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Are employees trained in old technologies at a disadvantage up against young professionals with up-to-date technological expertise? Not really – at least this is the finding of a case study from the metallurgical industry.

Using a special glove, operators can control a new robotic hand remotely across the Atlantic – with realistic touch feedback.

Scientists at the Fraunhofer IOF have developed 3D measurement and sensor technology for capturing and interpreting complex movements in real time.

Instead of endlessly repeating the same movement, grippers will in future carry out their tasks independently, following a brief training phase. Initial applications are already being tested.

Cleanrooms are expensive and not always available. The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA will be showcasing a ‘cleanroom on demand’ at HANNOVER MESSE that can be installed both indoors and outdoors.