Development Center X-ray Technology EZRT

Year of the X-ray 2020: Can airplanes get X-rayed?

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Development Center X-ray Technology EZRT / 7.9.2020

XXL-Computertomographie des Raketenjägers Me 163
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Fraunhofer IIS examined the rocket fighter Me 163 Messerschmitt using XXL computer tomography.

Michael Salamon was instrumental in setting up the world’s only XXL computed tomography system at the Fraunhofer Development Center X-ray Technology EZRT in Fürth, a division of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS. He and his team use it to scan large, often spectacular objects and are developing new applications for high-energy computed tomography.

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Year of the X-ray 2020: Can X-ray technology help plants withstand climate change?

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Development Center X-ray Technology EZRT / 4.9.2020

Phänotypisierung von Pflanzen
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How do you breed plant varieties that can adapt well to climatic changes? The researchers in Fürth are investigating this question.

Stefan Gerth is a researcher and group manager at the Fraunhofer Development Center for X-Ray Technology in Fürth. He oversees the development of CT systems to aid the selection of heat-tolerant crops. His group's research makes an important contribution to the efforts of plant breeders to respond to the threat of climate change.

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Digitalization in museums: how we solved the mystery of a Peruvian mummy

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Development Center X-ray Technology EZRT / 08.10.2019

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Visualization by Fraunhofer MEVIS, Bremen, applying physically based volume rendering to high-resolution CT-scans

One mummy, one research team, one film crew: An exciting day in December 2018 yielded plenty of new insights. As the film crew from Fraunhofer IIS, we had been eagerly awaiting this day, when we would be filming and documenting a fascinating contribution to digitalization in museums.

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Near-sensor AI: Generating sensor data of outstanding quality

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Development Center X-ray Technology EZRT / 19.06.2019

Dr. Norman Uhlmann, deputy divisional director at Fraunhofer EZRT
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An interview with Dr. Norman Uhlmann about near-sensor AI.

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) is playing an increasingly important role in research. Dr. Norman Uhlmann, Deputy Division Director at Fraunhofer EZRT, discusses the prospect of using AI at a level close to sensors.

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“It would be great if by using alternative examination options we could completely avoid damage caused by radiation.”

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Development Center X-ray Technology EZRT / 30.01.2019

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In collaboration with the Universitätsklinikum Erlangen and the University of Bonn, Fraunhofer IIS researchers have succeeded in applying magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in orthodontics. This gentle method has the potential to replace the current common use of harmful X-ray radiation. We spoke with Dr. Daniel Haddad about this breakthrough that has also been honored by the European Federation of Orthodontics FEO.

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Smart surveying of the plant world

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Development Center X-ray Technology / 4.12.2018

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Phenotyping involves recording plants’ typing reactions to environmental influences. But what does nondestructive testing have to do with it? How do the cognitive sensor systems we are developing improve phenotyping processes? Dr. Stefan Garth, of the Development Center X-ray Technology EZRT at Fraunhofer IIS, has the answers.

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Managing CT data – anywhere, anytime in the cloud

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Development Center X-ray Technology / 15.11.2018

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Although computed tomography has greatly improved processes in industrial product development and production, conventional methods of managing various CT data remain highly inconvenient. But that’s changing now, because the researchers working alongside Thomas Miller tackled precisely this problem and developed the web-based CloudCT software solution. In the interview, Thomas Miller explains how the software makes operating the CT system and handling the data for companies easier.

X-ray develops into a cognitive sensor

Development Center X-ray Technology / Cognitive Sensor Technologies / 11.7.2018

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Robot-based CT systems are able to inspect large components quickly and accurately.

Of the systems capable of monitoring large components such as whole car bodies, none have so far been suitable for an application for series production. Now, with RoboCT, we can inspect these components quickly and accurately. At the same time, this robot-based computed tomography (CT) system also represents the first step towards cognitive sensor systems in this field. In addition to applications in the automotive and aerospace industries, the system is to be used, for example, to inspect the condition and completeness of returned goods ordered online – without having to open them.

Looking inside a piano

Cognitvie Sensor Technologies / Development Center X-ray Technology / 23.6.2017

Dr. Theobald Fuchs and his colleagues at the Development Center for X-ray Technology EZRT are working with the Germanisches Nationalmuseum to develop standards for the computed tomography of musical instruments. Fuchs explains why this work is much more important than one might initially think.

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This kind of computed tomography imagery of old musical instruments is of interest to historians and conservators – and not least to musicians themselves.

Automated X-rays

Cognitvie Sensor Technologies / Development Center X-ray Technology / 23.6.2017

Place the object inside, push the button and collect the CT scan. Taking an X-ray is that simple with ValuCT. Good collaboration among three partners played a crucial role in developing this technology.



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Automated X-rays with ValuCT.

Detecting high-yield varieties of plants

Development Center X-ray Technology / 8.3.2017

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Researchers at the Development Center X-ray Technology use a 3D CT system to analyze series of plants.

The consequences of climate change are extremely complex and they affect developing countries more than most. For instance, rising temperatures can make regions uninhabitable and cut people off from vital access to drinking water. Even richer countries cannot escape the impacts of climate change and are being forced to change their way of thinking – particularly when it comes to agriculture. Modern plant cultivars cannot adapt quickly enough to the effects of climate change, so farmers need to grow plants that have adapted especially well to the prevailing conditions. This is why we are focusing on non destructive monitoring and plant analysis at the Development Center X-ray Technology EZRT.

X-Rays in the fast lane

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Development Center X-ray Technology / 8.3.2016

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EZRT X-ray technologies test the insides of components in record time, ensuring their safety and quality.

X­ray technologies are excellently suited to the task of revealing even tiny defects or processes inside materials. To provide industry with suitable tools, the Development Center for X­ray Technology (EZRT), a division of Fraunhofer IIS, defines and expands the state of the art in the field of non­ destructive testing all along the product life cycle. Over the past year, re- searchers at the center have published many innovative new concepts. The researchers are especially proud of two new technologies: “HeiDetect Inline CT Compact R” and “MULIX”.

We’ve got X-ray eyes – and XXL panoramic vision

Development Center X-ray Technology / 17.8.2014

It’s an attribute normally associated with comic-book heroes, but believe it or not real people can do it too, with the right technology. At a single glance, we can see through the walls of shipping containers and other large objects such as aircraft components and entire cars. Our X-ray eyes penetrate to the farthest corners of these structures and reveal the finest details – without having to open them up or take them apart.




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