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  • macauba palms
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    To advance the sustainable production of vegetable oil, proteins, and fiber, the Fraunhofer IVV branch lab in Campinas, Brazil, is working to use the full fruits of the macauba palm tree. A new extraction method has been developed, making it possible to use not only the oil from the macauba fruits, but also the other secondary products of processing. Fraunhofer IVV developed this method up to the pilot scale and applied for a patent for it. The transition to commercial application came in the summer of 2023, with a spin-off from Fraunhofer IVV.

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  • From May 14-17, 2024, the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV will be exhibiting cyber-physical cleaning technology for quality-assured, efficient and resilient production processes at Interclean in Amsterdam, Hall 5, Stand 530. In the Robot Arena, visitors will also have the opportunity to find out how the cleaning robot with sensor-guided adaptive jet cleaner devel-oped by Fraunhofer IVV works.

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  • Abbildung eines Mitarbeiters, der mittels VR-Brille virtuell in eine Anlage zur Herstellung tiefgezogener Verpackungen schaut.
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    The Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV will be presenting new technologies and solutions at interpack from May 4 to 10, 2023 in Hall 4, Booth C45, that enable companies in the packaging and food industries to realize digital value creation and enter the circular economy. The VR-based training courses developed by the Fraunhofer IVV for the efficient training and further education of operating and technical personnel enable rapid and sustainable qualification of operators during ongoing operations - without stopping production or consuming resources. To counteract the quality risks associated with manual cleaning processes and the increasing challenge posed by the shortage of skilled workers, the Fraunhofer IVV has developed digital solutions in the form of "CleanAssist" and the "Mobile Cleaning Device", which, through the use of augmented reality (AR), digital twin and intelligent sensor technology, finally allow real cleaning validation and reliable quality assurance of cleaning. The Fraunhofer IVV is meeting the growing demands on the packaging industry for recyclable packaging systems with the targeted development of fiber-based packaging solutions and technologies to ensure the processing of paper and alternative materials in high-speed machines. Exhibits will demonstrate the achievable variety of shapes of thermoformed fiber-based packaging, the combination of molded parts with functional and partly organic barriers, and the synergy of embossing with 3D molded parts to design consumer packaging.

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  • Rendering of the CoControl-Lumi 3D detection system with a component in the chamber.

    From September 26 to 28, 2023, the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV will be attending the trade fair in hall 10, booth D28, and showcasing two pioneering technology solutions, which address the cross-industry challenges posed by stricter energy efficiency and climate protection targets, increasing cleanliness requirements and the shortage of skilled workers.

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  • Small bowls with various plant raw materials and dairy product alternatives

    At Food Ingredients Europe in Frankfurt, the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME will be explaining how food ingredients can be made from plant-based and alternative protein sources. Between November 28 and 30, 2023, the institutes will be presenting current research topics in the fields of ingredient extraction and food development at Booth 4.1L143 in Hall 4, under the slogan “Customized plant ingredients for your food”.

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  • Schematische Abbildung eines Zielstrahlreinigers mit hochintegriertem optischen Verschmutzungssensor
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    The Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV will showcase the newest version of an intelligent, autonomous tank cleaning system for time- and resource-optimized cleaning processes with the AJCsens at the drinktec trade fair in Munich (Hall B3, Booth 336) between September 12 and 16, 2022. The innovative, miniaturized and — for the first time — highly integrated sensor technology as well as the implementation of self-optimizing process management enable the whole tank to be cleaned in line with actual needs.

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  • Nut nougat cream flows from a spoon into a small glass bowl.

    Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV and partners from industry are investigating how fat content can be reduced in chocolate fillings by using oleogels made from plant oils as well as how the lipid composition can be optimized. The fillings manufactured using the recipe containing plant oils aren’t only distinguished by their nutritionally beneficial fatty acid profile. Individual adaptation to the product has meant that the shelf life required for chocolate products can be guaranteed, despite modifications to the recipe. The knowledge gained in applications for oleogels and the production of samples with convincing sensory characteristics will lay the foundations for further developments and other food products.

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  • Lubricant runs over ball bearings

    Currently, lubricants are mainly produced on a mineral-oil base and although plant-based oils are already being used for biolubricants, the proportion is still very low. Both varieties have one thing in common: Oil-based lubricants are particularly susceptible to oxidation and are thus mixed with additives that act as antioxidants in order to increase stability. To facilitate new products that support the bioeconomy, the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV has created a sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to conventional, mineral oil-based antioxidants.

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  • Forschender nutzt die intelligente Reinigungslanze.

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV will present solutions to the challenges currently faced by the food industry at the IFFA between May 14 and May 19, 2022 (Hall 11.1, Stand B70). The intelligent, sensor-based CleanAssist cleaning lance has been developed for manual cleaning processes, making consistent reproducibility and reliable quality possible for the first time. In the field of food safety, Co-Control, a customer-specific adaptable sensor for detecting organic contamination in particularly hygiene-critical environments, is being presented. With regard to meat alternatives, Fraunhofer IVV will show how plant-based protein sources can be used to make custom food ingredients and marketable products.

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  • The food chain is highly interconnected and thus very vulnerable to disruption.

    How resilient is our food supply? Temporarily empty shelves during the Corona crisis showed that the answer to this question is more urgent than ever. Guaranteeing people a supply of food that is both safe in terms of health and of high quality is an essential system-relevant tasks that is affected by complex factors and that needs to be rethought in many respects in view of several weaknesses in the system. Researchers from six Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Institutes have set themselves this goal and joined together to form the »Resilient system architecture to safeguard food production« (ReSearchL) initiative. As part of the project, they identify risks and weaknesses in the value chain and develop solution scenarios in order to make manufacturing stronger and ultimately more resilient in the future.

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