Ultrasonic technology represents the most commonly used process in non-destructive testing. The Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS combines long years of experience in materials testing with unique know – how in the field of ultrasonic technologies. As a developer of customer-specific industrial ultrasonic test systems, Fraunhofer IKTS offers transducers, probes, testing electronics, software, simulation and modeling services, as well as an accredited test lab for the validation and verification of ultrasonic methods.
Fraunhofer IKTS has been researching ultrasonic testing since the 1960s, when it was still part of the Central Institute for Nuclear Research in Dresden-Rossendorf. Today, the largest ceramics research institution in Europe creates smart solutions for non-destructive testing – from piezoelectric ceramics to certified ultrasonic test systems. Transducers are at the heart of any test system. Fraunhofer IKTS supplies its own developed transducers designed for special applications. They can be adapted optimally to fit various geometries, materials and other acoustic parameters. Customer-specific test systems are equipped with modular and very powerful electronics (PCUS® pro device family) and equally modular and versatile software (PCUS® pro Lab).
Fraunhofer IKTS strives constantly to optimize and develop further all test systems and test procedures. This is done with simulation technologies, which are also used to seek out new approaches to measuring. The very own accredited test lab – certified for five classic methods of non-destructive testing in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 – is able to validate ultrasonic testing methods developed by Fraunhofer IKTS thanks to its versatile accreditation, and apply them in the same way as standardized procedures.
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