About us

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality is used in a wide range of logistics processes, such as incoming goods or picking. During the picking process, the employee receives specific product information via special data glasses where the storage location can be visually displayed. The Fraunhofer IML has been researching for many years in the field of AR and developed, for example, a system that improves packaging processes using data glasses. Here, the employee is guided through the process and is shown at which point the product should be optimally placed.

AR - Visual - Individual

The use of AR technologies is not limited to the classic AR glasses, but also works well with a smartphone or tablet. Depending on the field of application, AR can be used in various ways. The use of the three-dimensional representation of objects is not always necessary. For maintenance work, it may e.g. suffice that simple texts are projected to the respective machines in the field of view of the employee. On this basis, Fraunhofer IML develops flexible and individual solutions for your processes.

AR - increasing usability

AR optimally supports employees in their work. Important information about the location of machines or approaching vehicles leads to the safe handling of complex systems. In addition, they will be shown the best way through the warehouse to the respective products. But also, in the field of repair, AR enables a simplified handling. Thus, for example, the maintenance plans and additional design data can be projected into the field of view of the worker.

Automated guided vehicles

Automated guided vehicles (AGV) or mobile robots support employees in manual processes in a wide variety of areas. We have many years of experience in the development of such systems. The developed transport vehicles act completely autonomously and can interact with their environment and humans. They can be controlled via conventional HMI as well as via smartwatches and AR goggles. The inclusion of the transported goods can be done depending on the particular application by means of active and passive load handling devices. Subsequently, the AGV can transfer the loads to corresponding systems at different heights and thereby also position the load ergonomically favorable for humans. For movement, the vehicle can be equipped with a laser navigation. In this case, the current vehicle position can be determined by the measurements of the attached laser sensors. Other navigation methods such as optical tracking may also be suitable depending on the application.

Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the hopefuls for Germany as an industrial location. As a subfield of AI, machine learning is successful wherever processing a large amount of data poses a challenge to a human, so engineering does not accomplish the goal. This is especially true for image data, for example in autonomous vehicles, where automatic detection can be life-saving support to the driver. Other examples are human language communication, event prediction or optimization of processes. In logistics, the application possibilities are various. Autonomous vehicles can tell whether they are crossing the road with a human or if they have a pallet in front of them. Systems can autonomously assess their degree of wear or detect damage before adverse effects occur or regular maintenance is performed.

In addition to these applications, Fraunhofer IML is also researching more fundamental questions. One current hurdle for the use of machine learning is the computational power required, usually provided by powerful graphics cards or special processors. This leads to high costs and excessive energy consumption, which is particularly problematic in mobile robotics. Various solution strategies are promising, such as the use of NVIDIA embedded systems, like EMILI, or the development of algorithms capable of abandoning common frameworks by automatically translating the learned models into executables adapted to the target platform.

IoT Devices

Designing integrated embedded systems, from board design to software development for microcontrollers and digital signal processors, creates small and cost-effective automation solutions. By using the latest technologies, we develop miniaturized, lean systems and thus generate competitive advantages for you. For example, the latest developments can ensure long-term localization and monitoring of goods. In addition, the built-in sensors allow movement data and temperature of the goods to be measured. The use of energy-saving and cost-effective technologies paves the way for large-scale deployment in companies from a wide variety of industries.

Contact

Sören Kerner

Contact Press / Media

Dr.-Ing. Sören Kerner

Head of Department Automation and Embedded Systems

Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics
Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Straße 2-4
44227  Dortmund

Phone  +49 231 9743-170

Fax +49 231 9743-77170

Tobias Bich, M.Sc.

Contact Press / Media

Tobias Bich, M.Sc.

Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics
Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Str. 2-4
44227 Dortmund

Phone +49 231 9743-138

Peter Detzner, M.Sc.

Contact Press / Media

Peter Detzner, M.Sc.

Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics
Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Straße 2-4
44227  Dortmund

Phone +49 231 9743-325

Fax +49 231 9743-77325

Jan Sören Emmerich

Contact Press / Media

Dipl.-Inform. Jan Sören Emmerich

Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics
Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Straße 2-4
44227 Dortmund

Phone +49 231 9743-526

Jan Finke, M.Sc.

Contact Press / Media

Jan Finke, M.Sc.

Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics
Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Straße 2-4
44227 Dortmund

Phone +49 231 9743-532

Ulrich Franzke

Contact Press / Media

Ulrich Franzke

Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics
Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Straße 2-4
44227  Dortmund

Phone +49 231 9743-477

Jana Jost, M.Sc.

Contact Press / Media

Jana Jost, M.Sc.

Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics
Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Straße 2-4
44227  Dortmund

Phone +49 231 9743-522

Thomas Kirks, M.Eng.

Contact Press / Media

Thomas Kirks, M.Eng.

Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics
Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Straße 2-4
44227  Dortmund

Phone +49 231 9743-134

Fax +49 231 9743-77134

Dennis Lünsch, M.Sc.

Contact Press / Media

Dennis Lünsch, M.Sc.

Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics
Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Straße 2-4
44227  Dortmund

Phone +49 231 9743-519

Tobias Naumann, M.Sc.

Contact Press / Media

Tobias Naumann, M.Sc.

Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics
Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Straße 2-4
44227 Dortmund

Phone +49 231 9743-533

Volkmar Pontow

Contact Press / Media

Volkmar Pontow

Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics
Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Straße 2-4
44227  Dortmund

Phone +49 231 9743-123

Andreas  Riesner, B.Sc.

Contact Press / Media

Andreas  Riesner, B.Sc.

Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics
Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Straße 2-4
44227  Dortmund

Phone +49 231 9743-512

Leon Valentin Siebel-Achenbach, B.Eng.

Contact Press / Media

Leon Valentin Siebel-Achenbach, B.Eng.

Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics
Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Str. 2-4
44227 Dortmund

Phone +49 231 9743-432

  • Send email
Jonas Stenzel, M.Sc.

Contact Press / Media

Jonas Stenzel, M.Sc.

Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics
Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Straße 2-4
44227  Dortmund

Phone +49 231 9743-118

Fax +49 231 9743-77118

Dirk Timmerhinrich

Contact Press / Media

Dipl.-Inf. Dirk Timmerhinrich

Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics
Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Straße 2-4
44227  Dortmund

Phone +49 231 9743-245

Oliver Urbann

Contact Press / Media

Dr.-Ing. Oliver Urbann

Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics
Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Straße 2-4
44227 Dortmund

Phone +49 231 9743-547

Fax +49 231 9743-77547

Aswin Karthik Ramachandran Venkatapathy, M.Sc.

Contact Press / Media

Aswin Karthik Ramachandran Venkatapathy, M.Sc.

Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics
Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Straße 2-4
44227  Dortmund

Phone +49 231 9743-517

  • Send email