Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM

Fraunhofer Prize 2019

A team from Fraunhofer IPM was awarded for the development of a fully automated data evaluation and object recognition. The software speeds up infrastructure planning considerably.

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Annual report 2018/2019

Elastocaloric heat pumps, color change based sensors for fire gas detection, underwater laser scanning, component inspection in free fall: Our annual report will give you an insight into selected research projects. We hope you enjoy browsing though 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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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.

 

Business Unit

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.

 

Business Unit

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.

 

Business Unit

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.

4.12.2019

Fraunhofer starts development of refrigerant-free, energy-efficient electrocaloric heat pumps

Heat pumps play a decisive role in the energy transition: Sustainably generated electricity provides heat in winter and a good climate in summer. Nowadays, heat pumps work almost exclusively on the basis of compressor technology. Compressors require harmful refrigerants, the use of which will be restricted even more by law in the future. In the Fraunhofer ElKaWe lighthouse project, six Fraunhofer Institutes are developing highly efficient electrocaloric heat pumps, which do without harmful refrigerants.
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19.11.2019

Federal Highway Research Institute BASt uses road surface scanner from Fraunhofer IPM for new assessment tool

The Pavement Profile Scanner PPS-Plus from Fraunhofer IPM is part of the latest measuring vehicle MESAS of the Federal Highway Research Institute BASt. The research vehicle records the condition of road surfaces and the substance of the asphalt surface and thus provides the basis for optimum maintenance planning. During test runs, MESAS has already successfully measured more than 11,000 kilometers of the federal trunk road network. Now regular operation starts.
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6.8.2019

A cooling system without harmful refrigerants

A discovery from 1917 becomes viable for the future. A team of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM is developing efficient magnetocaloric cooling systems that make do without harmful refrigerants. The esearchers hope to achieve 50 percent of the maximum efficiency level with their process. Comparable existing magnetocaloric systems reach only approximately 30 percent.
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9.5.2019

Planning infrastructure faster thanks to machine learning

Secure, stable and fast data transmission requires an area-wide network of fiber optic cables. But where is the best place to put the cable ducts? Finding the optimal cable route is enormously complex and time-consuming. A Team led by Prof. Dr. Alexander Reiterer, Dominik Störk and Dr. Katharina Wäschle from the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM has developed a novel process chain based on machine learning that solves this issue. For this, the three mentioned scientists are awarded the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize.
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Fraunhofer IPM

Heidenhofstrasse 8
79110 Freiburg, Germany
Phone + 49 761 8857 0
Fax + 49 761 8857 224
info@ipm.fraunhofer.de

 

Annual Report 2018/2019

 

We keep you up to date

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