Dresden - cradle of the camera industry

Dresden - one of the birth places of the camera industry. PENTACON has a long history, starting in the early 20th century.

The first time the company did business by the name PENTACON was in 1964 when several companies in the area in and around Dresden were unified. The name comes from the Pentaprism of modern SLR cameras and the early brand name Contax, which was the predecessor before world war II. After the company merger the state-owned PENTACON became the biggest employer in the region and in 1980 around 9,000 people worked for PENTACON.

Part of the Jos. Schneider group

In 1990, parts of the company trust were sold to the Jos. Schneider group in Bad Kreuznach and from then on is subsidiary of one of the leading enterprises in the fields of optics. In 1997, the present PENTACON GmbH has beend founded and employs ca. 125 people.

From the medium to the large scale production

With decades of experience in precision engineering and the processing of metal and plastics, PENTACON continously invests in production technology. Starting with turret lathes and small size grinding machines, we step-by-step enhanced our capabilities. New technologies had been tested and so, change towards a large scale production has been completed.

Today, PENTACON uses various Swiss turning machines, chained puncture milling machines for extruded parts and INDEX machines for large batch optical parts.

High quality plastic injection molding

Also the plastic injection molding had been an integral part with PENTACON for several decades. After 1997, we started with standard production on machines with clam forces of 50-150t but quickly enhanced our activities in this field. Using the experience in manufacturing cameras, PENTACON specialised in coating of inserted parts. Optical and medical plastic products, which require clean room production are part of our portfolio just like two-shot parts are in large scale batch production.

Camera manufacturing 'Made in Germany'

The camera manufacturing is still part of PENTACON. Here, we have specialised in developing and manufacturing system solutions for industrial partners and concentrate on digital scan cameras with high resolutions.

Also the developing of industrial image processing systems offered new possibilities to monitor the own production as well as external production to secure high quality requirements and downsize costs.

DAkks accredited calibration laboratory

To support the quality control, PENTACON installed an own measuring and calibration laboratory. By the end of the 1990s, we applied for an accreditation at the German Accreditation Body for gauge blocks. Since then we are undergoing annual revisions for the accreditation and earn the required certificates. We continously enhance our service portfolio and also counsel external partners as a measurands calibrator as well as we offer contract measuring.