Docter Optics at Optatec 2012
Future-Oriented Production Technologies for Optical Components, Systems and Semi-Finished Products
The world’s optical industry is flourishing. And that’s why we are constantly working on new, modern solutions to make the production of optical products and components faster, more efficient and more economical.
Docter Optics will be present at Optatec 2012 with an array of such innovative developments that cover all areas represented at this major industry event, which means that many attendees from the photonics sector will find the high-added value solutions they are looking for.
For example, the Docter Optics Precision Glass Components (PGC) division is known for its unique DOC3D process, which permits industrial scale production of optical components from gobs. The PGC division will also give Optatec visitors a first-time opportunity to inspect components produced using the new DOCFast process, a production technique that Docter Optics employs to mold aspheres, lens arrays, free-form lenses and special shapes from liquid glass. The DOCFast process makes it possible to ship the millions of optical components required for advanced Concentrated Photovoltaics (CPV) technology. DOCFast is the technology of choice when it comes to fast delivery of large or even extremely large volumes of precision optical components.
Express Glass Services (EGS) is the Docter Optics division that has earned an international reputation as a reliable source of precision semi-finished optical components, prototypes and samples in pre-production or limited series. EGS customers are typically producers of optical products, research facilities and specialized companies that find it more economical to outsource production of the semi-finished products they need. EGS gives customers access to all the technology required to manufacture virtually any such optical components from bars, blocks, sheets and rods measuring up to 1,000 mm. In addition to conventional optical forms, EGS can also supply shapes such as, for example, hollow rods or wafers. Advanced 5-axis CNC milling technology is also available for adding specific product features or virtually any desired contours. And the use of high-pressure water jet technology in combination with a choice of different additives also permits extremely efficient production of blanks with a wide variety of contours and shapes.
EGS is an authorized Corning distributor of HPFSTM 7980 and ULETM 7972 synthetic quartz glass. Plus EGS regularly stocks an extensive inventory of optical glasses from Schott and Ohara as well as filter glasses from Schott, borosilicate glasses, synthetic quartz glasses von j-fiber, Tosoh and Heraeus, natural quartz and glass ceramics (e.g., Zerodur from Schott, Clearceram from Ohara) as well as products from other producers of specialty glass.
The Optical Systems (OS) division specializes in the development and production of customer-specific optical, optomechanical and optoelectronic subassemblies and systems. The services offered by the OS division include – depending upon customer requirements – not only the production of precision components, but also optical or optomechanical design, engineering, moldmaking and assembly. Customers come from many different industries, including biometrics, medical and laboratory technology, machine vision and security technology. Finally, another Optical Systems specialty involves coating of optical components with the use of advanced coating technology.
Visitors to Optatec 2012 will find Docter Optics at Booth C32 in Hall 3.0.
The Docter Optics Express Glass Services (EGS) division produces semi-finished optical products and maintains an inventory of optical glasses, quartz glasses and many other special glasses for such purposes.
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