Photonic Sensing for Smarter Processes

Facts and Figures

  • Duration: 4 years (01.09.2018 - 31.08.2022)
  • Funding program: COMET (administered by FFG)
  • Sponsors: Governments of Austria (BMDW, BMK); Federal State of Upper Austria & Styria
  • Project partners: 12 Company partners; 4 Scientific partners
  • Consortium leader: RECENDT GmbH
  • Project structures: 5 sub-projects


The aim of the K-project PSSP is to generate process knowledge with photonic methods which did not exist in this way before. The efficiency of production processes shall be significantly improved with these methods. Through specific research and development, photonic methods can be applied before, but also directly in the production line. With the gained knowledge the process parameters, material and resources can be optimized.

Video - PSSP - Virtual Tour 2021

Project partners

Company partners:

⇒ Brau Union Österreich AG
⇒ Borealis AG
⇒ E + E Elektronik Ges.m.b.H.
⇒ Lenzing AG
⇒ Linseis Messgeräte GmbH
⇒ Metadynea Austria GmbH (part of METAFRAX group)
⇒ Nemak Linz GmbH
⇒ Plasser & Theurer, Export von Bahnbaumaschinen, Gesellschaft m.b.H.
⇒ Qorvo, Inc 
⇒ Salinen Austria AG
⇒ voestalpine Stahl GmbH
⇒ voestalpine Stahl Donawitz GmbH


Scientific partners:

⇒ FH OÖ Forschungs & Entwicklungs GmbH, Campus Wels
⇒ Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Institut für Angewandte Physik
⇒ Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Institut für Mikroelektronik und Mikrosensorik
⇒ RECENDT - Research Center for Non-Destructive Testing GmbH


As an important research activity in the field of process analytics, PSSP is also embedded in the research initiative PAC -


In the research network PAC several benefits and successes could already be achieved. An overview on these success stories can be found here!

3 sources of financing

The funding for the PSSP-project comes from 3 sources:

one part is the in-kind - contribution from the scientific partners,
a major part of the costs is funded by the company partners, who contribute in form of cash and in-kind,
and an other major part is provided by public funding from the governments of Austria (BMK, BMDW), the Federal State of Upper Austria and the Federal State of Styria (represented by the “Steirische Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft m.b.H. - SFG“).

The project is set within the Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies Program COMET and is administered by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG.

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