Digital Tools and Solutions

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Digitalization means alteration, change, adaptation. For technical systems new sensors or complete system solutions are required to build bridges between the real and the digital world. In automation technology, components with new interfaces have been developed that can usually be integrated into modern systems with minimal effort. Existing manufacturing systems often present a challenge, especially in the case of missing solutions for digital sensing.

In this area, Fraunhofer ILT offers laser measurement technology, sensor technology and systems engineering as well as simulation and modeling systems for the digital future. Our customer-specific solutions aim at digital integration in the aims of Industry 4.0 and thus make a contribution to the digital progress.

We support you on your way to Industry 4.0.

Components for laser-based digitization

  • Sensor systems for high-resolution detection of laser-induced spectra (LIBS)
  • Sensor systems for distance detection (LIDAR)
  • Sensor systems for laser-based distance measurement (OCT)
  • Sensor systems for scanners for the spatially resolved detection of process emissions (CPC 3D-Map)

System solutions for digitization

  • Edge Devices for connecting sensors to fieldbus systems
  • Edge Devices for the integration of GPU resources into real-time systems
  • Acquisition device for field bus attached cameras
  • PLC integration of scanners


Laser technology can solve demanding tasks in many different industries. Whether as a tool in automotive production, as measuring equipment in the environmental sector, as a diagnostic or therapeutic instrument in medical technology or as a communication medium in space technology, the laser provides multiple uses with high productivity and high efficiency.

Read up about the innovations of the Fraunhofer ILT in a few selected industries and convince yourself!


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Digital Tools and Solutions

Our contributions in this range of services as tools and means for the digitization of processes, manufacturing, production and companies with regard to industry 4.0 are based on solutions from the following fields of technology Laser, Optical Systems, Quantum Technology, Laser Measurement Technology, Additive Manufacturing, Surface Technology, Joining, Cutting, Digitalization, EUV and Plasma Technology and Medical Technology. A selected set of these solutions with a strong focus in digitalization is listed below.


  • Process sensors with integrated camera systems and pyrometers for laser material processing
  • 3D process map for location-correlated process observation using coaxial sensors such as pyrometers, photodiodes and cameras
  • Powder gas jet measuring system for quality control during laser metal deposition welding
  • SeamTrack - Seam detection algorithms based on coaxial CPC camera systems
  • SeamFinder - Application for zero gap detection based on texture recognition
  • Open Diagnostic System (ODS) - System solution for the complete documentation of production processes
  • Automated, synchronous data recording with high and varying data rates from different data sources of process, machine and environment (CPC Recorder)
  • ScanControl - PLC embedded adaptive scanner control
  • System modules for FPGA-based real-time process control
  • LIDAR systems without moving parts
  • bd1 - Distance measurement system for laser-based absolute and differential distance measurement (OCT)
  • Collision prevention by computer-aided simulation of process and robot kinematics
  • Libraries for creating equidistant lines on any freeform surface
  • Modern, highly efficient algorithms for data generation in additive and subtractive manufacturing processes

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