Thirty Years Z-Laser

Z-Laser is a German manufacturer of laser sources for innovative customized applications (Source: Z-Laser)

Z-Laser is a German manufacturer of laser sources for innovative customized applications (Source: Z-Laser)

In autumn 2015, the company based in Freiburg, Germany, celebrated its 30th anniversary. Since Z-Laser’s founding, the company has been an innovative manufacturer of intelligent laser technologies. Since its inception, applications in the fields of metrology, industrial machine vision, positioning, and medical technology have been developed. Z-Laser’s products are exclusively developed and manufactured in Freiburg, Germany and serve as illumination for high-quality 2D and 3D camera based applications as well as a visual positioning aid in various industries. Besides high performance and industry proven (IP67) lasers, the company also offers computer based laser projector systems. Additionally, Z-Laser develops and manufactures highly customized OEM solutions, which are being designed in close cooperation with the customer.

The current owner, K.-M Zimmermann, founded Z-Laser in 1985. The one-man show grew into a medium-sized company with more than 85 employees, sales offices in Italy and Canada, and 10m euro turnover. Over the years, more than sixty international sales partners have been established. The network contains of machine manufacturers, local sales representatives, and general distributors. For years, Z-Laser is a fixed participant of leading fairs like LIGNA, Hanover, VISION, Stuttgart, or Photonics West, San Francisco. In 2015, the company has been present at 18 exhibitions and events worldwide.

Z-Laser concentrates on individual laser manufacturing for industry and science. Therefore, laser products are improved regularly, like the established ZM18 modules series. Since beginning of 2015, the new edition ZM18T3 is available with temperature stabilization. As it is common in many productions, also lasers get more powerful and smaller at the same time. The R&D department is already working on the realization of these features, which will be released with the successor ZX. One part of this project is the development of very small laser modules for OEM applications or limited space with superb projection quality. (Source: Z-Laser)

Links: Z-LASER Optoelektronik GmbH, Freiburg i. Br., Germany

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