The Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF is an autonomous institute of the non-profit Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, a provider of contract applied research. The Fraunhofer IFF specializes in research and development in the fields of robotics, sensor systems, virtual engineering, logistics and process and plant management.The Fraunhofer IFF‟s Robotic Systems Business Unit has extensive experience developing, engineering and integrating different robotic technologies and systems for use in challenging environment and under special conditions. Its research and development work spans virtually the entire discipline of automation: mechanical design and engineering, electrics and electronics, control engineering, sensor development and integration, complex data processing systems and software architecture development. The Robotic Systems Business Unit also specializes in safe physical robot-human interaction in shared workspaces. This work includes tactile sensing, safe manipulators and safe workspace monitoring.