QMT Features: September 2008
Wenzel - the first 40 years
40 Years of Wenzel Precision are being celebrated this year. Strategic acquisitions look set to play a major role in the company's drive for dynamic growth.
By Brendan Coyne

It’s 40 years since 1968 Werner Wenzel established Wenzel Präzision in Wiestal, Germany, Since then, the company has developed into a major force in the world of coordinate measuring machines with  over 5,500 CMMs manufactured and  sold worldwide.

Now headed up by Werner Wenzel’s son and daughter as joint managing directors, Frank Wenzel and Dr. Heike Wenzel-Dafler,  the company  is rapidly moving to  become even more of a major player with a series of strategic acquisitions and investments,  from the USA to Singapore  India and China, together with on-going technical innovation. During these forty years, the key characteristic of the family-owned company has always been the same - one of  family values, particularly with respect to care of its employees. This is something both Heike and Frank Wenzel are determined to preserve as the company grows. This dynamic growth is taking place  in a world where there are probably too many  CMM manufacturers.  Market consolidation will inevitably take place over the coming decade. Heike and Frank Wenzel are adamant  their strategy will  ensure that Wenzel will be among the top four of five  CMM manufacturers in the world, alongside  Mitutoyo, Zeiss and Hexagon Metrology.

Typical of Wenzel’s strategy of purchasing key technology is the recent acquisition of Knotenpunkt GmbH, Balingen, world leading manufacturer of reverse engineering software, technology and CNC controllers.

"By the strategic acquisition of this reverse engineering technology provider Knotenpunkt, Wenzel extends it's leading position as a provider of design systems for the recording and processing of surfaces," says Frank Wenzel. The product range of Knotenpunkt covers the whole area of digitization and processing of point clouds and the complex field of reverse engineering. Its software  includes PointMaster for reverse engineering and measurement. Integrating PointMaster into Wenzel’s  DesCAD design software provides all the functions - from digitization of a model to milling - with just one tool. Supporting this area is Shapetracer, which records surfaces and contours of physical parts.

On the software development side, Wenzel has announced Metrosoft QUARTIS,  the first measuring software based on the innovative Microsoft Office Fluent user interface. The new interface is very clearly arranged, flexible and goal-oriented. The result is a highly innovative operation concept, which enables all users easy and fast access.  Deliveries of QUARTIS will start in January 2009, say Wenzel.

Yet another strategic technology acquisition is computer tomography company, Volumetrik GmbH.  Announced in July,  this acquisition takes Wenzel into a fast developing x-ray CT technology with strong growth potential. Using computer tomography machines it's possible to make contactless 3D-measurements of inner and outer structures in a range of materials and in many diverse applications.
"By integrating our many years of experience and competence in the field of computer tomography into the WENZEL Group we have the best opportunity to compete in the market for contactless volume measurement with our innovative technology", says Dr. Martin Simon, managing director of Volumetrik.

UK celebration CMM
To celebrate Wenzel’s  40 years,  Wenzel UK has announced the XO87 40th Anniversary Edition bridge type coordinate measuring machine. Coming in at a remarkably competitive price of £34,040 +VAT, the package includes a full CNC system, all granite axes design with a measuring stroke of X-800, Z-700 & Y-1000mm. Volumetric uncertainty is 2.5+L/300µm. The package includes a Renishaw PH10/TP200 Probe System, Metrosoft measurement software, new Fujitsu PC with Flat screen & printer plus delivery Installation & 12 months warranty together with full training for 4 people. Lastly, Wenzel UK are throwing in a free Renishaw SCR200 Toolchanger.

Andy Woodward, managing director of Wenzel UK comments, “This special edition of the XO CMM will enable our UK customers to take advantage of a medium sized CMM at a very special anniversary price, coupled with what many customers in this market segment require, immediate delivery.”


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