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Schaefter und Kirchhoff GmbH

Schäfter + Kirchhoff develops since over 60 years optomechanical and optoelectronic systems for research, aviation and space flight systems, medical technics and industrial applications.

High-Quality Optical Components

Our current product lines: polarization-maintaining fiber ­optics, lasers for machine vision and line scan cameras.

The company Schäfter+Kirchhoff GmbH is based in Hamburg, Germany, and was founded over 60 years ago. From here we manufacture high quality opto-mechanical and opto-electronic products that are delivered to customers all around the world. Schäfter+Kirchhoff GmbH is certified according to the ISO 9001 standard.

Our current product lines are: polarization-maintaining fiber optics, lasers for machine vision and line scan cameras.

A special focus is set on the winning combination of high optical and high mechanical precision, which is the basis for the high quality, stability and ­durability of our products.

One example of successful opto-mechanics is the 60SMS laser beam coupler, which is used to couple into polarization-maintaining fibers. This demanding task requires very high precision and quality in order to reach long-term stable and high coupling efficiencies.

Another field of opto-mechanics is Machine Vision that uses laser line or spot generators as well as line scan cameras. Ruggedized solutions for industrial purposes are only possible by using high-quality optics, mechanics and electronics. This is true for defined and thin laser line geometries or especially small laser spots as well as complete line scan camera based scanner systems.

In addition to individual components, we also offer image acquisition solutions for demanding applications. These scanner systems, which typically consist of camera, light source and translation or rotation unit, are custom-made and optimized for the respective application.

Realized applications include the scanning of ice cores in polar research, the investigation of ­corrosion phenomena on paints and in-line solar cell inspection.

The Corrosion Inspector, e.g., is an automated and objective analysis tool for corrosion phenomena that offers a fast and precise evaluation according to international norms. The line scan cameras used are also supplied as OEM components and  offered with different interfaces.

In addition, every scanner system has a suitable software for image evaluation, which is optimally adapted to the application requirements.

Our extensive know-how and highly qualified, strongly committed employees are the driving force behind the company. To have sales, research and development, as well as manufacturing so closely knit together, ensures a quick and efficient response to customer needs.

Schäfter+Kirchhoff GmbH

Kieler Str. 212

22525 Hamburg


Tel: +49 40 85 39 97-0

Fax: +49 40 85 39 97-79



 Beam delivery systems
 CCD devices
 Fiber (non telecoms)
 Imaging systems
 Laser and LED characterization
 Laser diodes
 Machine vision
 Vacuum equipment
Schaefter und Kirchhoff GmbH
Kieler Str. 212
Tel: +49 40 85 39 97-0
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