“One stop shop“ for ultrasonic technology

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.



Development of methods

New manufacturing processes, ever more complex components and increasing expectations of quali­ty mean that companies are faced with questions that conventional approaches to ultrasonic tech­nology cannot solve. As a NDT specialist, Fraunhofer IKTS develops new and effective testing methods for industrial ultrasonic applications “out of the box“. These applications can be completed with customized measuring and analysis technology as required.


Ultrasonic transducers

Ultrasonic transducers are the most important compo­nent of ultrasonic probes. Utilizing its material and ma­nufacturing know-how, Fraunhofer IKTS provides unique solutions for specific transducers as well as in­novative testing applications.


Ultrasonic probes and sensors

Ultrasonic probes are used in many branches of industry for non-destructive testing (NDT) of ma­terials. With various frequencies, configurations, connector styles, and cable types ultrasonic pro­bes of IKTS detect the precise location of objects for a safe and reliable assessment of defects.



Only powerful and modular electronics and soft­ware allow to utilize the maximum performance of a transducer. With its PCUS® pro device fami­ly, Fraunhofer IKTS offers an electronic system that is suited for use in manual ultrasonic testing, as well as automated ultrasonic test sys­tems.



Software has become an elementary part of the development of test systems in industrial contexts. Users define the features they need and expect an intuitive user interface. Software has to be innovative and available at short notice, for future modifications and extensions.


Simulation and modeling

Today, simulation tools are essential for optimizing ultrasonic test systems and for develo­ping new methods. They allow to check the method for physical plausibility and determine the best possible measuring and transducer parameters even before the first measurement setup has actually been built. This saves time and money in development and results in test systems with significantly improved performance parameters.


Accredited test lab

With its flexible accreditation according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025, the test lab has been certified by an objective institution (Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH – DAkkS) to perform all the steps required to validate and verify procedures and systems.


Test systems

Fraunhofer IKTS develops customer-specific ultrasonic test systems for the lab as well as for industrial applications, carrying out their installation and commissioning, including staff training, as required by customers.


Augmented reality

We make use of augmented reality (AR) technologies in the development of ultrasonic testing equipment and its subsequent operation. This allows to shorten development times and to optimize and accelerate work processes.


Technical equipment

  • Robot measuring cell
  • Ultrasonic microscope
  • Ultrasonic scan carriage
  • Four-axis manipulator for special tests
  • Ultrasonic goniometer HUGO III
  • Acoustic Intensity Measurement System – AIMS

Cooperation models

Innovation and development are the cornerstones of a promising corporate future. In order to create a competitive edge, Fraunhofer offers tailored options for cooperation, so that small and medium-sized companies can work together in the best possible way. This also allows to utilize development skills at short notice and as needed.