About us

IB/E optics is a designer, manufacturer and service provider of customized optics in the field of image acquisition, projection and illumination. Our developments and products are used worldwide in industry, medicine, photography and professional film production.

IB/E Optics

Apart from developing and creating cine products consisting of the RAPTOR Primes and the RAPTOR Macro Lens Series as well as an extensive array of optical tools and adapters, IB/E optics has collaborated with many renowned manufacturers on numerous projects, most notably, Tribe7 on the development and manufacture of the Blackwing7 lenses and ARRI Rental on the development and manufacture of the Prime DNA, Prime 65S, and Prime 65 lenses for the ALEXA 65.
We have been delivering quality products and service to the industry’s professionals since 1992. Fully equipped with the latest technology we offer full lifecycle program management from beginning to end with a single point of accountability. With our cutting-edge technologies and our strong team of experts you can rest assured that your project is in good hands.
In addition to custom-made optics, lens servicing and conversions, we also manufacture a comprehensive range of our own high-quality lenses, extenders, converters, expanders and other optical tools, as well as many universal mounting solutions for all high-end cine equipment.
As a family-owned company, it is our goal to continue our tradition of precision, meeting and exceeding our customers expectations and to advance the world of optics in film and broadcast industry.
IB/E optics has know-how in a large field of applications.

Our Team

Klaus Eckerl
CEO, President, Senior Optic Designer
Dipl.-Ing. Mechatronics
Klaus studied mechatronics in Nürnberg, Germany and completed his studies successfully in 1988 as a diploma engineer. He worked on software and hardware development on stepper motor units as a free engineer. Employment in the optical industry followed as technical director at ENNA WERK, Munich with approximately 300 employees. During that time he worked in the field of projection, zoom lens design and production as well as working on plastic molding for slide projectors. Klaus worked in the field of design and development of optical coatings with Leybold systems. He did optic design and quality engineering on projection and zoom systems for well-known companies like Schneider Kreuznach, Kodak, Docter Optics, Zeiss Oberkochen and Jenoptik. He worked on opto-mechanical design on Inventor professional software. Finally, he was responsible for the quality management for all key account customers. Later, Klaus established the new field of industrial optics at ENNA. He was responsible for engineering und production of customized systems in glas and plastic. After ENNA was sold to Docter Optics in 1992, Klaus decided to start his own company, IB(E, short for "Engineering Bureau Eckerl". Since 2001 he has been managing director at his own production company IB(E Optics GmbH. In 2012, he finally fulfilled another dream of himself by moving into his self-designed IB(E headquarters in Freyung.

Development

Jacob Jikku
Tolerancing
B. Eng. Mechanical Engineering
After his studies in Jena, Jacob came to IB(E in early 2019. He started as a trainee on the job and was introduced into the main topics in optic assembly and evaluation. Meanwhile, Jacob is a well respected member of the QS team and does alignment, evaluation work at the K12 MTF bench, T Stop measurements and Collimator back focal adjustments as the procedure to get the focus engraving right. Jacob is working at IB(E since early 2019. Currently, he is working on his Master degree.
Annabell Scheibelberger
Technical Drawings
Technical Product Designer
Annabell has been working with IB/E since July 2016. She even did her apprenticeship as Technical Product Designer at IB/E. Annabell supports our development team in product design and organization.
Uwe Eckerl
Head of Development, Optical & Software Design
IT Specialist
Uwe studied computer science at the University of Passau. For many years he has been active in the company as a project manager for customer and research projects for medium-sized companies, for example in medicine and machine vision. Besides project management, his core area is the development of optical systems with Zemax (since 2004) and since 2013 with Code VAlso software works (C ++, C and Java as well as PLC Systems). Meanwhile, Uwe has developed many optical systems (telecentric, macro and zoom lenses, lens converters, Scheimpflug systems and more). He is pushing the development of internal measurement tools (ZEMAX automation routines; at OptiBench- and MTF Star measurement system) to improve quality assurance. Moreover, he is responsible for the development of our awarded MTF Star-Software for the measurement of optical systems at the projector. He has been active at IB(E Optics for over 20 years (2018).
Reinhard Thomas
Optic System Design
Dipl.-Physics (TU)
Reinhard is a long term laboratory specialist in the field of imaging optics. Before he came to IB(E, he was employed at Meyer Optics, Germany. He worked on layer design and coating development on lenses. Reinhard is a very routined specialist in the evaluation of optical systems. IB(E trained him the last years in ZEMAX and now he is one of the optical designers in house to realize your system. Reinhard has been with the company since 2001.
Manuel Kieweg
Software / Electronic & APP Development
B. Sc. (TU) Mobile & Embedded Systems
With a degree in mobile and embedded systems from the University of Passau Manuel is one of our most recent additions to the company as a project engineer. As our specialist in electronics, he will advance our electronic development of interfaces between lenses and cameras at IB(E Optics. His first project is our new SmartFinder Pro App. He has been working at IB(E since summer 2019.
Jürgen Hirsch
Mechanical Design
Mechatronics Engineer / Mechanical Engineering Technician
Jürgen’s areas of expertise range from the assembly of optics and systems to mechanical design with CAD. Responsible for the assembly of the ARRI65 and the ARRI65S lenses he subsequently moved into the field of mechanical design. Jürgen is a highly skilled mechanical designer and uses his diverse experiences in complex mechanical designs, 3-dimensional computer modeling and creative problems solving to create a high-quality product. Coupling these skills with his innovative mindset allows him to solve the toughest product challenges. Among his recent and most well-known projects are the Blackwing7 lenses by Tribe7 as well as the new in-house Raptor Prime lenses. Jürgen has been with the company since 2013.
Jacob Jikku
Tolerancing
B. Eng. Mechanical Engineering
After his studies in Jena, Jacob came to IB(E in early 2019. He started as a trainee on the job and was introduced into the main topics in optic assembly and evaluation. Meanwhile, Jacob is a well respected member of the QS team and does alignment, evaluation work at the K12 MTF bench, T Stop measurements and Collimator back focal adjustments as the procedure to get the focus engraving right. Jacob is working at IB(E since early 2019. Currently, he is working on his Master degree.
Annabell Scheibelberger
Technical Drawings
Technical Product Designer
Annabell has been working with IB/E since July 2016. She even did her apprenticeship as Technical Product Designer at IB/E. Annabell supports our development team in product design and organization.
Uwe Eckerl
Head of Development, Optical & Software Design
IT Specialist
Uwe studied computer science at the University of Passau. For many years he has been active in the company as a project manager for customer and research projects for medium-sized companies, for example in medicine and machine vision. Besides project management, his core area is the development of optical systems with Zemax (since 2004) and since 2013 with Code VAlso software works (C ++, C and Java as well as PLC Systems). Meanwhile, Uwe has developed many optical systems (telecentric, macro and zoom lenses, lens converters, Scheimpflug systems and more). He is pushing the development of internal measurement tools (ZEMAX automation routines; at OptiBench- and MTF Star measurement system) to improve quality assurance. Moreover, he is responsible for the development of our awarded MTF Star-Software for the measurement of optical systems at the projector. He has been active at IB(E Optics for over 20 years (2018).
Reinhard Thomas
Optic System Design
Dipl.-Physics (TU)
Reinhard is a long term laboratory specialist in the field of imaging optics. Before he came to IB(E, he was employed at Meyer Optics, Germany. He worked on layer design and coating development on lenses. Reinhard is a very routined specialist in the evaluation of optical systems. IB(E trained him the last years in ZEMAX and now he is one of the optical designers in house to realize your system. Reinhard has been with the company since 2001.

Administration & Sales

Franziska Kölbl
Commercial Trainee
Commercial Trainee
Franziska started her training as an industrial clerk in September 2023. During her 3-years apprenticeship, she will work in the various administrative departments to learn this profession in practice.
Manuela Seidl
VP (Vice President), Commercial Manager
Certified business economist
Manuela has joined our company in February 2022. She has many years of experience in all commercial areas and is a valuable addition to our constantly growing team. Manuela is a certified business economist, has completed an apprenticeship as a foreign language merchant and further training as a customs specialist. For many years she worked in the metal industry (sales, marketing, executive assistant, purchasing).In 2004, she moved to a company in the automotive industry, where she was in charge of internal sales and export for many years.
Nicole Eckerl
Management Assistant / Accounting
Office clerk
Nicole ensures that the company is running smoothly and seamlessly while working with the staff at all levels of the company. She performs advanced administrative duties requiring broad experience, skills and knowledge of organization policies and practices for this specific industry. Her ability to function in a confidential and discrete manner and demonstrate the ability to adhere to timelines, flexibility and adaptability as well as maintaining a professional atmosphere under pressure and meeting numerous deadlines is exceptional. Nicole does not only coordinate budget activities including tracking full-time employee vacancies but also serves as a resource to interpret and provide information regarding organizational policies and procedures. Nicki has already been working at IB(E for more than 20 years.
Nicole Donaubauer
Sales / Administration
Office clerk
Nicole, secretary to the marketing team, provides full secretarial as well as logistical and administrative support. Nicole is the principal link between company and customer. Her effective written and verbal communication skills and her high level of attention to detail make her a valuable asset that significantly contributes to the company’s smooth and efficient workflow. Nicole started working at IB(E in 2002.
Diana Vernay
Administration / Customs
Office Communication Clerk
Diana works in our administration and takes care of shipping documents, delivery notes and dispatch declarations. Her experience in customs is a great help for our export deliveries. She joined the IB(E-Team in december 2019. Since our company outing we now also know that she has a good connection to alpacas and can run at least as fast.
Kerstin Grundmüller
Purchasing Manager
Technical Product Designer
Kerstin´s years of experience in the field of assembly and technical drawings with Inventor 3D and 2D let her be the ideal contact person for our suppliers. She is organizing the delivery schedules for our assembling team. Because she started at IB(E in 2001 as a trainee and has spent all her working life at the company, she is the one to ask for nearly everything.
Zsuzsanna Horpaczi
Material Management
Office Communication Clerk
Zsuzsanna has been supporting IB(E Optics since 2017 and is a reliable benefit for us. Because she also has been trained in computer skills, she is multiflexible in lacquering the barrels after engraving as well as organizing the warehouse with excel. Because she knows almost all items from her experience in assembly, Zsuzsanna is meanwhile the perfect support for our technical purchase team and is helping in coordinating our ERP-system.
Franziska Kölbl
Commercial Trainee
Commercial Trainee
Franziska started her training as an industrial clerk in September 2023. During her 3-years apprenticeship, she will work in the various administrative departments to learn this profession in practice.
Manuela Seidl
VP (Vice President), Commercial Manager
Certified business economist
Manuela has joined our company in February 2022. She has many years of experience in all commercial areas and is a valuable addition to our constantly growing team. Manuela is a certified business economist, has completed an apprenticeship as a foreign language merchant and further training as a customs specialist. For many years she worked in the metal industry (sales, marketing, executive assistant, purchasing).In 2004, she moved to a company in the automotive industry, where she was in charge of internal sales and export for many years.
Nicole Eckerl
Management Assistant / Accounting
Office clerk
Nicole ensures that the company is running smoothly and seamlessly while working with the staff at all levels of the company. She performs advanced administrative duties requiring broad experience, skills and knowledge of organization policies and practices for this specific industry. Her ability to function in a confidential and discrete manner and demonstrate the ability to adhere to timelines, flexibility and adaptability as well as maintaining a professional atmosphere under pressure and meeting numerous deadlines is exceptional. Nicole does not only coordinate budget activities including tracking full-time employee vacancies but also serves as a resource to interpret and provide information regarding organizational policies and procedures. Nicki has already been working at IB(E for more than 20 years.

Production

Tamara Weiß
Optician
Optical Lenses
Tamara joined the IBE team in September 2020. She completed training as a nurse after school and then decided to retrain as an optician. Tamara strengthens our clean room team and is responsible for lens control.
Christoph Stadler
Head of Production
Mechanical Engineering Technician
Christoph has been working at IB(E since 2017 and is the face behind the production (RAPTOR, Optimo PRIMES). Utilizing our ERP-software Christoph ensures smooth production processes. To manage production based on material availability and capacity is one of his main responsibilities. He ensures on time deliveries and best quality of our products. With regard to the steady extension of the production with all product lines in 2020, Christoph and his team will remain busy.
Markus Boxleitner
Teamleader Assembly / Coating
Qualified Optician
Markus is our ´Swiss knife´ helping in assembling lenses and ensuring the quality evaluation at the Zeiss K12. He is responsible for engraving our products with our laser. He is skilled in eye optics and familiar with glass since years. Since 2021 he runs our new coating machine, creating process parameters for reasonable coating results. He has been working at IB/E optics since spring 2019
Mauricio Martinez
Product Design / Mechanical Assembly Specialist
Mechatronics Technician
Mauricio joined IB/E in may 2022. We are very grateful to have Mauricio as an employee. Due to his many years of experience, he is an absolute asset to our team. He worked for many years as Technical Manager in Rental Houses in Chile and Colombia. Mauricio left his home country Chile for us and moved to Freyung with his whole family.
Nico Gierke
Mechanical Assembly
Industrial mechanic operating technology
Nico started working at IB(E in fall 2020. He is responsible for the coordination of the assembly and according documentation. He does the mechanics assembly and adjustment of focus units up to the completion of the lens.

Daniel Reidl
Mechanical assembly
Carpenter
Daniel together with Nico is working in lens assembly TRIBE, Optimo, RAPTOR Cine lens production. Responsible for focus mechanics movement, bearing, adjustment and final quality check. He joined IB/E in March 2020.
Eva Pauli
Mechanical Assembly
Mechanical Assembly
Eva has been with IB(E since spring 2020. She does mechanics Assembly and adjustment of focus units up to the complete lens.
Stefanie Breit
Optical System Assembly
Team Leader
Steffi has been working for IB/E since spring 2019. She also works in our cleanroom and is responsible for cleaning lenses to ensure the highest quality.
Sabine Summer
Optical System Assembly
Team Leader
Sabine is responsible for assembling optics and systems and has been working at IB/E optics since 2012. Meanwhile, she is the most experienced person in the clean room and is responsible for its organization.
Astrid Hobelsberger
Optical System Assembly

Astrid has been with IB(E Optics since the end of 2017. She is another crew member in the cleanroom, responsible for cleaning lenses inside your system.
Manuela Schneider
Optical System Assembly

Manuela has been supporting IB/E optics since 2016. Her main work is cleaning the single glasses and preparing for the final assembling of lens pairs in mechanic components.
Marinela Arhirii
Optical System Assembly

Marinela is a specialist for assembling optics and systems. She has been with IB(E Optics since 2013. Her main skill is cleaning the single lenses and preparing for the "wedding".
Tanja Küchmann
Coloring

Tanja has been with IB(E Optics since 2018. Working as a multipurpose member of the staff she is lacquering the engravings or assembling our Aesthetic Filters and Smartfinders.
Gabi Ritter
Coloring

Gabi started working at IB/E in summer 2020. She is responsible for painting the engravings and lenses.
Jolanta Pawlik
Coloring

Jolanta started working at IB(E in fall 2019. She is working in the assembly room. As a multiflexible team member she is responsible for lacquering the engravings or assembling some of our products for example our Aesthetic Filters or Smartfinders.
Tamara Weiß
Optician
Optical Lenses
Tamara joined the IBE team in September 2020. She completed training as a nurse after school and then decided to retrain as an optician. Tamara strengthens our clean room team and is responsible for lens control.
Christoph Stadler
Head of Production
Mechanical Engineering Technician
Christoph has been working at IB(E since 2017 and is the face behind the production (RAPTOR, Optimo PRIMES). Utilizing our ERP-software Christoph ensures smooth production processes. To manage production based on material availability and capacity is one of his main responsibilities. He ensures on time deliveries and best quality of our products. With regard to the steady extension of the production with all product lines in 2020, Christoph and his team will remain busy.
Markus Boxleitner
Teamleader Assembly / Coating
Qualified Optician
Markus is our ´Swiss knife´ helping in assembling lenses and ensuring the quality evaluation at the Zeiss K12. He is responsible for engraving our products with our laser. He is skilled in eye optics and familiar with glass since years. Since 2021 he runs our new coating machine, creating process parameters for reasonable coating results. He has been working at IB/E optics since spring 2019

Prototyping & Testing

Heiko Bethke
Prototyping
Precision Optician / Precision Mechanics
Heiko is an expert within the field of mechanics and optics with almost 20 years of work experience in the film industry. After leaving his job as a senior technician at Vantage in 2018, he joined forces with IB(E Optics to work on new, demanding and exciting projects. Heiko is currently working on the Tribe7 project, making him the perfect match to understand the client’s visionary stylistic choices while finding state-of-the-art technical solutions to bring innovative products such as the Blackwing7 lenses to life. With regard to our upcoming anamorphic program, it is to say that Heiko fits the bill perfectly.

Optics laboratory

Katharina Ehrenthaler
optics laboratory
Cutting machine operator
Katharina joined the team at the end of 2020 and is a trained cutting machine operator. To date, she has created technical drawings and programmed CAD/CAM in the field of mechanical engineering. Katharina works in our QS & Optics Laboratory on the collimator, projector and K12.
Nicole Krenn
optics laboratory

Nicole joined IB/E in the beginning of 2021. Nicole works in our QS & Optics Laboratory on the collimator, projector and K12.
Markus Hirz
Head of QS
B. Eng. Physics
Markus started working at IB(E as a practical student and finally wrote his Bachelor thesis about ´T-Stop measurement on optical systems"´ in cooperation with the company. He cares for the quality assurance and MTF measurement after the assembly. Since his start, he programmed several tools for in-house purposes, as the automatic rim lacquering machine for lenses or the fully automatic focus measurement. With this, we can easily generate the engraving data in-house for the laser. We recently started a project to measure MTF at the wall while projecting targets (even more precise than our MTF Star) together with Angénieux. Markus got several short courses in optic design and can therefore analyze the tolerances while measuring their influence on the lens quality. He has been working at IB(E since 2014.
Michael Eder
optics laboratory
Mechanical engineering technician
Michael joined IB(E in May 2020 and works in our Quality Assurance department. He does focus measurement, centering, error analysis and thus ensures the high quality standards we have for our products.
Katharina Ehrenthaler
optics laboratory
Cutting machine operator
Katharina joined the team at the end of 2020 and is a trained cutting machine operator. To date, she has created technical drawings and programmed CAD/CAM in the field of mechanical engineering. Katharina works in our QS & Optics Laboratory on the collimator, projector and K12.
Nicole Krenn
optics laboratory

Nicole joined IB/E in the beginning of 2021. Nicole works in our QS & Optics Laboratory on the collimator, projector and K12.
Markus Hirz
Head of QS
B. Eng. Physics
Markus started working at IB(E as a practical student and finally wrote his Bachelor thesis about ´T-Stop measurement on optical systems"´ in cooperation with the company. He cares for the quality assurance and MTF measurement after the assembly. Since his start, he programmed several tools for in-house purposes, as the automatic rim lacquering machine for lenses or the fully automatic focus measurement. With this, we can easily generate the engraving data in-house for the laser. We recently started a project to measure MTF at the wall while projecting targets (even more precise than our MTF Star) together with Angénieux. Markus got several short courses in optic design and can therefore analyze the tolerances while measuring their influence on the lens quality. He has been working at IB(E since 2014.
Michael Eder
optics laboratory
Mechanical engineering technician
Michael joined IB(E in May 2020 and works in our Quality Assurance department. He does focus measurement, centering, error analysis and thus ensures the high quality standards we have for our products.

CNC Machining

Andrea Hackl
CNC Operator

Andrea has been with IB/E optics since March 2017. She works in our workshop at the CNC machine.
Claudia Ranzinger
CNC Operator

Claudia designs and creates drawings for tooling fixtures. She mainly supports the department and works on the CNC machines and the laser. Since Claudia has already worked with us in the design department before becoming a mother, she is a true all-round talent.
Günther Schrank
Head of CNC Production / Mechanics
Industrial Mechatronic Specialist
Günther keeps the CNC machines running and gives support to assembly and evaluation. With his two 4-axis CNC machines, a milling machine, a laser cutter and a laser engraver he was trained in CAD, CAM software as well. He is able to program most of our complex parts in-house and produce the first samples for the customers to prove the design and concept. Günther has been with IB/E optics since 2002.
Tobias Springer
CNC Operator
Cutting machine operator
Tobi joined IB/E in summer 2021 as a CNC operator. As a cutting machine operator, he works on various machines. He mills, turns, drills and measures precision parts in our in-house workshop.
Andrea Hackl
CNC Operator

Andrea has been with IB/E optics since March 2017. She works in our workshop at the CNC machine.
Claudia Ranzinger
CNC Operator

Claudia designs and creates drawings for tooling fixtures. She mainly supports the department and works on the CNC machines and the laser. Since Claudia has already worked with us in the design department before becoming a mother, she is a true all-round talent.
Günther Schrank
Head of CNC Production / Mechanics
Industrial Mechatronic Specialist
Günther keeps the CNC machines running and gives support to assembly and evaluation. With his two 4-axis CNC machines, a milling machine, a laser cutter and a laser engraver he was trained in CAD, CAM software as well. He is able to program most of our complex parts in-house and produce the first samples for the customers to prove the design and concept. Günther has been with IB/E optics since 2002.
Tobias Springer
CNC Operator
Cutting machine operator
Tobi joined IB/E in summer 2021 as a CNC operator. As a cutting machine operator, he works on various machines. He mills, turns, drills and measures precision parts in our in-house workshop.

Quality Management

Marcel Irlesberger
Quality Standards
Industrial Master Metal
Marcel is responsible for assembly instructions for all of our products and manual service for customers. He also is the connection point between technical design and production and helps planning production and process optimization.
Jürgen Luger
Quality Control
Master Craftsman Vulcanizer
After his time as a tyre compound specialist, he worked years in the field of surface treatment (galvanic) and later also as quality assurance for high end carbon laquering parts. Jürgen now is responsible for the incoming goods, their receiving inspection as well as the last exit control before packing for delivery. He has been working at IB/E optics since November 2018.
Marcel Irlesberger
Quality Standards
Industrial Master Metal
Marcel is responsible for assembly instructions for all of our products and manual service for customers. He also is the connection point between technical design and production and helps planning production and process optimization.
Jürgen Luger
Quality Control
Master Craftsman Vulcanizer
After his time as a tyre compound specialist, he worked years in the field of surface treatment (galvanic) and later also as quality assurance for high end carbon laquering parts. Jürgen now is responsible for the incoming goods, their receiving inspection as well as the last exit control before packing for delivery. He has been working at IB/E optics since November 2018.
Marcel Irlesberger
Quality Standards
Industrial Master Metal
Marcel is responsible for assembly instructions for all of our products and manual service for customers. He also is the connection point between technical design and production and helps planning production and process optimization.
Jürgen Luger
Quality Control
Master Craftsman Vulcanizer