The Institute was founded in 1991 on the basis of the Designing Bureau for Scientific Instrument Engineering (founded in 1972) fundamental and applied research in the following fields:
From 1972 till 1987, its activity was primarily focused on solving a currently actual problem related to the development of systems for automation of scientific researches in their design and industrial aspects (the scientific guidance and the functions of the leading institute were executed by the Institute of Automation and Electrometry (IA&E). During this period, SDO SIE has developed the following:
- documentation for about 100 types of wide-range CAMAC modules produced by the Pilot Plant SB RAS;
- output device for alphanumeric and graphical information from a computer to a "Karat" microfilm, which was used by numerous enterprises of the country,
- photogrammetric device "Zenit" and its modifications "Zenit-K", "Zenit-150", and an environment visualization system (together with IA&E SB RAS);
- control system for one of the largest telescopes in the world, RATAN-600 (based on CAMAC modules).
On the initiative of the SB RAS Presidium (in order to preserve the design-technological and industrial basis of SB RAS),SDOSIE (along with other specialized design offices) was transformed in 1991 into the Technological Design Institute of Scientific Instrument Engineering (TDI SIE) as part of the United Institute of Automation and Electrometry SB RAS.
The majority of works performed by TDI SIE during the first two years after its transformation were carried out in a close cooperation with IA&E.
In particular, in the framework of this cooperation the following products were developed and manufactured:
- design documentation and prototypes of a unique measurement-computational complex for the study of the fine structure of electronic signals in a frequency range of up to 250 MHz with a sampling rate of up to 100 MHz, using statistical methods;
- computer minisystem of visual environment synthesis, which had no analogs in the country at that time (efficiency of up to 2000 faces per frame, two-color texture 32 x 32, etc.), a batch of these systems was manufactured for various enterprises;
- information-computational system in the MEK 821 Standard for testing car electronics;
- basic elements of information-computational networks with packet commutation on the basis of VME-BUS modules.
Among the individual works of TDI SIE, the development and manufacturing of a testing unit for controlling the electric characteristics of car starters should be noted. The testing unit successfully passed metrological certification and is utilized by AutoVAZ (Tolyatti).
Because of the dramatic reduction of contracts in 1988 - 1992, drastic changes in the TDI SIE activity were needed. Considerable attention was paid to the development of laser and optical technologies as the most promising directions in Institute's activity.
Thus, in 1988, IA&E SB RAS initiated the works on the topics related to submicron-resolution laser photoplotters. A considerable speed-up in their development is connected with organization of a department of laser precision systems in the SDO SIE in late 1990. This department together with IA&E had a challenge of creating a competitive photoplotter.
In 1991, TDI SIE started the work in the field of optical dimensional inspection, which was performed in the Technical Vision Laboratory. Then, in 1994, a Laboratory of Laser Industrial Technologies (with submillimeter resolution) was created for the development of laser cutting of materials and marking of articles. Finally, in 1996, the Laboratory of Applied Optoelectronics created jointly with IA&E SB RAS started the development of technologies for diamond separation on the basis of new physical principles using laser radiation and spectral analysis (the methods allow one to identify the most expensive nitrogen-free diamonds that the currently existing technologies are not capable of).
It is important that within the framework of the above transformations, it became possible to give a new impetus to the works in directions traditional to the Institute, such as problem-oriented computer systems: they are currently concentrated on creation of information-technological systems for solving the problems of industrial nondestructive inspection.
Thus, during the six years after the SDO SIE transformation into the TDI SIE SB RAS, its topics changed considerably. This became possible to a large extent due to serious contracts with the Nuclear Power Ministry of the Russian Federation.
Today the main directions of activity of the institute are:
- optics of three-dimensional objects, technical vision and dimensional inspection systems;
- methods, models, and intellectual problem-oriented systems of nondestructive inspection;
- laser technologies and systems of submicron, micron, and submillimeter resolution;
development and creation of novel systems and technologies for the basic industries of the country;
production of high tech products based on scientific research for Russian and foreign markets;
development of experimental equipment for academic and specialized scientific institutes.
The institute has seven complex laboratories, in which scientists, engineers, and designers work together, as well as workshop which allows manufacturing scientific technical equipment, various instruments, as well as their pilot and industrial prototypes. Total personnel – 224
Total area - 10 522 ì2
Pilot plant - 3 214 ì2
Social infrastructure - sports hall, summer rest center, health care center.
The institute has highly qualified scientists and engineers, an experimental base, and workshop, which make possible to create quickly the competitive prototypes of new equipment for export and to fit out domestic technological production lines.
During the last two years, more than ten kinds of articles have been produced. Some of them were output by tens and even hundreds articles.
As a result we have a long-term mutually beneficial cooperation with enterprises of the main industries of our country and respectable foreign partners.
Technological Design Institute of Scientific Instrument Engineering nowadays: