Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM

Sensor + Test 2017, May 30 to June 1

Visit us at the trade fair for sensors, measuring, and testing technology.

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»We measure fast and precisely.«

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

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.


New Professorship for »Monitoring of Large-Scale Structures« at the University of Freiburg

On April 1, 2017, Prof Dr Alexander Reiterer, Head of Department at Fraunhofer IPM, took up the professorship for »Monitoring of Large-Scale Structures« at the Institute of Sustainable Systems Engineering INATECH at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Freiburg.

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»SolACES« – nine years on the ISS

SolACES, the solar spectrometer developed by Fraunhofer IPM and installed on the ISS, supplied unique measurement data on solar activity for nine years. As the SOLAR research mission has come to an end, the successful experiment was ceremoniously deactivated on 15 February 2017 at the B.USOC control centre in Brussels.

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Virtual Worlds: Research Trends in Mobile 3D Data Collection

Mobile laser scanning has substantially increased the quality of 3D measurements in recent years and made possible new applications. Over one hundred mobile laser scanning experts gathered at Fraunhofer IPM’s international MoLaS Mobile Laser Scanning Technology Workshop to discuss the state of the art, applications and new products.

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Contact Wire Inspection System (CIS) – an all-rounder

At the InnoTrans 2016 trade fair Fraunhofer IPM is presenting its new Contact Wire Inspection System (CIS). The CIS records the vertical and horizontal position of up to ten contact wires at the same time while also measuring their degree of wear – contactlessly and at speeds as high as 350 km/h.

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Press Releases by Fraunhofer IPM

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Annual Report 2016/2017


Fraunhofer IPM

Heidenhofstrasse 8
79110 Freiburg, Germany
Phone + 49 761 8857 0
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Center for Materials Characterization and Testing

The center emanated from the correspondent department at Fraunhofer IPM. Starting 2017, it is located at Fraunhofer ITWM.