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70 Years of Future

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft celebrates its anniversary: 70 years of applied research – 70 years of future.

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New Technology for Foundries Cuts Energy Costs and CO2 Emissions Substantially

The metalworking industry and foundries in particular consume extreme amounts of energy and thus produce large amounts of CO2 as well. In the future, light metal foundries will be able to cut their energy costs related to production by as much as sixty percent and CO2 emissions by as much as eighty percent. A new technology developed at the Fraunhofer together with other partners will make this possible. This world first will be presented for the first time ever at this years’ Hannover Messe.
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  • Digital Assistance Systems for Maintenance in Plant Construction
  • Digital Transformation in Automotive Manufacturing
  • Innovations for Digital Construction Sites

Returning to the pre-digital ages is not an option.

It is certainly no longer a secret that digital transformation is changing our world forever. This is already perceptible in many domains of life right now. It is successively pervading business and everyday life. Digital transformation is not an end unto itself. It is an outcome of technological progress, which we intend to exploit. Thanks to digital transformation, we are witnessing hitherto undreamed of opportunities in the private sphere, at work, and in the interconnectivity of people and machines. It is not only interconnecting data but also combining ideas and creating new visions.

As it seems, however, we are just setting out on a long path, not knowing where it is going to take us exactly one day. The capabilities of digital transformation are enormous. The related challenges and open questions are still confronting many actors with big problems, though.

Returning to the pre-digital age is not an option, though. Even though some obstacles remain to be overcome, the benefits of digital technologies clearly prevail.