Polish company KSM Vision raises €1.9M to improve optical quality control

Warsaw-based hardware company KSM Vision has raised about €1.9 million (PLN 8.5 million) to build an optical system that will automate and improve quality control based on AI. The list of investors includes Aper Ventures, Vigo Ventures, and business angels, My Company Polska reports.

  • Founded in 2012 by two Ph.D. students Marcin Malesa and Krzysztof Malowany, KSM Vision engineers and produces automatized optical measurement systems optimized for high-speed line manufacturers.
  • In the pharmaceutical industry, for example, the system can identify defects as small as a pinhead on the surface of a capsule. With the ability to test up to 180,000 containers per hour, the solution can reduce waste in the wood, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and food industries.

“With the ability to learn new products in just 5 minutes, scaling into new markets is a breeze. And when compared to other market devices, KSM’s system proves its mettle, excelling where others stumble. This isn’t just about reducing waste, it’s about generating significant savings. Think of a system that pays for itself in a several months. Now, that’s smart investment!”

Michał Lechowski from Aper Ventures comments.
  • The lead investors in the round are Aper Ventures, a Polish VC fund investing €1-5 million in deeptech and hardware startups, and VIGO Ventures, a Warsaw-based investment group supporting cutting edge R&D photonic teams. Several undisclosed angel investors also participated in the round.
  • The fresh funds will allow the company to improve the KSM systems that will allow manufacturers to avoid batch rejection and loss of money.