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Custom-Made Optical Components for High-Performing Automation Systems

27th Jan 2022

Knight Optical (KO) has provided discerning engineers, designers, and the like from the automation sector with dependable, premium-quality optics for over three decades. Throughout this time, the leading supplier has helped refine the precision of some of the world’s most innovative technologies and partnered with a wide range of companies throughout the industry. In this article, Automation talks to KO about its involvement in the sector and, ultimately, finds out more about how the optical brand can help your supply chain process. 

The Skilled Supplier You Can Trust 

Over the past 30-plus years, we’ve worked with renowned names from the worlds of Aerospace & Defence, Oil & Gas, Food & Beverage, Automotive fields, and many more. As a result of these alliances, our optical components have been employed for applications that fall under pioneering, modern-day categories – such as Industry 4.0, Machine Vision, Robotics and Sensor-based technologies, to name but a few.

With tech’s continuing evolution, it’s fundamental that today’s components are equipped to cope with the task at hand. Fortunately, when working with the team at KO, much of the pressure associated with specifications is eased thanks to the first-class customer service and industry knowledge that our workforce imparts. Our team can offer the advice you need to ensure your optics perform as necessary, such as suitable substrates, optical coatings and transmission characteristics to ensure high performance every time.

Reliable & Resourceful 

Our long-standing relationships with our customers derive from our business clarity and ability to provide quick-thinking, problem-solving solutions to typical optical component-related application issues. Whether it’s one-off prototyping, small batches or large-scale mass production, Knight Optical’s Technical Sales Advisers support manufacturers and engineers every day throughout the world with the most complex, high-grade optical component applications.

Metrology-Tested Optical Components

It’s not only our reliable in-house intelligence that grants us our leading reputation; however. As well as our ability to supply custom-made optical components (no matter the design intricacy) and extensive stock portfolio of over 3000 optics (ready for next-day dispatch) – both of which we’ll explore below – we also boast our very own in-house Metrology Laboratory. From here, our team of fully qualified Metrology Technicians batch test your optics to confirm that they arrive to you precisely as specified. With cutting-edge apparatus – such as spectrometers, interferometers, and mechanical measurement systems to analyse characteristics such as transmission, reflection, and surface flatness; for example – our lab is fully equipped to examine every type of precision optical specification. So, you can rest assured that your optical components are produced to meet the exact conditions sought by your project.

Quality Assured 

Following your optics’ journey through our Metrology Laboratory, they are then sent to our sharp-sighted QA department. Here, the team visually inspect every component, working to the most stringent surface standards so that we can continue to live up to the fine quality that we declare. Performing to MIL-SPEC criteria on a regular basis (the defence standard), we regularly work on high-spec, ultra-high-precision applications. Therefore, we’re accustomed to the high accuracy level (and discretion) associated with high-calibre projects.

Custom-Made Optical Components 

Whether it is a custom-made component for an everyday application or more on the unconventional side, our team of Technical Sales Advisers are qualified to consult on the most complex of specifications. If you are looking for a one-off component or a full production run, we strive to exceed expectations with pinpoint accuracy and unparalleled customer service.

Click here to find out more about our custom-made optical components.

Stock Optical Components

Alternatively, if you’re looking for components with short lead times, we also stock over 3000 optics, ready for next-day dispatch. What’s more, we can edge down some stock components to meet project-specific dimensions.

Click here to find out more about our full catalogue of stock optical components.

Both our custom and stock ranges include (but are not limited to):

Why Choose Knight Optical for your Application? 

Discerning customers rely on Knight Optical not only for the premium quality of our output and in-house state-of-the-art Metrology Laboratory and QA Department’s capabilities but because – as well as a range of Stock Optics (available for next-day dispatch) – we also offer our optics as Custom-Made Components.

Last year, we celebrated 30 years in business. With over three decades’ experience under our belt and a whole host of established, renowned customers on our books, we are proud to have worked on some of the most ground-breaking innovations.