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Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM

Upper organisation
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
Research Center

Georges-Köhler-Allee 301
79110 Freiburg


The Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM develops tailor-made measuring techniques and systems for industry. Many years of experience with optical technologies form the basis for high-tech solutions in the fields of production control, object and shape detection, gas and process technology as well as thermal energy converters.

Fraunhofer IPM has some 240 employees working in the fields of science, technology and administration. With scientific expertise, engineering creativity and a high level of commitment, each and every one of them works towards project success with partners from research and industry.

In the beginning there is an idea. After all, only really good ideas lead to convincing solutions. Fraunhofer IPM links the know-how and creativity of its employees to create something new – to the benefit of our customers and development partners.

Flexible and customer-focused:

We develop technologies, measurement techniques and systems to meet customer wishes.

Creative and enjoy being unconventional

We help our customers from industry and development partners to achieve unique competitive advantages.

Competent and technically experienced

We confidently approach the limits of what is scientifically feasible.

We see our key task as lying in the development and deployment of measurement techniques and systems to design industrial processes more efficiently. 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.

Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM

Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM

Contact Person
Prof. Dr. Karsten Buse
+49 761 8857 111
is SME contact

A producing company that can manage without sophisticated measuring technology is rare indeed. Measurements make it possible to monitor and optimize. Our scientists and engineers develop solutions in line with your ideas – from small sensors to complex turnkey systems.

Robust, powerful systems for industrial use from Fraunhofer IPM focus on the interplay of optics, mechanics, electronics and software.

Research at the Institute is organized in five business units with different technological focuses and application areas.


Fraunhofer IPM supports its customers from the first idea, via a study or test measurement, through to the product ready for market launch. In order to take this route in a spirit of partnership and with your interests at heart, we offer you a range of very individual services and development assistance.

Fraunhofer IPM draws up studies in line with your wishes and specifications, develops solutions, builds prototypes and entire systems or transfers know-how to your company. In addition to this, we adapt standard systems and service our measurement systems professionally on site – and we do this around the world.

Service for Industry and SMEs