When Bertha Benz became the first person to travel by car on her journey from Mannheim to Pforzheim, Germany, in 1888, it marked a milestone in the still young automobile industry. With the Patent Motor Wagen, the wife of automobile pioneer Carl Benz easily covered the 106 kilometers between the two cities. Now, 120 years later, this is nothing more than a joyride. Driving a car is part of everyday life for most of us. 55 million cars were registered in Germany alone in 2007.
But what does Carl Zeiss have to do with this? Measuring technology from Oberkochen ensures quality in the construction of the vehicles. You will not find a car anywhere in the world that did not come into contact with a system from Carl Zeiss at some point during its production. The company is the only manufacturer of measuring technology that develops, builds and integrates all system-relevant components itself. And this has been going on for decades.
Measuring machines check more than 1000 features of each car body directly in production. The manufacturer can immediately step in and make corrections at the slightest deviation from tolerances. Measuring machines are used not only in car body construction. Precision machines from Carl Zeiss are also used to inspect engines, gears, drive shafts, brakes and the undercarriage. All this ensures that vehicles work properly and can easily cover distances much greater than 106 kilometers.
October 21, 2008