Fraunhofer IPT

Fraunhofer CMI is an offshoot of Fraunhofer IPT in Aachen, Germany. Since 1994, Fraunhofer CMI has worked with Fraunhofer IPT to promote technology transfer between the European and American markets.

Fraunhofer Network

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. Their research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by their researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives. »We are creative. We shape technology. We design products. We improve methods and techniques. We open up new vistas. In short, we forge the future«

Fraunhofer World Map
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Fraunhofer institutes and centers worldwide

Research Dedicated to the Future

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's research activities are conducted by 67 institutes and research units at locations throughout Germany. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft employs a staff of 24,000, who work with an annual research budget totaling more than 2.1 billion euros. Of this sum, more than 1.8 billion euros is generated through contract research. More than 70 percent of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s contract research revenue is derived from contracts with industry and from publicly financed research projects. Customers and contractual partners are: Industry, Service sector, Public administration.

 International collaborations with excellent research partners and innovative companies around the world ensure direct access to regions of the greatest importance to present and future scientific progress and economic development. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is engaged in a number of international activities mainly in Europe, North and South America, Asia and the MENA-Region. Fraunhofer operates subsidiaries in Europe (Austria, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, UK) and also in North and South America (USA, Chile).

Fraunhofer USA, Inc.

Fraunhofer USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and presently comprises seven research and development units, with Fraunhofer CMI being one of them.

To augment its technical expertise and extend its services abroad, the Fraunhofer Society created a U.S.-based subsidiary in 1994. In addition to Fraunhofer USA's headquarters in Plymouth, Michigan, seven specialized research units were established around the country. These centers fostered strong partnerships with nearby, major universities and corresponding Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany. This international, collaborative approach has been very successful and beneficial for both the United States and Germany.

Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT)

Fraunhofer CMI is an offshoot of Fraunhofer IPT in Aachen, Germany. Since 1994, Fraunhofer CMI has worked with Fraunhofer IPT to promote technology transfer between the European and American markets.

Frauhofer IPT in Aachen, Germany
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Frauhofer IPT in Aachen, Germany

The Institute for Production Technology has been headed by Professor Dr.-Ing. Frize Klocke since January, 1995. The Fraunhofer IPT combines knowledge and experience in all fields of production technology. In the areas of process technology, production machines, production metrology and quality as well as technology management, they offer partners and customers tailor made solutions and immediately actionable results for a connected, adaptive production.

Fraunhofer Life Science Engineering (LSE) Group

The Fraunhofer Life Sciences Engineering (LSE) Group addresses the distinctive needs and constraints at the intersection of life sciences and engineering. As a joint venture between the Fraunhofer CMI and the Fraunhofer IPT, we apply our multinational resources to engineer advanced solutions for biological problems. Our specialized services encompass medical instrument and device development and automation of biological & biomolecular processes.

Origins

Portrait of Joseph von Fraunhofer
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Portrait of Joseph von Fraunhofer

The Fraunhofer Society is originally named after the esteemed Joseph von Fraunhofer (1787-1826)—a German researcher, inventor, and entrepreneur. The story of his life clearly shows why he serves as the role model for our company.

Joseph von Fraunhofer

As a youth, Joseph von Fraunhofer worked as a glassmaking apprentice. His potential remained undeveloped until a fateful accident brought him to the attention of entrepreneur Joseph von Utzschneider. Under his tutelage, Fraunhofer studied the craft of lens grinding and worked as an optician in his workshop. Because of his skill and determination, Fraunhofer was quickly promoted to director of the Optical Institute in Benedicktbeuern. His efforts there led to improved methods of glass production. Fraunhofer also designed several optical devices that helped him conduct pioneering scientific research. Two spectral phenomena, Fraunhofer lines and Fraunhofer diffraction, were posthumously named in his honor. His invaluable contributions to science and industry earned him lasting worldwide recognition.

Joseph von Fraunhofer dedicated his life to performing research with practical utility. By adopting his name, our organization aspires to achieve the same principle.