Analyzing and characterizing machine properties

Characterizing machine tools is essential to optimize them and compensate for non-conformities in assembly, load-induced faults or temperature-influencing factors. The Fraunhofer IPT has both the know-how required and the appropriate tools.

Using the right measuring instruments increases machine precision

The use of suitable measuring instruments helps to identify faults – this is the first step in the search for a solution. Profit from our diverse range of measuring instruments which enable us to provide you with the right tool for any given scenario. In addition to standard instruments such as laser interferometers, we also have special-purpose measuring equipment such as the Laser Tracer und Spindle Error Analyzer in our portfolio.

An in-depth understanding of the process is what sparks solutions

The engineers and scientists at the Fraunhofer IPT have a through understanding of machine processes and are well acquainted with the most frequently occurring fault sources. This enables us to measure static, thermal and dynamic machine parameters and ensure that the acceptance criteria are met. To increase machine precision, we additionally take steps to initiate targeted engineering design improvements. As a result, we have accumulated a wealth of experience in this field over the years. We draw on this expertise and know-how to develop methodical solutions to frequently occurring fault sources.

Our Services

  • Characterizing static, thermal and dynamic deviations
  • Increasing machine precision on the basis of data collected by ourselves
  • Conducting modal and frequency machine tool analysis
  • Developing new methods of calibration
  • Developing solutions to frequently occurring fault sources

Examples of our approaches to frequent fault sources


Calibrating 5-axis machine tools

  • Complete calibration within 20 minutes
  • Direct measurement and optimization of 5-axis precision
  • One measuring device for all geometric deviations
  • Integrability in existing machines

The direct path to thermal stability

  • Ensure sustained thermal stability
  • Minimize cost of temperature control and air conditioning
  • Identify potential for optimization

3D-Process Monitoring

  • Implements spatially resolved 3D-visualization of process signals
  • Logs everything to ensure full documentation
  • Recognizes patterns typical occurring in individual processes
  • Integrability in existing machines