Expertise »Production Control«

Contact-free – precise – rapid

Fraunhofer IPM has been developing turn-key optical measurement technology for industry and research partners for over 30 years now. »Measuring, monitoring, optimizing« – this is the guiding principle for our production control systems. Our inline measurement techniques and optical surface analytics focus on the interplay of optics, mechanics, electronics and software. We create systems that are fast, sensitive and at the same time robust enough for a permanent use under production conditions.


Imaging fluorescence measurement technology

Fluorescence measurement technology is a powerful quality control method – whether for detecting impurities or checking the accuracy of coatings.


Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy

Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) can be used for the real-time analysis of material composition without the need to prepare samples.


IR material analytics

The infrared-optical measurement of the reflective properties of surfaces provides information about the thickness or chemical composition of invisible nanocoatings.


Digital holography

Digital holographic 3D measurement technology can be used for (sub-seconds) quick and high-precision (µm-range) measurement of the 3D geometry of technical components which are typically just the size of a match box.


Inline microscopy

Our microscopy systems check the fit of components with complex geometries with micrometer precision, one piece a second.


Multi-camera systems

The complete picture of a component does not become apparent until the various images are combined for the purpose of component testing. At Fraunhofer IMP, we are able to set up camera systems with different sensors and to connect the data provided by them.


Electronic speckle interferometry

Electronic speckle interferometry (ESPI) is able to measure minimal changes in a component’s topography with great speed, comprehensively and with nanometer precision.


Quantum magnetometry for materials testing

The Fraunhofer lighthouse project QMag aims to use optically pumped magnetometers for materials testing.


Digital image correlation

Digital image correlation is an image processing method widely used in materials research for measuring strains and shifts of samples under stress with sub-pixel precision.