Balzer’s world of work is the physical limit. And it is not easy for laypeople to follow him into this world: A human hair has a diameter of around 0.05 millimeters – and the area that the best Hexagon machines can measure precisely is even 50,000 times finer.
0.000001 millimeters – the latest measuring machine achieves this accuracy
In order to operate them, you first need extensive training. The company, which has around 500 employees, naturally offers this too. Incidentally, it has its roots in Leitz and is now part of the Swedish Hexagon Group. “Ultimately, it is experience and a certain instinct that counts in order to be able to use the full potential of the measuring machines,” emphasizes Balzer.
“The need of the industry for such high-precision machines is increasing”
The systems are used, for example, in research, for example at the Cern particle accelerator near Geneva. But above all, industry needs them: “The demand for such high-precision measuring machines is increasing,” says Managing Director Jochen Mohn, “because manufacturing technologies are also increasingly reaching the limits – and components still have to be perfect. Regardless of whether it is about e-mobility or parts like an artificial knee joint. “
Mohn recently presented the latest Hexagon machine, which penetrates even tighter regions and enables, for example, the measurement of electronic components such as circuit boards. “We have redefined boundaries again,” he says, “and we can open up additional markets.”