Automated Centering of Lens Systems Increases Efficiency
For many years, TRIOPTICS has supplied automated systems to increase the efficiency of optics production. This is especially true for all solutions used to center and inspect lens systems. Dr. Patrik Langehanenberg, product manager for the OptiCentric® centration inspection systems, explains: "There are a number of reasons for our focus on automation. One reason is that it increases the process reliability of our systems. Unfortunately, in many processes, operators are the limiting factor for accuracy and process time. Here, robotic processes allow improvements." As a result, many processes in the OptiCentric® systems and in the ATS alignment turning station have been automated for years.
Now TRIOPTICS is taking automation to the next level. "In volume production, operators used to insert the lenses manually and then start the process," reports Dr. Christian Buß, product manager for ATS. “Now we use robots that do the loading and unloading process in one operation while the operator does other jobs or loads lens trays into other systems."
The robot loads the ATS 100 with a mounted lens. Immediately afterwards, the alignment and turning process begins.
TRIOPTICS’ engineers have in fact developed cutting-edge products, which was demonstrated by lively customer interest at the Optatec in Frankfurt, where both solutions were showcased. Customers were particularly interested in the direct integration of the robots in the relevant process. This ensures operational stability. The wide range of options – integration in various systems, for all kinds of applications and varying lens diameters – also impressed many visitors. Dr. Buß summarizes the development this way: "With these products, we offer another, much-requested option that helps achieve increases in utilization and output in the production of a large variety of lens systems."