Inside SCANLAB

Key Milestones in SCANLAB's Development

1990 
Scanlab GmbH Optical Scanning is founded by Dr. Hans J. Langer and located in Planegg (a Munich suburb)

Development of first scan head with integrated control

1996
Company moves to nearby Puchheim

1999
New name: SCANLAB AG, staff grows to some 50 employees

2003
Founding of subsidiary SCANLAB America, Inc., USA, for better support of US market

intelliSCAN product family launched – features remote diagnostics functionality

2005
Move-in to new corporate headquarters in Siemensstraße (Puchheim)

2006
Introduction of intelliWELD scan systems for high-power and welding applications

2009
Acquisition of SCANLAB Systems Engineering, Inc., USA, as additional R&D site for scan technology and calibration systems

The company group grows to 100+ employees

2010
Development and market introduction of laserDESK laser materials processing software

2011
Investment in Blackbird Robotersysteme GmbH in Garching, Germany for robot-assisted remote laser welding

2013
Full acquisition of Blackbird Robotersysteme GmbH

Product palette expanded to include ultra-high-efficiency scan heads with digital encoders for precision applications

2014
Founding of Blackbird Robotics, Inc., USA

Introduction of basiCube scan heads for cost-efficient laser marking

Some 20,000 scan systems delivered annually to customers in 38 countries

2015
25-year company anniversary and construction start of third extension to SCANLAB's headquarters. Continuous company growth to more than 200 employees

Founding of Blackbird Robotics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., China

Acquisition of Next Scan Technology BVBA, Belgium, and integration as competence center for polygon scanner systems

excelliSCAN scanning system and precSYS microprocessing subsystem launched

2016
Reorganization for further growth: Core business operations transferred to SCANLAB GmbH. The affiliated companies Blackbird Robotersysteme and Next Scan Technology become associated companies of SCANLAB.

2017
Headquarters in Puchheim, Germany, expanded – office space and production floor now covers 12,000 m2 and SCANLAB now has a workforce of over 300 employees

excelliSHIFT launched – offers excellent dynamic performance for working with three-dimensional surfaces

2018
XL SCAN presented – scanning solution for large-area microprocessing

2019
Launch of dynAXIS 421 for medical applications and presentation of fiberSYS scan head for 3D printing machines

2020
SCANLAB celebrates its 30th anniversary. Its workforce now numbers around 375 employees

New sister company HOLO/OR in Ness Ziona, Israel – specialized in diffractive optical elements

Historischer Firmensitz SCANLAB 1997

Company headquarters in 1997

Vergleich alter und neuer SCAN-Kopf SCANLAB

Product design evolution over the past three decades

Neubau Firmengebäude im Jahr 2004

New company building in 2004

SCANLAB's basiCube 14 scan head

Compact basiCube scan head for laser marking

Limitless scanning of three-dimensional workpieces

Limitless scanning with XL SCAN