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Zeiss Receives Engineering Award for Quality Excellence Center

New facility showcases interconnectivity between quality and smart factories.

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Zeiss’ Quality Excellence Center was designed to demonstrate the interconnectivity of quality inspection equipment with the infrastructure of modern smart factory environments.

Zeiss’ Quality Excellence Center was designed to demonstrate the interconnectivity of quality inspection equipment with the infrastructure of modern smart factory environments.

Zeiss Industrial Quality Solutions’ new Quality Excellence Center in Wixom, Michigan, has been honored by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC/M) with an Engineering Honorable Conceptor Award in the 2021 Engineering & Surveying Excellence Awards Competition.

The facility was designed to demonstrate the interconnectivity of quality inspection equipment with the infrastructure of modern smart factory environments. The company says the result is a new standard in designing sophisticated lab systems, while simultaneously using strategies to improve the user experience.

The Engineering & Surveying Excellence Awards recognize outstanding projects, honor industry leaders and present scholarships to the next generation of engineering talent, while showing firsthand the impact engineering and surveying has on everyday lives. The ACEC recognized Zeiss for applying holistic engineering disciplines to the design of the building, located in the Detroit area.

The building also qualified for the 2021 Grand Conceptor Award for best overall engineering achievement. The winner will be announced during the upcoming virtual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala, scheduled for June 17, 2021.

The Zeiss Quality Excellence Center contains a customer demonstration area with new technologies and systems. Customers gain access to comprehensive training, support and metrology services. Zeiss measuring specialists can perform proof-of-capability demonstrations for multidimensional measurement equipment, surface form and geometry equipment, and non-destructive testing and surface defect detection equipment.

Reducing the center’s carbon footprint was also a key consideration that went hand in hand with the user experience. “As sustainability is one of our core values, we wanted to make sure that our green spaces adhered to the Zeiss tradition,” says Michael Kirchner, president of Zeiss Industrial Quality Solutions. "We are utilizing solar power to support our facility and have EUV charging stations for our employees and guests. We also produce large systems and measure very large components for our customers, so access and transport paths had to be optimized.”