IRIS Inspection Machines: new premises reflect continued business expansion

IRIS Inspection Machines has announced that it is relocating to new premises, with enhanced R&D, production, customer service and training facilities. The new 2,000 sq.m. premises in Bron will satisfy the company’s long-term business needs.

In an effort to accommodate growing customer orders for its glass container inspection equipment, IRIS Inspection Machines is relocating to new premises, featuring enhanced R&D, production, customer service and training facilities.
Geographically, it is only a short distance from Venissieux to Bron on the outskirts of Lyon but for the leading French inspection solutions specialist, the move represents a major advance. Within the past four years, sales have increased by 25% annually, creating the need to optimise manufacturing capacity and expand the density of customer services provided. In the area of research and development alone, IRIS Inspection Machines has invested substantially in the recruitment of skilled engineers, especially those involved in software and image processing. The new 2,000 sq.m. premises in Bron will satisfy the company’s long-term business needs.
With more than 15% of turnover reinvested in R&D every year, the IRIS team is constantly working on the future versions of software of tomorrow’s Evolution machines. The team’s goal is to increase the precision of hollow glass inspection and the detection of defects in order to maximize the productivity of the glass container manufacturing process. The IRIS strategy is long-term and is based on partnerships developed with leading glass container manufacturers.
Just 10 minutes away from the existing Venissieux site, the city of Bron is convenient for Lyon’s extensive road, metro and tram network. It is also close to Lyon’s International Airport. The new premises will feature separate research and development laboratories for Software, Optics and Mechanics. The production workshop has the capacity to assemble and test 20 inspection machines every month, as well as delivering an extensive stock of spare parts. There will be two training rooms and a permanent showroom of IRIS machines, together with dedicated sales, after sales and administration offices.
The transfer of these departments to Bron has been strategically planned to avoid causing unnecessary disruption to customer service. The site is expected to be fully operational by mid-September 2013, although the manufacture of electronic cabinets will continue to be undertaken at the Venissieux site.
“Our ambition is to be the most trusted supplier of glass inspection systems to the packaging industry using glass containers,” Jean-Luc Logel, Managing Director confirms. “As a leader in technology, we anticipate customer needs and provide long-term and cost-efficient support for our solutions in the field of glass quality control. The provision of increased customer services at the new Bron site is key to the sustained development of our business.”
A subsidiary of the Wisetec Group, IRIS Inspection Machines was established to provide turnkey inspection solutions for mass-produced glass containers of any shape or colour, including wine, beer, liquor and Champagne bottles, pharmaceuticals and food containers.
Thanks to a network of international agents and technical support service centres, IRIS is able to support customers throughout Asia, Europe, the Americas, Africa and Australia.