Precision and Progress – Company History

Carl Zeiss
Carl Zeiss

The development of the precision machine workshop by Carl Zeiss in the year of 1846 provided the basis for a development of unprecedented scale. Together with Ernst Abbe and Otto Schott, Carl Zeiss developed the precision mechanical optical industry, by which the former small craft business grew to a large-size company with world-wide recognition and importance.

The company VEB Carl Zeiss Jena split into Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH and Jenoptik GmbH in 1991, while both of the company parts developed to world-wide operating high-tech corporations with further subsidiaries, as for example the Jenoptik Automatisierungstechnik GmbH.

On July 1st, 1999, the OLPE Jena GmbH was formed by a management buyout of the company division Photonics Technologies of Jenoptik Automatisierungstechnik GmbH.

Industrial Area Göschwitz
Industrial Area Göschwitz

Ever since the foundation of the company, the company’s head offices is situated in Jena’s largest industrial area Göschwitz offering a unique location to medium-sized companies and global players from the technology sector. In 2007, the positive development of the company allowed the acquisition of the land and the company’s building. By optimizing internal processes and adapting the company’s organization to the current market requirements, the whole staff is now accessible for customers at our sites at industrial area Göschwitz.

As contract manufacturers and provider of precision assemblies, the company works with the highest precision and quality possible. To meet our own and the customer’s expectations, all processes and procedures are monitored and reviewed regularly by independent auditors. Since October 1999, we have been successfully certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001 and since August 2005 according to DIN EN ISO 13485 (medical engineering).

Materials Lock ISO Class 7
Materials Lock ISO Class 7

We also offer a comprehensive level of support from the development stage, through the creation of prototypes, right up to series production.  Under our participation, the joint project “Holographic laser technology for forgery-proof product marking” was successfully finished after a two-year project in October 2011. Furthermore, we participated at the “19th Innovation Day of Medium-Sized Businesses” of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in Berlin in June 2012.

Since the takeover of the management by Jens Buschendorf, the production site was rebuilt considering the need for precision assemblies under cleanroom conditions. After the installation of air-conditioning and ventilation systems, we celebrated the commissioning of new cleanroom area at the end of 2012. Today, we produce assemblies, equipment and systems for our customers on a production area of ca. 700m², of which cleanroom conditions of classes ISO 6 and 7 make up more than 300 m².

Since April 2016 the OLPE Jena GmbH offer a second Production Site at Ernst-Ruska-Ring 12, which is used, among other things, for assembling of large equipment. With the planned move at the beginning of 2018 to the new facility at Ernst-Ruska-Ring 13, the enlargement of the administrative and production areas will be completed.