The illuminant industry: An exciting environment
The illuminant industry is one of the largest sectors in German industry. It regularly has products tested and measured by the PTB.
The PTB with a sophisticated measurement set-up
The measuring room of the PTB provides a perfectly darkened space. In this room one robot holds the light source, while two robots travel around the source measuring the direction-dependent distribution of the luminous flux. The measurement is transcribed via sequential measurements in the full spatial angle Thus the goniophotometer is intended to transmit the luminosity of a light source depending on the distance from the light source.
Precision of repetition that presents a challenge
Precision of repetition of the path deviation of the head of the photometer of <0.6 mm and in the centre of only 0.2 mm is required for these measurements by the PTB. This in itself did not alarm either Wälischmiller Engineering or its competitors. The combination of this requirement and an arm length of more than 6.4 metres did, however, cause our rivals to throw in the towel: Can’t be done.
But we would not be Wälischmiller Engineering if we didn't put this to the test: Following our feasibility study, our engineers decided: We can do this at least within the necessary precision requirements.