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At CONTROL 2019, ZEISS Looks Back at 100 Years of Measuring Technology

ZEISS measuring technology has stood for quality assurance for 100 years: now, more attention is being paid to increasing customers' productivity than ever before.

6 May 2019

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, STUTTGART/Germany | 06 May 2019 | ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions

In keeping with the theme "Connect to Productivity," ZEISS will present selected solutions, including eMobility and destruction-free quality assurance with the ZEISS X-ray Series, at the Control trade fair in Stuttgart, Germany, from 7 through 10 May 2019. This event will also provide an opportunity to look back at 100 years of company history.

"We are proud to celebrate 100 years of ZEISS measuring technology. Yet 100 years are just the beginning because our goal today and in the future is to be a driving force by offering solutions for the most demanding quality assurance jobs," says Dr. Jochen Peter, Member of the Executive Board of the ZEISS Group and Head of the Research and Quality Technology segment. This includes seamless connectivity between measuring technology machine parks located throughout the world, application-oriented quality assurance solutions for production and the need for versatile quality assurance technologies from a single source. "We will be presenting all this to our customers. However, we are also marking this important anniversary because our past has laid the foundation for a successful future," says Peter.

ZEISS: setting quality standards since 1919

ZEISS first presented measuring instruments at the Spring Trade Show in Leipzig back in 1919. This was the beginning of a success story that continued in 1926 when ZEISS launched a true technological innovation: the first universal measuring microscope. For the first time, the device enabled the user to assess all five parameters of a thread without reclamping. In the 1970s, ZEISS achieved another technological breakthrough: the rollout of a universal measuring machine (ZEISS UMM 500) with a measuring probe, integrated desktop computer from HP and the company's own measuring software, UMESS. Since being renamed Industrielle Messtechnik (Industrial Measuring Technology) in 1977, the company has continued to increase its competitive edge when it comes to precision.

Today, ZEISS is a global market leader in the area of CNC coordinate measuring machines and draws on its decades of experience to offer a range of measuring machines, software and accessories. ZEISS' aim is to increase its customers' productivity in the quality lab and beyond through its networked portfolio of hardware, software and digital industrial quality solutions.

"We would like to thank our customers for their trust and loyalty over the past 100 years and are looking forward to increasing their productivity in the future as well," says Peter.

Customer experiences from 2019 are being collected in honor of the "100 Years of ZEISS Industrial Metrology" anniversary. They can be found here:
There, you can go on a journey back in time, discover metrology milestones and enter for your chance to win as part of the #measuringhero contest being held throughout the year. Each month, ZEISS will hold a drawing among all the entries for the 100 items from its limited collection of historical ZEISS plates.

A journey back in time: 100 Years of ZEISS measuring technology

A journey back in time: 100 Years of ZEISS measuring technology

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ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. In the previous fiscal year, the ZEISS Group generated annual revenue totaling 8.8 billion euros in its four segments Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology and Consumer Markets (status: 30 September 2022).

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 of technology and constantly advancing the world of optics and related fields with its solutions. 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. ZEISS invests 13 percent of its revenue in research and development – this high level of expenditure has a long tradition at ZEISS and is also an investment in the future.

With over 40,000 employees, ZEISS is active globally in almost 50 countries with around 30 production sites, 60 sales and service companies and 27 research and development facilities (status: 31 March 2023). 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, Shanghai (China) and Bangalore (India). ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions is part of the Industrial Quality & Research segment.

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