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08-06-2020 - 12-06-2020

Euspen Geneve
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18-11-2020 - 19-11-2020

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Communication on COVID-19
Dear Valued Customer, IBS Precision Engineering’s highest priority is the health and safety of our customers, business partners and our employees. Read more »


Soepele samenwerking met Bosch Rexroth leidt tot in-line meetmachine
De succesvolste projecten zijn vaak het resultaat van de succesvolste samenwerkingen. Read more »




Communication on COVID-19

Dear Valued Customer, IBS Precision Engineering’s highest priority is the health and safety of our customers, business partners and our employees. With the ongoing threat of COVID-19 “Coronavirus” to the...


Soepele samenwerking met Bosch Rexroth leidt tot in-line meetmachine

De succesvolste projecten zijn vaak het resultaat van de succesvolste samenwerkingen. Vraag dat maar aan Rens van der Nolle (Mechanical Engineer bij IBS) en Werner Knapen (accountmanager bij Bosch Rexroth). Met elkaar en hun...


Blohm Jung employs IBS Rotary Inspector in development of volumetric compensation process for 6-axis grinding machines

With its multi-axis PROKOS XT grinding machine, Blohm Jung simultaneously addresses complexity, flexibility and quality issues in modern manufacturing. For maintaining the machine’s volumetric accuracy of +/– 25...


ALICE detector for CERN succesfully built and assembly started

In 2015 IBS was commissioned to develop and construct a precision placement machine by CERN. This machine would be used to build the new inner tracking system for the upgraded ALICE detector at CERN. Over two years, an IBS team delivered...



Precision Fair

November 13 and 14, IBS exhibited at the Precision Fair in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. People could hear all about innovations in non-contact web transport at our stand. Besides that, our Wafer Shaper was shown in the Hall of...


New air bearing technologies for roll-to-roll printing applications

Article by IBS published in Coating International magazine, issue September 2019, about new air bearing technologies for roll-to-roll printing applications. Rolling element bearings developed in the last century were a...


Volumetric compensation of high-precision 6-axis grinding machines

Article by IBS published in Mikroniek magazine about the latest applications used for 6-axis machines. With its multi-axis PROKOS XT grinding machine, Blohm Jung simultaneously addresses complexity, flexibility and quality...


Staying at the leading edge of technology as a VDMA member

IBS is a member of the VDMA – one of the strongest associations for mechanical and plant engineering within the EU – supports mechanical and plant engineering companies from Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg in...


IBS at EMO 2019: Presentation Industry 4.0 Solutions for 5-Axis Machine Tool Qualification

IBS will be present at EMO in Hannover, Germany, 16 - 21 September. On September 18 we will give a presentation as part of the VDMA Technology Forum about Industry 4.0 Solutions for 5-Axis Machine Tool Qualification. The talk will...


IBS at 17th International Conference on Manufacturing Research

IBS Precision Engineering is a proud sponsor of the 17th International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR 2019) that will be held at the Queen's University Belfast between the 10th and 12th September. This event...


IBS at Supplier and Industrial Partner conference

Tuesday 20 August we were present at the University of Strathclyde - faculty of science - for the Supplier and Industrial Partner conference. We showcased our Machine Tool qualification tools, air bearing solutions...


Interview NEN Magazine

NEN Magazine published an article about IBS, because standardization is intertwined with our work. It is therefore not surprising that we are active in standards committees and even supply the chairman of ISO/TC39/SC...


IBS air bearings in the GraviTower Bremen Prototype

For almost 30 years the University of Bremen has operated a drop tower for research under weightlessness. Both current and future scientific research programs ask for high quality microgravity conditions of 10- 6 g combined with high...


Interview NEN magazine Industrie en Veiligheid

Standardization is intertwined with the work of IBS Precision Engineering. It is therefore not surprising that IBS is active in standards committees and even supplies the chairman of ISO / TC 39 / SC 2. Read the article in NEN...


Manufacturing Solutions Conference

The Manufacturing Solutions Conference is a focal point for manufacturing technologies and engineering solutions. IBS was present to show the latest innovations in machine tool qualification and validation. Over...


Euspen Bilbao

IBS exhibited at Euspen's international conference and exhibition. It was a perfect opportunity for visitors to gain an insight into the latest innovations in precision engineering and nanotechnology at our...


IBS Precision Engineering enables 4PICO to write precise with Air Slides

4PICO specializes in equipment and services around solid state UV light sources. Whether it is direct laser writing in the nanometer range with their PicoMaster Systems or curing large areas with their UV LED solutions, they know how to...


Control show, Stuttgart, Germany

IBS was present at the Control show, the International trade fair for quality assurance. We showed our latest innovations in machine tool qualification and validation.  ...


Seminar - Voorspelbaar produceren met uw 5-assige machine

Efficiënter produceren met 5-assige bewerkings machines? Wat is de werkelijke machinenauwkeurigheid en hoe kan dit binnen 1 minuut bepaald worden met een externe gekwalificeerde meet tool?. Deze onderwerpen werden...


Lopec, Munich, Germany

Lopec Conference & Exhibition covers the whole value chain of printed electronics—from R&D to generating and marketing new applications. IBS demonstrated its latest air bearing technologies.  ...


Technote - In-line surface topology process control for printed electronics

Air table technology provides stable conditions to perform non-contact surface measurements on an in-line roll to roll setup. Using the ARINNA a low reflective transparent web with laser scribed features can be measured without...


Air bushings deliver frictionless performance for Libertine's linear power systems

IBS Precision Engineering is official distributor for New Way Air Bearings. Hear from Sam Cockerill, CEO, and Founder of Libertine FPE Limited about why they chose these Air Bushings for their innovative high-performance dynamic test...



Air Bearings - Unexpected Encounters

Article by IBS published in Mikroniek magazine on air bearings where you might not expect them. Rolling-element bearings developed in the last century were a revolutionary improvement over the plain bearings that had been pushed to...


25 Years of Innovation

IBS Precision Engineering celebrates 25th anniversary. In 1993 Henny Spaan started a small precision engineering company in Eindhoven with a big mission: to create measurement solutions which would help companies and research...


Verifying the accuracy of five-axis machine tools

New paper on verifying the accuracy of five-axis machine tools presented during the Machining Innovations Conference now available. In the aerospace industry the application of five-axis machines is increasingly common...



EMINT and IBS coordinate meeting on Advanced Thermal Control

In association with the EMINT (Electro, micro and Nano Technologies) group of the German Engineering Association VDMA, IBS Innovation Director Dr Theresa Burke has coordinated a meeting on Advanced Thermal Control. In the...


Improving your machines performance: Precision Metrology - Spindles and tables

Tutorial will be delivered at UNCC in Charlotte, NC, USA on Monday october 30th 2017. Five axis machining has become the industry standard for the manufacture of complex parts for the aviation, semicon and medical markets....


IBS becomes Siemens Product Partner with Rotary Inspector

IBS Precision Engineering is pleased to announce that they are now a Siemens Product Partner with regard to their 5-axis machine tool qualification tool, the IBS Rotary Inspector. The Siemens Product Partner programme identifies...


Mayor Jorritsma of Eindhoven visits IBS

In September of last year, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between IBS and the Taiwanese Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). The MOU provided an agreement for further collaboration and R&D using IBS’s...


IBS to present keynote at 17th International euspen Conference



Interview with IBS Managing Director in Link Magazine

IBS Managing Director Henny Spaan has been interviewed by Norma Director, René Vlaskamp, for Link Magazine. "De Estafette" is a segment of Link Magazine in which one entrepreneur interviews another on topics...


Keynote on Air Bearings beyond traditional precision applications

Keynote presentation by IBS' Managing Director Dr Spaan during the Gas Bearing Workshop in Düsseldorf, Germany on March 27th. When precision motion or positioning is required, porous media air bearings...



IBS presents paper at Machining Innovations Conference (MIC) in Germany

IBS has presented a paper on assessing the accuracy of five axis machines during the MIC Conference in Hannover that took place on 23-24 November 2016. The paper focusses on assessment by comparing machine measurement data with test work...


IBS Precision Engineering receives ISO 9001:2015 certification

After completing a comprehensive external quality review, IBS Precision Engineering is proud to announce that it has received ISO 9001:2015 certification. The ISO 9001:2015 standard is based on a number of quality management...


IBS receives Taiwanese trade mission and signs contract with Taiwanese Institute ITRI

A delegation, consisting of Mayor Lin of Taichung, Taiwanese ambassador Tom Chou and 60 visitors from local government, institutes and several Taichung companies, visited IBS Precision Engineering and KMWE on Sunday,...


First Automatic Detector Assembly Machine, ALICIA, Delivered to CERN

As part of the upgrade of the ALICE detector at CERN, IBS Precision Engineering is realizing a series of machines for automated assembly of sensor modules. The first machine, named ALICIA, has been delivered to CERN and has successfully...


IBS Precision Engineering acknowledged as SME Innovation Leader for Disruptive Measurement Technology Serving Factories of the Future.

.As an H2020 SME Instrument Champion, IBS Precision Engineering has been selected to present the disruptive innovation behind its product ARINNA – an Areal Interferometer for Nanoscale Surfaces- to more than 1000 delegates at...


High performance embedded position- and displacement measurement

New position- and displacement measuring systems for OEM applications. Lion Precision capacitive position- and displacement measuring systems are renowned for their outstanding performance in non-contact displacement...


5-Axis machine tool intelligence made simple

IBS Precision is proud to launch a new pioneering technology, the Rotary Inspector, at METAV 2016; the international showcase for metalworking technologies.  IBS has been working with KMWE Group on this industry 4.0...



Kees Kooij award for IBS Managing Director Henny Spaan

Henny Spaan, Managing Director of IBS Precision Engineering, has been awarded the Kees Kooij award at the Mikrocentrum end of year meeting that took place on December 16, 2015. Dr Spaan has been awarded because of his exceptional...


IBS is awarded major contract by CERN for ALICE Detector Upgrade

IBS Precision Engineering has been awarded a major contract from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) as part of the ALICE detector upgrade project. This is the largest contract of its kind to be placed in the Netherlands...


Contactless transport and contactless cleaning technologies explained

In collaboration with the Technical University of Denmark, IBS Precision Engineering has issued two educational videos providing an overview of contactless transport and contactless cleaning technologies developed under the...


Highest performing label sensor for clear and paper labels released

The new LRD6300 label sensor has been launched: the highest performing clear label sensor currently on the market. Its registration accuracy, speed, versatility (including clear labels), and easy to understand graphic setup...



Newsletter November 2014

Read our November 2014 newsletter with articles on spindle accuracy, 3D optical metrology and contactless web handling. Click here to read this newsletter....


Spindle accuracy inspection - New robust precision solution

Paper on the Spindle Inspector, including comparison with the classical method of measuring spindle accuracy. Spindles represent a key part of any machine tool. Periodic performance assessment is essential to maintain...


5-axis machine tool metrology - Workshop success

In a joint effort Teclab and IBS organized a workshop that took place on September 24th on 5-axis machine tool accuracy and compensation, ISO standards & CAD CAM software. The day had an international character with participants from...


Ultra-high precision metrology of 3D surfaces - Two technologies compared.

Wavelength Scanning Interferometer accuracy assessed with 3D coordinate measuring machine. By designing and developing an interferometer with integrated environmental compensation, IBS Precision Engineering and the...


Lectures by IBS PE on contactless web handling at several European conferences in May

IBS Precision Engineering engineers will be giving lectures on contactless web handling in roll2roll applications at conferences in Portugal and Germany in May 2014. Earlier, IBS Precision Engineering released two technotes...


System for the serial connection of solar cells helps pave the way to affordable green energy

A consortium consisting of IBS Precision Engineering, CCM, Smit Ovens, SPGPrints, TNO and ECN has produced a prototype process station for the production of solar cells. The process station for the serial connection of...


Groundbreaking measuring accuracy & speed with our new 2nd generation capacitive measuring systems

After three years of development Lion Precision has launched the latest capacitive measuring technology delivering resolutions down to 50 picometer and a bandwidth up to 50 kHz. Engineers, designers, and researchers needing...


Development of defect detection tool for thin film barriers

As part of the NanoMend project, IBS Precision Engineering is working together with the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) and the University of Huddersfield to design and manufacture a state-of-the-art Wavelength...


IBS Precision Engineering starts a new project to achieve wireless sensing in closed loop control for high precision contactless maglev stages

Eindhoven (NL) based companies MI-Partners and IBS Precision Engineering have started the joint project “Wireless sensing in closed loop control for high precision contactless maglev stages”. The goal of this...



Contactless handling of thin films using air bearings explained

In current solar and flat panel industry, flexible substrates are used in inline roll to roll (R2R) processes; IBS PE investigated the behaviour of these flexible substrates on a (New Way) porous air bearing conveyor. Due to the...


IBS Managing Director Henny Spaan receives Rien Koster award

On December 3rd, 2013 IBS Precision Engineering's Managing Director Henny Spaan received the Rien Koster Award for the significant contribution he made (and still makes) to the field of mechatronics and precision technology in...


Large Pendulum Wave - The poetry of math on air

In November the city center of Eindhoven, the Netherlands, was turned into a forum of inventions, installations, performances and events based on the phenomena of artificial light during the GLOW event. GLOW provides a platform for...


IBS sales director Hans Ott successfully completes Kenya Classic fundraising cycling event

From October 5th - 12th this year a total of 88 participants cycled nearly 400 kilometers on Kenyan soil to raise funds for AMREF Flying Doctors and their struggle for a sustainable, healthier Africa. IBS Precision...


CompactRIO eddy-current displacement measuring system now available with increased measurement range

ECD140 eddy-current displacement measuring systems from Lion Precision now offer measurement ranges up to 15 mm. Previously, 3,5 mm was the largest measurement range. “We’ve added several new probe sizes with...


New: Wireless eddy-current displacement measuring system

Together with IBS Precision Engineering, Lion Precision has launched its first wireless eddy-current displacement measuring system with a resolution down to 100 nm. Both IBS Precision Engineering and Lion Precision answer the...


5-axis machine accuracy training in the US in October

Our US based partner IQL is organizing a three-day course on 5-axis machine tool metrology applications. IBS Precision Engineering's managing director Dr. ir. Henny Spaan will be one of the speakers during this course. The...


Developing the Wavelength Scanning Interferometer (WSI) for Nanomend

Within the NANOMEND project, funded by the EU FP7 program, IBS Precision Engineering and the University of Huddersfield are collaborating in the development of a new optical interferometry system for fast areal surface...


Successful machine tool metrology workshop at KTH Stockholm

After being invited by the Swedish forum for users of machine tools (FAV) IBS Precision Engineering gave a lecture and demonstration during a FAV workshop that took place in June at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm....


New wireless probe system for machine tool axis inspection and analysis

New to the IBS Precision Engineering inspection & analysis series is the Trinity probe offering a wireless solution to the measurement of machine tool linear and rotary axes. Measurements with the Trinity probe are...


IBS Precision Engineering launches new product for Spindle Inspection

Our unique spindle inspector delivers a simple but highly accurate system which may be integrated seamlessly into production systems. Automated measurement at a range of user defined speeds reduces spindle...


IBS Precision Engineering celebrates 20th anniversary

On Friday March 22nd 2013 IBS Precision Engineering has celebrated it's 20th anniversary. In the afternoon we had the honour of receiving almost 200 guests representing 70 companies at our headquarters in Eindhoven, the...


IBS Precision Engineering’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

22nd March 2013 will be a special day for IBS Precision Engineering as it celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a celebration program including a presentation by Dutch physician and ESA astronaut André Kuipers. Prior to...



New vacancy: System architect

We currently have an open position for a system architect at our headquarters in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Click here for the details (in Dutch - vacancy will be handled by YER)...


Contactless web handling demonstration by IBS at Precision Fair 2012

Please visit us on November 28th and 29th in booth 130! Roll2roll processes for solar applications and printed electronics on flexible substrates are demanding completely new precision motion systems. Air bearings are providing a...


Viscous shear in air bearing gaps for precise web tension

New Way air bearings R&D department published a paper on viscous shear in air bearing gaps for precise web tension and temperature control. This paper is now available to open / download by clicking the PDF document...


Newsletter November 2012

Our November 2012 newsletter is now available. Please read it at this location....


Machine tool rotary axis compensation - Demo on how it is done!

IBS Precision Engineering recently performed an R-Test demonstration at a Northern UK machine tool company in the offshore industry, resulting in a clear improvement of the machine accuracy. The demonstration, which was performed...


NASA selects Lion Precision sensors for X-Ray telescope assembly

NASA is developing the next generation of X-Ray optics which could be used in an orbiting X-Ray observatory using high-performance capacitive displacement sensors from Lion Precision during the assembly procedure. The...


Custom probes

Besides standard capacitive and eddy-current probes (sensors) IBS Precision Engineering also offers custom measuring probes for specific applications. In fact, many of our capacitive and eddy-current probe orders are modified...


Micro machining - Find out your limits!

Commercial Micro Manufacturing magazine’s July issue featured an article on spindle error analysis and its importance to the micro-manufacturing industry.  It shows how important spindle measurement is to produce...


Determining the 5-axes machine tool contouring performance

Current state-of-the-art methods use a tactile probe in combination with a masterball to calibrate 5-axes machine tools. However, they cannot measure dynamically and are unable to detect or capture the observed dynamic machine...


New ultra-precision touch probe

IBS Precision Engineering has released a 3rd ultra-precision touch probe (or contact probe) within the Triskelion probe series. This probe system is suitable for point measurements as well as scanning. Its excellent measuring...


TMC inhouse day held at IBS Precision Engineering

At Thursday June 14th TMC, a company that employs and develops professionals educated in the exact sciences, visited IBS Precision Engineering (IBS PE) to learn more about the capabilities and facilities available at IBS PE. After a...


Isara 400 demo movie

A demo movie of our Isara 400 coordinate measuring machine has been made available to get a better insight in this unique machine.  You can view this movie below of on the Isara 400 webpage.   Isara 400 demo...


Clean4Yield officially launched!

The EU-funded Clean4Yield project that targets contamination and defect control in roll-to-roll organic electronics production has been officially launched. Coordinated by Holst Centre/TNO, the three-year project brings...


March/April newsletter

Our March/April newsletter is now available. Click here to read it....


Asphere Metrology on Joint Investigations

On March 6th and 7th the High Level Expert Meeting (HLEM) 2012 was organized by the UPOB competence center in Braunschweig, Germany. This year’s meeting was themed “Asphere Metrology on Joint Investigations”....


Non-contact film handling using air bearings

Air bearings are providing breakthrough enabling technology by acting directly on substrates. Flexible films flow over non-turning “air turns” rather than contact rollers and enables non-contact handling of...


Evaluate micro-machining performance with new machine tool analyzer

For over ten-years, the industry standard Spindle Error Analyzer (SEA) from Lion Precision has been measuring machine-tool spindle thermal growth and error motions in multiple axes. It has now been adapted for micro-machining. The...


New capacitive displacement probes

To accommodate small spaces and larger measurement ranges & resolutions, Lion Precision has expanded their capacitive probe selection. New probes are available in diameters of 3 mm, 18 mm and 25 mm. In addition to new sizes,...



Monitoring Solar-Cell Production

For the ProDuZo (Production of Thin Film Solar Cells), a new production process of Thin Film Solar Cells is investigated. IBS Precision Engineering is going to monitor the production process by use of Machine Vision and already gave a...


IBS Precision Engineering delivers first Isara 400 CMM

After an extensive phase of research & development IBS Precision Engineering (headquarters in Eindhoven, the Netherlands) delivered its first Isara 400 ultra precise coordinate measuring machine to IOM Leibniz, a research...


New: New Way spherical air bearings

Example applications include Zero-G satellite testing, multi-directional control, flight simulators, laser deflection, scanners, precision spindles, etc. These non-contact air bearings provide for infinite...


Exceptional measuring resolution with custom calibrations

In the field of non-contact measurement you probably have already heard of Lion Precision's capacitive and inductive measuring systems offered by IBS Precision Engineering. What you probably didn't know is that when...


IBS Precision Engineering introduces new Triskelion 70 ultra-precision touch probe

IBS Precision Engineering developed an ultra-precision touch probe system, the Triskelion probe, which is suitable for point measurements as well as scanning. Its excellent measuring uncertainty and full 3D measurement...


IBS Precision Engineering introduces new LION capacitive system

The Process Monitor (CPA100) is the new capacitive system from LION Precision. The output from this system is repeatable but not linear. It is used in servo "zero-seeking" systems where the capacitive sensor outputs are...


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