70 years of Fraunhofer

March 26 in Munich Official ceremony, Bavarian government reception The history of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft started on March 26,1949 at the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs. High-ranking representatives from politics, science and business come together for the official ceremony at the foundation venue to focus on the theme of “Research in Europe”.

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Fraunhofer IZFP’s extension building – impressions of the groundbreaking ceremony

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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


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

Fraunhofer IZFP Image Film

Insights into our application-oriented research and development activities

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SHM & NDT 2020

Conference in Québec City, Canada, on 14-15 May 2020

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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.


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





Under scrutiny: Automated induction thermography



GIFA 2019: Robot-assisted sensor system for the quality monitoring of hybrid parts



Control 2019: Universally applicable broadband eddy current electronics

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.  

18.-20.9.2019, Dresden, Germany

WerkstoffWoche 2019

19./20.9.2019, Halle, Germany

Colloquium on Thermography 2019

27.9.2019, Kaiserslautern, Germany

CCeV Theme Day

"Digitization in processsing of thermoplastic composites"

6.-9.10.2019, Glasgow, England

2019 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium

15.10.2019, Fraunhofer IPA, Stuttgart, Germany

Smart Machines in Operation – Artificial Intelligence in Companies