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ZEISS is revolutionizing customized automation in microscopy

Targeted solutions provide a rapid ROI for unique customer requirements

11 January 2021 · 2 min read
Press Contact for ZEISS Microscopy Vybhav Sinha

Jena, Germany | 11 January 2021 | ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions

ZEISS today introduces ZEISS Solutions Lab, an innovative service, that provides its customers with rapid access to new applications for their microscopy systems or correlative microscopy suites. ZEISS Solutions Lab enables customers to select, or to drive demand for module-based workflows built on ZEISS software packages for a wide variety of requirements specific to their research needs.

Agile systematic to enhance microscope functionality

Analytical requirements can vary widely across applications and are traditionally difficult to address in a heterogenous marketplace. Developed for agile response, a fast-acting team and intelligent software toolkit are able to rapidly implement specialized solutions that enhance microscope functionality, provide specific measurement or analysis capabilities, or automate complicated workflows, unique to the customer requirements. By providing a rapid response approach, the ZEISS rapid applications development team supports a new market-driven path to long term development.

Rapid Return-on-Investment

Solutions developed by the ZEISS Solutions Lab team enable customers to be efficient with their advanced optical or electron microscopy, FIB-SEM, or X-ray microscopes from day one, allowing them to realize the value of their investments far earlier. They also provide access to advanced technology, enabling applications that may not have previously existed, or been practical to achieve. This provides built-in flexibility and longevity for what can be a significant capital equipment investment for higher-end systems, making them more accessible and viable in a routine workstream.

Dr. Bernhard Schwarz, head of ZEISS Software at ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions , says, “The Solutions Lab is a unique response in the world of microscopy to the rapidly changing requirements of our customers, in both the industrial and academic research sectors, for solutions that focus on their immediate needs for micro- to nanoscale characterization of new or advanced materials or functionality. These solutions also make advanced microscopy systems easy to use for a wide variety of skillsets.”

To date, solutions have been created in the fields of geoscience, mining, metallurgy, additive manufacturing, and semiconductor R&D. Examples of just some of the unique applications include pore and particle analysis for both additive manufacturing and mining, hard phase analysis for cast iron, profilometry solutions for thin films, permeability prediction using thin sections, measurement of dendrite arms, and 3D surface exposure analysis.


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 6.3 billion euros in its four segments Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology and Consumer Markets (status: 30 September 2020).

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 32,000 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. 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 Research Microscopy Solutions

ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions is the world's only one-stop manufacturer of light, electron, X-ray and ion microscope systems and offers solutions for correlative microscopy. The portfolio comprises of products and services for life sciences, materials and industrial research, as well as education and clinical practice. The unit is headquartered in Jena. Additional production and development sites are located in Oberkochen and Munich, as well as in Cambourne (UK) and Dublin (USA). ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions is part of the Industrial Quality & Research segment.

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