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.