DEVELOPMENT The reasons KEYENCE is known as an innovative company


Global Headquarters Osaka, Japan
Founded May 1974
Capital 215,757,000 EUR
2022 Global Sales 6,495,932,000 EUR
Worldwide Employees 10,580
Note Euro amounts are translated from Japanese yen,
for convenience only, at ¥142 = 1 EUR,
the approximate exchange rate on March 20, 2023.


1974 Incorporated as Lead Electric Co., Ltd.
1975 Invented high-accuracy proximity sensor
1983 Developed optical fiber photoelectric sensor
1986 Designed the first photoelectric sensor to utilize a laser diode as the light source
1989 Invented ultra-compact barcode reader
1990 Developed microscope with built-in monitor
1995 Released world's smallest machine vision system
1999 Produced world's first auto-focus color laser microscope
2000 Invented world's first digital focus on a microscope
2002 Invented high-speed/high-accuracy machine vision system
2004 Created industry's fastest application PLC
2005 Developed the next generation's 3D real-surface digital microscope
2006 Released world's first 3D laser marker
2007 Industrialized world's first CMOS laser sensor
Developed 54 Megapixel digital microscope with world's fastest real-time depth composition and 3D analysis
2008 Produced industry's first microscope with high-speed magnified video capture capabilities
2009 Designed high-power fiber laser marker with the world's smallest head size
Created world's first ø2 mm (ø0.08") micro-head spectral-interference laser displacement meter
Released new, high-speed, accurate image dimension measurement system
2010 Developed ultra high-speed, high-capacity multi camera image processing system
2011 Invented rapid set-up vision sensor
2012 Developed auto-teaching machine vision system
2013 Developed world's fastest 2D/3D laser scanner with 64,000 profiles/sec sampling
2014 Created a revolutionary all-in-one intuitive machine vision system that fuses high-speed cameras, intelligent lighting, and a powerful algorithm (LumiTrax™)
2015 Developed industry's first clamp-on liquid flow sensor which monitors flow from outside of a pipe
2016 Released a new generation of the Image Dimension Measurement System that measures all part dimensions at the push of button
2017 Developed a new generation of 3D Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope, measuring across 50 mm with nanometer resolution