• Due to the proximity to market and application, we are the perfect development partner for your individual solution.

    Dr. Peter Hilgers
  • We look forward to getting to know you and developing our company together with you.

    Annette Ruh
  • Plug-and-play positioning systems with individual plus – that's what OWIS Engineering stands for.

    Dr. Dominik Zimmermann
  • With our research and development work, we have developed outstanding expertise in the fields of vacuum and cleanroom.

    Dr. Johannes ter Wolbeek
  • I bring in my know-how and my experience when mounting the highly sensible components.

    Kathrin Zöller
  • We manufacture rapidly and flexibly on the most modern CNC machines.

    Aleks Sterz
  • With consistent lean management we increase our efficiency together.

    Meike Ehret
  • The interferometric measurement of our products ensures our performance data.

    Stefan Schmidt

Products and engineering services you can rely on

This is what OWIS stands for. Our wide product portfolio of beam handling systems, optomechanical components as well as manual and motorized positioners offers you the perfect modular system to realize your application or laboratory setup in photonics.

With OWIS Engineering, we support you in application-specific customizing, in the fast and flexible setup of alignment and handling systems, or when it comes to further developing your laboratory setup into a production-ready series product, the optics box.

Thanks to our know-how and experience especially in the vacuum area, we are able to design our products for applications in high vacuum (HV), ultra high vacuum (UHV) and extremely high vacuum (XHV).

For cleanroom applications, we offer maximum flexibility and a high degree of individuality. This applies both to the adaptation or extension of OWIS standard components and to the development of new and individual OEM solutions.

Lasers love OWIS. Not without reason. Our products and engineering services are characterized by precision, functionality and reliability that you can rely on!

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Modular system with more than 1.200 products


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Partner for individual adaptions, system setups and product developments


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Customizing for applications in vacuum and cleanrooms


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Precision, functionality and reliability


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Developed and manufactured in Staufen im Breisgau, Germany


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Well-established and highly qualified team


Together we make groundbreaking ideas a reality.

With this vision, Rüdiger Ruh joined OWIS in 2018 – initially as Managing Director. The takeover then followed in 2021. Since January 1, 2021, he has been the Managing Partner of OWIS GmbH.

As an engineer (precision engineering) and with professional experience in development and management, he recognized the unique potential of the company. As a person who is enthusiastic about technology and can infect others with his enthusiasm, he revived the OWIS competencies and sharpened here and there.

Today, we at OWIS convince with a unique setup. Together we develop components and solutions for the challenging tasks of the high-tech industries and make groundbreaking ideas come true.

OWIS Expertise

Valued by science and industry

This fills us with pride. As a medium-sized, owner-managed company based in Staufen im Breisgau, Germany, we develop and manufacture high-precision products and solutions for scientific institutions and industrial companies worldwide.

Our strengths lie in laser technology. That is why we have been appreciated in measurement and testing technology, research and science, the semiconductor industry, biotechnology and medical technology, image processing and sensor technology, analytics and diagnostics for decades.




Thinking about tomorrow today

Photovoltaics, heat recovery, charging stations... We are constantly investing in renewable energies and energy efficiency. Since 2023, we have been part of the "Zielgerade 2030"-alliance to become climate neutral. 

As a training company, we support young talents in their professional lives and qualify future technicians for their respective specialisms. We promote the health of our employees with programmes such as Hansefit and Jobbike.

Together we make groundbreaking ideas a reality: This is our mission statement, which guides us in our daily work, but also characterises our actions beyond that. We have also become a WIN Charta company in March 2024, committing us to achieving the goals we have set ourselves. 

WIN Charta Target Concept

OWIS guides you to your perfect solution

Perfect planning and perfect realization lead to your perfect solution. A simple calculation. That's why you can involve us as early as the planning phase of your project. Our engineers and designers are already at your side in the search for application-specific system solutions or cost-optimized OEM solutions.

In the realization phase, we assist you with the system configuration – from a mechanical, optical as well as electronical perspective. Naturally, you may also count on us after the implementation. We ensure support and provide assistance for possible developments of your application.

Manufactured to the highest quality and with the expertise of our long-standing employees, your perfect solution is created. Flexible and individual. Delivered on the agreed date. Perfect!

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Networking and winning

It's not quite that trivial – but with our commitment we want to create the best conditions for this. In line with our forward-looking strategy, we are increasingly contributing our knowledge and experience to research into new technologies and solutions in photonics. We have created capacities and spaces at OWIS for this purpose and want to share our results and findings in the network and enrich them with external impulses. We are proud to be a member company of the Photonics BW e.V., wvib Schwarzwald AG and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für angewandt Optik e.V (DGaO).


We develop solutions to individual challenges. Flexible and powerful, we react to specific requirements and put them into practice with a high degree of vertical integration and quality.

Let's make groundbreaking ideas a reality


Career at OWIS

At OWIS we deal day in and day out with one of the most exciting topics of physics, the handling of electromagnetic radiation or simply put: light! Do you want to light up at OWIS?

Exciting jobs for bright minds

OWIS with new owner

The present managing director and shareholder Ruediger Ruh took over the company in 2021. With this takeover, OWIS gains a strategy focusing on the future.

The future in sight


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