Press releases

  • AI Champions Baden-Württemberg / 2021

    Fraunhofer IPM awarded for development of AI tool that creates smart planning maps

    Press release / July 26, 2021

    Digital processes facilitate much more rapid and efficient planning and construction of urban infrastructure. Fraunhofer IPM has developed a tool which automatically interprets 3D environmental data using artificial intelligence methods to generate smart planning maps. Baden-Württemberg Minister of Economic Affairs, Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, has crowned the team of researchers “AI Champions Baden-Württemberg” for their innovative development.

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  • Survey article in "Light: Advanced Manufacturing" 2, Article number: 15 (2021) / 2021

    Digital holography in production

    Press release / July 05, 2021

    3D Digital holography for manufacturing processes
    © Tobias Beckmann/Fraunhofer IPM

    In the journal “Light: Advanced Manufacturing”, researchers at Fraunhofer IPM in Freiburg provide a current overview on the range of industrial applications of digital holography with multiple wavelengths. Digital holographic measurement systems differ from other optical sensors by virtue of their high measurement accuracy combined with short measurement times.

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  • GUmProDig research project gets underway / 2021

    Digitalizing processes for more energy-efficient production

    Press release / June 30, 2021

    Substantial CO₂ savings are still there to be made in industrial production. As part of the GUmProDig research project, Fraunhofer IPM and its partners are developing a quality control and component tracing system for formed light metal parts, which is intended to enhance energy-efficient production. The aim of the system is not only to reduce rejects and recalls, but also to allow comparatively low-energy forming technology to be used in fields where power-hungry machining has been the norm to date.

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  • Projekt DiGeBaSt starts off / 2021

    Mark-free identification of logs

    Press release / May 05, 2021

    Projekt DiGeBaSt: markierungsfreie Rückverfolgung von Baumstämmen
    © Fraunhofer IPM

    Timber is a valuable natural resource, which is why Fraunhofer IPM and its partners are developing a mark-free procedure for identifying logs and trunk sections. The aim of the DiGeBaSt project, which launched in April, is to be able to trace individual logs from when they are felled in the forest to when they are scanned in the sawmill. Unique structures on sawn surfaces are used to identify each log.

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  • Inline particle measurement technology / 2021

    SPOT research project kicks off

    Press release / April 21, 2021

    Automatische Detektion von Partikeln und Defekten auf Oberflächen
    © Fraunhofer IPM

    Particulate contamination and defects on component surfaces are detected during production either through visual inspection or by rinsing the component and analyzing the rinsing fluid. This type of quality control is state of the art, but it is cumbersome and cannot be integrated into the manufacturing process. As part of the SPOT research project, Fraunhofer IPM is working together with partners to develop a novel optical inline measurement system.

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  • Hugo Geiger Prize awarded to Fraunhofer IPM employee / 2021

    Industrial application on the horizon: using digital holography to survey moving objects

    Press release / March 24, 2021

    Minister Hubert Aiwanger mit den Hugo-Geiger-Preisträgern: Dr. Simon Fichtner, Dr. Annelie Schiller,  Dr. Christian Kalupka.  Zu den Gratulanten gehörten auch die Fraunhofer-Vorstandsmitglieder Andreas Meuer und Prof. Alexander Kurz (v.l.n.r.).
    © Marc Müller

    Digital holography has gained momentum over the past few years. Now, the technology is also being used in industry to accurately measure the topography of objects down to several micrometers. As part of her doctoral work, Dr. Annelie Schiller from the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM demonstrated that this process can also be applied to moving objects. For this research, she has been awarded the Hugo Geiger Prize for outstanding doctoral achievements in the field of applied research.

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  • Fraunhofer vs. Corona / 2021

    Intelligent robots for targeted combating of viruses and bacteria

    Press release / February 11, 2021

    © Fraunhofer IPA/Photo: Rainer Bez and Fraunhofer IMW/Graphics: Stefanie Irrler

    Service robots can help ensure that buildings and means of transport are cleaned and disinfected regularly and with consistently high quality. Since October 2020, twelve institutions of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have been working on the development of new technologies for this field of application. Led by Fraunhofer IPA, the partners are pooling their expertise in the “Mobile Disinfection" (MobDi) research project to contribute to a safe “New Normal” in times of pandemic. The project is part of the »Fraunhofer vs. Corona« action program.

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  • »Baden-Württemberg AI innovation competition« / 2021

    Fraunhofer IPM involved in three competitive projects

    Press release / February 02, 2021

    As part of its AI innovation competition, the state of Baden-Württemberg is supporting a total of 44 projects from SMEs, with the goal of overcoming technical obstacles to the commercialization of artificial intelligence (AI). Fraunhofer IPM serves as a research partner for three of these projects.

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  • »Gas Efficiency« research project concluded / 2020

    New measurement system for natural gas – quick and accurate

    Press release / December 03, 2020

    Spectrometer and thermal conductivity sensor for hydrogen measurement on a natural gas pipeline
    © Holger Kock/Fraunhofer IPM

    The quality of natural gas can vary greatly. Differences in natural gas reserves can account for these disparities in quality, but they are also increasingly the result of hydrogen infeed from power-to-gas plants. Fraunhofer IPM joined forces with RMA Measuring and Control Technology to develop a measurement system which – in addition to the hydrocarbons contained in gas – can now also detect the proportion of hydrogen present.

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  • Starting research project MIAME / 2020

    Optical Coordinate Measuring System for Integration into the Production Line

    Press Release / September 01, 2020

    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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