Imaging is our passion
Our Story | 40 Years of Innovation
“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
Sony Excellent Warehouse Award
FRAMOS Warehouse Certification
FRAMOS Technologies Inc.
FRAMOS expands its portfolio
Partnership with Sony
FRAMOS Electronic Vertriebs GmbH
40 years of doing business
FRAMOS Technologies Inc.
FRAMOS Electronics Ltd.
FRAMOS Electronic Vertriebs GmbH
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 180 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 it provides in purchasing, development, consulting, support and logistics.
Get to know our corporate management and the management of our various divisions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Andreas Franz
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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