With another year over and more global issues to address, not only are there many technologies and innovations to reflect on this year, but there are also exciting new developments on the horizon for 2023. In this two-part blog, Knight Optical – the leading supplier of on-spec, metrology-tested optical components – looks at its favourite technologies from 2022 and predicts some of the biggest trends for 2023.
You may know them best for their original use in lighthouses, where they’re famously recognised as “the invention that saved a million ships”. Or perhaps you initially think of their employment in traffic light design, where they’re used for the same inherent advantages. But, in recent years, Fresnel Lenses, and their unique characteristics, have been recognised and tapped into by a different sector – the virtual reality (VR) industry.
Optical Components are manufactured from a wide range of substrates, and the very materials they’re fabricated from dictate their suitability for specific tasks. Here, Knight Optical – the leading supplier of metrology-tested, custom-made optics – explores some of the most common substrates that are used for IR applications in its books and lists some of their typical uses
What are the latest trends dominating the robotics and automation world? Are robots still in demand? Where are these awe-inspiring automated technologies headed? And what optical components are used in robotics? Here, Knight Optical answers these questions and offers its view on the future of the forward-thinking sector.
Knight Optical, the leading global supplier of on-spec, metrology-tested optics, has revealed its latest product offering – a trio of components that are suitable for a wide range of laser varieties, particularly ultrafast laser systems.
Currently, industry news is utterly humming with stimulating updates on machine vision developments from across the globe. As well as remarkable technological releases, thought-provoking conferences are also airing that are bringing the brightest minds together to unearth the technical details behind today’s innovations, enhance present standards and reveal the future of this unique area of technology.
The robotics industry is booming, with optics playing a major part, and we have the automotive and manufacturing industries to thank for their increasingly widespread adoption. Following successful, efficient applications in these industrial areas, other sectors are switching on to the many benefits of opting for automation.
Knight Optical meets discerning demands of machine vision and robotics sectors with high-precision optical components
Knight Optical is a UK company (with offices in the USA) with over 30 years of experience in supplying stock and custom-made optical components to customers worldwide. The trusted optical supplier has built up reliable, long-standing relationships with industry leaders by providing and advising on high-precision optics for projects that relate to deep learning, embedded vision, pioneering camera technologies, 3D vision, robotics, and so much more.
As a leading supplier of ultra-high-precision optical components for integration with high-specification military and defence systems, Knight Optical is uncovering innovations within the industry in its latest three-part blog series on optical components for military and defence applications. In this sequel, the UK- and USA-based optics supplier investigates the gadgets and technology used by the fast-moving vehicle, air and spacecraft divisions of armies, navies, and air forces worldwide.
We’ve talked much of late about optical components being part of diagnostics and therapy devices that help save the lives of humans and, indeed, animals in veterinary applications. However, optics could also be relied upon to protect another important entity – the planet. Here, Knight Optical explores the, somewhat uncharted, yet awe-inspiring world of geoengineering and looks at some of the divisions that could play a pivotal role in helping to beat climate change.