About us

Ob Data Matrix Code, character reading tasks or custom image processing
IndUSTRIAL SENSOR SYSTEMS WICHMANN GMBH has been your competent partner for sophisticated image processing solutions for more than 20 years.

We define, analyse and sample complex tasks from industry and trade in all process stages. With over 5,000 installed systems, we have proven our competence, quality and reliability thousands of times in the truest sense of the word.

In addition to the technical implementation and the hardware selected in consultation with the customer, ISW GmbH also offers support for complete projects. Starting with the analysis up to the creation of individual solution concepts, if necessary also including the required mechanical engineering, highly qualified employees of our team select and execute the suitable solution concept for you on more than 1100 sqm business space.

We have made it our task to support our customers exclusively with fully functional solutions and our best possible support as a partner. We also have regularly trained partners at our disposal for this purpose. Together with our partners from the Symbology & Vision Research Center, no tasks are too complicated or too unusual for us. What is feasible, we offer with a clear conscience, without having to fear that the application will prove to be faulty in everyday life. Reading rates of over 99% speak for themselves. The image processing systems of ISW GmbH and the use of Data Matrix Codes enable the customers of machine processing to optimize new and already existing production lines. In order to continue to guarantee quality, flexibility, speed and also the traceability for e.g. further built up individual parts on the current market with strong competition and constant price expectations < a name="we"> n, image processing systems and Data Matrix Codes are indispensable in the near future.

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The development of ISW GmbH

Foundation of ISW GmbH in Elmshorn on 80 m² operating space; sales and application development for Itran image processing systems. Merger of Itran with the image processing provider Automatix to form the company Acuity Imaging; development of the image processing platform Visionscape.

Relocation of ISW to Kölln-Reisiek and expansion of the operating area to 120 m².

First Data Matrix application from ISW; first customer Johnson & Johnson in Kiel

Equipping of production lines by ISW with image processing solutions and commissioning for worldwide export.

Acuity Imaging acquires I.D. Matrix (developer of the Data Matrix code), Computer Identics (barcode scanner), Northeast Robotics (NERLITE lighting technology) and Vanguard (market leader in soldering machines for electronics).

The merger is renamed RVSI (Robot Vision Systems Inc.) and first listed on the stock exchange. Presentation of the self-developed high-speed image processing system for the tobacco industry by ISW. ISW focuses on Data Matrix applications.

Relocation of ISW to own premises in Kölln-Reisiek, 520 m²

Founding of the SVRC (Symbology and Vision Research Center) by ISW with leading manufacturers from the fields of marking, coding and vision to offer integrated Auto ID solutions. Expansion of ISW’s production facilities to 1100m².


ISW has installed over 1100 custom Data Matrix reading points

Expansion of activities in the South area through sales and service on site

Continuous further development in core business

Approximately 5000 installed systems in the area of DataMatrixCode, recognition and image processing. Major order from DAF NL for a traceability concept for the new engine series.

ISW becomes Prefered Siemens Solution Partner

ISW becomes partner of Microscan and Motorola

First solutions for customers in the pharmaceutical industry

DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 Certification
Installations of plants in Australia, China and India

Construction of first series solutions for serialization of products in the pharmaceutical industry and delivery of first plants.

Delivery of further series production lines for the pharmaceutical industry and development of a solution for the retail trade (BOBA).

Development and production of a compact automatic measuring machine for the fully automated determination of up to 12 parameters of a product in a very short time with very high measuring accuracy. Production and delivery of 11 such machines.

Development and production of automated inventory solutions for high-bay warehouses. Manufacturing and delivery of more than 70 of these products.


Development and delivery of several customer-specific Track & Trace and inspection systems for various customers in the pharmaceutical industry.

Development of a software solution for the pharmaceutical industry to connect different production lines to a central system, which also assigns unique codes (protection against product counterfeiting).

Development of software solutions for the traceable aggregation of products in the pharmaceutical industry.


Installation of solar cells on the roof of the building to increase the company’s energy efficiency and – in addition to the green roof of the old building – as a further expression of ISW GmbH’s environmental awareness.

Series production of BOBA systems in appreciable quantities and delivery to locations a customer all over the world.

Development and finalisation of a high-precision optical measuring system for brake linings for commercial vehicles. The system replaces a tactile 3D coordinate measuring machine and automates the process with significantly increased throughput.