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This is SYLVAC #4

In the 1990's, Daniel Liechti, at that time Director of Sylvac, opened the company to the international market, at a time when the fax machine did not yet exist.

Daniel Liechti didn't see the time go by. Neither while he was at the head of the company between 1985 and 2009, nor since he handed over to the current team. When he looks back on his early days (especially in international sales), however, he does see how far he's come.

"When my father-in-law Hans Meyer offered me a position at the head of Sylvac, the economic situation was morose, it was a context of a way out of the watchmaking crisis in Switzerland and it was difficult to do business. »

At that time, Sylvac was already selling 9 out of 10 products abroad... it is clear that the future of the company depends on the development of the international market. It is therefore at the dawn of globalization and the beginnings of electronics that Daniel Liechti, Dr. es Sciences Economiques takes up the challenge, with his experience in the industrial field and economic development.

"We cannot imagine organizing a trip and customer meetings on the other side of the planet without email or internet. But in 1985, faxes didn't yet exist and long-distance telephone conversations cost fortunes." Business travel has a taste of adventure for Daniel Liechti who gradually creates trusting relationships and solid partnerships with distribution companies. He wins sales even against competitors much larger than Sylvac. "It takes a soul, passion and I was a good salesman. That helped me a lot," says Daniel Liechti today.

The former director, who kept a watchful eye on the finances, looks with pride on the family business as it continues on the path (which he himself has aimed for throughout his career). Together with his brother-in-law Hans-Ulrich Meyer in development and his brother-in-law's cousin Urs Schnyder in mechanical engineering, Daniel Liechti looks back on the Sylvac years as a time when the company was truly open to the world. Both Sylvac instruments and the company logo are now recognized far and wide for their performance.

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Daniel Liechti in 1995


Century-old technology is in the air

Air measurement is a non-contact dimensional and geometrical measuring technique that allows to reach unsuspected accuracies. This ancestral technology, which is particularly easy to incorporate into automatic lines or machines, is now being given a second lease of life and is attracting more and more integrators who are opting for this solution to the detriment of traditional inspection methods. Our Sylvac D70A, D400S units as well as the MB-AG air modules allow fast, high-precision measurements to be carried out on parts that have not been cleaned beforehand, without any influence from the operator. All these advantages explain the growing success of this range of products. Please contact us for more information.

sylcom 1.5.3

Sylcom V1.5.3

Version 1.5.3 of our popular Sylcom data collection software is available with many new features:

  • Possibility to simply create an inspection plan by importing characteristics (name, nominal, tolerances, etc.) from an existing Excel file.
  • Changes made in the source file can be automatically applied to the inspection plan.
  • Possibility to force the operator to use a specific instrument for a specific control (only this instrument with a defined serial number can be used
  • Possibility to force the operator to enter the reason why a variable (dimension) or an attributive control (GO/NG) is to be reworked or discarded.

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hans ulrich meyer

This is SYLVAC #3

It is Hans-Ulrich Meyer, one of Sylvac's founders, who brought basic research into the company. From the early days, he was at his father's side and then alone, and was responsible for the development of the first column measuring systems. He is brilliant, sharp in his domain and has a particularly sharp analytical mind.

In 1969 he helped his father and his cousin in the development of an electronic clock which was a failure. In order to improve himself, he decided to reinforce his knowledge in electronics after his studies as a mechanical engineer.

Hans-Ulrich left to complete a Masters degree in electronics and worked in the USA in the 1970s, where he corresponded with his father on the digitization of mechanical measuring instruments.

Back in Switzerland, Hans-Ulrich Meyer develops the « système linéaire de mesure à variation de capacité» (SYLVAC : linear measuring system with capacitance variation) for the measuring column. This is the first of a long series of sensors that have made it possible to digitize such common instruments as calipers and micrometers.

sylvac anywhere

Sylvac Anywhere V1.3.8

The Sylvac Anywhere application is available in version 1.3.8. In addition to being able to connect all your Bluetooth instruments and send your data, the major new feature is the possibility to configure the virtual keyboard of the instruments for use in HID mode.

Regional settings and different keyboard types sometimes require us to configure our instruments to communicate properly with the computer in HID mode. This can now be done easily on your smartphone or tablet using the Sylvac Anywhere application.


As a reminder, our instruments have 3 Bluetooth connection profiles: SIMPLE, PAIRED or HID.

  1. The SIMPLE profile allows the instruments to be connected to several devices, but with only one active connection, based on the "first come, first served" principle.
  2. The PAIRED profile allows multiple instruments to be connected and locked (paired) to a specific device, allowing many control stations to be located side by side in a small space.
  3. The HID profile simulates a keyboard action and therefore allows data to be sent without the need for additional software. The instrument can be connected to a single specific device, but the device can accept different inputs (keyboard, barcode readers, etc.).


How to configure the virtual keyboard of the instrument for use in HID mode?

  • The first time the instrument is connected in Simple mode (by default), the Sylvac Anywhere application asks the user if he wants to configure the virtual keyboard of his instrument. The user has then only to follow the procedure.
  • During the automatic configuration, the application will detect the regional settings of the phone or tablet to define the keyboard to be updated on the instrument connected to Sylvac Anywhere.
  • The instrument can then be connected to the computer in HID mode and communicate correctly.

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The virtual keyboard can also be set manually via the menu on the left under Instruments/Configure.

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For a better follow-up of the exported values, you can enter the name of the part to be measured in the Settings menu.

Don't wait any longer and download the V1.3.8 update from App Store or Google Play.