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Fraunhofer Research News December

English summary of December research news from the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

Need for action in the car industry,Despite their undeniable Vorsprung durch Technik, many new cars not always offer "sheer driving pleasure". Even premium German brands are regularly recalled to rectify manufacturing defects. A study suggests how the car industry might regain the customer's confidence. Looking into the eye of the furnace,Modern brake disks and the familiar insulators on electricity pylons are made of advanced ceramic materials. But how do engineers go about improving the manufacturing process and the properties of such materials? Introducing the new thermo-optical measuring system TOM. Flawless toys from plastic,Children's toys come in all shapes, sizes and colors. There are an equally diverse number of production methods and combinations of plastic materials. A recent project demonstrates how six toy manufacturers have learned to preserve quality in the course of retooling.,