Metrology News recently attended the grand opening of the ZEISS Quality Excellence Center in Wixom, Michigan. The COVID-delayed event, originally scheduled for 2020, commenced with a panel presentation and question and answer session with attendees. The official ribbon-cutting included a skydiver parachuting in for the ceremony outside of the facility.
The impressive new facility houses the full portfolio of ZEISS and GOM industrial inspection solutions including industrial microscopes, CT X-ray machines, CMMs and optical inspection systems, fully automated robotic vehicle body inspection systems and surface and special geometry instruments.
Construction of the award-winning 82,000 sq. ft. customer-centric demonstration and training center commenced in 2018 and was completed in summer 2020. With a total of 10 design and architectural awards, the eco-friendly Quality Excellence Centre represents a new industry benchmark. ZEISS Metrology has had a presence in the Detroit area for over 30 years.
Panel participants included Dr. Jochen Peter Member of the Executive Board of the ZEISS Group and Head of the Industrial Quality & Research Segment and Dr. Marc Wawerla Head of ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions and Member of the Management Board – Industrial Quality & Research. Michael Kirchner President ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions North America and Mark Smith Senior VP Sales and Service at ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions North America.
Dr. Jochen provided an overview of the $8 Billion turnover Group, with its 40,000 employees and 176 years of history which started with microscope production and stressed the group’s DNA, upon which the company was founded, of Entrepreneurship, Science, and Craftsmanship.
Measuring The Future
Dr. Wawerla enlightened the audience with a glimpse into the future of industrial metrology by stating that increasingly automation will feature in delivered customer solutions, a focus on more integrated inline metrology, with software being the ‘glue’ to take the realized data to create digital twins with connectivity to both design processes and the adaptive control of production machinery in real-time.
In July 2022 ZEISS changed the name of its industry metrology business activity to ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions (IQS) reflecting the growth and development of the company stating that with the acquisition of several companies in recent years, and the continued development of advanced technologies, the new name expresses the vast expertise and inspection solutions now available to customers from ZEISS.
Developing Future Measuring Processes
Mark Smith explained how the dynamics of the automotive industry’s transition from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles was bringing new changes to the metrology sector and the focus and commitment that the ZEISS IQS division has in adapting its technologies to these new measurement challenges. On the subsequent tour of the impressive demonstration halls, various solutions for battery tray inspection and rotor and hair pin inspection were presented. The company also eluded to a future upcoming launch of a dedicated hairpin inspection machine.
Mark Smith also elaborated on the product confidentiality that ZEISS customers are assured when they bring the next generation of their product developments to ZEISS, with their unique and challenging inspection requirements, which includes secure ‘blacked-out’ measurement process development rooms.
“What an exciting day, being together with customers, team members, all of the partners who have supported us, and officially celebrating their dedication,” states Michael Kirchner, Head of ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions North America and President.
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