HANNOVER MESSE 2009, 20 to 24 April- hot topics, new products

07.04.2009: Minor programming error - major production problem Even very minor programming errors can have serious consequences for production - such as recurring faults in a car part. Often

Minor programming error - major production problem

Even very minor programming errors can have serious consequences for production - such as recurring faults in a car part. Often, the quality problems are discovered far too late and the causes cannot be properly diagnosed and localized. At HANNOVER MESSE 2009 (the Hannover Fair, 20 to 24 April), the Fraunhofer Institute for Information and Data Processing (IITB) is showcasing "PRODAMI" software, which enables the rapid detection and resolution of just such faults.

Employees can use this brand new tool to monitor and control plants in almost real time. The system is based on data mining tools, which can search large volumes of data in next to no time and identify characteristic data patterns within a vast range of production and sensor information. Although data mining methods have already been used successfully for applications in areas such as marketing, financial planning and gene research, they have rarely been implemented in production, as it has so far proven impossible to evaluate data in real time. However, "PRODAMI" is set to change all that and remove the final obstacles to its use in production plants.

Fraunhofer-Institut für Informations- und Datenverarbeitung IITB
Fraunhoferstrasse 1
76131 Karlsruhe
Tel.: +49 721 - 6091-310
Contact at HANNOVER MESSE 2009:
Dr. Olaf Sauer
Hall 17, Stand D60

When bees become environmental detectives

In the future, bees won't just be busy supplying us with delicious honey - they'll also be acting as environmental detectives. Or at least they will be when they're working for the Center for Telematics, which is coming to HANNOVER MESSE 2009 to show exactly what this new role entails.

It may sound bee-musing, but the principle is sound: All the bees belonging to a single hive are fitted with minute RFID chips, which means that each individual bee can be identified. Equipped with their new state-of-the-art gadgetry, the bees can then begin collecting pollen from their surrounding environment. Once they return to their beehive, the pollen they bring back is analyzed. Any pollutants detected during analysis can then be traced back to a specific location - all thanks to the bees.

Zentrum für Telematik e. V.
Allesgrundweg 12
97218  Gerbrunn
Tel.: +49 931 - 3292954-10
Fax: +49 931 - 3292954-11
Contact at HANNOVER MESSE 2009:
Prof. Klaus Schilling
Hall 2, Stand A54, partner in: Bayern Innovativ
Stand tel.: +49 511 - 89-651500

A climbing robot that mimics a rat

They call him "RatNic" - and the name fits. This small robot, which will be on show at HANNOVER MESSE 2009 courtesy of the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, climbs just like a rat.

With the aid of a camera and special sensors, "RatNic" can perform inspection tasks on vertical and inclined cables, pipes and wires. To develop the climbing movements necessary to complete these tasks, the machine's developers turned to mother nature - in the form of a rat!

"RatNic" mimics the rat's climbing techniques, as a result of which it requires 70 percent less energy than conventional climbing robots. When working on its movement mechanism, the developers were also able to repeat this impressive saving in terms of the materials used. The robotic climbing rat is ideal for applications where monitoring tasks need to be automated, or where environmental conditions are hazardous for humans.

Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena
Biolog.-Pharmazeutische Fakultät
Institut für Spez. Zoologie und Evolutionsbiologie
Ebertstr. 1
07743  Jena
Tel.: +49 3641 - 9491-40
Fax: +49 3641 - 9491-42
Contact at HANNOVER MESSE 2009:
Prof. Martin S. Fischer
Hall 2, Stand C37, partner in: Forschung für die Zukunft

An electric atmosphere

The stuff of dreams for designer hi-fi owners is becoming a reality for users of machine tools and filling machines - the contactless transfer of electrical energy. A small but efficient team of engineers from MESA Systemtechnik in Konstanz (Germany) has used cutting-edge methods to develop the "Inpud-CAN 120" system, an inductive power and data transfer system for CAN-bus. And this innovation is on show at HANNOVER MESSE 2009.

"Inpud-CAN 120" is designed to supply power to sensors, actuators and other consumers on the rotating shafts, axles and pallets of various devices and machines - such as robots, packaging machines and vehicles. It is also ideal for extreme environments that suffer from dust, water and oil.

CAN-bus information reaches its destination without interference via an air gap. What's more, the engineers at MESA claim this system has no maintenance requirements, since the contactless technology is free from mechanical stress.

MESA Systemtechnik Gesellschaft für Mess-, Steuer- und Automatisierungstechnik mbH
August-Borsig-Strasse 20
78467 Konstanz
Tel.: +49 7531 - 9371-13
Fax: +49 7531 - 9371-71
Contact at HANNOVER MESSE 2009:
Heinrich Bercher
Hall 7, Stand A 49

iPhone for biogas plants

In the future, biogas plant operators will be able to stay in full control of their plant while they're on the move anywhere in the world - by iPhone. Visitors to HANNOVER MESSE 2009 can find out from PlanET Biogastechnik GmbH exactly how this system works.

Thanks to its touchscreen, the iPhone puts control over numerous operations such as setting start times for feed stock, pumps and agitators at the tips of your fingers. Process information such as the temperature in the fermenter, operating hours and the volume of gas and electricity generated can also be accessed worldwide via a fast and secure DSL connection. If problems occur at the plant, the operator receives an error message on his iPhone. All actions, error messages and parameters can also be recorded to provide electronic documentation.

PlanET Biogastechnik GmbH
Girardetstr. 2-38
45131 Essen
Tel.: +49 201 - 244983-0
Fax: +49 201 - 244983-10
Your contact at HANNOVER MESSE 2009:
Nina Busse
Hall 13, Stand C68, partner in: EnergieAgentur. NRW

Driving simulator for seniors

Scientists at Chemnitz University of Technology are well aware that the needs of some consumer groups - such as the elderly and buyers based in other cultures - are given far too little consideration when it comes to the design of new cars. In response, they are bringing their solution in the form of "URSA" (Usability Research Simulator for Automobiles) to HANNOVER MESSE 2009.

"URSA" provides a realistic simulation of the driver's seat and its surroundings. Display and control elements such as dials and knobs can be designed and positioned in the cockpit as required. Connecting the steering wheel and pedals to the mobile driving simulator also enables users to conduct a realistic ergonomics analysis. With the addition of video and audio technology, eye movement tracking and various analytical software packages, the simulator will become a valuable tool in a whole range of analyses both in and on automobiles.

The Chemnitz scientists aim to use this high-tech solution to develop a catalog of ergonomic requirements for display and control elements that meets the needs of target groups that are often overlooked. Throughout the fair, visitors can both see and experience the driving simulator for themselves. Getting hands-on is not just permitted, it's actively encouraged.

Technische Universität Chemnitz
Fakultät Maschinenbau, Professur Arbeitswissenschaft
Strasse der Nationen 62
09111 Chemnitz
Tel.: +49 371 - 531-35383
Fax: +49 371 - 531-10009

Using technology to keep an overview

Agilion GmbH is bringing the world's first radio localization system based on Nano LOC to HANNOVER MESSE 2009. Companies that want to know where their staff are currently working or where a particular product is located - and therefore need a system that delivers excellent reliability for logistical procedures - should take a closer look at the wireless location system from the Chemnitz-based developers.

As a stable alternative to RFID and GPS that is based on the Nano LOC TRX transceiver from Nanotron Technologies, this robust chip radio technology uses the 2.4 GHz band range. The wireless location system can be integrated seamlessly into existing infrastructures and business processes using a conventional Ethernet interface. Mobile tags in the radio network - where anchor nodes and gateways provide static points of reference - allow positions to be pinpointed to within 50 centimeters. To maintain such a high degree of precision, the anchors should be no more than 500 meters apart outdoors, and should keep to a grid of 20 to 50 meters indoors.

Agilion GmbH
Blankenauer Strasse 74
09113 Chemnitz
Tel.: +49 371 - 450048-30
Fax: +49 371 - 450048-11
Contact at HANNOVER MESSE 2009:
Holger Hiemann
Hall 8, Stand D30

Crack-free concrete

During HANNOVER MESSE 2009, a new radio sensor that can prevent cracks forming in fresh concrete is taking center stage at the stand run by Leipzig University of Technology, Commerce and Culture.

The motivation behind this new development is the all-too-commonplace problem of cracking, which can occur in large concrete parts during the first few hours after production. The cracks are caused by a capillary vacuum in the liquid phase, which develops during the drying process. The newly developed radio sensor measures this vacuum continuously. When linked to a misting device, the concrete can be dampened when critical pressure values are reached, thus counteracting the vacuum. Thanks to real-time measurement with the new sensor, only the precise volume of water needed to prevent cracking is applied to the concrete surface.

Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur Leipzig (FH)
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 132
04277 Leipzig
Tel.: +49 341 - 30766-261
Fax: +49 341 - 30766-411
Contact at HANNOVER MESSE 2009:
Prof. Volker Slowik
Hall 2, Stand C37, partner in: Forschung für die Zukunft

Optimized over millions of years

Sharp corners can often represent weak points in components - where notch stress is at its highest and the risk of cracks developing is greatest. The Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe research center turned to nature to develop a graphic "tensile triangle method".

At HANNOVER MESSE, a demonstration is revealing the design of notches that can be found in nature - a design that has been optimized over millions of years of evolution.

Whereas the application of conventional rounding or boring techniques at these critical points have only limited success, the nature-based "tensile triangle method" can be used to optimize components simply and efficiently. The development is based on the trunk base and root system of trees. However, nature's "optimum" curve, which has no localized strain peaks, can be found all around us - in everything from bones and leaves to cliff lines and icebergs.

Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen
Tel.: +49 7247 - 825-880
Fax: +49 7247 - 822-353
Contact at HANNOVER MESSE 2009:
Iwiza Tesari
Hall 2, Stand A35

An insight into human cells

"TopoScan", an all-in-one system that is being presented at HANNOVER MESSE 2009 by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT) from Sankt Augustin, allows users to experience a journey of discovery into human cells. The device, which is used for scanning tissues and pathological sections, delivers extremely high optical resolution and enables spot measurements with exceptional sensitivity.

In contrast to conventional laser scanning microscopes, "TopoScan" looks directly into the cells and enables high-precision measurement of individual molecules. The laser can also trigger fluorescence events that provide in-depth information on the morphology and structure of the sample. The reflected light is pieced together to form images of the sample that - using intelligent, learning software - can be analyzed far more effectively than with conventional devices.

Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Informationstechnik FIT
Schloss Birlinghoven
53754 Sankt Augustin
Tel.: +49 2241 - 14-2808
Fax: +49 2241 - 14-2080
Contact at HANNOVER MESSE 2009:
Dr. Harald Matthies
Hall 2, Stand D12 (tech transfer -Gateway2Innovation pavilion)

- Andrea Staude-


07.04.2009 / MaP

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