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Measuring. Monitoring. Optimizing

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Developing optical systems and methods 100 percent quality control.

Department Production Control

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A surface area of several 100 sqm. can be measured, processed and visualized in less than ten minutes.

Detecting objects and shapes with the aid of light.

Department Object and Shape Detection

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In future, colorimetric fire gas detectors will identify fires at an early state by measuring carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide.

Revealing what normally remains concealed.

Department Gas and Process Technology

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Fraunhofer IPM has wide-ranging expertise in the field of thermoelectric materials, including a profound understanding of chalcogenides, silicides, skutterudites and half-Heusler alloys. On the basis of this knowledge, we manufacture thermoelectric modules in varying sizes and designs.

The material makes the difference.

Department Thermal Energy Converters

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About Fraunhofer IPM

The Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM develops tailor-made measuring techniques and systems for industry. Many years of experience with optical technologies form the basis for high-tech solutions in the fields of production control, object and shape detection, gas and process technology as well as thermal energy converters.

This is how we work

Fraunhofer IPM has some 240 employees working in the fields of science, technology and administration. With scientific expertise, engineering creativity and a high level of commitment, each and every one of them works towards project success with partners from research and industry.

In the beginning there is an idea. After all, only really good ideas lead to convincing solutions. Fraunhofer IPM links the know-how and creativity of its employees to create something new – to the benefit of our customers and development partners.

Flexible and customer-focused

We develop technologies, measurement techniques and systems to meet customer wishes.

Creative and enjoy being unconventional

We help our customers from industry and development partners to achieve unique competitive advantages.

Competent and technically experienced

We confidently approache the limits of what is scientifically feasible.


We see our key task as lying in the development and deployment of measurement techniques and systems to design industrial processes more efficiently. In this way we enable our customers to minimize their use of energy and resources while at the same time maximizing quality and reliability. Fraunhofer IPM makes processes more ecological and at the same time more economical.

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Our departments

Specialist knowledge at Fraunhofer IPM is organized in four departments and twelve groups, covering a broad spectrum of topics in the area of measuring technology, optical methods and functional materials.

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Advisory board

A committed, competent and widely diversified advisory board provides advice and support for Fraunhofer IPM.

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Fraunhofer IPM is closely collaborating with the University of Freiburg by holding various professorships.


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Partners + networks

We are involved in groups, specialist organizations and networks within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and beyond, nationwide and worldwide.

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Quality Management

Fraunhofer IPM is certified in accordance with the international standard DIN EN ISO 9001:2008.


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