Fraunhofer IEM at Hannovermesse 2018


Manufacturing automation for single-piece batches

The need to produce large numbers of product variants in small unit numbers while still maintaining economic viability presents a number of challenges to companies. We use a collaborative industrial robot to show you how the automation of manufacturing processes can succeed even for single-piece batches, for instance in special mechanical engineering. Operators use a control panel showing a 3-D model of a workpiece to select the edges that need to be processed and to configure the welding procedure. The individual welded sheet and welding execution are generated automatically. The intuitive use of the system increases productivity within manufacturing and improves product quality. The programming tasks otherwise required for each workpiece are no longer necessary.


Systems engineering becomes indispensable!

Fraunhofer IEM held its first event of the year entitled “Take-offin February 2018. Here, 60 representatives of the industrial and research communities discussed how systems engineering can be used in future to design successful products, production and processes.


Discussions with Experts: IT security for SMEs

Hacker attacks on production processes, the theft of sensitive customer data, digital eavesdropping on trade secrets − often it takes just one point of entry to put IT security at risk. In our series “Discussions with Experts,” Prof. Eric Bodden (Director at Fraunhofer IEM, Department of Software Engineering and IT Security) explains how small- to medium-sized enterprises can protect themselves against IT attacks and which aspects are essential to an effective security package. He also outlines the importance of quality seals.


Discussions with Experts: Secure software thanks to automation

Spellcheckers for developers? In the series “Discussions with Experts,” Prof. Eric Bodden (Director at Fraunhofer IEM, Department of Software Engineering and IT Security) explains how automated program analysis helps to detect security vulnerabilities even during development and can therefore support programmers in their work.


Discussions with Experts: Why IT security research?

In our series “Discussions with Experts,” Prof. Eric Bodden (Director at Fraunhofer IEM, Department of Software Engineering and IT Security) explains why innovative IT solutions for software-intensive systems still need to be developed even after years of research, and which measures can help obstruct cyber attacks.


A driverless transport vehicle is navigated through the production area using LED lights. Our demonstration video shows how industrial users can benefit from light-based positioning. In our BMBF research project LiONS (light sensor-based positioning and navigation systems for autonomous systems), we have joined with OSRAM to develop a pilot application using the driverless transport vehicle KATE by the firm Götting. The modified KATE vehicle is in use at our partner KEB.

For more information about LiONS, visit


Holograms and augmented reality for the future of design

The use of holograms and augmented reality is revolutionizing the future of design and will make the planning of machines and systems easier and cheaper.

The rising complexity of machinery and systems is creating new challenges for design as well. Engineers working in globally distributed teams collaborate on the development of new products and production methods. Digital technologies allow more efficient cooperation between previously separate areas of the company such as sales, service or development. The Fraunhofer Institute for Mechatronic Systems Design IEM ensures that companies have access to technologies like augmented reality (AR). Additional digital information is shown in data glasses and projected into the user’s field of vision as virtual objects, images or videos.


ReqPat: Efficient documentation of high-quality requirements using controlled natural language

The growing complexity of today's software intensive systems results in an increased size of requirements specifications, which are typically documented by means of natural language (NL). Large NL requirements specifications are prone to contain defects (e.g., contradictions), and the inherent ambiguity of NL impedes automatic techniques to support the requirements engineer. In order to cope with this problem, we conceived a requirements documentation approach implemented in the tool ReqPat. Using a controlled NL, it supports an efficient requirements documentation, an automatic requirements validation, and an automatic transition to models--while still keeping the requirements understandable for all stakeholders.

Further information HERE


it's OWL panel discussion with German President Gauck “Working Environment of the Future”

German President Joachim Gauck visited the leading-edge cluster it’s OWL on September 27, 2016 to learn more about the perspectives, solutions and implications of the digital transformation. Included in his visit was a 60-minute panel discussion with representatives from the industrial sector, the research community, trade unions, works councils and the leading-edge clusters on the effects of digitization on the work environment.


  • Dr. Roman Dumitrescu (Managing Director it's OWL Cluster Management)
  • Prof. Günter W. Maier (Bielefeld University)
  • Dr. Eberhard Niggemann (Director Weidmüller Academy)
  • Michael Schild (Works Council Chair Wincor Nixdorf)
  • Gabi Schilling (IG Metall regional representative NRW)


Prof. Roman Dumitrescu gives an expert interview on industry 4.0

The industry 4.0 competency of Fraunhofer IEM and the success of the leading-edge cluster it's OWL are explained by Dr. Roman Dumitrescu in a video by Dassault Systèmes on the topic of industry 4.0.

In the interview, Dumitrescu, Director at Fraunhofer IEM and Managing Director of it's OWL, outlines the successful concept of the leading-edge cluster: a combination of technology transfer to the small- to medium-sized companies in Ostwestfalen-Lippe, cooperation and intensive knowledge sharing within a large industrial and research network. Dassault Systèmes, a provider of development software, also belongs to the network.

The video provides some insight into the laboratories at Fraunhofer IEM: Scientists at the Systems Engineering LIVE LAB are working on the efficient and forward-looking development of complex technical systems. The CONSENS method is used widely here. This method is an approach within model-based systems engineering that introduces a holistic system model to support the early phase of product development. In the HD Visualization Center at Fraunhofer IEM, products and processes can be visualized and tested in the nascent stage of their development. This saves time and money.


Interactive virtual prototype for a donut bakery line

The interactive virtual prototype of a donut bakery line provides detailed insight into all stages in the manufacture of donuts, which include kneading, portioning, rising, frying, filling, cooling and dusting. The video shows a recorded camera flight over the entire virtual manufacturing process.

Users can zoom into the virtual bakery line at any point in the process to focus on details in the manufacturing process. They can also hide parts of the system that are irrelevant to the current process step. The entire passage of the donut along the bakery line, from kneading the dough to its final dusting with sugar, can be observed.

The virtual bakery line was developed for the cluster partner WP Kemper within the leading-edge cluster it´s OWL. The project itself is based on the concepts and methods developed for the rapid structuring of and intuitive interaction with virtual prototypes of intelligent technical systems within the cross-sectoral cluster project Human-Machine-Interaction (HMI). Moreover, the creation of the virtual bakery line is used as a basis to evaluate the transfer of technology from basic research to industrial practice, which is a declared objective of it’s OWL.

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