Fraunhofer IWS Dresden, in cooperation with the Held Systems company, transferred four "contiLAS" airbag laser cutting systems to internationally leading safety solutions producers for automotive applications in the last year.
Friction and wear reducing coatings have been a research focus of the business unit “PVD- and Nanotechnology” at the Fraunhofer IWS for many years. More recently Fraunhofer engineers have collaborated with several industry partners to ready the process for industrial deployment and commercialization.
2015 researchers presented for the first time lithium-sulfur pouch cells with specific energy densities exceeding 300 Wh kg-1, which is an approximately 25 percent increase over classic lithium-ion technologies.
The goal is to develop technologies for cost efficient manufacturing of large area, light weight and flexible photovoltaic foils. For the first time the team of researchers will apply laser structuring processes for PV cells.
IWS engineers retrofitted a laser hardening and coating machine to improve process safety, efficiency and ergonomic operation. Three special laser modules were developed and equipped with the camera-based temperature acquisition system “E-MAqS”. The customer requirements included remote observation and process monitoring capabilities.
The IWS-developed Laser-Arc process efficiently and economically deposits superhard ta-C carbon coatings (Diamor®). These coatings have superior properties in terms of wear resistance and friction reduction and thus are of great interest to industry.