70 years of Fraunhofer

Our 70th birthday is an occasion for us to celebrate the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft – with partners, colleagues and all those who want to shape the future.

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Fraunhofer IZFP Image Film

Insights into our application-oriented research and development activities

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

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Measuring system for the ultrasonic inspection of welding seams of output shafts

Component Inspection Using Augmented Reality

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

LinScanDuo 2.0

Semi-automatic ultrasonic inspection system

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Cognitive Sensor Systems – Efficient Processes

The Fraunhofer IZFP is an internationally leading institute for research and development of nondestructive monitoring technologies in the frame of industry-relevant product life cycles. Our scientists develop "cognitive sensor systems", i.e. intelligent and auto-adaptive sensor/actuator networks with which specific processes or entire value added chains can be monitored, controlled and optimized. The focus here is not only on production processes, but also on processes in material and product development, as well as on the upkeep, maintenance and recycling of materials.

Fraunhofer IZFP’s development work relies on decades of accumulated know-how covering almost all known NDT methods. The device and sensor systems developed at Fraunhofer IZFP are interlocked with modern information and communication technology, e.g. for intelligent signal and image processing as well as automated interpretation and assessment of inspection and measurement data on the basis of machine learning methods.

This includes artificial intelligence methods (AI) such as cognitive or auto-adaptive sensor technologies. From the data obtained digital metadata concerning materials and products can be provided for the Materials Data Space. This networking enables shorter development times, learning manufacturing processes and new business models and thus a significant improvement in product quality. The institute uses the entire range of physical measuring principles for this purpose.


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




Press Release / 5.12.2018

AcoustiX: Sensor system learns to "hear"

Reliable detection of failures in machines and systems



The Future of Nondestructive Testing in the Context of Industry 4.0

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 Trade Fairs and Events


International trade fairs, conferences or workshops are the place to discover trends and trendsetting developments regarding our cognitive sensor technologies.  

Summit, 2.4.2019, Hannover Messe

1. Lightweighting Summit @ Hannover Messe

International Technology Fair, 18.-20.4.2019, Shanghai, China

China (Shanghai) International Technology Fair

The Saarland is invited as honorary guest country, including the Fraunhofer IZFP.

Conference, 6.-8.5.2019, Fraunhofer IGCV, Augsburg, Germany

Lightweight Construction Conference 2019

Intelligent Lightweight Construction:

Productivity - Resource Efficiency - Sustainability

International trade fair for quality assurance, 7.-10.5.2019, Stuttgart, Germany

33rd Control

Visit us in hall 6, booth 6301.

Fraunhofer Vision at the Control 2019


International Conference, 12.-17.5.2019, Brighton, UK

2019 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing