Quality and product labeling

Laser beam and sensor on a coated brake disc. Fraunhofer IWS researchers have demonstrated that a fast and non-destructive evaluation can also be achieved using the LAwave® method.
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Laser beam and sensor on a coated brake disc. Fraunhofer IWS researchers have demonstrated that a fast and non-destructive evaluation can also be achieved using the LAwave® method.

No reliable products without quality inspection and product labeling. That is why we are researching in this area to develop protective solutions against the increasing global trend of product piracy. Thus, material characterization and testing is one of Fraunhofer IWS’ core competencies. Our high-precision testing methods contribute to quality assurance in the development of innovative processes and validation of new materials. Load component testing, for example, provides information about coating adhesion, weld seam quality or compressive loading. With our expertise in materials testing and laser research, we support automotive manufacturing with laser acoustic as well as optical inspection and testing methods.

Product labeling has also gained tremendous importance in a globalized world. In order to safeguard future technologies, we contribute our many years of experience in the research, development and application of laser-based methods such as laser structuring, laser engraving or laser labeling. Regardless of whether they are visible to the naked eye or not, our solutions generate product protection features for unique identification to minimize the risk of copyright infringement.

Our solutions

Quality testing
 

Product labeling

  • Large-area laser structuring of vehicle license plates: Generation of product protection features
  • Product labeling by laser engraving: high-contrast marking on any material
  • Product protection by laser marking (e.g. brake device with invisible features for unique identification)

Latest research and development results

 

News / 22.7.2021

Testing beyond standardization

Safe component development

 

News / 24.3.2021

Non-destructive coating analysis on brake discs with LAwave®

 

Press release / 16.3.2021

Just a few hours instead of weeks: Hyperspectral vision speeds up barrier foil inspection