Fraunhofer IPK

Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology

Projects

On this page you will find an overview of the current projects of Fraunhofer IPK, sorted in alphabetical order. Use the info box on the left to show the projects of just one division.

Automation Technology - ST

ADIS: Pattern Recognition for Video Analysis

How can we prevent people in railway stations, busses and trains from becoming victims of violence?[more]

Automation Technology - ST

Assistance-based Virtual Reconstruction of Cultural Heritage

Knowledge, contracts, files, and art stored on paper can be lost, if the paper is deliberately or accidently torn or destroyed, while multidimensional cultural artifacts can be destroyed by processes of natural decay. Depending on the level of damage or decay, recomposition – if indeed at all possible – is highly time-consuming and requires a large outlay of human resources. If the outlay required is too high, thus far cultural artifacts and the information on documents have been deemed as irrevocably damaged or lost. This is where automated virtual reconstruction can prove to be a very flexible and useful tool. To make even more effective use of the technologies for the conservation and reconstruction of cultural and social artifacts and documents, scientists at Fraunhofer IPK are developing assistance-based reconstruction systems that engage with the know-how of experts in the reconstruction process and enable the physical reconstruction of cultural artifacts. [more]

Automation Technology - ST

Automated Virtual Reconstruction of Ripped Stasi Files

Fraunhofer IPK first began research and development in the areas of digitalization and reconstruction of damaged and destroyed documents in the mid 1990s. In April 2007, Fraunhofer IPK was commissioned by the Procurement Office of the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) with a pilot project for the development of a method for the virtual reconstruction of the ripped files of the former German Democratic Republic’s Secret Security Service (Stasi). The pilot phase was set for a period of four years during which 400 sacks out of over 15,000 sacks of ripped documents should be processed.[more]

Automation Technology - ST

desCRY

Software that traces child pornography[more]

Virtual Product Creation - MBE
Public Projects

EMMA-CC

Ergo-dynamic Moving Manikin with Cognitive Control[more]

Automation Technology

Inspection of Optical Glass

Quality assurance for pharmaceutical and technical glass tubes through automatic optical full examination[more]

Joining and Coating Technology

Increasing productivity in offshore pipeline construction

The demand for energy sources such as oil and gas is continually increasing around the world. As a consequence, new transportation routes for these fuels are built all the time. To increase efficiency in pipeline construction, Fraunhofer IPK is adapting novel welding methods for offshore application. [more]

Automation Technology - ST

The Historical Archive of the City of Cologne Project

March 3rd 2009 marked a major cultural disaster as it was the day when the six storey building of the Historical Archive of the City of Cologne collapsed together with its two neighboring buildings. A thousand years of cultural history lay in ruins and around 90 percent of the archive was buried under the rubble. At the time of its collapse, the Cologne City Archive was the largest municipal archive in Germany, housing countless documents, many of which were 1000 years old, as well as charters, council deliberations and manuscripts of inestimable historical value. [more]

Virtual Product Creation - IPC
Industry Projects

Reference project for the automobile industry: Analyzing PDM Strategy

This project aimed at assessing PDM strategy in terms of its reusability, development processes and evaluation of planned product structure. Recommendations for adapting PDM strategy were extrapolated from the project results.[more]

Virtual Product Creation - MBE
Industry Projects

Reference project for the automobile industry: Multiphysical Simulation of Mechatronic Systems

The ever greater complexity of novel systems solutions (in the automobile industry) is creating an urgent need for methods of seamless modeling and simulation in product development. A broad array of CAE tools is used in the development process to investigate system behavior.[more]

Virtual Product Creation - MBE
Virtual Product Creation - IPC
Industry Projects

Reference project for the automobile industry: Future PLM Strategies

This project aimed at analyzing product development processes with a view to formulating proposals for forward-looking PLM solutions with close attention paid to future trends and support for the creation of a decision-making rationale for long-term-oriented IT evolution.[more]

Virtual Product Creation - IPC
Industry Projects

Reference project for the energy industry: Evaluation of a Project for the Introduction of PDM

A global provider of MRO services for energy systems for industrial use planned to introduce a new PDM system for product development and service across his whole company in an effort to harmonize the PDM-ERP landscape at all company sites across the world. [more]

Virtual Product Creation - IPC
Industry Projects

Reference project for the aeronautics industry: CAx-/PDM- and Data Exchange Applications

This project was focused on the development of application methods and processing of procedural instructions for the construction and validation of a 3D development environment. It sought a solution to the dilemma that new aircraft constructions can only be realized through drastic reduction in the development time they require.[more]

Virtual Product Creation - IPC
Industry Projects

Reference project for the aeronautics industry: Introduction of a PDM System for Configuration Management

This project targeted mapping of information on PDM/PLM configured devices for rapid error-free delivery of current device configuration for repair and maintenance works.[more]

Virtual Product Creation - IPC
Virtual Product Creation - MBE
Industry Projects

Reference project for Software/ Service Providers: Power Train Process Assessment

This project was carried out in association with UGS and investigated future trends in technical system support for the powertrain development process in the automobile industry.[more]

Virtual Product Creation - MBE
Industry Projects

Reference Project for Virtual Reality: PLUG-IN VR – The Introduction of Virtual Reality Technologies

PLUG-IN VR is designed especially for innovative companies with their own product development department. In a time when competitive markets are calling for ever shorter development cycles, it is highly advisable to slash the time needed for the construction of physical prototypes.[more]

Automation Technology - ST

Reconstructing Shredded Documents

The system for automated virtual reconstruction developed by Fraunhofer IPK is not just applicable to computer-assisted reconstitution of digital images of torn or damaged documents. With its help, documents that have passed through a shredding machine can also be reconstituted or made readable. Shredded documents consist exclusively of nearly identical strips of paper which means that manual reconstruction, even if possible, is a very laborious and time-consuming process. [more]

Automation Technology - ST

Secure Mobile Identity

For Safe, Flexible and User Friendly Access to Company Data[more]

Virtual Product Creation - IPC
Industry Projects

Reference Project for Software/ Service Providers: A Report on Collaborative Product Development and Digital Tools

The partners collaborating in the study – CONTACT Software GmbH (Bremen), Fraunhofer IPK (Berlin) and VDI (Düsseldorf) – produced the joint report on “Collaborative Product Development and Digital Tools” in 2011/2012. [more]

Production Systems - PMSM

The EPIC Centre of Excellence

EPIC CoE was established with the objective to be a leading, internationally acknowledged and sustainable focus point in its field, representing excellence in research, development and innovation related to Cyber-Physical Production (CPP). [more]