Fraunhofer IPK

Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology


Our expertise is embodied by two specialist departments and two work groups. The R&D work performed in our Process Automation and Robotics department is aimed at an efficient use of resources. Flexible cooperation ­between human and robot increases the resource efficiency of both man and automation system in variable production processes. To increase energy ­efficiency, we are developing procedures for intelligently acquiring information from energy-related production data (energy mining) as well as data on energy efficiency controlling.

The Machine Vision department department draws on many years of image processing and pattern recognition expertise to open the door to new applications, in particular for mobile sensor systems and automated reconstruction of objects. Our customers also benefit from our experience in the field of automatic optical quality control, which has been strengthened by the addition of new robot-aided testing procedures for mechanical production properties.

A specialist exploration field has drawn increased attention to optical inspection using networked line scan cameras. Finally, our portfolio is rounded off by a work group that is responsible for the further development of exercise devices for stationary and remote medical rehabilitation (telerehabilitation).