History of CRUSE

High quality scanners since 1979

CRUSE – Always one step ahead in technology!

The CRUSE GmbH, based in Wachtberg-Villip, has been developing and producing devices for capturing large originals in particular quality and for very high demands since 1979.

  • 1979

    Hermann Cruse designed and built the CRUSE Camera for his own photo labs and the repro industry. The so-called “CRUSE Quality” was so highly appreciated among experts, that soon Mr. Cruse manufactured cameras for customers worldwide. The cooperation with Kodak was a milestone and contributed to the CRUSE Camera’s excellent reputation, especially in the USA. In Europe, the CRUSE Camera was also sold under the label Metocolor RCS.

  • 1997

    Cruse’s knowledge of building high end cameras and new possibilities of digital CCD’s were the perfect platform to launch his first digital scanner. The Synchron Light Scanner was invented in 2000.

  • 2005

    The Cruse Synchron Table Scanner is invented.

  • 2007

    The Synchron Light Angle ist invented.

  • 2008

    Jens Becker and Beta Plus Investor Group acquire the majority of Cruse GmbH, Jens Becker becomes its CEO.
    Release of the first portable Cruse Museum Scanner for originals up to 200 x 300 cm, portable, developed for all needs of museums.

  • 2009

    Development Surface Detecting (SD) for three-dimensional detection of surface information, suitable for producers of decor, ceramics, laminate, engravings and cylinder pressing.

  • 2011

    New Superior Color Management  (CRUSE Professional Profiles)

  • 2012

    • World premiere: Wallscanner
      Development of a mobile vertical scanning system (Wallscanner) for detecting large areas.
    •  LED lamps for an optimal lighting and best scan results, more flexible light modes, lifetime usage, energy-saving.
    • Portal Scanner: The best solution to digitise very large, flat originals with very high resolution.
  • 2013

    Moving from Rheinbach to Wachtberg, installing a fourfold greater production hall.

  • 2014

    Expansion in China with a new Showroom Hangzhou

  • 2015

    Release of innovative CRUSE SOFTWARE, also to upgrade scanners

    Image Manager: First CRUSE app for managing and presenting high-resolution scans
    Image Stacking: Fix different scan modes just as you like, adjust the look of your scan in retrospect as often as you like, without re-scanning

  • 2016

    Let us be on our stand at the DRUPA 2016,

    Hall 4, 4 D 61, from 31.5.- 10.6.2016, in Düsseldorf, surprise!
    Through innovations in the hardware and software sector, we will constantly expand our product range.

  • 2017

    Constant further development of our hardware and software for the high demands of the decor industry

  • 2018

    • Presentation of the new CRUSE entry-level scanner Synchron Table Light at the INDIAN CERAMICS 2018

    • Presentation of the new CRUSE Synchrontable 4.0 in Dresden

    • New software packages: Design Studio, Photometric Stereo, CRUSE 3D Viewer

    • further innovative innovations follow