In 2004, Dirk Günther founded Optomet GmbH together with his business partner and former fellow student Qian Liu. Since then, the company has been developing and producing “state of the art” measurement technology for the highest requirements of vibration analysis in industry and research at its headquarter in Darmstadt.
In 2011, the Darmstadt-based company was the first ever to use FPGAs in its instruments. Field Programmable Gate Arrays are the key components for pushing laser doppler vibrometers to the limits of what is technically possible. Optomet was also the first company in the world to demonstrate the infrared scanning vibrometer. It was introduced at the Automotive Testing Expo in Stuttgart in 2015. With the launch of the new imaging full-field vibrometer software OptoSCAN for intuitive data acquisition as well as analysis and visualization of vibrations in 2018, another revolutionary milestone was set in the laser vibrometer market.
“To always strive for the best solution possible and to go to the limit of what is technologically feasible without even a single compromise.” This motivation from the founding days still describes the Optomet DNA. To this day, the only questions underlying the development of every products are: Where are the technical limits and how can they be extended?
Foundation of the company by the two managing directors Dirk Günther and Qian Liu in Stuttgart with focus on the development of opto-electronic products in the customer’s order
Concentration of the in-house product development of a “laser doppler vibrometer”
Relocation of the company to Darmstadt
Market launch of the world’s first fully digital FPGA-based HeNe laser doppler vibrometer (Vector-Series) with colored touch display
Sales launch of ethernet-enabled infrared (SWIR) laser vibrometer (Nova-Series)
First ethernet-based high-speed (1 Gbit) data acquisition and analysis software OptoGUI for laser doppler single-point vibrometer
Market launch of the world’s first SWIR scanning laser doppler vibrometer (Scan-Series)
Expansion of the company premises with new production area
Start of sales of the innovative dual fiber system (Fiber-Series) based on digital fiber-coupled SWIR laser doppler vibrometer
Market launch of the new imaging full-field vibrometer software OptoSCAN for intuitive data acquisition, analysis & visualization of vibrations and transient processes
Innovative extension of laser vibrometry with an absolute distance measurement for capturing the 3D geometry of measurement objects