Events and Trade Fairs

Hannover, Germany  /  April 01, 2019  -  April 05, 2019

Fraunhofer IFF at Hannover Messe

The Fraunhofer IFF presents an innovative technology plan for smart and sustainable process design for nonferrous metal foundries.

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

Hall 2, C22 | Cooperative Booth of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

© Leichtmetallgießerei Bad Langensalza GmbH

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.

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. 

The researchers will be presenting the mass manufacturable prototypes of the new transfer crucibles together with the heat dock for the first time ever at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s booth (Hall 2, Stand C22) at this year’s Hannover Messe. Right after the trade show, they will be brought to the first implementation tests at participating companies. The manufacturable product should be on the market in early 2020.

Hannover, Germany  /  April 01, 2019  -  April 05, 2019

Fraunhofer Group for Production at Hannover Messe

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Group for Production present how visions of an Industrie 4.0 become solutions in "Smart Production".

Smart Maintenance Community

Hall 17, C24 | Cooperative Booth of Fraunhofer Group for Production

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.