Founded in 1969, Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM) is a non-profit research institute, associated to the Fraunhofer enterprise founded in 1949 with a total staff of 17,000 employees and a turnover of 1,7 BN€. Fraunhofer IFAM runs establishments in Bremen and Dresden, Germany, and is the biggest and most important institute in the Fraunhofer enterprise for casting technology activities in research and development. The focal points in research are concentrated on castings with complex geometries (HPDC, Lost Foam and Lost Cores), materials and technological research and function integrated castings (RFID and sensory functionalities). The Institute carries out feasibility studies and prototype or pilot production of components, in order to give its customers a reliable estimate of the costs of later production. The laboratory equipment features two HPDC units, an entire Lost Foam technology chain as well as x-ray and computer tomography and metallography. IFAM is well known in the EC as active German R&C centre in cooperative projects involving SMEs, has a large experience in managing and participating in all kind of European projects development. In the last ten years Fraunhofer IFAM has participated in more than 15 European funded projects. Examples for special EU with casting technology contributions (e.g. EDEFU: NMP-2009-4.0-4-246335; FOINMOULDS: COOP-CT-2004-508647; MG Chassis: G3RD-CT-2000-00287).

Main task of IFAM is the unique identification of quality reference castings and the guarantee of their tracking and tracing during the entire MUSIC processes. For this, IFAM will set up an embedding of RFID transponders into the castings for identification and data storage of quality related information. Furthermore, a RFID based tracing system will be implemented to support the real-time monitoring system. For ascertaining of quality defects caused by stresses inside the castings material structure during post casting machining operations, IFAM will support MUSIC with embedded sensors development for real-time structural health and quality monitoring, e.g. during heat treatments. Especially in the field of embedding electronic functional components into castings, IFAM has made different projects together with industrial and public partners. For example, IFAM did R&D for the CASTtronics® technology in the Fraunhofer internal project “InGuss” and the Collaborative Research Centre CRC 637 at University of Bremen. The CASTtronics® technology is nominated for the EUROPEAN ALUMINIUM Award 2010 and published in several research journals and on conferences.

Most relevant patents: Fraunhofer IFAM has registered patents covering castings with embedded RFID transponders and sensors and their formation during casting processes (e.g. EP 1 645 350 B1) as well as specific integration of RFID transponders into metallic components.

 

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key persons involved in the project

Key Persons

 

 

Dipl.-Wi.-Ing. Christoph Pille. In the institute since 2006, group leader of department of casting technologies and component development. Mr. Pille studied mechanical engineering management at the University of Bremen with the focus on technology development and business management. Afterwards he continued his career as a research associate at the Fraunhofer-Institute IFAM in fields of high pressure die casting and embedding of electronic components via castings technologies. He is primarily responsible for the development of the CASTtronics® technology at Fraunhofer for the in-process embedding of RFID transponders and sensors during die casting processes.

 
Role in the project: Reference contact for RFID issues

E-mail address: christoph.pille@ifam.franhofer.de

Tel. 0049 421 2246 227

 

 

Janne Haack

Role in the project: Reference contact for PIM issues

E-mail address: janne.haack@ifam.fraunhofer.de

Tel. 0049 421 2246 247

 
 

Vera Friederici

 Role in the project: Reference contact for PIM issues

E-mail address: Vera.Friederici@ifam.fraunhofer.de

Tel. 0049 421 2246 227

 

 

Thomas Rahn

Role in the project: Reference contact for RFID issues

E-mail address: thomas.rahn@ifam.fraunhofer.de

Tel. 0049 421 2246 227