In this exciting era for the automotive market, technology evolves quicker than ever before. Autonomous driving and safety are key words, spoken by the big players in this field. Micro-optics play an important role in ensuring the passengers' safety in this new automotive mobility. With years of experience in automating micro-optics assembly for smart devices, we are making the cross over to the automotive market. We are hitting the ground running and we joined forces with the experts at Fraunhofer Project Center at the University of Twente (FPC@UT).

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Making the cross over

IMS develops and builds highly accurate machines for assembling micro-optics used in notebooks and mobile phones, for more than a decade. Since then, over 300 million devices are equipped with micro-optics which are manufactured on IMS machines. This valuable know-how will now become available for the automotive industry. IMS combines the know-how and experience in micro-optics with over 30 years of experience in designing and building high tech assembly machines for sensors, valves, and small electrical components. All of these products fall within the micro scale.

Strengthening the technology base for micro-optics
“Bringing these two fields together opens new and exciting possibilities for IMS and our customers,” says Ton Pothoven, CEO of IMS. “The solid basis which IMS has in the automotive industry will be strengthened further by two parallel development projects which we recently started with Fraunhofer Project Center. Working with Fraunhofer gives us the extra dimension in our knowledge base”.


About the FPC@UT

In the beginning of this year, Fraunhofer established the Fraunhofer Project Center for ‘Design and production engineering for complex high-tech systems’ at the University of Twente. This is Fraunhofer’s first representation in the Netherlands.

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the leading organization for applied research in Europe. Its research activities are conducted by 69 institutes and research units at locations throughout Germany. Affiliated international research centers and representative offices provide contact with the regions of greatest importance to present and future scientific progress and economic development. The cooperation with UT is an important step in Twente’s further development as a technological top region.


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