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Our Story | 40 Years of Innovation

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“We are here to teach machines to see”, Dr. Andreas Franz says over his first cup of espresso. “This is our vision and we get closer each day.” When he enters the FRAMOS office in the south of Munich each morning, Franz is able to look back on all the accomplishments that have made FRAMOS what it is today.

40 years of doing business
FRAMOS is celebrating 40 years of doing business
2021
Sony Excellent Warehouse Award
Our warehouse in Taufkirchen receives the Sony Excellent Warehouse Award. FRAMOS launches its own Embedded Vision ecosystem with sensor modules and adapters. FRAMOS AI is founded as a spin-off for image processing based artificial intelligence.
2018
Intel for RealSense
Partnership with Intel for RealSense 3D cameras and modules is established.
2017
FRAMOS Warehouse Certification
The FRAMOS warehouse in Taufkirchen receives Class 5 Clean Room Certification.
2015
FRAMOS Technologies Inc.
FRAMOS goes to America. Based in Ottawa, Canada, FRAMOS Technologies Inc. manages North and South America along with Asia.
2013
German office
FRAMOS opens its second German office in Leipzig.
2012
CEO of FRAMOS
Dr. Andreas Franz becomes the CEO of FRAMOS, assuming the position from his father. At the same time, FRAMOS creates an office in Paris, France.
2008
FRAMOS Italy
FRAMOS Italy is started to manage Italy and Southern European markets from Monza. Now with its own engineers and technical support, FRAMOS evolves from a distributor to a solution and system provider.
2006
FRAMOS expands its portfolio
In addition to sensors and cameras, FRAMOS expands its portfolio to optics, illumination and accessories for a complete solution to image processing from a single sensor to the finished system
2001
Vision products
FRAMOS develops its first vision products and targets the European market.
1993
Partnership with Sony
The partnership with Sony begins. FRAMOS is the first company to market Sony image sensors in Europe and specializes in industrial image processing.
1982
FRAMOS Electronic Vertriebs GmbH
Bernd Franz established FRAMOS Electronic Vertriebs GmbH to sell power supply components from PowerOne and Volgen.
1981
40 years of doing business
FRAMOS is celebrating 40 years of doing business
Intel for RealSense
Partnership with Intel for RealSense 3D cameras and modules is established.
FRAMOS Technologies Inc.
FRAMOS goes to America. Based in Ottawa, Canada, FRAMOS Technologies Inc. manages North and South America along with Asia.
CEO of FRAMOS
Dr. Andreas Franz becomes the CEO of FRAMOS, assuming the position from his father. At the same time, FRAMOS creates an office in Paris, France.
FRAMOS Electronics Ltd.
FRAMOS opens its first international office in London. FRAMOS Electronics Ltd. serves England and Scandinavia.
Vision products
FRAMOS develops its first vision products and targets the European market.
FRAMOS Electronic Vertriebs GmbH
Bernd Franz established FRAMOS Electronic Vertriebs GmbH to sell power supply components from PowerOne and Volgen.
2021
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Sony Excellent Warehouse Award
Our warehouse in Taufkirchen receives the Sony Excellent Warehouse Award. FRAMOS launches its own Embedded Vision ecosystem with sensor modules and adapters. FRAMOS AI is founded as a spin-off for image processing based artificial intelligence.
FRAMOS Warehouse Certification
The FRAMOS warehouse in Taufkirchen receives Class 5 Clean Room Certification.
German office
FRAMOS opens its second German office in Leipzig.
FRAMOS Italy
FRAMOS Italy is started to manage Italy and Southern European markets from Monza. Now with its own engineers and technical support, FRAMOS evolves from a distributor to a solution and system provider.
FRAMOS expands its portfolio
In addition to sensors and cameras, FRAMOS expands its portfolio to optics, illumination and accessories for a complete solution to image processing from a single sensor to the finished system
Partnership with Sony
The partnership with Sony begins. FRAMOS is the first company to market Sony image sensors in Europe and specializes in industrial image processing.

People are the most important building block for this success, according to Andreas Franz. Within the last decade, FRAMOS has grown from 10 to over 170 employees. Cultural diversity and interdisciplinary teams provide challenging environments and room for personal growth. All our specialists have one thing in common: an enthusiasm for vision. Vision was once a niche sector but, in recent years, is now a dominating technology in many industrial and commercial applications. Vision technology is the eye of the smart factory and automation, and is making an important contribution to technological developments and networking within the fields of medicine and mobility, along with the digitization of our modern society. Whether self-thinking robots, cleaning robots, autonomous vehicles or the fully-automated production, modern imaging, when combined with Artificial Intelligence, is the base for this new normality.

Dr. Andreas Franz’ vision of teaching machines to see has become a reality and plays an important role in helping the industrial and technological growth within new and emerging markets and applications. With 40 years of experience of focusing on customers and using a solution-oriented approach, FRAMOS has supported its customers as a global vision partner through the services is provides in purchasing, development, consulting, support and logistics.

Management Team

Get to know our corporate management and the management of our various divisions.

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Chris Barrett

Chief Products Officer

Leading global FRAMOS product development, our Chief Products Officer Chris Barrett focuses on driving innovation and new technologies. He has a rich knowledge in R&D, taking new products from conception to trial-readiness and leading high-performance engineering teams. With over 20 years’ development experience including positions as VP of Engineering at both Pleora and Lumenera, he has been playing an important role in the imaging industry.

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Lorenzo Cassano

VP Business Developement
CEO Mavis Imaging GmbH

Since 2006, Lorenzo Cassano has been a senior member of the FRAMOS management team and an important advocate for its business expansion and technology advancements. Before joining FRAMOS, Lorenzo was a senior manager for multiple distribution companies. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the imaging sector and is the lead for multiple strategic initiatives at FRAMOS.

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Damir Dolar

Director of Embedded Engineering

Damir Dolar is Director of FRAMOS Embedded Engineering and a veteran in imaging and machine vision. He is an expert for high-performance modular vision systems and has a passion for electronics. Damir obtained a Master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Zagreb. As former Head of Engineering in Smartek and later CEO of Smartek Vision, he has spent his complete career developing vision devices, focusing on both hardware and software. Damir was awarded a grant from the Croatian Ministry of Business and Trade in 2013.

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Helke Grund

Head of Technical Support and Solutions
Chief People Officer

Helke Grund is a qualified photographer and holds a diploma in photographic engineering. With her deep technical knowledge, she started at FRAMOS as support engineer in 2006. Today, she leads the global FRAMOS Support team, managing our Field Application Engineers, Pre-Sales Consultancy and Design-In Support. Having accompanied thousands of vision projects, Helke is a true expert when it comes to customer needs, measurement & testing as well as feasibility studies.

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Dr. Andreas Franz

CEO

Andreas Franz, PhD, has been the CEO of FRAMOS since 2007, his father founded the company in 1981. Prior to joining FRAMOS, he worked as a consultant. He studied and earned his PhD at the Ludwig Maximilian University and Technical University, both in Munich, as well as at MIT in Boston and the University of Berkeley. In 2018, Andreas also became Chairman of the Board of the FRAMOS group where he oversees all strategic group investments and initiatives.

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Ugur Kilic

Director of Sales Europe

Director Sales for FRAMOS Europe, Ugur Kilic leads the strategic Business team, driving the market expansion in this important geography. His passion for cutting-edge camera technologies started about 10 years ago during which he gained significant industry experience. His expertise is to lead and drive vision system projects by fully understanding the client´s business model to then enable them with the unlimited potential of FRAMOS imaging solutions of tomorrow.

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Ron Low

VP Partners and Channels

Ron Low is VP Partners and Channels at FRAMOS. The multilingual (English, French and German) Sales, Business Development and Marketing professional brings multiple years of global technology promotion in diverse market segments in the semiconductor distribution, electronics, automotive, contract manufacturing and supply chain business. Before joining FRAMOS in 2018, he worked for companies including Arrow, Future Electronics, Hitachi and Hardent. Ron’s experience in developing partnerships with Tier 1 customer and supplier accounts worldwide helps drive FRAMOS' business with new and existing strategic customers for image sensors, embedded imaging and IP.

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Claudia Unterhuber

VP Marketing

Claudia Unterhuber leads both the FRAMOS Product Marketing and Marketing Communications group. She owns a diploma degree in business with focus on Marketing, as well as an Executive Certificate in Innovation and Strategy from MIT Sloan. Before joining FRAMOS in 2017, she gained a deep and holistic experience in communications, research & analytics, portfolio, technology and network management within the electrical engineering and manufacturing industry. Claudia has over 10 years of international experiences in the field of Marketing and Strategy.

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Sarah Wu

Director of Sales Americas

As one of the first members of FRAMOS Technologies Inc., Sarah Wu took on the role of Director of Sales, Americas in January 2021. She leads our fast-growing sales and business development team to further deepen FRAMOS´s influence in North and South Americas. Sarah has focused on the high-tech industries for over 15 years, building up extensive experience in Solution Selling, Business Development, Key Account Management, Marketing Communications, Financial Analysis, and Contract & Legal Affairs. Sarah’s deep product knowledge in image sensors, optical modules, IP, and custom solutions will continue to impact and accelerate the successes of FRAMOS and our customers in building unique vision systems with quality and performance at heart.

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Michael Zehender

Chief Financial Officer

Michael Zehender is the CFO and responsible for Finance, Operation and Legal. After his studies in Business Administration, he started as an auditor for Price Waterhouse Coopers. Before joining FRAMOS, he worked for the global engineering company Voith as Manager of Mergers & Acquisitions as well in leading Finance positions.

Social Commitment

Every year, FRAMOS supports an up-and-coming artist with the “Young Art Collection”. This scheme perfectly complements the design and architecture of the company’s headquarters in the south of Munich. In a place where engineers and imaging specialists find solutions for industrial process automation and quality assurance, the images forge links between technology and art.

Helping people in need of aid is something that is especially close to our heart. This is why FRAMOS has decided to send Christmas cards, customer information, etc. digitally and thereby support the international aid organization “Doctors Without Borders”. Doctors Without Borders help people in need, victims of natural or man-made disasters, as well as armed conflicts.

We also engage as a company with the latest debates in society. We gave our employees a day off work so they could provide urgently required aid to the refugee centre in Munich. We organized car pools to help provide aid where it was most needed at the old barracks in Munich.

 

“We’ve supported charitable organizations for a very long time, as for example “Chancen durch Bildung e. V.” (Opportunities through Education). Alongside local initiatives and artistic involvement, we value the work done by Doctors Without Borders; I regard them as indispensable in the crisis areas of the world. As a Munich company, aid for refugees is very close to our heart. We gave our employees a day off so they could provide direct aid by distributing clothing at the Bavaria barracks.” Dr Andreas Franz, CEO of FRAMOS

Humanitarian Projects

Young Art Collection

With the “FRAMOS YOUNG ART COLLECTION”, under the patronage of Dr Andreas Franz, we help one young artist every year by buying one of their artworks.

As a globally active company, we want to use this scheme to promote up-and-coming talents. It also helps us look beyond the horizons of our technical world to consider social factors, and acts a bridge between technology and art. As an imaging company, we concentrate on photography as a reflection of reality that is simultaneously realistic and abstract. These works of art decorate and compliment the clear and minimalistic architecture of our company headquarters, and create colourful eye-catchers.

2018 - Sebastian Krawczyk's Vibrant Venice - 100x180, print on canvas

29.11.2018 - The picture "Vibrant Venice" by Munich photographer Sebastian Krawczyk is part of his series "Blurred Lines". The photo seems to look more like a painting. The digital print resembles a canvas where dots dissolve into strokes, colors mix with each other, and surfaces are interspersed with fine hatchings. The camera is guided like a brush, manual presets create a photorealistic, painterly realization.
Read the interview with the artist.

2016 - Michael Bachhofer's Morpho50x - 100x180, photo print behind acryl

24.10.2016 - With a robot he developed himself, the Viennese jack of all trades takes photos of boundary structures between objects and the outside world in the giga-micro range with a magnification factor of up to 50 with a 2 micrometer depth of field. Morpho50x shows the detailed wing scaling of the azure Emperor butterfly, behind acrylic glass with a 3D effect.
Read the interview with Bachhofer.

2015 - Robert Götzfried's Dantebad - 120x180, photo print on Dibond

18.09.2015 - The picture by Munich photographer Robert Götzfried portrays the public “Dantebad” in Munich showing the calm, harmonious and structured atmosphere of the swimming pool, which contrasts with its otherwise character and purpose. The photo was taken early in the morning, before the official opening. The athmosphere transports the warm and cloudy weather with no wind.
Read the artist's interview.

2014 - Alexy Alexjew's Hellabrunn 11 - 180x120, photo print on canvas

10.08.2014 - In his series "Zoo!" the Bavarian artist Aleksy Aleksjew allows several levels of viewing to emerge which reflect what is behind the surface and that which the viewer assumes they can perceive. Aleksy’s piece “Hellabrunn 11” shows a water enclosure in front of dismal concrete, viewed through a pane of glass cloudy and dirty from limescale, which separates through its reflection and structure.
Read the interview here.

2013 - Jungmin Park

05.09.2013 - "Red Traffic Lights" 100 x 80 cm, oil on canvas

2012 - Daniel Grund

31.08.2012 - "Red Bull Air Race, 3D" 120 x 80 cm, photo print on forex, covered with acryl

2011 - Stephanie Jauss & Moritz Gauger

24.08.2011 - "Engineering Imaging Solutions" 180 x 120 cm, oil acryl and laqceur on cloth and canvas

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