40 years of high precision measurement technology in Bavaria
Micro-Epsilon management (from left): Dr. Alexander Wisspeintner, Prof. Dr. Martin Sellen, Dipl.-Ing. Karl Wisspeintner, Dr. Thomas Wisspeintner
Founded in Hanover as a trading company for strain gages, the foundation for the in-house development of Micro-Epsilon products was established in Ortenburg in 1976. In the beginning, only a small electronics laboratory existed in the cellar room of a private house. Exactly 40 years ago, the first proprietary company premises were established at the present headquarters in Ortenburg. After many other expansion measures in the subsequent years, a new, large, 4,000-plus square metre facility was inaugurated this year along with the anniversary. It offers space for a qualification and test laboratory, a large logistics division with an automatic high-bay warehouse and the administration of the business group with its 25 companies.
Furthermore, the fact that Micro-Epsilon has reached today's company size is, amongst others, due to many technical innovations and new ideas from the employees, with which the company has made a name for itself globally. For example, there was a quantum leap in eddy current displacement measurement technology when Micro-Epsilon launched the world’s smallest eddy current displacement sensor in 1988. Up to now, miniaturized eddy current sensors from Micro-Epsilon are unmatched in terms of dimensions, robustness and accuracy. This miniaturization trend combined with highest precision still continues and has to date been a crucial success factor for the company. A current example of success is the confocalDT 2471 HS high speed controller that provides a measuring rate of 70kHz – the fastest confocal chromatic controller with integrated light source in the world. Similarly, the scanCONTROL 29xx-10/BL laser profile scanner has the highest point resolution due to its blue-violet laser line with 1280 points on 10mm. Furthermore, the optoNCDT 1320 and 1420 laser triangulation sensors, which are class leading sensors due to their compact design, intelligent signal processing and high measurement precision. They have been rewarded with the Red Dot Award Industrial Design 2016.
Micro-Epsilon offers a worldwide unique range of sensors, measurement systems and customised inspection systems in Europe. An integral part of the company philosophy is to always find the best solution for the customer, which also involves the development of customer-specific products for special environments and installation conditions.