Fraunhofer IPM

Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM develops tailor-made measuring techniques, systems and materials for industry. In this way we enable our customers to minimize their use of energy and resources while at the same time maximizing quality and reliability. Fraunhofer IPM makes processes more ecological and at the same time more economical. Many years of experience with optical technologies and functional materials form the basis for high-tech solutions in the fields of production control, materials characterization and testing, object and shape detection, gas and process technology as well as functional materials and systems.

Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM

Heidenhofstrasse 8

79110 Freiburg


Phone +49 761 8857-0

Fax +49 761 8857-224

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A cooling system without harmful refrigerants

A discovery from 1917 becomes viable for the future. A team of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM is developing efficient magnetocaloric cooling systems that make do without harmful refrigerants. The esearchers hope to achieve 50 percent of the maximum efficiency level with their process. Comparable existing magnetocaloric systems reach only approximately 30 percent.
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Planning infrastructure faster thanks to machine learning

Autonomous driving or parcel delivery by drone in Germany? The prerequisite for this is secure, stable and fast data transmission, which can only be achieved with an area-wide fiber optic network. However, just to find the right place for cable ducts is a difficult task that takes tremendous effort. Prof. Dr. Alexander Reiterer, Dominik Störk and Dr. Katharina Wäschle from the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM have developed a novel process chain based on machine learning that solves this issue. And for this they are awarded the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize.
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Hannover Messe 2019: High-precision surface structuring using ultra-short pulsed laser radiation

In order to specifically influence surface properties such as haptics or adhesion, surface structures can be modified using ultra-short pulsed laser radiation. The production of functional surfaces, as they are used in the medical or biotechnical field, can be achieved by high-precision, periodic nanostructuring of the surfaces. At the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology, such nanostructures for functional surfaces are generated using ultra-short pulsed laser radiation, which also produces aesthetically pleasing surface effects.
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Hannover Messe 2019: Flexible measuring technology for gases, liquids and solids

Gas sensors monitor industrial processes, detect leaks or regulate the room climate. Thanks to sophisticated technologies, the sensors measure reliably and precisely even under demanding conditions - in cars, factories and laboratories. At the Hannover Messe 2019, the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM will be exhibiting three sensors encapsulated in acrylic blocks.
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