Automated public passenger transit, optical filters from the inkjet printer, and a smart test field for tomorrow’s energy systems: These and other innovations will be presented by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) at Hannover Messe from April 17 to 21, 2023. KIT’s work will be highlighted in particular at its two main stands at “Future Hub” (Hall 2, Stand B45) and “Energy Solutions” (Hall 13, Stand C70). Latest mobility research projects will also be presented at the stand of Baden-Württemberg International (Hall 12, Stand D15). On the Startup Area (Hall 17, Stand A62), ten startups of KIT will introduce themselves.
Information on the KIT stands and exhibits at Hannover Messe can also be found in the digital press kit.
“In time of crises, innovations are in higher demand than ever,” says the President of KIT, Professor Holger Hanselka. “The researchers of KIT are rising to this challenge. They are assuming responsibility and are making major contributions to resource-preserving and climate-friendly energy supply, mobility, industry, and digitalization.” The concepts and projects presented at the 2023 Hannover Messe show that KIT’s interdisciplinary research is excellently prepared for coping with the tasks of the present and future.
KIT at “Future Hub” (Hall 2, Stand B45)
At „Future Hub”, KIT and FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik, an innovation partner of KIT, will present their projects at a joint stand.
The TEMPUS Project: Automated Driving in Public Transport
In the TEMPUS project, researchers are implementing a bus platoon on the test field for automated and connected driving in the urban area of Munich. Platooning means that several buses are connected by an electronic drawbar and follow each other at close distance. Whenever necessary, buses can be connected or operated separately again. Platooning is economically and ecologically attractive, as it helps respond to fluctuating numbers of passengers. Moreover, it represents another milestone on the way towards fully automatic driving.
IJPOFs: Inkjet Printed Optical Filters
Whether machine vision, AR and VR technologies, autonomous driving, medical inspection, or laser material processing: Many applications require optical filters, which block or amplify a certain part of the spectrum. Inkjet Printed Optical Filters (IJPOFs) allow for a reduction of manufacturing costs and increase in customization flexibility: Inkjet printing facilitates manufacturing of optical filters with the properties required in the desired locations and sizes.
Video “Optische Filter aus dem Tintenstrahldrucker” (english subtitles)
SDMBot: Software-based Process Empowerment for Industrial Robots
Software-based empowerment of robots in industry requires simulation tools that model the entire manufacturing process in a virtual environment. This includes robots, tools, and materials. For the open source software tools presented, robot simulations were extended to include process models such as milling, welding, or painting. The simulation enables problems and weak points to be identified and eliminated in advance, which contributes to a better quality of the final process.