Hannover Messe 2024


At HANNOVER MESSE 2024 with this year's motto "ENERGIZING A SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRY", the Fraunhofer Group for Production will be presenting innovative exhibits for realizing the production of the future as an exhibitor and thought leader.  

Visit us from 22.04. to 26.04.2024 in Hall 2, Stand B24 at the joint stand of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.


Topic area »Production Technologies«

Finishing & Refinement Solutions for Additive Manufacturing

Joint exhibit of the Fraunhofer Group for Production

© Fraunhofer Group for Production

Additive technologies offer a number of advantages over traditional, subtractive machining processes, but generally only deliver semi-finished products, as the surface quality of additively manufactured components is often inadequate or support structures have to be removed. The final added value is therefore created through post-processing. Depending on the material and the functional and quality requirements, various technologies are available for post-processing the component surface.

To this end, the Fraunhofer Group for Production is presenting a joint exhibit in the form of a turtle in the »Production Technologies« area. The turtle presents haptically innovative post-processing technologies for additively manufactured components.

2ndSCIN® - Cleanliness protection cover

Exhibit from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA

© Fraunhofer IPA

Cleanrooms create clean production environments and at the same time require low contamination behavior of all hardware components used, such as robots, grippers or production systems. The individual, dynamic, breathable, textile protective cover 2ndSCIN® for hardware components enables a highly clean environment with minimal effort.

Flexible test station with cobot

Exhibit of the Fraunhofer Institute Fraunhofer Institute for Mechatronic Design IEM

© Fraunhofer IEM / Janosch Gruschczyk

The manual quality inspection of components or products in industry is strenuous for employees and also prone to errors. The Fraunhofer IEM is presenting a universally applicable solution for this. Together with ATM manufacturer Diebold Nixdorf and software specialist Verlinked, the it's OWL project CogeP has created a combination of a collaborative robot (cobot), AI-based image analysis and an IoT platform. The system relieves employees of the task of visual inspection and can be integrated into any inspection scenario.

Further exhibits in the field of additive manufacturing and surface technology

Exhibits from the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT

In the Production Technologies area, the Fraunhofer ILT will also be presenting a large number of exhibits on various topics, such as an additively manufactured hydrodynamic plain bearing for wind turbine gearboxes with printed torque sensors or the additive manufacturing of lightweight aluminum components using EHLA3D.

Topic area »Energy and Circular Economy«

Battery Pass – Circularity through Interoperability

Exhibit of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK

© Fraunhofer IPK

From 2027, a battery passport will be required for large batteries placed on the European market. This is intended to provide the public, economic stakeholders and regulatory authorities with selected business and sustainability information about the individual battery and make product value chains more digitalised, transparent and efficient in accordance with EU law. The underlying process is visualised by a physical model.

BioFusion 4.0 – Integration of Biological Principals in Industry 4.0

Exhibit of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK

© Fraunhofer IPK

»BioFusion 4.0« realises sustainable, circular product development and production of the future with the help of nature's principles. At the trade fair, we will show how biogenic materials and digital solutions can be used to design resilient production processes. Using the life cycle of a hand orthosis for assembly processes as an example, we will show

  • how sustainability information should already be taken into account during product development,
  • how the production phase can be ecologically and socially optimised using bio-based materials in the form of used fats, self-organising multi-agent systems and ergonomics recognition,
  • as well as what a circular end-of-life phase of 100% degradable products looks like and how it can be supported with the help of automatic image recognition of anomalies on the product.

Smart Maintenance for Offshore Wind farms - Coating repair with an ROV

Exhibit of the Fraunhofer Institute for Large Structures in Production Engineering IGP

© Fraunhofer IGP

As part of the Smart Ocean Technologies research group, the Fraunhofer IGP is developing a smart solution for repairing coating damage on maritime structures. A mechanized underwater application technology will enable the partial repair of coatings on existing offshore facilities in the future and offers numerous advantages compared to manual application. Mechanized application enables a particularly uniform and reproducible coating quality to be achieved, which protects the structure from corrosion in the long term.  In addition, the smart use of underwater vehicles (ROVs) eliminates the need for risky diving operations, which increases occupational safety on the high seas. The work is also less dependent on the weather, which goes hand in hand with a reduction in maintenance costs.

BPPflexRoll - BPP production with high rate capability

Exhibit of the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU

© Fraunhofer IWU

Hydrogen technologies play an important role in achieving climate targets. The core elements here are the systems that produce hydrogen from renewable energies (electrolysers) or convert hydrogen into electrical energy (fuel cells). At present, these systems are still produced in small quantities and at high prices. The aim must be to significantly reduce the costs of these systems through industrial mass production.
The BPPflexRoll, developed jointly with Profiroll, is a milestone on the way to mass production of bipolar plates for electrolysers and fuel cells. As a near-series machine, it already has control technology and an operating concept that corresponds in key respects to an industrial system. The Fraunhofer IWU shows a forming roller (from the test environment), which describes the forming process in more detail and illustrates the impact of the technology on the subsequent points of the process chain.

Topic area »AI, Security and Digital Transformation«

Gaia-X - drone selection service demonstrator

Exhibit of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK

© Fraunhofer IPK

The »Gaia-X« initiative is developing an open source framework for a federated and secure data infrastructure that enables the trustworthy exchange of data and guarantees the digital sovereignty of data owners as well as the interoperability of different platforms. Using the example of a drone selection service for firefighting operations as part of the "GAIA-X 4 AMS" project, the demonstrator shows how new data-based business models can be enabled by data ecosystems based on Gaia-X and collaborative digital twins and how multiple partners can connect through Gaia-X data ecosystems.