Category: Production

The industrial group Thyssenkrupp has developed a process that converts smelter gases into ammonia. For example, chemical fertilizers can be used to make artificial fertilizers. At the same time, the process lowers CO2 emissions.

You can see the open front of a steel furnace.

According to Thyssenkrupp, there are over 50 steel mills worldwide where the developed process can be used immediately and on a one-to-one basis.

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Nanocellulose made from wood can be shaped into complex shapes such as ears as a hydrogel in the bioplotter. Even delicate microstructures remain stable after curing. That’s what Empa researchers found out. From the nanocellulose matrix, for example, implants for cartilage malformations could be produced.

Empa researcher keeps nanocellulose ear in the camera.

Empa researcher Michael Hausmann uses a special nanocellulose hydrogel to make complex structures in the bioplotter, such as an ear to shape. The nanocellulose matrix (more…)

The manufacturing industry has come one step closer to decentralized, mobile production. This is particularly exciting for critical products that are produced as close as possible to the customer, regardless of location factor. This takeaway factory can offer clean room conditions on its own.

A container containing the mobile factory is transported by crane to its place of operation.

Here comes the factory. A complete production line is installed on 33 cubic meters.

Photo: Fraunhofer IPA

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There’s another smartphone made in Germany: the GS 185 from Gigaset. In order to realize a favorable price, people and robots work hand in hand in the factory in Bocholt.

It's the only smartphone from Germany: the GS185 from Gigaset, produced in Bocholt.

It’s the only smartphone from Germany: the GS185 from Gigaset, produced in Bocholt.

Photo: Gigaset

If you turn your smartphone around, China, Thailand or Vietnam are likely to be your country of origin. In Germany, no one has made more cell phones since Nokia in 2008, the production (more…)

High-tech is not that: it’s just a missing cast iron housing for the steering gear, which is currently paralyzing production at BMW. And only a year ago, VW had to limit its production because a supplier did not supply a cast housing. Just in time is quite dangerous in times of permanent congestion, Brexit and border controls because of the refugee crisis.

BMW production in Leipzig: Missing steering gear parts are currently in production in Leipzig, Munich and Tiexi largely silent in China.

BMW production in Leipzig: Due to the lack of steering gear parts, production in Leipzig, Munich and Tiexi in (more…)

That chocolate lovers can still experience it: US researchers have come up with a simple method to make delicious delicacies with up to 20% less fat. And she should also taste at least as good. The trick: The chocolate is energized.

Mmmh, delicious chocolate. It consists of around 40% fat. US researchers have now succeeded in a physical trick to significantly reduce the fat content, without there being production-technical and taste problems.

Mmmh, delicious chocolate. It consists of around 40% fat. US researchers have now succeeded in a physical trick to significantly reduce the fat content, without there being production-technical and taste problems.

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“Power your business” will be the theme of tomorrow’s Duesseldorf exhibition center at the Metav. Strengths can be the metalworking industry. Because the International Trade Fair for Metal Working Technologies is even more powerful than in the past: the established trade fair concept has been expanded by four new topics.

Everything intertwined: The International Trade Fair for Metal Working Technologies (Metav) is entering the Düsseldorf exhibition halls with a new concept. Four new so-called areas were integrated into the fair: additive manufacturing, quality assurance, tool and mold making and medical technology.

Everything intertwined: the International Trade Fair for Metal Working Technologies (Metav) is entering the Düsseldorf exhibition halls with a new (more…)

Adidas heralds a new era: The sportswear manufacturer now uses robots in the production of running shoes. In the next few months, the first 500 sports shoes “robot-made” are to be delivered. The shoes are manufactured in a factory in Ansbach in Bavaria – and no longer in the Far East.

Adidas production robot: In 2016, Adidas starts manufacturing sneakers in a robotic factory in Ansbach

Adidas footwear production robot: In 2016, Adidas begins manufacturing sneakers in a robotic factory in Ansbach.

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That's what it looks like The future of shoe production at Adidas

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Instead of scandals, VW wants to hit the headlines again with technical innovation. The carmaker is now systematically using 3D data glasses in production. What floats on the private customer so far, could be quite a hit in Industry 4.0.

Volvo uses the data glasses HaloLens from Microsoft in production and development. Now Volkswagen is also relocating at the Wolfsburg plant.

Volvo uses Microsoft’s data glasses HaloLens in production and development. Now Volkswagen is also retracing at the Wolfsburg plant.

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In order picking a large industrial plant, employees put together (more…)

Scientists are now discovering the practical benefits of Japanese origami folding technology. In addition to its use in the construction industry and architecture, it is expected that folding technology will increasingly find its way into other industries in the future, and above all into robotics.

Georgia tech professor Glaucio Paulino (left) and researcher Evgueni Filipov of the University of Illinios developed the

Georgia Tech Professor Glaucio Paulino (left) and researcher Evgueni Filipov of The University of Illinios developed the design “origami zippered tube”. As a result, structures (more…)