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Thursday, 10 April 2008
Bangalore: German measuring technology major Carl Zeiss inaugurated its first Tech center in the country today at Bangalore. The inauguration was preceded by an interactive seminar on “Trends in Metrology” which was attended by representatives from leading automotive, aerospace and component manufacturers.

Dr. Rainer Ohnheiser, President and CEO of Carl Zeiss Industrielle Messtechnik GmbH and Mr. Ven Raman, Managing director – Carl Zeiss Group (India and South East Asia) along with a team of delegates formally inaugurated the Tech Center with a ribbon cutting & unveiling ceremony and a traditional pooja.

Carl Zeiss Technolology center inaugurated at Bangalore

“Trends in Metrology” Session highlights

Mr. B.R. Satyan, Director – CMTI (Central Manufacturing Technology Institute), was a guest speaker at the “Trends in Metrology” interactive session. CMTI has bought the F 25, a highly advanced 3D Coordinate Measuring Machine. This is currently the most accurate machine in the Indian subcontinent. “We are very proud that the F 25, a leading technology product is here in India. This is a clear sign that India is in the leading edge of technology,” said Dr. Ohnheiser.

Mr. B.K. Das, Assistance General Manager – Quality Assurance from Tata Motors, Jamshedpur spoke about the use of measuring machines at Tata’s facility. “3% of the total turnover goes into warranty expenditure,” he said. Tata plans to set up a state-of-the-art lab at its facility.

Speaking on behalf of the automotive industry in India, Mr. Das said “Many of us need the support of technical centers, not only to train people but also to access facilities which we do not have.” He suggested the need to explain in clearer terms the return on investment, in order to reach smaller ancillaries.

The Carl Zeiss Tech center

The Tech center houses Industrial metrology, microscopy and medical products. It also accommodates a seminar hall which will be used for training purposes. Visitors to this Technology Centre can experience the technology first hand during the demonstrations.  Application engineers and Carl Zeiss representatives would be available to discuss application specific issues and explain how this technology can help improve part/component quality. Zeiss Metrology product line ranges from horizontal-arm and bridge-type measuring machines to form, contour and surface measuring instruments.

Inviting industries to utilize the latest measuring technology, machines and expertise available in the Zeiss Technology Centre, Mr.Ven Raman offered the services of the Technology centre 24 x 7 for the Indian Industries.

Carl Zeiss Technolology center inaugurated at Bangalore“Our Technology Centre offers demonstration, applications and service support requirements for the customers in India. It features the latest CMM technology. Our specialists in the Tech Centre are available to provide CMM measuring solutions whether they are simple or complex,” said Mr.Wilson Thomas, COO of Zeiss Metrology in India.

The largest machine in the Tech Center is a 3D Coordinate Measuring Machine - the ACCURA, which is designed for very high precision using affordable multi-sensor technology. With CAA (Computer Aided Accuracy) and Zeiss Active Scanning Technology option, the machine is capable of delivering fast and highly accurate measuring results.   [See More Photos]

Zeiss' Performance & Plans in India

Mr. Volker Huhn, Regional Manager – Sales (India & South East Asia), speaking about the presence of Carl Zeiss in India and expansion plans said, “We will open new offices at Uttaranchal and Jamshedpur. We have 39 personnel dedicated to IMT in India. By FY 09/10 we plan to double the headcount to 79.”

“In terms of sales, India was the top-performing country in 2007. The biggest growth rate in IMT business came from India last year,” Dr. Ohnheiser said.

“As of last year (FY 06/07) Carl Zeiss achieved a cumulative installed base of 418 CMMs in India. Last year alone we sold 66 CMMs in India,” said Mr Huhn. 29% of the requirement was from the auto industry, 11% from aerospace and 18% from General machine builders.

“Bangalore and Hyderabad are showing a strong growth trend in the aerospace sector,” said Mr. Sridhar Pissay, National sales manager – Carl Zeiss India Ltd.

“If you want to export, you have to have global standards of accuracy. Carl Zeiss has products and solutions which help you to confirm to global standards,” Dr. Ohnheiser said. “Measurement is one of the critical activities which will be a foundation for progress,” Mr. Satyan added. CMTI currently houses the leading lab for industrial metrology in India.

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