Edmund expands aspheres capability

Sept. 10, 2010
Optical component manufacturer Edmund Optics (EO) has improved its manufacturing capability to serve the growing market for aspheric lenses ...

Barrington, NJ.--Optical component manufacturer Edmund Optics has improved its manufacturing capability to serve the growing market for aspheric lenses. The company recently purchased equipment to increase both production capacity as well as precision metrology, placing it, according to the company, among the top asphere manufacturers worldwide.

The company says it has noted increasing customer demand for both stock and custom aspheric lenses so has been making significant investments in production equipment. In late 2009, Edmund Optics purchased an aspheric stitching interferometer (ASI) to provide advanced metrology for customers ranging from the biotech to the defense industries. "The ASI™ machine is one of only three in the world," said Walt Czajkowski, VP Global Manufacturing at EO. "Its acquisition represents a unique opportunity for EO to provide higher precision and faster correction metrology for machined aspheres."

More recently Edmund announced the purchase of several new machines for its Pennsburg manufacturing division, which will allow it to increase its current capacity by more than 40%. One of the machines, a Satisloh SPM 60 Generator, was acquired at the June 2010 Optatec show in Germany.

"We got a great deal at the show and already have this machine up and running," said Czajkowski. "This allows [us] to offer even better pricing to our volume customers and ultimately, as we leverage internal process efficiencies, our catalog customers."

Robert Edmund, CEO, added, "Six years into the asphere manufacturing game, we are in a great position and remain well aligned with key equipment vendors such as QED Technologies, Statisloh, Schneider, Moore Nanotechnology Systems, Taylor Hobson and Toshiba Machine."

Edumnd Optics plans to highlight its advanced asphere production capabilities at several conferences over the next few months.

For more information visit EdmundOptics.com

Posted by Steve Anderson

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