“Progress comes from the intelligent use of experience”
Heiligenhaus, June 2020
Founded and launched in 1980 under the name of “IMS Isotopen-Meßsysteme GmbH”, we look back today with joy and pride on 40 moving years of company history.
Four decades in which IMS Messsysteme GmbH, in many cases as a pioneer, established itself as the world market leader with many outstanding developments – resulting from a combination and synergy of curiosity, heed, knowledge and experience – in the field of non-contact x-ray, isotope and optical measuring systems.
Open eyes and ears, as well as the right questions at the right time, form the basis of our numerous new developments, all in step with the times and the demands of our customers. Collaboration with renowned partners in the industry as well as in research and technology perfect our competence team and guarantee not only our progress, but also that of our customers.
Of one thing we are particularly proud: from day one, IMS Messsysteme GmbH, a global pioneer for non-contact detection technology, has been privately owned, thereby maintaining a high degree of independence and individuality!
How and where it all began
The actual origin of our business activities and products lies in the development of radiometric measurement technology in the late 1950s by AEG-Telefunken. It developed the first radiometric level measuring system, followed by a radiometric density measuring system in the early 1960s and a radiometric mass per unit area and thickness measuring system in the mid-1960s. As a result of a participation agreement between AEG-Telefunken and Hartmann & Braun AG (H&B), all activities in the field of radiometric measurement technology were transferred to H&B in 1967, laying the foundation for the type of radiometric measuring systems as still used today in the production of hot and cold rolled tubes and flat products.
In 1979 the board of H&B resolved to give up its entire radiometric product portfolio. In 1980, the two H&B development engineers at that time, Paul Flormann and Bernhard Mengelkamp, both leading capacities in the field of radiometric measurement technology, then founded their own company with exactly this product range, together with their colleague Hans Schneider to help on the commercial side. IMS Isotopen Meßsysteme GmbH was born.
Originally based in the former weaving mill Scheidt in Essen-Kettwig, we had to make do with rather makeshift premises and equipment. It was inevitable, therefore, that one or the other measuring frame had to be assembled outside, in front of the building, with nothing but a small canopy to protect against the elements. A simple chain hoist had to suffice to load the frames on to flatbed trucks. Nonetheless, the workforce grew to seven in the first year.
Since its inception, IMS has focused on computer-aided signal processing, which at that time was the prerequisite for simultaneous multi-channel measuring systems. The best-known IMS multi-channel measuring system was the first-generation profile measuring system for hot-rolled flat products in 1983. In the following year IMS already extended its product range by optical measuring systems. X-ray technology was introduced at the end of the 80s.
IMS in 2020
The company, which was renamed to “IMS Messsysteme GmbH” in 1998, has resided in Heiligenhaus Hetterscheidt since 1987, where 350 people now work on approximately 40,000 square metres in nine buildings – including our in-house IMS Academy for customer training and further education.
All processes and work steps from development to final shipping of our measuring systems are carried out here. The short distances and concentration of all skills in one place guarantee dynamic workflows and ensure top quality in the production, calibration and testing of the often-customised measuring systems.
As the World Market Leader in Measuring Systems, IMS Messsysteme GmbH has 11 branch offices worldwide ‒some wholly-owned subsidiaries ‒ and is additionally represented by numerous agents around the globe with our usual customer focus, innovative mind and competent expertise. Always intent on achieving highest customer satisfaction, which we guarantee not least through our 24/7 service.
For us, our global presence also means we need to assume a global responsibility. IMS Messsysteme GmbH has been certified as a climate-neutral company by an independent certification company and has offset the CO2 footprint resulting from its business activities by voluntarily acquiring a corresponding number of environmental certificates. But that is not all. In close alignment with the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), we at IMS have launched the project “IMSocial”, not only out of conviction, but also because it stands for our corporate philosophy. Our aim is not only to manufacture sustainable products and maintain sustainable relations with our customers, but to achieve likewise in our social, ecological and economic responsibility.