With thousands of customers around the world using Wenzel machines, the company is considered a leader in the metrology industry. Its focus is on solving the toughest measuring requirements for its customers, wielding its longtime expertise in German engineering, which dates back to 1968. Parent company Wenzel Präzision GmbH was founded by Werner Wenzel in Wiesthal, Germany, as a provider of testing equipment and precision measuring tools. Wenzel’s development of its first 3D coordinate measuring machine in 1980 paved the way for its continued success.
Wenzel Steintechnik GmbH was founded in 2006 in order for Wenzel to have direct control over the granite that is so imperative in all Wenzel metrology machines.
In 2007, the company expanded to Singapore and opened another office in Leipzig, Germany. Additionally, Wenzel America became its own entity to spearhead sales in North America. The expansion into the U.S. was an important milestone for the company, especially due to the size of the U.S. metrology market.
Wenzel continued to expand into South Asia and entered the computer tomography market in 2008. In 2009, the Wenzel ScanTec division opened its doors to provide optical high-speed measurement and digitization solutions.
“The inception of the company in 1968 by Werner Wenzel has had a profound effect, changing the landscape of what the metrology industry is today,” said Mariano Marks, product specialist at Wenzel America. “We are the largest family-owned company in our industry, and we strive to compete in all industry sectors with products ranging from CMMs for 3D metrology to laser and structured light sensors, optical high-speed scanning, and computed tomography.”
Wenzel has 35 employees in its Wixom, Michigan, location, and its headquarters in Wiesthal, Germany, employs about 350 employees, with more than 630 worldwide including Europe, Asia, and the Americas and operating in more than 40 countries.
“We serve almost all manufacturing industries including automotive, aerospace, energy, construction, defense, transportation, agriculture, and others, since just about any part in manufacturing needs to be measured in some way,” Marks said.
Wenzel’s customer philosophy is based on developing personal relationships and meeting customer needs as a family-owned business.
“We have custom solutions for our CMMs and High Speed Optical inspection machines; we have close collaborations with our customers, and we have quick response times regarding our service,” Marks said. “This makes us effective and flexible when it comes to solving our customers’ problems
What sets Wenzel apart is being a global company with a local feel.
“We are large enough to support customers around the world, while providing a unique and personal level of service,” Marks said. “We always strive for lasting quality and our customers’ continued success.”
Another way he said he sees gear metrology and inspection evolving is with even bigger gears requiring the same types of tighter tolerances that smaller gears do.
Wenzel offers on-site and off-site training for its entire suite of gear software as well as training for its other metrology software such as Quartis, OpenDMIS, and PointMaster.
The company is also AUKOM certified to provide an up-to-date, comparable, controllable, comprehensive, and certifiable training program regarding industrial production metrology, particularly in the area of coordinate metrology.
“It is a program for metrologists, production engineers, design engineers, and even managers — really, anybody in the field of metrology who wants to enhance their skillset through our one-week training courses,” Marks said. “It helps reduce costs, minimize waste, and make effective decisions. AUKOM is increasingly being recognized globally with companies that aim to maintain a high level of metrology practices and knowledge.”
For the company’s future initiatives, it foresees refining and developing its product offerings to reflect the needs of the market, according to Marks.
“For example, we exhibited our new exaCT U computed tomography machine at the Control show in Stuttgart, Germany,” he said. “We also want to enhance the user experience through our software and technology, for example, by providing software modules updated with the latest metrology standards and intuitive user interfaces.”
Wenzel America is ISO/IEC 17025 accredited through ANAB for the calibration of inspection equipment. The company will be at IMTS in booth #135622.
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