Ultrasonic methods are some of the most frequently used methods for non-destructive testing. Fraunhofer IKTS combines years of experience in materials testing with unique capabilities in the field of ultrasonic technologies. As a developer of industrial ultrasonic testing systems, Fraunhofer IKTS offers sensors, testing electronics, software, simulation and modeling services, and an accredited test lab for validation and verification of ultrasonic methods – which truly makes it a one-stop shop for ultrasonics.
At the heart of every testing system are the sensors. Fraunhofer IKTS develops sensors optimally adapted to the given geometries, materials, and acoustic parameters.
To get the full potential out of the sensors, Fraunhofer IKTS offers the PCUS® pro series of powerful modular electronics. The portfolio extends from simple manual ultrasonic testers to fully automated ultrasonic testing systems.
Software has become fundamental to the development of testing systems for industrial application. It must be innovative and quickly available without compromising flexibility to allow future changes and extensions. PCUS® pro Lab is a modular software suite that quickly and flexibly creates solutions for the given testing task. The software supports parameterization for actuator and sensor control, visualization, and evaluation. Data organization and management take place in the flexibly adaptable revision system. In addition, the suite can be fully integrated into existing manufacturing concepts within the scope of Industry 4.0.
Nowadays simulation techniques are essential for optimizing ultrasonic testing systems and developing new measurement methods. They enable the physical plausibility of a method to be tested and the best possible measurement and probe parameters to be determined even before the first measurement setup is actually realized. This saves time and money in the development and leads to testing systems with clearly improved performance parameters.