Industrial Electronics

Industrial electronics are important drivers for the world’s development. Globalization, cyber-physical systems and industry 4.0 amongst other words currently sum up the most important economic and social developments. Robustness, miniaturization, reliability, safety and security are central to the implementation of electronics into products.

Fraunhofer IZM is known for its outstanding track record in safety and security technology. The area of automation is a key area of industrial electronics and with our broad experience in this area we create synergies. We can place them in this area, which includes equipment safety, identity verification and product traceability. 

A second key area is advancing automation technology. This happens through validating and introducing new developments from related areas in microelectronic and microsystem technology.

A current key priority is developing innovative solutions for autarkic, multi-channel wireless sensors used in control technology. We are currently assessing the real-time capability of such systems, because it is a key parameter for application in industry.

A bionic sensor skin for semi-autonomous service robots in challenging land and underwater applications

A 50,000 square meter artificial reef off the Baltic coast and a green space following the trajectory of the Berlin Wall: Two places, about 240 km apart from each other and as different as could be. However, only a few…

Start-a-Factory at 5: A Modular Hardware Development and Production Lab

The borough of Wedding, situated in the north of Berlin, gets the hearts of electronics enthusiasts, startup entrepreneurs, and the R&D teams of SMEs racing. Since the end of 2017, Start-A-Factory (SAF) at Fraunhofer IZM has been offering a unique…

High speed with optical signals: Will the printed circuit board of the future be made of glass?

The backbone of our digital world is made of glass: A network of optical fibers spans the globe and lets data criss-cross our globe. We also experience the digital world through a pane of glass: We interact with the online…

Mission Impossible? The Art of Measuring Fluid Mechanics on Sails

To improve and enhance the performance of high-performance sails, it is important to know and optimize their fluid mechanical and structural properties. For ultralight textile structures – be it sails for ships or even paragliders and parachutes – it has…

When Software Meets Hardware, or: How AI Can Protect Power Lines

Better, faster and, above all, increasingly automated – this is the vision for many sectors of industry, from the automotive sector to energy suppliers. One solution that is becoming more and more popular is artificial intelligence. We spoke to Bernd…

STEP TOWARDS SECURE INDUSTRIAL DIGITALIZATION

Modern society is relying more and more on connected, digitalized, and automated technology – an epochal change that touches on all aspects of business life, including the manufacturing of products. Fraunhofer IZM is at the forefront of this trend, creating…

CARBON-BASED MATERIALS – A WINDOW TO THE NEW REALITY OF FLEXIBLE ELECTRONICS

Materials science is one of the key disciplines for product development, where it promises a wide range of solutions for many pressing challenges, especially in novel technologies that are set to dominate the markets of the future. Carbon-based materials in…

A GLIMPSE INTO THE WORLD OF METALLIC INTERCONNECTIONS FOR EXTREME APPLICATIONS

Metallic interconnections can be hard, not only in the literal sense, but also figuratively speaking. This is why a whole research group at the Fraunhofer IZM is dedicated to understanding how to solder and sinter properly. Power electronics have upped…