Our services

System solutions in the field of thin films and surface technology

The Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST offers research and development into new materials, technologies, processes and installations as well as product and production systems in one basket - from the concept through prototypes to economic production scenarios, to upscaling to industrial magnitudes - and all this whilst maintaining closed material and substance cycles.

Our skills and capabilities cover not only the pretreatment, coating and modification of surfaces but also process development, simulation and modeling, cyber-physical product and production systems, digital process automation, sustainable factory systems and life cycle management, energy storage systems, as well as analysis and quality assurance. An important objective of our work will always be to transfer our developments into industrial application for our clients and partners.

In solving our tasks we deploy not only low-pressure and atmospheric-pressure plasma processes but also hot-filament CVD processes and electroplating.

Modification and coating – We develop processes and coating systems

Thin films and specifically modified surfaces are one core business of the Fraunhofer IST. The institute utilizes a wide range of coating technologies and surface treatments, ranging from plasma coating and treatment in vacuum and at atmospheric pressure over hot-filament CVD processes to electroplating and laser technology.

© Fraunhofer IST, Jan Benz

Our services are:

  • Surface modification
  • Development of coatings and layer systems
  • Process technology (including process diagnostics, modeling and control)
  • Simulation of optical layer systems
  • Development of system components
  • Process development
  • Toolbuilding and plant engineering

Application – We transfer research results in the production level

To guarantee an efficient technology transfer we offer a wide range of know how:

Diamond coated ceramic slide ring seals made by hot wire CVD process.
© Fraunhofer IST, Rainer Meier, BFF Wittmar

  • Cost-of-ownership calculations, development of economical production scenarios
  • Prototype development, pilot production and sample coating procedures
  • Equipment concepts and integration into manufacturing lines
  • Consulting and training
  • Research and development during production