Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM

»We measure fast and precisely.«

Fraunhofer IPM develops tailor-made measuring techniques, systems and materials for industry.

Track & Trace Fingerprint

Marker-free component tracking of mass components.

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Annual report 2016/17

The report provides insight into our research activities by presenting selected projects.

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Our Business Units


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Production Control

We analyze surfaces and 3D structures of components quickly and with micrometer precision. This means that 100 percent production control in real-time is possible.


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Object and Shape Detection

We detect the three-dimensional shape and position of objects and large structures at high speed and with high precision. Measurements are taken predominantly from moving platforms.


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Gas and Process Technology

We develop and manufacture measurement systems for gas and liquid analysis which feature high precision and reliability even under extreme conditions. The scope ranges from laser spectrometers for exhaust gas analysis to energy-efficient gas sensor for  food quality monitoring.


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Thermal Energy Converters

We manufacture and optimize materials with special physical properties. These materials form the basis for systems for magnetic cooling or thermoelectric energy harvesting.


Seeing Infrared Differently: Frequency Upconversion Extends the Wavelength Range of Silicon Detectors

At this year’s »LASER World of PHOTONICS«, Fraunhofer IPM will be presenting its systems for nonlinear-optical frequency conversion. A wavelength »range extender« will be introduced, which makes mid-infrared radiation visible by using fast silicon detectors. Visit Fraunhofer IPM at »LASER World of PHOTONICS« from June 26 to June 29 (Booth B3.327).

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Strain measurement – faster and more versatile than ever

Fraunhofer IPM has partnered with Fraunhofer IWM to develop a new strain measurement system that combines the advantages of optical and mechanical measuring procedures and dramatically accelerates materials testing. This makes the new system a multifaceted tool for quickly performing material tests. The measurement system will be presented at the 8th International Conference on Low Cycle Fatigue LCF8 in Dresden from June 27–29, 2017.

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Component tracking solution via ”fingerprint”

With its “Track & Trace Fingerprint“ Fraunhofer IPM has developed a marker-free system for tracing mass components — an important tool for production and process optimization in the context of digitized production.

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Holographic measurement technology at production speed

Fraunhofer IPM scientists have brought digital holographic measuring technology out of the laboratory and into the production hall, enabling measurement of microstructures at production speed. For their scientific achievements, they received this year’s Joseph von Fraunhofer award.

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Annual Report 2016/2017


Fraunhofer IPM

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79110 Freiburg, Germany
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