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The “Institut f. Automation und Kommunikation” (ifak), founded in 1991, whose legal operator is the registered association of the same name, ranks among the German Research-Mittelstand and is one of the founding members of the "Deutsche Industrieforschungsgemeinschaft Konrad Zuse e.V.". The institute carries out applied research on “Information and Communication Technology and Automation”, “Water and Energy”, “Measurement Technology and Power Electronics” and “Transport and Assistance”. In around 75 projects of research annually, ranging from feasibility studies to complex development projects, ifak is a partner to industry. It is a reflection of the cross-sectional character of automation and information technology that the customers come from the widest range of industries in addition to electrical engineering.

ifak at fair "embedded world"

ifak presents its solutions about embedded devices, test as integral part of quality management and software development at the fair "embedded world". We are in hall 3A, booth 428 of PROFIBUS & PROFINET International.

ifak technology+service GmbH i.G. has started its business activities

In January 2017 ifak technology+service GmbH i.G. ( has started its business activities. The company, located at Karlsruhe, is a partner of the ifak-network, now strongly represented in Middle - and South Germany. ifak technology+service GmbH i.G. offers products, technical solutions and services for hard- and software in the fields of automation and ICT.

Dr Manfred Schütze participates as member of the official German governmental delegation at UN conference "Habitat III"

From 17 to 20 October, Dr Schütze, as a member of the delegation of the German government, will present the manifold activities of ifak in the field of integrated planning systems at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development ("Habitat III") in Quito/Ecuador.
About 30000 participants are expected at this conference; "Habitat III" also is of high political relevance as the New Urban Agenda of the United Nations will be presented and discussed.

ifak actively involved in North America's most important wastewater congress - WEFTEC 2016 in New Orleans

Also 2016 sees ifak's active involvement with North America's annual congress of the Water Environment Federation (WEFTEC): Together with ifak's partner, the Canadian-based company inCTRL Solutions Inc., Dr Alex, Head of the "Water and Energy" department of ifak, is hosting a workshop on energy costs for wastewater treatment plants. Participants in this interactive workshop optimise operation of wastewater treatment plants with regard to various energy tariff systems on the market. ifak's simulator Simba# proves again to be an efficient tool for energy analyses for wastewater systems.

(Picture: The winners of the Save-Energy-Contest) 

DOME version 3.4 released

ifak has released the new version 3.4 of the control system for really distributed applications. Non-commercial versions of the runtime for Windows based operating systems and for Raspberry PI, often used for IoT tasks, are provided for download.

Project AVANTI completed successfully

The results of the European research project AVANTI (ITEA2-Projekt 12035) were presented to surveyors of BMBF and ITEA by means of a final review presentation.

ifak developed together with it research partners solutions and demonstrators for the Virtual Commissioning of transport systems and production machines.

ifak provides PROFINET Supervisor Library for Java runtime too

ifak developed the PROFINET Supervisor Library.
Now this library is available also for Java runtime.

F-Host-Testsystem V2.0 for PROFIsafe is available

On behalf of PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) ifak has developed the test system for PROFIsafe F-Host. By means of this test system one can test the state machine in F-Host to be compliant to IEC 61784-3-3.


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