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ZEISS Captures Quality Data via 5G Standard for Networked Production

Presentation at the Hannover Messe to show how this new mobile technology will enable faster, simpler data capture and processing

1 April 2019

JENA/Germany, OBERKOCHEN/Germany, HANOVER/´Germany | 1 April 2019 | Corporate News

The new 5G mobile standard will open up many groundbreaking opportunities for both private users and the networked production facilities of the future. One example is ZEISS' system for capturing in-line quality data in automotive manufacturing by using 5G, which the company will exhibit in the 5G Arena at this year's Hannover Messe (Hall 16, Booth D38)

  • ZEISS at the Hannover Messe

    ZEISS captures quality data via 5G standard for networked production in vehicle manufacturing

Quality data for the real-time control of production lines in automotive manufacturing

For automotive manufacturers, ZEISS offers solutions for implementing closed quality control loops along the entire process chain as part of highly automated production areas. Even the slightest component errors are automatically reported back to the manufacturing systems, which are then readjusted before increasingly significant deviations turn into actual defects.

Visitors to the Hannover Messe can also check out the ZEISS AICell robot cells. These employ various sensors to measure all necessary parameters in the production line, including gap and flush and the quality of a car body surface. With this measuring cell, ZEISS demonstrates how companies can capture and evaluate complex geometric characteristics quickly and efficiently by using the point cloud sensor ZEISS AIMax cloud.

Ensuring fast, comprehensive connectivity and analysis for this large quantity of digital quality information is an indispensable part of performing real-time process control in the production line.

New possibilities with 5G

"5G will offer greater bandwidth and speed, along with increased capacity for connecting the necessary machines or systems to generate, analyze and transfer far more of the sensor, management and quality data generated on the networked shop floor. Machines and systems will be able to communicate directly with each other.
This will give our customers new opportunities to achieve more flexibility, transparency and automation in production while further increasing quality," says Kai-Udo Modrich, Head of Car Body Solutions, part of the ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions segment. Modrich points out that manufacturing an increasing number of product versions requires that companies be able to quickly and automatically reconfigure all manufacturing equipment, including production and measuring robots as well as conveyor systems.

Trade fair focus for ZEISS 2019: Digital connectivity and processing for quality data

The Hannover Messe will also feature other digital solutions from ZEISS, which enable customers to monitor, control and document their manufacturing activities.

At the Microsoft booth, ZEISS will present an integrated solution for food production that performs in-line spectroscopic analyses of fat, moisture and salt content and makes these available with Microsoft Azure, a cloud computing platform. Thanks to this solution, customers can access data and insights at any time to achieve the desired product quality even more efficiently. – Microsoft: Hall 7, Booth C40.

And with ZEISS GUARDUS, the company has launched an established, homogeneous platform for the continuous capture, visualization and monitoring of all product and process data along the value chain at different manufacturing facilities. A digital application displays all quality and production management requirements (CAQ, BDE, MDE, TRA & KPI). If requested, it's also possible to integrate product development and visualize customer and supplier relationships. – Joint VDMA booth: Hall 7, Booth E26.

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ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions


ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the optics and optoelectronics industries. In the previous fiscal year, the ZEISS Group generated annual revenue totaling more than EUR 5.8 billion in its four segments Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology, Consumer Markets and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (status: 30 September 2018).

For its customers, ZEISS develops, produces and distributes highly innovative solutions for industrial metrology and quality assurance, microscopy solutions for the life sciences and materials research, and medical technology solutions for diagnostics and treatment in ophthalmology and microsurgery. The name ZEISS is also synonymous with the world's leading lithography optics, which are used by the chip industry to manufacture semiconductor components. There is global demand for trendsetting ZEISS brand products such as eyeglass lenses, camera lenses and binoculars.

With a portfolio aligned with future growth areas like digitalization, healthcare and Smart Production and a strong brand, ZEISS is shaping the future far beyond the optics and optoelectronics industries. The company's significant, sustainable investments in research and development lay the foundation for the success and continued expansion of ZEISS' technology and market leadership.

Today the ZEISS Group is represented in almost 50 countries. About 30,000 employees worldwide work at around 60 sales and service locations, more than 30 production sites and about 25 research and development facilities. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. The Carl Zeiss Foundation, one of the largest foundations in Germany committed to the promotion of science, is the sole owner of the holding company, Carl Zeiss AG

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ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions

ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions is a leading manufacturer of multidimensional metrology solutions. These include coordinate measuring machines, optical and multisensor systems, microscopy systems for industrial quality assurance as well as metrology software for the automotive, aircraft, mechanical engineering, plastics and medical technology industries. Innovative technologies such as 3D X-ray metrology for quality inspection round off the portfolio. In addition, ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions offers a broad global spectrum of customer services with ZEISS Quality Excellence Centers close to its customers. The company is headquartered in Oberkochen. Production and development sites outside Germany are located in Minneapolis in the USA, as well as in Shanghai, China and Bangalore, India. ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions is part of the Industrial Quality & Research segment.

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