About Image Engineering

about image engineering

Image Engineering's core competence is the measurement, analysis, and improvement of digital image quality. Starting with digital photo products, our portfolio has continually expanded and today it includes mobile imaging, video, broadcasting, machine vision, surveillance, automotive imaging, medical imaging as well as other areas in which digital imaging plays an important role. Image Engineering's uniqueness is our ability to provide a complete system, from the execution of standardized tests and the development of our own test software tools to the production and worldwide marketing of high quality measuring devices and charts.

Because of the increasing significance of digital image processing in practically all scientific, economic and above all in social areas, Image Engineering is and will be the key toolkit provider for continually increasing the quality of images. This way Image Engineering plays an important role in the optimization of the relevant communication processes.

Image Engineering's philosophy is not only to ensure a strong technical and scientific competence, but also a distinct customer orientation, highly motivated employees who through a flat hierarchy show personal responsibility as well as a uniform marketing strategy according to the principles of a careful use of resources and sustainability.

As of 01. April 2011, Image Engineering Dietmar Wüller changed to Image Engineering GmbH & Co. KG. The new CEOs and partners are Dietmar Wüller and Uwe Artmann.

Image Engineering is actively involved in a wide range of standardizing procedures, including ISO TC42 (Photography), SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers), CPIQ (Cell Phone Image Quality), and EMVA (European Machine Vision Association).

We operate worldwide and our dealers in over 40 countries support us. Well-known manufacturers are our customers as well as magazines and they successfully test their products using our equipment.

We would be very happy to develop your individual solutions with you. We look forward to your inquiries!

 

History

2017 Move to our new business location,  planned for summer 2017
2016 Release of LG3: dimmable lighting box with extremely high intensity and variable frequencies. LG3 creates new possibilities in laboratories and expands the test areas for dynamic-range measurements considerably through modern lighting technology.
The German Association for the Promotion of Science (Stifterverband) has rewarded Image Engineering with the seal of quality “Innovative through Research” for its long-lasting activities in R & D.
2015 Development of CAL production line, the light sources for camera characterization and calibration 
2014 Introduction of the modular lightSTUDIO with moving parts, a new lightHEAD based on the LED technology and high dynamic range (HDR) capabilities. The IQ-Analyzer software version 6 with a simplified user interface and many new features was introduced.
2013 Introduction of the iQ-LED technology a spectrally tunable LED-based light source together with the first integrating sphere based on this technology. Formation of an “application support” department to better serve customers and their individual needs and requirements.
2012 The IQ-Analyzer version 5 is introduced with a new user interface and a lot of additional features like chromatic aberration and color shading analysis.
2011 As of 01. April 2011, Image Engineering Dietmar Wüller changed to Image Engineering GmbH & Co. KG. Uwe Artmann rejoins the company as a partner.
2010 The development of the IE-Analyzer advances at a quick pace with the release of the new version 4.5 in January 2010 that provides the analysis of video streams. Introducing the Universal Test Target (UTT) as a new standard test chart for archiving historical documents. Development of several software tools and test devices including a fully automated camera test stand. Introducing the imageQuality (iQ) product portfolio with a new logo.
2008 Start of the information campaign 6 Megapixel, discussing the 'better instead of smaller' pixel approach for digital cameras. As a member of CPIQ (cell phone image quality initiative of the International Imaging Industry Association), Image Engineering is working on standard test procedures to determine the image quality of cell phone cameras.
2007 Increased demand and expansion of the product range. Development of new test charts and devices for camera testing including the first commercially available test device for image stabilization (STEVE) and a device to determine the spectral sensitivity of digital cameras.
2006 Purchase of the company Esser Test Charts a company known for its test charts and illumination devices especially in the area of TV and broadcasting. With the purchase, the production and sales of test equipment for cameras have become a major business field for Image Engineering.
Together with the existing charts and analysis software the company has developed into the leading system supplier for camera test equipment. This includes the production of integrating spheres and light boxes, which correlate perfectly with the Esser Test Charts providing remarkable results in illumination uniformity. Meanwhile, more than 250 different charts are available.
2004 Start of intense lens testing for magazines utilizing the newly developed method. Transfer of the lab to another building on the campus with more space to allow for testing of telephoto lenses. Development of the IE Analyzer a new image quality evaluation software based on ISO standards and newly developed test methods.
2003 Image Engineering developed a new method for measuring the resolution of digital cameras (sinusoidal Siemens stars) in cooperation with the faculty of photographic engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne.
2002 Dietmar Wueller is appointed a publicly certified expert on digital photography, scanning and image processing by the IHK Cologne.
2000 Construction and sales of the first custom ordered test stand for digital cameras to Leica and Panasonic.
1999 Adding a new business activity (abandoned in 2006) in the area of digitalization of slides, negatives, and historic documents.
1998 Extension of the test activities to the image quality of scanners. New training was developed with a focus on color management. Transfer of the business location to the technology park in Frechen-Koenigsdorf (on the West-End of Cologne).
1997 Formation of the first independent test lab for digital cameras and development of a test procedure and related equipment based on ISO standards that were under development at that time. Publication of the first results in the German photographic magazine 'Color Foto'.
July 1995 Formation of the company Image Engineering Dietmar Wueller. Principal activities include training courses dealing with digital image capture and processing.