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Cluster Report Photonics in the Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg

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88 Cluster Report Optics and Photonics – Microelectronics and Microsystems Technology the company is an innovative plasma source that allows low-damage processing through low-ion energies and conformal coating with conductive and insulating layers at high rates and low tension. The company offers consulting services on such as processes as well as coating and microstructuring of optoelectronic and microelectronic devices. In March 2017, the two founders were awarded the Leibniz Start-up Prize. www.golares.com SMEs are shaping Microsystems Technology Sensors, actuators, signal processing and functional materials Industry 4.0 is based on a network of sensors. This image alone gives an idea of the demands made on modern sensors today: they need to be small, robust, and yet precise. They should last a long time and their price as low as possible. Their development takes place in a highly technical environment that combines intensive research with a high-volume industry. Both fields are well represented in Berlin Brandenburg; indeed, local companies are among the world’s top companies in their respective fields. First Sensor creates products ranging from chips to complex sensor systems. © First Sensor AG First Sensor AG is one of the world’s leading suppliers in the field of sensor technology. With almost 800 employees (as of the end of 2017), the company develops and manufactures standard sensors and customer-specific solutions for the growing industrial, medical, and mobility markets. For example, the company supplies avalanche photodiodes (APDs) for LiDAR systems to leading companies such as the American manufacture. V.lodyne. The long-standing partnership was further strengthened in 2017 with a standing order worth several million dollars. Today’s First Sensor AG started in 1991 as Silicon Sensor GmbH at the traditional industrial location of Berlin-Oberschöneweide. Its vision was to supply the reunited technology market of Germany with innovative sensors. Today, it is a globally active company with sales in the millions offering goods and services along the entire value chain from sensor chips to sensors and complex sensor systems. www.first-sensor.com/en Avalanche photodiodes are a decisive component in LiDAR systems for autonomous vehicles. © First Sensor AG Other major players have production facilities in Berlin Brandenburg. For example, Pepperl + Fuchs GmbH, a specialist for proximity, acceleration, and ultrasonic sensors, offers a wide range of sensors in image processing and positioning aids. In 2017, approx. 6,000 people were employed at various locations in Germany, the United States, Singapore, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Czech Republic. One of its locations is in Berlin, the result of a takeover of Visolux company in 2000.

Cluster Report Optics and Photonics – Microelectronics and Microsystems Technology 89 www.pepperl-fuchs.com Another family-owned business trading internationally with its expertise in sensor technology, rotary encoders, measuring instruments, as well as components for automated image processing is the Baumer Group, headquartered in Switzerland. It is represented by the Baumer Hübner GmbH in Berlin- as a competence centre for encoders and tachometer generators with heavy-duty technology. It also opened a new building for its motion control competence centre here in 2010. The location includes development and production facilities as well as a training centre. for public transport. iris GmbH uses a variety of physical principles for its counters. It has special expertise in the fields of thermal infrared sensors (FIR, passive IR), nearinfrared sensors, three-dimensional distance measurement (TOF, or time-of-flight), and the necessary signal processing. The various sensor technologies have led to the development of a correspondingly broad product portfolio, from which customers can select the right solution. www.iris-sensing.com www.baumer.com/de/en/ The Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) has its own department for fibre-optic sensors. Sensors can measure a variety of physical parameters such as temperature, expansion, pressure, humidity, vibration, sound, or radioactive radiation. Special fibre optics can secure not only infrastructure, but also energy technology systems and individual materials to allow damage to be detected and localised at an early stage. Modern fibre optics allow systems that run for miles to be monitored with an accuracy in the metre range. Fibre-optic resonator for optical position determination and biochemical sensor technology © Fraunhofer IZM www.bam.de/Navigation/EN/About-us/Organisation/ Organisation-Chart/President/Department-8/Division-86/ division86.html The Baumer Group is represented by Baumer Hübner GmbH in Berlin Charlottenburg. © Baumer Group SCHMIDT + HAENSCH GmbH & Co. is one of the capital’s long-standing companies. It has existed since 1864 and remains family-owned. From the very beginning, it has specialised in precision optical metrology. It now offers an extensive portfolio of optoelectronic analytical instruments, 80% of which are exported worldwide. In addition to polarimetry, refractometry, and colour measurement instruments as well as dosage and density measuring instruments, the company also increasingly produces special sensors. Moreover, the networking of different laboratory instruments, intelligent sensors, and software is becoming increasingly important. Due to the introduction of new reference methods, the company has become one of the leading providers of analytics in the sugar industry. www.schmidt-haensch.com iris GmbH infrared & intelligent sensors develops and produces sensors for automated passenger counting. IRMA (InfraRed Motion Analyzer) is a passenger counter imc Meßsysteme GmbH offers hardware and software solutions for physical metrology. The company was founded in 1988 and has about 200 employees. It produces

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