The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen Germany is a research institute with focus on all aspects of production technology. Working units in process technology, production machines, production metrology and quality management as well as technology management have as central task the research and development as well as the optimization of innovative production technologies and its transfer into the industrial environment.
For more than 30 years, the IPT performs applied research in the field of production metrology with focus on optical technologies. In a broad spectrum of projects customized solutions for industrial applications were successfully implemented. The acquired experience in the development of high resolution metrology mostly based on low coherence interferometry and its integration in the production environment also in laser micro machining of metals endorses the IPT to the development and integration of the innovative metrology system for the adaptive control of laser micro machining systems.