Steinbichler Optotechnik Continues on Growth Track
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Steinbichler Optotechnik GmbH
Press release date: September 14, 2011
Steinbichler Optotechnik GmbH, world leading provider of optical measurement and sensor technology, reports excellent business results which are partly due to the new COMET L3D fringe projection system. This innovative system was introduced only recently at the CONTROL trade show this May. "We are delighted that our entry-level solution to high-precision 3D digitizing has been such a tremendous success! So far, 100 COMET L3Ds have been sold or ordered in only two months since the launch. This shows that the market is ripe for high-quality test systems that are both cost-efficient and easy to use. We will continue to cater to the relevant target groups and present further innovations at the EUROMOLD trade show in December," announces Dr. Marcus Steinbichler, Managing Director of Steinbichler Optotechnik GmbH.
The COMET L3D picks up where conventional tactile testing leaves off - for example, fragile plastic parts or components with complex, compound surfaces. Here the combination of extra light-weight sensor head, high accuracy and extremely fast point acquisition opens up new possibilities. Application areas for the ultra portable, easy-to-use COMET L3D include quality assurance in test laboratories and production-related areas, 3D digitizing for the reverse engineering of surfaces in the plastics and metalworking industries, and the field of art and cultural assets.
Optical measurement systems today have become established in many areas and industries. Where requirements call for a non-contact, high-speed and high-precision measurement of component surfaces with very many measurement points, optical measurement systems provide significant advantages. Non-contact is particularly useful for fragile, thin-walled parts or foamed parts. High speed, with data acquisition in one or two seconds, is especially profitable if many characteristics can be measured in one shot. High precision - 5 µ or better - plays a key role in quality assurance, an area in which the system offers clear advantages over arm/scanner systems. Many measurement points allow full analysis of the component, as opposed to conventional - in particular, tactile - CMMs where you never really know what exactly happens between the individual measurement points. Users with some basic knowledge of metrology and/or quality assurance will find the Steinbichler systems surprisingly easy to use - about as simple as taking pictures.
Another newcomer that has met with a very positive response is the Intact 4300 EM/OTR tire testing system, which was presented at Steinbichler's Open House event at the Neubeuern headquarters in May. The test unit has been specially developed for large OTR tires with an inside diameter between 45" and 63", a width of 550 mm to 1550 mm and a weight up to 7,500 kg. One of the major advantages of the Intact 4300 EM/OTR inspection system is that the tires are tested simultaneously by three cameras from a vertical position. This eliminates not only the need to flip the tire, but also the wait that used to be required before testing the second tire side.
"We are still on a strong growth track and heading for the most successful year in our company history. Compared to the first half of 2010, our incoming orders increased by 62% in the first six months of this year. For COMET 5 sensors, orders are up by sensational 48% compared to last year's," says Dr. Marcus Steinbichler and is upbeat about the company's future: "With our new products we will continue on the growth course in 2012."
Steinbichler Optotechnik GmbH is well-known around the world for its years of expertise in high-precision optical measurement and sensor technology as well as for efficient hardware and software solutions designed primarily around the needs of the automotive, aerospace and tire industries. Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Neubeuern, Germany, the international company today has a staff of 150 employees. In addition to a worldwide distributor network, Steinbichler has subsidiaries in the USA, Brazil, China, India and Portugal. Reference customers include Airbus, Audi, BMW, Boeing, Daimler, EADS, Siemens, Sony and Thyssen. Further information about Steinbichler Optotechnik is available on our website at www.steinbichler.de.
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