Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM

We' ve moved!

Since August 1, Fraunhofer IPM is located at Georges-Köhler-Allee 301. All of the colleagues have moved into their workplaces in the new institute building.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Annual report 2019/2020

Multispectral laser scanners, pellistors for the detection of combustible gases, the efficient heat pipe-based cooling, or optical inspection systems for vehicle production: Our annual report gives you an insight into selected research projects and presents our new building. We hope you enjoy browsing through and discovering our innovations.

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»We measure
fast and precisely.«

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

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We keep you up to date

If you wish, we will send you regular news about research results, events and our range of services.

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Note on cooperation in the face of the Corona pandemic

Dear customers and project partners,

The number of corona infections is increasing again. This is why we still support the nationwide strategies to contain the virus and comply with the guidelines recommended by the authorities. Despite the restrictions, the institute continues to operate: A large part of our staff works from home, but can still be reached by phone and e-mail as usual. Another part of our staff works in the institute's laboratories and workshops temporarily or in shifts. Since personal meetings are currently not allowed to take place, digital tools help us to relocate them into the virtual space. In this way, we will be able to remain productive during the weeks ahead, and we will be very happy to stay in touch with you!


We wish you, your relatives and friends health and all the best.


Prof Karsten Buse, Executive Director



Measuring | Monitoring | Optimizing


Business Unit

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

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

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


Optical Coordinate Measuring System for Integration into the Production Line

On July 28, Fraunhofer IPM and Fraunhofer IAF, together with the "Optical Systems" chair of the University of Freiburg, launched the MIAME project, in which they aim at developing the world's first optical coordinate measuring machine for the full-surface measurement of large objects on a meter scale. The system will be used to measure components in the production line quickly and with accuracies in the sub-micrometer range.
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Digitization in the building pit: Georeferenced survey data via app

In most cases, network infrastructure operators still use analog methods to keep records where cables have been laid and lines have been drawn in the ground. This manual process is time-consuming and requires a lot of experience. Fraunhofer IPM has recently launched the »NEXT.TrenchLog« project in cooperation with Bayernwerk Netz GmbH, developing a digital solution for the documentation of underground infrastructure: Using artificial intelligence, the system automatically generates georeferenced 3D data of the components.
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Multi-sensor system for the precise and efficient inspection of roads, railways and similar assets

Critical infrastructure such as transport networks are the lifelines of modern society. Extreme weather events may cause damage to railway tracks, roads, tunnels and bridges. The Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM has developed a novel 3D laser scanner that can be used to closely monitor transport infrastructure and plan maintenance work in a timely manner. The multispectral sensor system measures surface structures as well as the surface moisture on objects, all in a single inspection process.
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Laser scanners to aid in detecting explosive ordnance on the seabed

World War II left its mark on the seas, with around 1.6 million tons of ammunition and explosive ordnance from this period remaining in German marine waters alone. As part of the LUXOR research project, Fraunhofer IPM is teaming up with international research partners to develop an automated, digital system that will facilitate the identification of explosive ordnance on the seabed and improve the safety and efficiency of its removal.
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Press Releases
by Fraunhofer IPM

Stay informed about current research, events or general news.


Annual Report 2019/2020


Scientific Publications

We regularly publish our research results in scientific journals and specialist journals.


Fraunhofer IPM

We've moved

You can now find us in our new building close to the University of Freiburg's technical campus.

Georges-Köhler-Allee 301
79110 Freiburg, Germany

Phone + 49 761 8857 0
Fax + 49 761 8857 224

Address until July 31, 2020

Heidenhofstrasse 8
79110 Freiburg, Germany


We keep you up to date

If you like, we will regularly send you news about research results, events and our range of services.