News | September 14, 2018

ZEISS Presents New Portable Roughness Inspection Solutions At IMTS

Maple Grove, MI /PRNewswire/ - ZEISS Industrial Metrology will introduce a new line of surface roughness inspection systems, SURFCOM TOUCH, at IMTS (International Manufacturing Technology Show) in Chicago, September 10-15. An entry-level portable model with three small tracing drivers handles measurements with different attributes, offering a large touch screen for easy operation. For surface and roughness measurements in one portable, compact system, the SURFCOM 50 is ideal. ZEISS also offers a desktop SURFCOM 550 system for high accuracy inspection of larger parts.

Portable surface roughness systems
The easily transportable SURFCOM systems are available with three small and light skidded tracing drivers for various measurement types. These machines can inspect horizontal surfaces, plus vertical surfaces in narrow areas with a transverse trace. There are three models available: SURFCOM 35 to measure horizontal, inclined, vertical and ceiling surfaces; the SURFCOM 40 that reduces damage to the stylus and pickup by raising the pickup while waiting for measurement or at the end; and the SURFCOM 45 transverse trace-type with a sideways moving pickup.

Surface roughness and straightness in one compact machine
The SURFCOM TOUCH 50 offers skidless measurement with a high-performance pickup, high resolution and a wide measuring range. Various workpieces can be measured simply by changing out the stylus for deep, long, or small holes or a round surface. SURFCOM TOUCH 50 offers a large measuring range (50 mm X-axis) and high resolution (0.1 nm) in one system, plus low styli costs.

High-end solution with an electric column offering high accuracy and size variation
The high-performance pickup of the SURFCOM TOUCH 550 has a measurement range up to 1,000 μm and a Z-axis minimum resolution of 0,0001 μm, for wide-range and high resolution skidless measurements. In addition to flat surfaces, the roughness or waviness on undulating surfaces such as stepped or round surfaces can be evaluated with one trace.

Intuitive and easy-to-use screen for condition setting, calibration, measurement and analysis
The whole SURFCOM TOUCH line has several user-friendly touch screen options. An amplifier with a 7-inch wide touch panel and a new interface provides easy operation, eliminating the need for instructions.

Free learning sessions will be available at the ZEISS booth, East Building, 135502 on these systems and others throughout the week. All booth visitors also have a chance to register to win ZEISS gear! To learn more and register visit

Other ZEISS booths at IMTS include East Building, 135655 (ZEISS X-Ray Solutions), plus the North Building, Smartforce Student Summit booth 215406.

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ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. The ZEISS Group develops, produces and distributes measuring technology, microscopes, medical technology, eyeglass lenses, camera and cinema lenses, binoculars and semiconductor manufacturing equipment. With its solutions, the company constantly advances the world of optics and helps shape technological progress. ZEISS is divided up into the four segments Research & Quality Technology, Medical Technology, Vision Care/Consumer Products and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology. The ZEISS Group is represented in more than 40 countries and has over 50 sales and service locations, more than 30 manufacturing sites and about 25 research and development centers around the globe.

In fiscal year 2016/17 the company generated revenue approximating €5.3 billion with around 27,000 employees. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. Carl Zeiss AG is the strategic management holding company that manages the ZEISS Group. The company is wholly owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation).

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Industrial Metrology
The Industrial Metrology business group is a leading manufacturer of multidimensional metrology solutions. These include CMMs, optical and multisensor systems, and metrology software for the automotive, aircraft, mechanical engineering, plastics and medical technology industries. Innovative technologies such as 3D X-ray metrology for quality inspection round off the product portfolio. The business group additionally offers a broad global spectrum of customer services with measuring houses and competence centers close to its customers. The Industrial Metrology business group is headquartered in Oberkochen. Production and development sites outside Germany are located in Minneapolisin the USA, Shanghai, China and Bangalore, India. The business group is allocated to the Research & Quality Technology segment. Around 6,300 employees work for the segment, generating revenue totaling €1.5 billion in fiscal year 2016/17.

SOURCE: ZEISS Industrial Metrology

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