What is the background of the company?
Edmund Optics (EO) has been a supplier of optics and optical components to industry since 1942, designing and manufacturing a wide array of multi-element lenses, lens coatings, imaging systems, and Opto-Mechanical equipment. Led by a staff of skilled optical engineers and scientists, EO holds great competency in imaging and imaging components and specialises in providing complete imaging solutions. EO offers a wide range of products, engineering expertise, design and manufacturing capabilities, and technical support to help customers optimise the performance of their imaging system.
EO is application focused and pursues new ways to implement optical technology. Our precision products improve efficiencies and yields and are used in areas such as factory automation, test and measurement, life sciences, autonomous systems, 3D scanning, and many more. If customers cannot find what they need from our large inventory of in-stock standard products that allow for immediate delivery, our engineering teams is ready to support and EO can provide modified and fully customised lenses from prototypes to full scale volume production.
What is the latest innovative product?
The new 1.1” fixed focal lens with integrated liquid lens is a product family we’re really excited about. We’ve designed these lenses from the ground up and optimised the entire opto-mechanical design around the integrated Optotune lens to provide fast electronic focusing together with the high optical performance required for high resolution 1.1” sensors. We’ve hit new levels of resolution in our standard portfolio recently too with the release of our LH series 120MP lens. This was designed for the new APS-H sensors (35.5mm diagonal) from Canon with 2.2µm pixels but also covers full frame sensors (43.4mm diagonal).
How will this impact the market?
A few years ago, pixels just kept getting smaller but we are starting to reach a limit, if you want more resolution now you need to go bigger. As a result, there is a strong trend in the market towards larger sensor formats as engineers continue to strive for higher resolutions without sacrificing image quality. These new lenses, as well as the rest of our large format range, are specifically designed to meet this demand.
What are the plans for 2021?
As well as expanding our range of options for larger sensor formats, we’re also planning to continue developing our ruggedised imaging line. Imaging lenses continue to be placed into some really demanding environments as machine vision systems become important in new sectors. In 2021 we’ll be looking to add a new line of environmentally sealed fixed focal length lenses meeting IPX7 and IPX9K ingress protection standards, including a hydrophobic front window. These lenses join our existing line of stability ruggedised lenses designed to withstand high levels of shock and vibration (Cr, HPr, and Ruggedized Blue M12 Series).