Who we are
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Who we are

Thanks to more than 40 years of experience in the fields of photonics and precision engineering, OBLF has by now become one of the world’s most important developers and manufacturers of stationary metal analysis spectrometers. Our corporate milestones were always based on the consistent development of our products to the benefit of our customers. This is characteristic of our corporate philosophy.

1974

The company OBLF GmbH was founded with the aim of taking up the tradition of developing high-precision measurement systems. The first result of our endeavours was the ES 750 spark spectrometer in 1975. This industrial computer-based system featured the fastest spark generator (500 Hz) of the time.

1977

The launch of the ES 750-15 extended our range of spectrometers. This model provided the special feature of combining a voltage/frequency converter (VFC) for converting photomultiplier signals with an OBLF-developed single-board computer.

1983

Our series production was extended by the addition of a semiconductor-controlled 1000 Hz spark generator and a high-performance microcomputer system.

1989

Conversion to an IBM-compatible, PC-based platform for equipment control and data logging purposes.

1992

Market launch of the RS 1000 spectrometer, a new model series. A very compact spectrometer with ideal attributes for routine operation.

1993

Patent granted for our pulse purging system for the spark chamber.

1996

By integrating a microprocessor, the semiconductor-controlled 1000 Hz spark generator was turned into to a digitally generatable GDS discharge unit.

1997

Market launch of the GISS data logging system. In combination with the GDS spark generator, this process elevated the field of spectroscopy to a new plane. This innovation was integrated into a new model named QSG 750.

2001

Extension of the usable spectral wavelength range to 100 nm. This enabled the spectrometric analysis of ultra-low carbon (ULC) concentrations.

2007

Market launch of the multi-matrix system VeOS. OBLF introduced in this high-end, solid state detector based OE spectrometer a new, exclusively for OBLF developed line sensor. The VeOS analyses from 130 up to 800nm.

2011

Introduction of a double electrode spectrometer. The feature called ULB reduces the analysis time by a factor of 2.

2012

The spectrometer generation II of GS 1000-II, QSN 750-II and QSG 750-II was introduced including a complete new designed read-out electronics. Hybride spectrometer using PMTs and sensor lines are now available.

2015

The model VeOS is first able to calculate inclusions based on single spark emission spectra.