Fraunhofer – 70 Years of Future – #whatsnext

From 1 to 5 April 2019, researchers from the Fraunhofer Group for Production will present at this year's anniversary of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft how visions of an Industrie 4.0 become solutions in "Smart Production".

In the field of "Production and Automation" (Hall 17, C24), our researchers cordially invite you to take a look at the future of production processes and structures.

Use our valuable impulses for new ideas as your fast reaction to market requirements and customer needs. Discover the wide range of services and innovative technologies in the fields of Robotics, Smart Maintenance, Additive Manufacturing and Digital Networking.


Smart Maintenance Community

Fraunhofer Fraunhofer Group for Production        (Hall 17 / C24)

Digital transformation and Industrie 4.0 are fundamentally changing the world of business. Maintenance, in particular, is playing vital role in creating this transformation, the success of which is contingent on innovatively interconnecting humans and technology in socially networked industry. The Smart Maintenance Initiative’s exhibits concretely target such network design, focusing on technologies as well as knowledge and knowledge management.

© Fraunhofer IFF

Foundry 4.0: Innovative Technology Plan for Smart and Sustainable Process Design

Fraunhofer IFF        (Hall 2 / C22)

The innovative concept for distributed melt supply in non-ferrous foundries makes it possible to reorganize material streams completely. This reduces primary energy use and pollutant emissions significantly while enhancing casting quality and manufacturing flexibility substantially. This is made possible by novel heat docks, local heating stations, and mobile crucibles, which are digitally interconnected, and by innovative burner technology, which recovers waste heat. 

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Fraunhofer IPA        (Hall 17 / C83)

CAPE® - flexible, portable cleanroom system - compact like a tent - cost saving, flexible, portable, fast installation - cleanroom on demand: can be assembled quickly and easily anywhere you want to keep high-quality products and systems clean - simple construction principle; assembly without additional tools - installation with commissioning, approx. 30 min. - offers air cleanliness classes ranging from 1 to 9 according to ISO 14644-1 »at rest«.

Press release

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Collaborative robotics for flexible welding

Fraunhofer IEM        (Hall 17 / C24)

Using automated manufacturing processes, a collaborative industrial robot demonstrates how different workpieces can be processed economically in any order and in varying quantities. The user chooses the surfaces or edges to be machined on the 3D model via a control panel and configures e.g. a welding process. Both the generation of the individual welding sheet and the welding is processed automatically.

© Fraunhofer IGCV / Bernd Müller

Cooperation of robots and human-robot-interaction

Fraunhofer IGCV        (Hall 17 / C24)

The exhibit consists of two robots that jointly carry out a specific task as well as interaction systems and a an overlapping working space. If a visitor is detected as an interaction partner, he is asked to hand over his business card to one of the collaborating robots. After the handover the visitor can select, which information material he would like to obtain. The second robot composes this material and turns it over to the interacting robot, who finally gives the material to the visitor.

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Digital assistance for maintaining offshore wind farms

Fraunhofer IGP        (Hall 17 / C24)

Maintenance and repair staff in offshore wind energy not only face tremendous time pressure due to their short maintenance windows, they also need a variety of information for their complex work tasks. The proposed assistance system for mobile use on offshore installations should support the staff by means of digital information flows, make the work process more efficient and contribute to increasing the economic operation of offshore wind farms.


© Fraunhofer IPK / Armin Okulla

ErgoJack – Smart Wearable Robotics System for intelligent ergonomics support

Fraunhofer IPK        (Hall 17 / C24)

The soft-robotic orthotic ErgoJack for ergonomics improvement and movement support in production, logistics and service is a wearable robotics system for the upper body. It aims to help workers in physically demanding fields of activity to perform ergonomically correct movements. An intelligent real-time motion analysis captures ergonomic and non-ergonomic movements and delivers a vibration alarm in case of malposition or overload.

Future mobility – production matters. Let´s do the job!

Fraunhofer AutoMOBILE Production Alliance        (Hall 17 / C24)

For the automotive industry, the Fraunhofer Automobile Production Alliance is the central gateway to technologies, competencies, and innovations of our applied research. We offer production technology solutions to the challenges of future vehicle and mobility concepts. The Fraunhofer portfolio covers the complete automotive value chain from the planning stage to the finished product. A broad project experience with automotive OEMs, suppliers, and service providers is our trademark.

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High-speed 3D printer for high-performance plastics

Fraunhofer IWU        (Hall 2 / C22)

Many 3D printing processes are too expensive and too slow for industry, where it is essential to produce large numbers of pieces in a short period of time. This is different with the process SEAM. While comparable applications require 20 hours to print 1 kg of plastics, SEAM prints 7 kg – in one hour. In addition, it allows for huge savings in cost: since SEAM uses customary plastic granulates, the material cost is characterized by a 200-fold reduction compared to conventional processes.

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Interactive control to guide industrial robots

Fraunhofer IWU        (Hall 17 / C24)

Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technol-ogy IWU have developed an innovative technology enabling people and large industrial robots to work together in an intuitive way that feels a lot like hu-man teamwork. Using the benefit of this technology, robots can recognize ges-tures, faces and postures to make this collaboration that much safer and more efficient.

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Interactive experience of dynamic energy and production systems

Fraunhofer UMSICHT        (Hall 2 / C22)

At a table sit actors who represent elements of energy and production systems and symbolize a network. On a tablet, a digital twin can be displayed for each actor. Thus, electricity prices, market prices for educts, delivery times for components or schedules for productions in etc. a dynamic context are visualized. The influencing variables can be interactively changed and thus stochastic fluctuations on the respective output data of the supplier can be simulated.

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Maintenance and assembly assistance by augmented reality

Fraunhofer IGCV    (Hall 17 / C24)

At the Fraunhofer IGCV researchers developed an assistance system for support of maintenance and assembly operations. The assistance systems fulfills quality assurance functions by controlling tasks with sensors and inputs by the user. Augmented reality instructions are used to qualify workers for new tasks. Visitors of the HMI can experience the assistance system by trying out the application on our smart glasses

© Werkzeugmaschinenlabor of the RWTH Aachen WZL, Peter Winandy

Networked manufacturing for Industrie 4.0 – cross-border collaboration

Fraunhofer IPT        (Halle 2 / C61)

Industrial enterprises increasingly operate across multiple locations. That has led to growing calls for connected manufacturing environments and centralized monitoring of production processes. At the Hannover Messe Preview on January 24, 2019 and Hannover Messe from April 1 to 5, Fraunhofer researchers will be collaborating with Swedish experts to show how Industrie 4.0-style networked manufacturing can even extend across borders. One of the key components in controlling and monitoring connected machines is the fast 5G mobile communications standard.

Press Release

© Fraunhofer IGCV / Bernd Müller

Optimization of an electro-scooter

Fraunhofer IGCV        (Hall 17 / C24)

The E-Roller presents an example for the intelligent realization of a multi-material concept under the consideration of material and processing criteria. Objective: weight reduction, improved performance Material: Aluminum, Steel and CFRP Processing technologies: for Aluminum – Casting; for Steel – Laser Beam Melting (LBM).

© Fraunhofer IGCV / Bernd Müller

Predictive quality and risk management

Fraunhofer IGCV        (Hall 17 / C24)

The partners of the Openserv4P project demonstrate how intelligent services on a cloud platform can be used to predict quality results for components. Machine learning algorithms are trained based on images taken by a robotic arm in conjunction with a camera. The classified images are subsequently combined with process data from the upstream production step (injection moulding process). This enables the prediction of the component quality of the produced injection moulded part in near real time

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Test specimen to investigate the effect of cleaning technologies

Fraunhofer IGCV        (Hall 17 / C24)

Investigation of occurring contaminations in additive manufacturing Reproducible cleaning tests Detection and analyzation of contaminations.

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Ultra reliable Wireless Industrial Network (UWIN)

Fraunhofer IIS        (Hall 17 / C24)

Moving components of industrial automation systems often require connections to a central control system with very short cycle times. In order to achieve free rotation up to 360° a wireless connection is required. Therefore Fraunhofer IIS has developed an ultra-reliable low-latency communication technology. It is deployable as a wireless extension or even as a substitute for wired fieldbuses.

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World's largest bipolar plate

Fraunhofer UMSICHT        (Hall 2 / C22)

Researchers at Fraunhofer UMSICHT have developed a 3.2 m² bipolar plate, which in its size is so far unique and is a key technology for e.g. large redox flow batteries as stationary energy Storage. Other decisive advantages of the new bipolar plate are the low minimum thickness (400-500 µm), the accompanying good conductivity, their flexibility and the cost-efficient Role-to-roll production method.

Would you like to see more and test our innovative exhibits yourself? Visit us at the Hannover Messe 2019.

You will find us daily from 9 am to 6 pm.

Hall 17, Booth C24 and C83: Production and Automation


Further solutions and topics from the Fraunhofer Group for Production you can find in

Hall 2, Booth C22: Main Booth,

Hall 6, Booth A30: Digital Solutions and New Materials.


We are looking forward to take time for you at the HANNOVER MESSE 2019!