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09 May 2017

wenglor Acquires 3D Specialist ShapeDrive

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Tettnang/Munich On May-8, wenglor sensoric GmbH aquired 100% of the shares in Munich based 3D specialist ShapeDrive GmbH.

ShapeDrive is an internationally leading manufacturer of components and systems in the field of 3D coordinate measuring technology for industrial, medical and scientific applications. With this acquisition, wenglor is expanding its innovative portfolio of optical 3D measuring technologies and provides new solutions to customers all over the world.

On May-8, wenglor sensoric GmbH bought all shares in ShapeDrive GmbH in Munich – a leading supplier in the field of 3D coordinate measuring technology. The takeover took place in the wake of advancing automation and digitalization in the age of Industry 4.0, where 3D image processing systems offer new opportunities in process control and quality testing. By this acquisition, wenglor is underscoring its leading role as a globally established system supplier for industrial image processing and is augmenting its portfolio of camera-based sensors and 2D/3D imaging sensors.

“We’re very pleased to once again extend our expertise in 3D measuring technology with ShapeDrive, and to thus broaden our options for the future”, says wenglor managing director Rafael Baur. “We all share the fascination for imaging technologies and this are ideal preconditions for combining the best of both worlds into something new and innovative. We see tremendous potential in this constellation!”

Technically, the new sensors ShapeDrive have developed are based on the projection of structured light patterns. The area sensors with various resolutions, working distances, measuring volumes and dot pitches generate 3D point clouds by means of light, from which object sections can be quantitatively evaluated or reference model comparisons can be generated. Further, the sensors stand out due to their high levels of precision, a comprehensive software package and numerous interfaces. ShapeDrive products will be integrated into wenglor’s portfolio and further developed at the wenglorMEL facility in Eching near Munich. The ShapeDrive research and development department will also be incorporated into this business location.

Dr. Matthias Rottenkolber, managing director of ShapeDrive GmbH, looks forward to the company’s future with wenglor: “We hardly can wait to join forces with wenglor. The company has an outstanding, international sales network and well developed production capabilities. In the years to come, the trend towards Industry 4.0 will change the industrial landscape to a great extent – in particular due to increasing degrees of automation, big data and advancing levels of networking in production. Together, we will actively shape this transformation.”

About wenglor sensoric GmbH
wenglor develops innovative automation technologies including sensors, as well as safety and camera systems with state-of-the-art communication standards for the worldwide market. Founded as a two-man business in 1983, the family company has since evolved into one of the most important international sensor suppliers with more than 700 employees around the world. The company with headquarters on Lake Constance in Tettnang, Germany, meets industrial automation challenges for customers in all industry sectors from automobile manufacturing to the packaging industry. More than 55,000 customers from 45 countries all over the world are already placing their faith in wenglors innovative products.

About ShapeDrive GmbH
ShapeDrive is a leading manufacturer of components and systems in the field of 3D coordinate measuring technology with a focus on industrial, scientific and medical applications.




11 Apr 2016

ShapeDrive now officially provides a new line of high performance structured light scanners.

33 different models are available covering a dimensional range from 32x20mm up to 600x400mm and acquisition speeds up to 22Hz.

ShapeDrive's CEO Dr. Rottenkolber says: "With the new G3 series we can offer the broadest range of structured light scanners world wide, some models even have real time capabilities. In contrast to other suppliers we always put an emphasis on open standards, i.e. the sensors can be easily integrated into almost any applications and software platforms ranging from scientific to industrial to medical technology."

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