wenglor Acquires Illumination Firm, TPL Vision

The wenglor group is expanding its product portfolio in the field of illumination technology via the acquisition of a Scottish-French company.

By Joel Davies -

The wenglor group has acquired TPL Vision, expanding its product portfolio in the field of illumination technology. The Scottish-French company founded in 2005 will be integrated into the wenglor group as a division, but will continue to exist as an independent business unit.

Since its foundation in 2005, TPL Vision has been developing and manufacturing LED illumination for use in industrial automation, machine vision, robotics, and logistics applications. TPL Vision’s high power LED products and solutions are designed to provide users with the “best balance” between brightness and homogeneity, ensuring imaging systems can handle almost any industrial imaging processing task. Using optimized LED illumination in this way enables vision systems, smart cameras and vision sensors to perform quality checks, even over the long working distances and largefields of view.

“We are very pleased to be able to significantly strengthen wenglor’s product portfolio in the Machine Vision area through the acquisition of TPL Vision”, stated wenglor Managing Director Rafael Baur. “The additional know-how and almost 16 years of experience of TPL in the field of industrial illumination technologies are a real advantage. wenglor and TPL will achieve great things together!”

The expertise of wenglor’s new business unit includes special illumination systems for the food industry or UV light. “The wide variety of different illuminations solutions enables us to offer our customers the right combination of camera system, lighting, analysis module and software as a complete package for all types of applications”, said Christian Vollrath, Head of the Computer Vision business unit at wenglor. “This will allow us to further expand our position as a full-service provider in the Machine Vision sector”.

Senior members of the wenglor group and TPL Vision. Image: wenglor group.

The two central locations of TPL Vision in Perth, Scotland and La Chevrolière, France, where the company moved into a new production facility just this year, will remain in operation. All employees will remain part of the independent wenglor business unit. This also means that existing TPL customers will continue to be supported by their usual contact persons.

The acquisition of illumination specialist TPL Vision marks the fourth successful acquisition by the family-owned company in Tettnang. In 2012/2013, wenglor expanded its portfolio with the acquisitions of AFM Sensorik GmbH and MEL Mikroelektronik GmbH in the fields of flow sensor technology and 2D/3D sensor technology. The acquisition of ShapeDrive GmbH, a specialist in 3D sensors, followed in 2017.

The number of employees within the wenglor group grew to almost 1,000 in total over the course of this year. In order to meet this growth, new development and production centers with a total floor space of 12,000 m² will be built both at the company headquarters in Tettnang and in Unterschleißheim, Bavaria, which will be completed over the next year.

You can find more information about the wenglor group and the acquisition of TPL Vision on the companies’ respective websites.

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