Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing IZFP

Sensor and Data Systems for Safety, Sustainability, and Efficiency

Sensor and Data Systems for Safety, Sustainability, and Efficiency

Fraunhofer IZFP is an internationally renowned research and development institute for applied, industry-oriented research with headquarters in Saarbrücken. The institute's activities focus on the development of intelligent sensor and data systems for safety, sustainability and efficiency. The results of its R&D work are used in business and industry. The scientific-technological solutions support science and industry and at the same time contribute to shaping our society and our future.

In addition to customized sensor systems, sensor data management, data analysis and data value creation with AI and machine learning techniques, the R&D portfolio also includes extensive consulting activities in the field of standardization, among others. The understanding of technical testing and sensor physics is also complemented by technologies and concepts from AI research. The decades-long understanding of applications and processes for materials and the products made from them continues to form a solid basis and provides the impetus for Fraunhofer IZFP's expanded research mission in the future: By adding aspects of digital signal and information processing, novel applications in domains such as critical infrastructure, the food industry, the sustainable circular economy, and resource protection and conservation become possible.

News from Research and Development


Press Release, 2.5.2024

5 million euros for the circular economy: Saarland invests in research collaborations

The transformation fund will be used to finance the establishment of two cooperative research groups in close cooperation between Saarland University of Applied Sciences (htw saar) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing IZFP. 


Fraunhofer President on a dialog tour

As part of his dialog tour, Fraunhofer President Prof. Holger Hanselka also visited our institute on April 9, 2024. In addition to discussions with the institute's management, Prof. Bernd Valeske (Managing Director) and Hans-Georg Herrmann, always true to his motto “Listen, learn from each other and discuss with each other“, Prof. Hanselka showed great interest in the industry-ready technologies presented to him.


Presse Release, 1.3.2024

Revamped plastics recycling chain

Fraunhofer Waste4Future flagship project


Back Cover in “Advanced Sensor Research“

Your contact for nondestructive testing methods (NDT) and NDT services

Do you have questions about NDT methods or services?

Then please contact our expert Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Schwender.

Our Research and Performance Centers

Fraunhofer Center for Sensor Intelligence ZSI

A joint strategic R&D initiative of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the Saarland


Intelligent signal analysis and assistance systems


Research Center for Sensor Materials & Sensor Systems


Development of novel cognitive, adaptive sensor technology using compressed sensing

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32nd EUSPICO 2024

EUSIPCO is the premier European conference on signal processing. The 32nd edition will be held in Lyon, at the Lyon Convention Center, located close to the downtown area, the historic district and the train station. The EUSIPCO 2024 edition will have a specific flavour, with a focus on interdisciplinary research in signal and image processing, geared toward major societal challenges.
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Guided Ultrasonic Waves: Emerging Methods (GUWEM) Workshop

In Europe, we have a small but vibrant community of researchers working on the theory and practical use of elastic waveguides for material characterization, nondestructive testing, structural health monitoring and sensors. This workshop aims to provide a platform where these groups with diverse interests can meet and exchange ideas. Current advances in the field will be presented in the form of talks and posters. The goal is not only to exchange but also to interconnect, creating opportunities for valuable collaborations. The event is organized by the »Institut Langevin“ and the „Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)«. It is supported by the »Société Française d’Acoustique (SFA)« and the »Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akustik e.V. (DEGA)«.
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2024 Fraunhofer USA Innovations in Production Technology and Advanced Metrology Seminar

2024 Fraunhofer USA Innovations in Production Technology and Advanced Metrology Seminar Industry 4.0 (I4.0) or the fourth Industrial Revolution is changing manufacturing operations everywhere with significant impacts and innovations for the manufacturing industry. New methods in production technologies and advanced control systems are especially transformative, reshaping business operations and competitive dynamics in the market. To address these transformations, Fraunhofer USA is hosting a Innovations in Production Technology and Advanced Metrology Seminar. With a focus on technology transfer, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss with experts in the field best practices and latest developments for their operations. The event will feature speakers from Industry, Michigan State University and Fraunhofer experts in production technology and metrology, providing valuable insights and deep dives for participants.
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