Fraunhofer IFF Informational Material

Informational Flyers

The Digital Twin: Guaranteeing Your Success

A digital twin is a dynamic model of a system, which replicates the system’s state in real time. A digital twin developed using the Fraunhofer IFF’s methods centrally structures the data acquired in every unit of a company. This makes all of a system’s data directly available anywhere and anytime and the digital twin a custom database of knowledge acquired during process optimization. The methodology uniquely integrates capabilities, functions and unique identifi cation of components in the model in a structured form. This is the key to creating an actual “twin” of reality. It can also be integrated, i.e. throughout the entire product life cycle from the idea through operation and beyond. (04/2017)


Thresholds for Safe Human-Robot Collaboration

Human-robot collaboration is growing increasingly common in industrial manufacturing. More and more frequently, humans and robots are sharing a commonly used work areas in which they collaborate directly and interact with each other. Humans are being protected by technical measures such as sensor systems or safe manipulators rather than protective barriers. (06/2016)


Tactile Sensor Systems

Novel tactile sensor systems are based on pressure sensors dispersed over a surface. They endow technical systems with the capability to detect and spatially  resolve contact and pressure distributions. This makes it possible to equip machines, assistance systems and robots in manufacturing, medical and, in the future, even healthcare and household sectors with pressure sensitive surfaces and interface systems so that they are not only easier to operate but also can interact safely with their environment. (06/2016)


Projection-based Workplace Monitoring and Intuitive HRI

The vision of humans and machines collaborating together in shared workspaces will become reality in the near future. Wherever protective barriers now separate humans and robots new technologies will be monitoring workspaces and ensuring humans’ safety in the future. (06/2016)


Workplace Monitoring for HRC with Dynamic Safety Zones and Visualization

Although lightweight robots primarily possess the designs and intrinsic safety functions that meet safety standards for humanrobot cooperation in shared workspaces, the majority of HRC applications require payloads of more than 20 kg and large workspaces to improve ergonomics for workers, thus necessitating the use of conventional industrial robots. Since the potential danger is substantial, new safety concepts have to be developed to ensure that humans and robots with high payloads cooperate safely. (06/2016)