LIA Corporate Member Profile – Precitec Group


LIA Corporate Member Precitec Inc. is a global company providing precise mechanical, optical and electronic components and systems, designed for material processing using lasers, as well as process control and monitoring. Precitec has gained an international reputation for being an expert in providing complex system solutions for laser material processing and for optical measuring technology. In fact, in 2008 Precitec delivered its 25,000th laser cutting head with distance control.

Cutting heads for CO2- and Nd:YAG applications with longlife, non-contact distance sensors that have proved to be reliable in many thousands of applications ensure that optimum cutting qualities are achieved. Additional integral sensors increase process safety and reduce processing time to a minimum. Electronic units used for sensor signal processing, linear drive and process control round out Precitec’s product range. The company’s customers range from small to medium enterprises to the largest of companies.

Company Background

Precitec was formed in 1971 in Baden-Baden, Germany. Wholly-owned subsidiaries were founded in the U.S. in 1996, in Japan in 1998, in France in 1999 and in China in 2005. Since 2007, Precitec is also represented by a subsidiary in Korea.

Today, Precitec employs over 150 people and is also comprised of Precitec Optronik, located in Gaggenau and Rodgau in Germany and Precitec Vision located in Switzerland. Precitec Group has a worldwide distribution network that guarantees customers receive reliable support while ensuring short replacement part lead times. The company is ISO 9001 certified and holds over 200 patents.

Company Products/Services

In the area of laser welding technology, Precitec offers a comprehensive range of processing heads with integral sensor systems for non-contact seam tracking and online process control. In addition, Precitec manufactures process sensors for industrial adhesive technology.

The Precitec Optronic GmbH has been working successfully with the Precitec Group in the optical measurement technology sector for almost 20 years now. The product spectrum ranges from systems for range finding and thickness gauges for multi-layered samples to medical equipment.

At a recent conference/trade show, the modular YW52 welding head for laser welding was introduced for the first time. The head can be extended by pre-process, in-process and post-process monitoring modules and is suitable for all solid-state lasers. All well-known pre-process, in-process and post-process modules by Precitec can be integrated for fully automated production. And the CHRocodile – a new generation of optical sensors from Precitec Optronik – is setting new standards for distance and thickness measurement in terms of speed and precision.

Precitec offers various application-specific options that can be easily integrated into all industrial standard equipment concepts. Clearance widths of 10 μm were a few years ago unachievable – but today this is simply state-of-the-art for Precitec.

Customers Count

Precitec ensures only the highest standards of quality in its position as a technological leader. As a result, the company provides maximum product reliability with long-lived products that can withstand the hardest tasks in the manufacturing industry; the reliable service of a global network that connects customers with field engineers and experienced distributors, and product optimization – Precitec’s system solutions and process controls maximize output while minimizing waste to increase their customer’s economic success.

According to Precitec, the company’s standards make it the market’s choice: 25,000 Precitec cutting heads and 500 Precitec welding systems are already in use worldwide. The demands

Precitec makes upon itself have helped make it the market’s choice.

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Steven Glover is a proud member of the LIA staff. When he is not at work he is actively involved in several charitable efforts.
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