European NDE Symposium for NPP

Saarbrücken, 4 - 5 May 2021

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From 4 May we are again available for you directly on site from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. We will gradually transfer the regular operation of our institute into normal operation from this time on. Visiting appointments at our institute are only possible after prior arrangement by telephone or e-mail. Please contact the persons you already know or send an e-mail to ””. We kindly ask you to observe the more stringent hygiene regulations during visits. Thank you for your understanding.

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AI for NDT 4.0: Avoiding defects before they arise

AI-based Sensor Systems for Predictive Quality & Predictive Maintenance

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Now online available - Annual Report 2019

Take a look inside our latest annual report and learn more about our current development and research activities.

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SHM & NDT 2020

Conference in Québec City, Canada, postponed to 25./26.11.2020

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Detection of local hardness inhomogeneities (hardspots) in plates for the pipeline industry

Condition Monitoring

Development of an universal, cognitive sensor platform for permanent condition monitoring

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Component Inspection Using Augmented Reality

Towards digital NDT world - 3DSmartInspect: Inspection of components, parts or large surface by means of augmented reality

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Acoustic sensor system for final assembly inspection or operation monitoring by means of cognitive signal analysis

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Thermographic Inspection

Automated thermographic inspection system for surface crack testing on railroad wheels of high-speed trains

Our Corporate Video

Insights into our application-oriented research and development activities

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Cognitive Sensor Systems – Efficient Processes

Fraunhofer IZFP is an internationally networked research and development institute in the field of applied research. Its activities are focused on the development of "cognitive sensor systems" for the nondestructive monitoring of industrial processes and value chains. The Institute's technical understanding of inspection and sensor physics is supplemented by technologies and concepts from AI research, which are used to develop sensor systems for the NDT of tomorrow. In addition to pure production processes, the activities cover equally processes from materials and product development, maintenance, repair, and recycling of materials.

The current research focus relates to the development of sensors that are suited to capture production-related microstructural patterns and to merge them in the sense of an individual fingerprint, a so-called "product DNA". In the future, these "digital product files" will open up completely new approaches for the optimization of the individual sectors of a material and product lifecycle.


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The Future of Nondestructive Testing in the Context of Industry 4.0 - Interview with Prof. Randolf Hanke

NDT 4.0: Digital Transformation of NDT in Industry 4.0




Applied Research

Fraunhofer IZFP researches and develops application-oriented solutions with public funded projects.


Video of the research project »SealS II« / 8.6.2020

Quality Assurance of Fuel Cell Components Using Collaborative Robotics

»Sealing Stacks II« (SealS II) - öffentlich geförderten Forschungsvorhabens



COVID-19: Our Research Services

Opportunities and solutions for economy and society by means of cognitive sensor systems

Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation / 15.5.2020

CALL FOR PAPERS: Trends in NDE 4.0: Purpose, Technology, and Application

In this special Issue, we welcome methodological contributions to the field of NDE 4.0; for example, in terms of novel deep learning approaches and applications of innovative techniques to relevant scenarios from medical imaging.

Press Release / 30.4.2020

”Vivid” images for improved quality assurance of steel components

Development of a novel imaging method:
”Vivid” images visualize in real time microstructural changes and stress distributions – funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)



Portfolio ”Mechanical Construction and Factory”


Brochure / 20.4.2020

AI-based Sensor Systems

AI for NDT 4.0: Avoiding defects before they arise

Fraunhofer IZFP Research Groups



”AutomaTiQ” is a joint research group of htw saar and Fraunhofer IZFP, founded in 2016 and located in Saarbrücken.


Fraunhofer Attract Funding Program

Fraunhofer IZFP Research Group ”SigMaSense”

Upcoming Fairs, Conferences

6.-8.10.2020, Bertinoro, Italy

TeaM Cables Summer School – Save the date!

25./26.11.2020, Québec City, Canada

SHM-NDT 2020

Structural Health Monitoring & Nondestructive Testing

Conference, 1.-3.3.2021, Darmstadt, Germany

Call for Papers - InCeight Casting

Bitte reichen Sie bis 1. April 2020 Ihren Abstract ein.

International Symposium, 4./5.5.2021, Saarbrücken

European Symposium on Nondestructive Evaluation for NPP

31.5.-4.6.2021, Songdo Convensia, Incheon, Korea

20th WCNDT 2021

World Conference Non-Destructive Testing 2020 postponed to 2021!