Enabler of technological progress
How ZEISS is driving digitalization
ZEISS is synonymous with innovation. That’s because in a constantly changing world, society’s needs also change. A central goal is therefore to develop solutions that offer added value, bring benefits – and go beyond the ordinary.
Innovation is part of ZEISS’ DNA. With its innovative solutions, ZEISS is not only advancing the world of optics, the company is also doing pioneering work within digitalization: ZEISS is an enabler of this change and is driving it forward.
Smartphones and high-performance computers, 5G and autonomous driving, artificial intelligence (AI), Industry 4.0 and augmented reality (AR) – all of this would hardly be possible without ZEISS. That’s because modern microchips form the backbone of these technologies and all digital transformation. And the majority of all microchips worldwide are manufactured with optics and semiconductor technologies from ZEISS. In the field of semiconductor technology, ZEISS develops solutions that enable chip manufacturers all over the world to produce even more powerful and energy-efficient microchips. ZEISS has thus become the heartbeat of digitalization and continues to drive it forward. In its position as a global technology leader, ZEISS is also enabling digitalization to progress in other areas. From vision care and photography through to microscopy, metrology, and medical technology: ZEISS is increasingly expanding its range of digital solutions and thus makes a significant contribution to the success of its customers.
Digital innovations established in everyday life
One of the most important achievements of digitalization is artificial intelligence. It helps evaluate extremely large data sets – from analysis in microscopy to quality assurance in additive manufacturing. Current devices and software solutions from ZEISS already contain AI components or have been manufactured with them. There is also a major focus on topics such as intelligent data use or advanced machine learning methods.
From fiction to reality: we encounter AI everywhere – in smartphones, smart homes and smart factories. ZEISS utilizes AI as a major achievement of digitalization and key technology in numerous fields. Dr. Tanja Teuber, Head of Algorithms Corporate Research and Technology at ZEISS, and her team are driving the development and expansion of AI expertise at ZEISS. She and other colleagues ensure that ZEISS realizes the potential of AI throughout the company.
Connected machines in the context of Industry 4.0 enable more efficient processes in which components constantly communicate, adapt and coordinate digitally. ZEISS uses these processes and is continuously developing new solutions for its customers so they retain their competitive edge. The transformation to Industry 4.0 is perhaps the most significant industrial revolution. That’s because for the first time, it’s not just about physical work. Thanks to AI, systems are able to adapt and interact automatically. Dr. Alexander Freytag, Expert in Machine Learning in Corporate Research and Technology at ZEISS., deals with what this means for production and the role ZEISS plays in Industry 4.0 every day.
Augmented reality has become a key component of the digital world. It connects people, supports services and eliminates the need for travel. AR solutions are also an important element of the digitalization strategy at ZEISS. Augmented reality is becoming part of everyday life with the help of smart glass. Smart glass combines digital and optical technologies in one piece of hardware to display digital content on a smart surface. Yi Zhong-Schipp, Team Lead Optics Design in Microoptics at ZEISS, expects smart glass to change many things.
Future technologies and applications
Behind every challenge is a path – and a solution. ZEISS empowers people to make the seemingly impossible possible through innovative and digital developments in fields of research such as artificial intelligence, advanced materials, automation or optics and photonics.
Powerful microchips for a digital future
Powerful microchips for a digital future Powerful and energy-efficient EUV chips enable life-saving medical technology, support autonomous driving and form the backbone of high-performance computers, smart cities and AI. more than 80 percent of microchips worldwide are manufactured using DUV or EUV technology based on ZEISS optics. From 2025, high-NA-EUV lithography will also be used ZEISS is thus enabling the semiconductor sector to create the next generation of microchips with even finer and therefore up to three times more structures: this will keep the heart of digitalization beating at ZEISS in the future.
A digital ecosystem for medical technology
The ZEISS Medical Ecosystem offers new possibilities for diagnosis and treatment. Digital
systems and connected devices enable ZEISS’ workflow solutions, forming the ZEISS Medical Ecosystem – a fully integrated environment where connectivity, automation, AI and the secure and efficient management of data are realized. In a fully integrated ZEISS workflow, data collected from devices is digitally transferred to the ZEISS Health Data Platform, where it is accessible to a variety of digital applications for every step in the clinical workflow. In this way, healthcare centers can standardize processes and can provide efficient, high-quality care. They open new ways of communicating with patients and support medical professionals in their collaboration.
Artificial intelligence in quality assurance and research
ZEISS Industrial Quality & Research develops connected solutions and intelligent software based on AI for quality assurance in various areas of research and industry. ZEISS microscopes make tiny structures in nano dimensions visible at an even higher resolution. Highly efficient metrology systems guarantee productivity and quality in industry. From analysis in the field of microscopy to quality assurance in additive manufacturing, ZEISS is increasingly relying on AI-based software solutions for its microscope and metrology systems both for smart factories, in which production processes are increasingly automated and AI controlled, and in research, where the collection and analysis of microscopic data can be improved and accelerated with the help of AI.
Optometry of the future – connected and digital
ZEISS Vision Care is developing digital innovations for greater precision, speed and service in optometry. One of these is the ZEISS VISUCORE 500 refraction system, which combines objective and subjective refraction in one space saving device and combines two processes for eye measurement using innovative software. The system delivers precise measurement results whatever the user's level of experience. Another digital innovation is the ZEISS VISUFIT 1000 platform, which uses a 3D image of the head to make it possible to try on glasses virtually in-store, at home or on the move. The ZEISS VISUCONSULT 500 networking solution consolidates the various ZEISS devices into one digital system and facilitates the central management and use of data.