04 Sep Reasons to consider ordering custom optics (photonics products)
Precision Optics are custom OEM quantity and optical design special lenses that are great for big and small hi-tech companies. And while there are other types of products, such as the standard ones, that claims to deliver high quality, there are many reasons why choosing photonics products is the way to go. These following are those reasons:
- Wonderful beneficial features the plethora of features include the following: high precision laser optics assembling from the size of 1mm; micro-optic and multi-element assembling with optical paths that are epoxy-free; customer HR, polarizing, and AR coatings available; telecom bands, NIR, Visible, UV, and MWIR (250-5000 nm) operating wavelength; air-spaced and solid etalons, polarization beam splitters, beamsplitter cubes, waveplates, right angle turning prisms, fiber-optic, endoscopic systems, beam-delivery micro-systems, Fluorescence spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, Optical-coherence tomography (OCT), Multiphoton microscopy (MPM), and Confocal microscopy.
- Extensive product line– the product line includes zoom lenses, optical modules, non-browning lenses, lens adapters, SWIR lenses, IR lenses, UV lenses, and other lenses. The zoom lenses include compact optical and high-resolution lenses without the zoom range. The optical modules may utilize prisms or beam splitters to make several images from one image. SWIR, IR, and UV lenses are made for specialized applications, and IR and UV lenses are normally very expensive, and they can be hard to find one to meet someone’s specific needs. Non-browning lenses include a comprehensive radiation resistant range of lenses. Lens adapters are utilized as more lenses to transition the image or view format field. And lastly, other lenses could be OCR scanning lenses, collimators, small and large format scanning lenses, laser marking lenses, high-resolution CCTV lenses, printing and engraving lenses, and more.
- Many times they cost less than standard– there are various factors to consider. For one, sometimes it better to insource by buying COTS parts and assembling them together. Also, outsourcing may take a longer time to retrieve, and they may be some inflexibility in outsourcing. Other times, it’s better to outsource the cost, of course, if you don’t have the time, and with the optical system being a main enabling feature for one’s Intellectual Property (IP) controls or end product, it’s better to obtain a custom solution provider. This provider has the manufacturing and designing of the optical systems as their core competency.
Another thing to consider with the cost is metrology. This includes parameters measured in the optical systems. For example, it may be required to measure the system’s modulation transfer function(MTF). Another example includes the possibility of a lens’ telecentricity, wavefront error, or distortion may be needed. Also, a customer manufacturer having a strong metrology understanding is the main factor in reducing cost.
Metrology allows the optical lens manufacturer to qualify every part to ensure the coatings and lenses perform as required and to produce traceability. It enables a variability reduction that lowers assembly time and yield, thus lowering the cost.