Blog: Training at Fraunhofer IFAM

  • Like so many new materials and processes, natural fiber reinforced plastics were first developed out of necessity, when there was a steel shortage in the former DDR. Cotton from Central Asia was in contrast plentiful. This is the reason why it came to be that all the bodywork of Trabant cars was made from cotton fiber reinforced plastic, at the time a most novel material. Almost 100,000 tonnes of natural fiber reinforced plastics are processed today in Europe. Some 95% of this is in the automotive industry. Milan Kelch, now a Fraunhofer IFAM employee but an erstwhile member of the Biological Materials work group of Professor Müssig at Bremen University of Applied Sciences, developed cotton fiber reinforced plastics working with an international research team. The potential of these fascinating materials will be presented during the 3rd Bremen Fiber Composite Days on 27 and 28 March 2019.

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  • Zug im Werk
    © DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung GmbH

    Many components in trains that were previously screwed or welded together are nowadays held together with adhesives. To ensure that the trains always arrive safely at their destination, Uwe Berger supervises each step of adhesive bonding work at DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung GmbH in Werk Krefeld. He is the supervisor in charge (SIC) of adhesive bonding work at the company.

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  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Büter,
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    Prof. Dr. Andreas Büter, Leiter der Fraunhofer-Allianz Leichtbau

    The Composite Engineer training course is unique. It covers the entire life cycle of a fiber reinforced plastic component. This comprehensive course offered by the Training Center for Fiber Composite Technology at Fraunhofer IFAM is based on the expertise of the Fraunhofer Lightweight Design Alliance, namely the expertise and know-how of nine Fraunhofer institutes. Prof. Dr. Andreas Büter, Head of the Fraunhofer Lightweight Design Alliance, explains the added value of the modular nature of the course and the comparison with a swarm of bees.

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  •  Dr. Lars Höper
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    Daimler-Klebstoffexperte Dr. Lars Höper

    The largest production site of Daimler AG is Mercedes-Benz Werk Bremen where currently about 400,000 vehicles are produced each year. Most of these are the C-Class and in particular the GLC. On average each of these vehicles contains 14 kilograms of adhesive. Reason enough for Daimler adhesive expert Dr. Lars Höper, in collaboration with Fraunhofer IFAM, to have developed a tailored training course for Werk Bremen and other production facilities.

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  • 25 Jahre Kleben in Bremen

    A misunderstanding is a communicative disturbance resulting from the difference between what is meant by a sender and what is understood by the recipient. It often occurs due to a lack of knowledge. We want to counteract this with this blog article, which deals with the misunderstood role of adhesive bonding technology in discussions about the circular economy.

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    Sicherheit durch Normen: Die Schlüsselrolle von QS-Normen in der Kleb- und Faserverbundtechnologie

    The Product Safety Act (PSG) requires a "state of the art" for safe products. For demanding processes such as bonding and fiber composite technology, which cannot be tested non-destructively, ISO 9001 requires a quality management system. In order to meet the legal standard, specific quality assurance standards are introduced that are aimed at technologically specific requirements and cover the entire product life cycle.

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  • roter Faden
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    Fehlendes Wissen zieht sich wie ein roter Faden durch Probleme, die beim Kleben auftreten.

    Well-founded knowledge of all those involved is becoming increasingly important for successful adhesive bonding and at the same time this seems to be the biggest challenge. This is an overarching result of this year's survey on adhesive bonding technology, in which around 90 people took part. We spoke to Holger Best, Content Manager at the topic-focused knowledge management service provider ISGATEC GmbH, about the latest survey results.

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  • Contact restrictions, distance regulations and home office - we are all trying to implement the new circumstances brought about by the Corona crisis in the best possible way. For us too, this situation means: rethinking, remaining creative and finding new solutions! With a specially developed hygiene and room concept as well as various digital solutions, we ensure that our further training offers continue to be available to you in full and in the same quality. Prof. Dr. Andreas Groß, head of the department for further education and technology transfer at the Fraunhofer IFAM, will give an insight into current challenges and approaches to solutions.

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