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Decanter centrifuges from Hiller GmbH, headquartered in Vilsbiburg, Germany, are in demand globally. These centrifuges separate solid and fluid materials, such as in the production of olive oil or wine, or for wastewater treatment. The multiton machines achieve high yields unmatched by competitors, thanks to Hiller’s unwavering commitment to precision. Recently, the company acquired a ZEISS ACCURA to help it deliver on this promise.

Dietmar Heller, Hiller’s plant manager, holds up a small bottle to the light and gently shakes the liquid inside back and forth. It has a golden yellow color with just a hint of green. Any gourmand would identify the substance immediately: olive oil, the best kind, even. A brief taste confirms this: the premium oil has a pronounced olive flavor, but there is no stinging aftertaste. “Extra virgin, extra natural” is written on the bottle, and Heller would swear this is true. He knows the producer of this outstanding olive oil from the south of Spain personally. Moreover, Heller knows a lot about the decanter centrifuge, in which the oil is separated from the solids and water found in the olive paste following the harvest.

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(Carl Zeiss IMT: Maple Grove, MN) -- ZEISS is expanding the industrial metrology and quality assurance portfolio of its Industrial Quality & Research segment by acquiring GOM, a leading provider of hardware and software for automated 3D coordinate measuring technology. Both ZEISS and GOM have enjoyed strong growth in the past years and proved successful on the market. The aim is to further strengthen this leading technological position together, especially in the area of optical digitization systems. The combination of existing products and solutions as well as joint innovations in the future will lay the foundation for shaping and entering new markets.

“Our growth strategy expressly mentions the targeted acquisition of highly innovative solutions, technologies, and companies, which can reach their full potential as part of the ZEISS Group,” says Dr. Michael Kaschke, president and CEO of ZEISS. “By acquiring GOM and thereby expanding our solutions portfolio, we are bolstering the leading position of our Industrial Quality & Research segment and will be able to offer even better solutions for our customers. This is entirely in keeping with our corporate strategy, which is focused on our customers’ success.”

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The Hintsteiner Group in Austria inspects its customers’ complex components with the ZEISS COMET L3D. The company enjoys a global reputation, and designs and manufactures niche products for the aerospace, safety technology, automotive, and racing industries. The Hintsteiner Group consists of two companies under one roof: Carbon Solutions offers specialized carbon components; and Tooling Components supplies plastic, foam, and cast parts.

A lot has changed since Martin Hintsteiner took over the businesses from his father more than 10 years ago. The head of the company sums up the atmosphere at the Hintsteiner Group as follows: “The average age here is around 25, and we’re really more of a family than colleagues.”

Touring the production halls where young, enthusiastic, and motivated men and women are busy working at the machines confirms Hintsteiner’s assessment. The positive vibe is tangible the moment you arrive. Maybe that’s why the showroom seemed somewhat more ostentatious than expected; people here are obviously proud of what they do.

“Potential customers who visit are immediately impressed with our portfolio, know-how, and workflow,” says Hintsteiner.

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(ZEISS: Maple Grove, MN) -- ZEISS Industrial Metrology has introduced of the new DuraMax LTE coordinate measuring machine (CMM), providing uncompromising access to ZEISS scanning technology at an affordable price.

Equipped with the same controller technology, software, and VAST sensor technology available in larger ZEISS systems, the CMM’s specifications, small footprint, and no need for compressed air make it ideal for manufacturers with smaller inspection labs.

“The DURAMAX LTE is an easy-to-use and affordable measuring solution with trusted ZEISS scanning technology,” says David Wick, Bridge CMM product manager at ZEISS Industrial Metrology. “The field-proven VAST XXT scanning sensor provides reliable measurement results, scanning hundreds of points per second to gather the data needed to provide accurate results. The 500 × 500 × 500 mm measuring volume on a machine that needs only 1,100 × 1,400 mm of table space, and no shop air is perfect for manufacturers trying to maximize their inspection lab space.”

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(ZEISS: Maple Grove, MN) -- The NEX series of instruments from ZEISS Industrial Metrology integrate additional measurement analysis with new detectors. SURFCOM NEX 100 offers a single hybrid detector to measure surface texture and contour at the same time. RONDCOM NEX Rs offers best-in-class spindle accuracy and allows optional surface roughness measurements in the horizontal, vertical, and radial axes.

Pair your preferred surface texture and contour detectors with SURFCOM NEX 100

SURFCOM NEX 100 offers the highest accuracy in its class for roughness and contour measurements. Its ability to analyze roughness and contour in one run enhances measuring efficiency. Choose from multiple contour and roughness sensors to fit your application. The high-speed and low-vibration linear drive unit delivers long-term stable movement for the highest measurement accuracy. This patented dual detector offers single data gathering at nano-level measurement resolution for roughness and contour profiling. The hybrid detector is also available for those interested in upgrading their existing linear surface systems from ZEISS.

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(Zeiss Industrial Metrology: Maple Grove, MN) -- The extended version of PiWeb sbs quality data management software, tailored for small and medium-sized businesses, was recently by ZEISS Industrial Metrology. ZEISS PiWeb sbs makes it possible to connect all gauging and inspection devices into one common reporting system, allowing customers to standardize reporting requirements across a wide range of metrology inspection devices and personalize reports. Enhanced graphical representation of measured parts makes it easier and faster to communicate part quality. ZEISS PiWeb sbs reduces administrative labor costs by automating and simplifying the creation of many time-consuming quality documents and inspection-process control forms.

ZEISS PiWeb sbs combines and reports inspection data from one or multiple measuring devices into graphical part stories, SPC charts, and quality documents. Users can also create graphical interfaces to assist inspectors in collecting data from manual gauges or visual inspection parameters.

Engineering, production, and quality managers have remote and independent access to view reports. Statistical functions inherited by ZEISS PiWeb sbs may be added to reports to enhance part stories, create SPC tables, or used for live monitoring and process control.

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(ZEISS: Oberkochen, Germany) -- Experience virtual reality any time, any place: In December 2014, for $99, ZEISS is launching the ZEISS VR ONE, a mobile virtual reality (VR) headset that works with smartphones and features display sizes between 4.7 in. and 5.2 in.

The focus of the development team was on user-friendliness, design, and technology. To dive into virtual worlds, all the user needs to do is select an appropriate VR app and slide his smartphone into the headset using the tray provided. ZEISS VR ONE will initially be available worldwide with a tray for the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone and the iPhone 6. Other models are in the pipeline. CAD data for the rapid prototyping of the trays, with the aid of 3D printing, will be published for other smartphones in the near future.

“Particularly as far as system openness and the price are concerned, the headset constitutes a smart solution,” says Markus Weber, head of corporate research and technology at ZEISS. “Our young team is gathering the feedback on the product’s development potential from the VR community for further improvements.”

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(Carl Zeiss: Maple Grove, MN) -- Carl Zeiss has announced a new entrustment agreement to support Dunwoody College of Technology, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with two Zeiss coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) and CALYPSO metrology software. Two of Dunwoody’s programs, Engineering Drafting and Design, and Machine Tool Technology, are using these CMMs, designed for measurement in the workshop and production, to improve the students’ manufacturing and quality inspection skills by using the latest measurement technology.

“It’s great to see students gaining competitive skills in the discipline of metrology from a local technical college with a long-standing history in education,” says Chris Grow, the vice president of marketing at Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology LLC in North America.

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The Microscopy business group at Carl Zeiss presented a new technology at the annual meeting for the Society for Neuroscience, which took place Oct. 13–17, 2012, in New Orleans. The Lightsheet Z.1 provides biologists with a new method of imaging dynamic processes in living organisms.

Biologists can use the new microscopy system to observe the development of entire organisms throughout several days or more. The extremely low phototoxicity and the integrated incubation enable gentle imaging of specimens, which takes hours to days. On large objects in particular, such as fruit fly or zebra fish embryos, the light sheet microscope delivers more information than established methods of fluorescence microscopy. “The bigger the sample, the more you can get out of it with light sheet microscopy," says Pavel Tomančák from the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany, describing the benefits of the new method. Lightsheet Z.1 can also be used in marine and cell biology, as well as plant physiology.

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(Carl Zeiss IMT: Minneapolis) -- The new VAST XTR gold probe from Carl Zeiss enables flexible and highly accurate measurements in industrial measuring, thus increasing productivity and flexibility for operators. Thanks to the integrated rotary axis, the VAST XTR gold turns the stylus system in the direction of the feature being measured and adjusts effortlessly to complex workpieces, enabling it to reach virtually any position.

Until now, operators had to choose either a flexible, stepping articulating probe holder that offered passive but less accurate scanning, or a fixed scanning probe, which is more accurate but not as flexible. The VAST XTR gold combines the best of both. The key feature is its integrated swivel joint. “It enables the stylus system to turn as far as possible in 15° increments and thus always be positioned at the right angle to the part,” says Andreas Bucher, product manager at Carl Zeiss IMT. For special applications, this value can also be configured for any angle through the use of stylus systems. The VAST XTR gold is designed for long, heavy styli up to 350 mm long and 500 g in weight.