From Research to Application: Projects at Fraunhofer EMFT

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    Auf einer Folienleiterbahn montierte, ungehäuste UV-C-LED.

    Luftfiltersysteme gelten als effektive Maßnahme, um das Infektionsrisiko durch SARS-Cov-2 in geschlossenen Räumen zu senken. Die bislang üblicherweise eingesetzten HEPA-Filter sind jedoch wartungs- und kostenintensiv. Einen neuen, energieeffizienten Ansatz verfolgen Forschende der Fraunhofer EMFT gemeinsam mit dem Helmholtz Zentrum München, der ams OSRAM International GmbH und der MANN+HUMMEL GmbH im Verbundprojekt UV Steril: Sie nutzen zur Luftreinigung selbst-sterilisierende Filterelemente durch integrierte LED-Chips. Diese speziellen LEDs der neuesten Generation von OSRAM emittieren hochenergetische UV-C Strahlung, die in der Lage ist, Viren wie SARS-COV2 sehr effizient zu inaktivieren.

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    Edge computing is considered a key for new IoT applications. In order to bring artificial intelligence into future edge products, Fraunhofer EMFT researchers are working together with Fraunhofer IIS and Fraunhofer IPMS as part of the EU ANDANTE project to develop innovative mixed-signal artificial neural network (ANN) accelerator with computation-in-memory (CIM) ability. These are intended to enable the construction of solid hardware and software platforms for AI application development.

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  • Neuromorphic Computing
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    Neuromorphic Computing

    How can computing be managed close to the sensor rather than in the cloud in the future? And how can machine learning be implemented on distributed systems in such a setup? Researchers at Fraunhofer EMFT and eleven other Fraunhofer institutes are addressing these highly topical issues in the SecLearn Arrival innovation project. The focus here is on neuromorphic, energy-efficient hardware components and AI algorithms for decentralized learning as well as data protection.

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    Wireless intelligent PCB connector for continuous measurement of contact temperature and current load of the individual contact as basic data for preventive maintenance

    Whether in automobiles – especially in the context of autonomous driving – or future industrial manufacturing: plugs and electrical connection technologies have a key role to play in digital networking. They are the main interface between machines, control units and data processing systems and so they provide the basis for the functionality, simple handling and reliability of automation technology.

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    Multi-electrode layout for parallel investigation of multiple cell samples in microfluidic chips.

    Scientists from the Fraunhofer Institutes for Biomedical Engineering (IBMT) in Sulzbach/Saar and the Fraunhofer EMFT in Regensburg are working together with the companies nanoAnalytics GmbH (Münster) and innoMe GmbH (Espelkamp) on a new measurement method for testing the effectiveness of vaccines in the ViroSens project.

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    For flexible applications: Organic solar module manufactured in a roll-to-roll process

    In the LEO project (platform technology for the resource-efficient production of conductive tracks on large-area surfaces equipped with electronics), Fraunhofer ISE and Fraunhofer EMFT are bundling their expertise in fine-line metallization and roll-to-roll processing as well as thin-chip integration in foils.

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    A piezoelectric micropump from Fraunhofer EMFT with dimensions of 3 x 5,3 mm.

    Approximately 10% of the Western population will need to have an angioplasty surgery at some point due to an arrhythmia or for a heart valve replacement. These minimally invasive heart interventions are supported by a variety of intelligent imaging and sensor catheters that act like "eyes and ears" at the point of intervention. Researchers at Fraunhofer EMFT have developed a micropump implemented at the facility further so that it can be integrated into such "smart" cardiac catheters in the future. The pump could be used to transport stem cells into damaged heart tissue so that it regenerates.

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    Sensor bracelet

    Fraunhofer EMFT is developing intelligent plasters for the early detection of pressure ulcers in nursing care. For this purpose, work is being done on an AI-supported prophylaxis that can initiate preventive actions through early detection, thus making life easier for nursing staff and the person treating the patient.

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    Steel micropump with piezoelectric multilayer drive

    In the "Active Implants" project, the use and a possible safety risk of implants in medical applications are examined. The focus is on two fundamental safety-relevant topics: Interaction between micropump and conveyed medium (e.g. drugs) and a reduction of the operating voltage. Intelligent implants have an enormous potential in medical applications with high added value for affected patients, making research on this topic highly relevant.

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    Networked sensor technology in the healthcare sector

    The Internet of Things (IoT) offers huge potential for the healthcare sector - from diagnostics and patient safety to optimized logistical processes. A total of 21 European partners are working in the SERENE-IoT project to create elementary basics for IoT applications in healthcare. As part of the project, the German consortium coordinated by Fraunhofer EMFT is developing an IoT-compatible mobile analyzer for detecting multi-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

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