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  • The Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility (CNF) has entered into a partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS) in Dresden, Germany, to help small companies accelerate product research and development. The partners have completed a tool map – a list of tools and fabrication-process steps that both labs support – that allows companies to plan the growth of their R&D prototyping activities by minimizing technology disruptions as they transfer their micro/nanofabrication processes from lab to foundry.

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  • No Industry 4.0 without RFID and Sensors

    Press Release / 10.4.2018

    Cost reductions resulting from transparent supply chains, workpiece-controlled production lines or preventive maintenance measures would not be possible without the interaction of identification methods, sensors, software, and secure data storage concepts. Fraunhofer IPMS will demonstrate a system made up of various wireless RFID sensors, specially-developed RFID OPC UA middleware and a tamper-proof data storage concept based on blockchain technology at this year's Hannover Messe. Visitors to the world's largest trade show for industrial technology can view the Fraunhofer IPMS system demonstration at the OPC Foundation booth from 23-27 April.

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  • Researchers at Fraunhofer IPMS have developed a wireless, battery-free RFID sensor able to monitor both temperature and deformations on metallic rotating parts such as shafts or spindles. Experts will present the complete Fraunhofer IPMS portfolio for the automation industry at the 2018 RFID Journal LIVE!, the world's largest conference for RFID technology, taking place in Orlando, Florida USA from April 10-12.

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  • Blockchain is the new magic word in logistics, providing all members a transparent supply chain in which goods and status data are securely recorded and exchanged. Fraunhofer IPMS in Dresden has developed wireless RFID sensor systems to be used for identification and status purposes in a wide range of industries and also offers software solutions based on these systems that can be extended by blockchain concepts. Experts from Fraunhofer IPMS will be on hand at the 2018 LogiMat International Trade Fair for Intralogistics Solutions and Process Management to present these new products.

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  • Fraunhofer IPMS in Dresden Germany will present Li-Fi communication modules at the 2018 Optical Fiber exhibition & conference OFC in San Diego from March 13 to 15. In competition with Wi-Fi industrial solutions, wireless optical technology promises faster, interference-free and more secure infrastructures.

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  • Mobile robots handling logistics in a warehouse could, in the future, communicate with each other via Li-Fi hotspots
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    Developers at the Fraunhofer IPMS are throughly convinced that Li-Fi technology, the use of light to exchange large amounts of data, will soon become stiff competition to the Wi-Fi networks currently used in industrial environments. In addition to allowing different users to simultaneously use an access point, the IPMS-developed optical transmission technology also enables each user to communicate with several access points. Therefore, Li-Fi is no longer limited to stationary applications. Fraunhofer IPMS specialists will present this multipoint-to-multipoint-capable technology to the professional public for the first time at the 2017 SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg from November 28-30.

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  • In cooperation with the Fraunhofer IPMS Center Nanoelectronic Technologies (CNT) and local microchip manufacturers, Leipzig-based intelligent fluids GmbH (formerly known as Bubbles & Beyond GmbH) has qualified innovative and environmentally-friendly cleaning solutions for industrial volume production.

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  • Sensor meets RFID

    Press Release / 4.9.2017

    RFID has long been established as the solution for the identification of wares and goods. The radio-based identification technology is, however, capable of much more. Coupled with sensors, RFID solutions will optimize future work processes in production, material flow and logistics. A team from Fraunhofer IPMS in Dresden will be presenting its sensor-equipped RFID evaluation kit at the 2017 „RFID & Wireless IoT tomorrow“ event to be held in Düsseldorf from 27. to 28. September.

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  • A new project center for multidisciplinary work in the sector of microelectronic and optical systems for biomedical applications is being created in the German state of Thuringia. Three Fraunhofer Institutes, which cover the disciplines of biosciences, microelectronics, microsystems technology, optics and photonics, will be researching new biomedical applications in close collaboration with industry. In order to set up the project center, the state of Thuringia today signed a joint founding agreement with the Fraunhofer Society.

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