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Research results from the factory of the future

At the HANNOVER MESSE 2015 from April 13 to 17, at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s main booth (Hall 2, Booth C16), the Fraunhofer IWU will present the first results from the “E³-Forschungsfabrik Resource-efficient Production”. Visitors to the trade fair will experience how materials, energy and time can be saved in production through the use of extremely short process chains. There will also be a focus on the future of automotive manufacturing: an intelligent, self-learning software system supports the factory worker in the installation and adjustment of car body manufacturing facilities. Utilization of information in the production environment is a third key area: scientists will show how mobile it solutions can contribute to the optimization of production processes.



Interview Prof. Matthias Putz: Sustainability as a driver of innovation

The E³ strategy emerged at Fraunhofer IWU and it was introduced the first time in 2011 by Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, the director of Fraunhofer IWU at that time. What is the difference between this approach and other strategies such as industry 4.0 or the smart factory?



Minister of Education and Research opens the first Factory of the Future in Chemnitz

Prof. Johanna Wanka, German federal Minister of Education and Research (BMBF), opened the first E³-Research Factory in Chemnitz, in which the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will be researching solutions for resource-efficient production for the future. Three additional demonstration sites with...



Fraunhofer IWU with three world firsts at AUTOMATICA 2014

At the 6th AUTOMATICA International Trade Fair for Automation and Mechatronics (Hall B4/Stand 228), the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU is presenting three world firsts from June 3-6. A snake robot will be used to demonstrate how aircraft wing assembly can be automated. An “intelligent” adaptive alignment system will bring a completely...



The factory of the future opens in Chemnitz

From April 7-11, 2014, at the HANNOVER MESSE, the Fraunhofer IWU will present research subjects of the new ”E3-Forschungsfabrik Resource-efficient Production”. The presentations will take place at the joint stand of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Hall 2, Stand D18) and at the stand of the Fraunhofer Group for Production (Hall 17, Stand F14). Based on a new concept for industrial production, the model factory will provide a place for researchers and industry partners to study sustainable solutions for future production technologies in three competence areas: “Powertrain“, “Car Body Construction“, and “Energy Management 2.0“.


Car manufacturing – fast track towards mass production

More and more varieties of automotive models are penetrating the market, product lifespans are getting shorter, and energy costs are soaring. Above all, the protracted ramp-up time in auto body assembly are causing problems for manufacturers: They have to adapt production systems to each of the new parts and assemblies, which is highly time-intensive.