February 25, 2008

Design Award for Technical Lenses from Carl Zeiss

Optics for industrial applications from Carl Zeiss have received an award for their outstanding design: the Visionmes® technical lenses. The "iF Industrie Forum Design“ has honored the Visionmes lenses in this year’s iF Product Design Award.
Visionmes lenses are developed for measuring tasks in industry and feature telecentric optics. This means that the ray paths run parallel in the imaging system – an important requirement for highly precise measurements. This results in distortion-free image formation over the entire object field. Even shapes with unfavorable geometries can be exactly imaged without any need for software correction of the measured results.
A characteristic feature of the lenses is the conical shape of the tube, whose bright, matt metal surface impressively underscores the contouring. The design was created by the Henssler & Schultheiss design office in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany. “The primary element of the concept is its clear design vocabulary with exactly defined details” explains Martin Schultheiss, Managing Director of the design office. Therefore, the striking appearance of the Visionmes product family immediately echoes the high quality of the lenses.
Dr. Winfried Scherle, Vice President of the Camera Lens Division at Carl Zeiss, sees the award as a confirmation of the company’s strategy. “In product design we also devote our attention to details which the user may not consciously notice at first sight. In the VISIONMES lenses, however, the impressive design directly conveys the message that this is a long-lasting, high-quality product.”
Photo: Telecentric Visionmes lenses from Carl Zeiss - (c) Carl Zeiss - All rights reserved

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