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NIDays Paris 2017
06. November 2017

NIDays Paris 2017

Opto and our partner Alliance Vision welcome all to the NI days in Paris. Pleased to see that we are a Silver Alliance Partner to NI.

eine gute Idee
03. November 2017

Usually a good idea is enough

Another nice OEM Job for a machine integration that started with an idea and turned out to be an Inverse Contrast Microscope.

Imaging Modul und SVS Camera - AMM
02. November 2017

OptoGroup - together we are strong

Opto Module and SVS Camera in a robSwiss machine working hand in hand.

Grant Hurley
02. October 2017

PRESS RELEASE - New UK Sales Manager

In support of our expanding UK business, OptoGroup is pleased to announce the full time appointment of Grant Hurley as UK Sales Manager joining the Opto UK team at their facility in Daresbury UK.

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In support of our expanding UK business, OptoGroup is pleased to announce the full time appointment of Grant Hurley as UK Sales Manager joining the Opto UK team at their facility in Daresbury UK.

 
Grant brings with him a wealth of experience gained over many years experience in microscopy sales and technical instrument servicing. In this role, Grant will be responsible for increasing sales of Opto’s expanding microscope accessories product families, along with other complimentary products including specialist microscopy systems and novel illumination components. Commenting on the appointment, OptoGroup CEO Markus Riedi stated “This appointment represents our ongoing commitment both to the UK market, and to further increasing the international footprint of our expanding microscope accessory business.  Grants experience is very well aligned both to the needs of the UK end user market, and our ongoing strategy to deliver unique inspection solutions to niche applications.”
 
Opto UK Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of OptoGroup GmbH & Co. KG located in Munich, Germany. Opto was established in 1980, and is a leading developer of novel optomechanical solutions based around microscopy for niche inspection applications and machine-embedded imaging. From its 50 strong team at its Munich headquarters, Opto services a fully international customer base of OEM machine builders and end users.

Imaging Module - PANO
09. May 2017

Control 2017

With a view to Industry 4.0, OptoGroup is presenting a wide range of absolute novelties for smart production, process analysis and quality control under the motto Optic - Imaging - Automation at this year 's Control in Stuttgart.

Increase your efficiency and digitize your optical quality control with our imaging modules. For the first time we are showing the new imaging module PANO. It generates high-resolution, digital image data in the running process, fusing it into an overall image by means of "stitching" and enables a professional process control.

Troublebox-slider
01. July 2017

Troubebox

With High Speed Imaging on the road

The NEW TroubleBox from our daughter company allianceVision in a new design.

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Applications

  • Live slow motion recording and playback of any high speed process
  • Portable, rugged, and easy to use
  • Advanced auto-triggering options for random event capture
  • Windows™ touchscreen interface
  • Ideal for troubleshooting, mainteneance and optimazatoiin of any high speed process.

Designed exclusively for heavy duty industrial use in either Trolly or Pelicase formats

Newsletter-Icon zur SPIE
26. January 2017

Newsletter to SPIE Photonics West

​This year we will again be exhibiting at Photonics West in San Francisco. Join us at the world's largest trade fair for photonic technologies to hear about some of our exciting new products and developments in micro inspection!

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2016
01.09.2016 Opto and robSwiss cooperate+

The OptoGroup from Gräfelfing, will take over the majority of robSwiss from Lausanne, Switzerland, as of September 1, 2016.
From 01 October 2016, the new offices will be moved to Lonay (near Lausanne)

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01.08.2016 Opto is a sales partner of dhs pixel-fox®+

Pixel-fox® is the clever imaging package with a digital microscope camera and software - for recording, measuring, storing and documenting images.

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25.04.2016 Control 2016+

From 26th to 29th April 2016, Opto will present a completely new measuring stand on the Control.
As a highlight, we can present our "new" Cleanalyzer to the specialist audience.

Cleanalyzer neu klein
2015
21.10.2015 Miniaturizing Advanced Micro Imaging Technology for OEM Instrumentation+

Don't miss Markus Riedi, CEO of Opto at the AIA Life Science Conference San Diego Marriott Thursday, November 19, 2015.

Miniaturizing Advanced Micro Imaging

Complex bio and cellular imaging instrumentation does not need to be constrained by the cost and complexity of integrating a classical microscope. It is entirely possible to develop highly engineered,
miniaturized optomechanics, which are capable of delivering equal optical performance as a classical microscope but in an ultra-small, cost optimized package.

14.04.2015 Opto presents its new 3D CylinderInspector System at Control +

3D CylinderInspector enables nanometer analysis of honed cylinders

Launching at Control 2015, Opto presents its CylinderInspector 3D, enabling full 3D surface analysis to sub micron level. Smallest differences in height can be detected by white light interferometry.

CylinderInspector 3D - V1

Targeting lower fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions, automotive manufacturers are constantly seeking ways in which to optimise engine technology. Opto´s CylinderInspector instrument has been the tool of choice for many car engine producers to analyse, optimise and monitor the finish of their honed cylinder surfaces. Launching at Control 2015, Opto presents its CylinderInspector 3D, enabling full 3D surface analysis to sub micron level. Based on a white light interferometric technique, CylinderInspector 3D now enables cylinder wall imaging of the smallest height differences down to nm scale. In addition, the instrument is able to provide perfect ‘classical´ optical inspection of honed surfaces in cast iron and aluminium, as well as detailed image analysis of different surface textures.

01.02.2015 Opto expands to Asia with the founding of Opto Asia Inc. in Hong Kong.+

Opto Asia is supported by our sales office in Singapore.

2014
15.12.2014 Laser Fault Injection – Instrumentation for Smart Cards and Embedded Circuit testing+

Protecting integrated microchips against unauthorized access is one of the biggest challenges facing chip card and embedded chip manufacturers today. Increasingly, leading manufacturers are utilising ‚Laser Fault Injection´ techniques to test such circuits to the levels needed to maintain the security integrity of the chips.

Laser Fault Injection

Developing instrumentation enabling laser fault injection testing of such circuitry is an area Opto has specialised in for a number of years. Today, we are supplier of custom instrumentation to a number of leading international testing labs specialising in this highly advanced testing technology.

High accuracy injection of multiple lasers into optical systems is an area of excellence we have developed over many years here at Opto. The instrumentation required for this level of micro testing combines many elements of this expertise along with our core machine vision expertise.  It is this combination of skills which makes us unique, and your first partner for such technology!

13.10.2014 Opto acquires Alliance Vision+

Opto expands its market position in France

OptoGroup, located in Gräfelfing, Germany, has acquired a majority shareholding in the company Alliance Vision, located Montelimar, France, retroactive to the 1st of January 2014. Markus Riedi is appointed as CEO of Alliance Vision and will be responsible for finance and strategy.

Opto vs. Alliance Vision

Frédéric Nicaise remains responsible for local day to day operations, with a focus on sales and business development activities within France.

This acquisition further strengthens Opto´s market position in France in the field of standard optomechanical components, and brings added expertise to Opto and its subsidiary companies. Opto France, an existing OptoGroup company shall continue to focus on OEM solutions under the
management of Patrick Trannois.


Opto CEO Markus Riedi stated: „ This acquisition brings us closer to our target customers in the important French market; both with our machine vision lenses and our OEM and embedded micro-imaging capability. With the foundation of Opto France in 2008, and Opto UK Ltd in 2009, this
acquisition further demonstrates our commitment to meeting the demands of our local customer base with corresponding local expertise. Alliance Vision is a well established, leading provider of machine vision components with a rapidly expanding customer base. We are delighted to
welcome Frederic and his experienced team into the Opto family.


Customer advantages 

For existing Alliance Vision customers, all previous contacts remain the same. The familiar range of cameras, optics, illumination and software will be maintained, and shall now be complimented by Opto´s range of innovative optical components, being underpinned by its capability as a leading manufacturer of customised opto-electronic modules.

Together, this will enable Alliance Vision to continue its leading role in providing its French partners with complete vision solutions for niche applications, with maximum added value.

28.08.2014 Opto expands its dealer network in Europe and South America+

In support of increasing demand for its unique range of machine vision components, Opto GmbH is pleased to announce its appointment of a number of leading International distributors, deepening its representation across Europe and establishing new representation in its emerging territories.

In Germany and Austria, Opto´s range of Green Line Machine Vision products will be represented by Rauscher Bildverarbeitung GmbH based near Munich. With its strong focus on embedded systems, smart cameras and software, Rauscher offers expertise which is highly complimentary to Opto´s capability in developing specialist optomechanics for advanced vision applications,

Infaimon has for many years been a leader in the development of Machine Vision Solutions across Spain, Portugal, Mexico and Brasil. Representing Opto´s products and capability in these territories contributes to its heritage in delivering qualified service around components and emerging vision applications in industry and science.

In Switzerland, Opto is pleased to announce the appointment of its local partner FUJIFILM Switzerland AG, located in Dielsdorf near Zurich. As an established provider of vision components and solutions, Fujifilm will now be offering Opto´s complete range of Green Line Machine Vision products to its clientbase across Switzerland.

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14.08.2014 ISO-Certification+

Opto GmbH has been certified according to ISO 9001: 2008 and ISO 14001: 2004 as of July 11, 2014.

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One of our leading initiatives here at Opto GmbH is to maintain an ongoing programme of improvement and quality control.

In respect of this, we are delighted to announce that on 11th July 2014, Opto GmbH has been officially awarded DIN-certification to

ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management System) and in addition,

ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System)

for the Development and production of opto-mechatronic imaging modules, components and systems.


 

06.05.2014 Streamline and enhance the microscope inspection and rework procedures in your manufacturing processes +

Our unique range of microscope inspection equipment and accessories focuses on improving ergonomics, inspection comfort, and increased inspection efficiency.

Many PCB rework and inspection procedures benefit from an angled or ‘oblique´ viewpoint through the microscope. For these applications, we offer 2 unique solutions.

Firstly, our Oblique Viewing Module, which fits to all major stereo microscopes, and which features an integrated LED ringlight, and 360° tilted viewing – perfect for angled solder joint inspection. Secondly we have our very popular Tilting Tables – lockable to any angle of tilt, and fully ESD compliant..

Kugeltisch-news
27.03.2014 Bi-telecentric QuadraMount objectives offer mounting advantages+

Complementing the superior optical performance of its already popular bi-telecentric lenses, Opto GmbH has introduced QuadraMount versions of its lenses, which incorporate a simple, but highly effective mounting and integration mechanism.

Quadra Mount Objektive

Bi- telecentric lenses from Opto are fully telecentric on both object and image side with zero perspective distortion. The new QuadraMount versions of these lenses feature a universal square profile enabling simple integration, minimal alignment setup, reliable fastening and wide compatibility to the standard aluminium profiles used in machine vision systems.

CEO Markus Riedi stated: "Our latest QuadraMount innovation enables simple, universal integration of our telecentric lenses to virtually any machine vision environment. With this innovative mounting solution, the lenses are far less sensitive to mechanical stress and vibration, and significantly simplify our customers alignment and setup procedures. Together, these features assist in eliminating measurement errors from the vision system, and make an Opto QuadraMount lens the perfect solution for high-precision measurements of precision components”

The Opto QuadraMount series comprises seven bi- telecentric C-mount lenses with magnifications ranging from 0.05x to 0.32x. This corresponds to object field sizes from a minimum of 20 x 15 mm to a field diameter of 186 mm. The lenses are suitable for sensor sizes up to 2/3".

The objectives have been shown at Laser China in Shanghai for the first time and will now be presented at the Control in Stuttgart as well as at the SMT Show in Nuremberg. Being a leading developer of optomechanical components and modules, Opto is able to provide complete OEM development, and lens customisation where required.

2013
12.10.2013 Bi-telecentric measurement objectives made by Opto+

Following market demand Opto, the specialist for optomechanical solutions, offers now a own line of bi-telecentric lenses.

Bi-telezentrische Objektive

Telecentric lenses show no perspective errors and are a perfect match for measuring three-dimensional objects. Bi-telecentric lenses exceed this by offering sensor sided telecentricity.  This compensates imaging errors originating from misaligned camera sensors.

The bi-telecentric lenses of Opto are therefore ideal for measurements of high precision parts, offering an extended depth of field and a constant magnification over the whole field of view. In connection with a line laser it is optimal for 3D-digitalisation using laser triangulation.

This all comes with an excellent price/performance ratio.

 

The BTC line of bi-telecentric lenses starts with four models ranging from 0.05x to 0.2x magnification. This corresponds to field of views of minimum 32 x 24 mm to a maximum at 167 x 124 mm. Telecentricity and distortion are 0.08 % or even lower. The F-number for all objectives is 8. Opto is specialised in developing and producing custom optomechanical solutions, so customer requests for client-specific designs and requirements can quickly be dealt with.

27.08.2013 Miniaturised and embedded optomechanics for next generation biotechnology machinery+

In many of todays latest and emerging pharmaceutical, surgical, and biotechnology machines; imaging technology and the integration of highly advanced optomechanics are becoming more and more important.

Stereo-Laser

Recent advances in the miniaturisation of traditional imaging technologies are now enabling machine builders to integrate the full functionality and raw imaging power of laboratory grade microscopes into their machines, but at a fraction of the cost and with none of the integration complexity.

Since 1980, Opto GmbH has been a world leader in the miniaturisation and industrial integration of traditional microscope technology, enabling machine builders and OEMs across many diverse high tech markets to integrate highly complex, miniaturised imaging functionality into their machinery. Opto´s headquarters are in Munich, Germany, with subsidiary offices in Liverpool, UK and Annecy, France.

Opto´s solutions are highly engineered devices, optimised to perform a very precise optical inspection function inside a machine, and consisting of microscope optics, mechanics and electronic elements. These modules and are integrated into Optos customers machines and provide those machines with specialist imaging and advanced microscopy functions.

Opto´s international customer base is largely comprised of machine building OEMs who are generally involved in leading edge technologies, and who are close to market leadership in their niches.  Opto´s customers are diverse, and cover semiconductor, industrial biological imaging, laser processing, credit card security, surgical microimaging and many others.

A common feature across all Opto´s customers is their need for their machines to capture perfect images of the samples and components which their machines process. In many cases, the objects which these customers need to image are challenging, and require specialist optical techniques and optimisation in order to be visualised effectively, consistently and with 100% reliability.  Such samples include human eyes (lasik eye surgery), arterial stents (coating thickness measurement), embryos (InVitro imaging) and many more.

Frequently, Opto is approached by a customer who has already designed most of their machine, and so any optomechanical module developed by Opto must integrate perfectly and seamlessly into the available space envelope of the clients machine. Furthermore, this design must be robust, reliable, and scalable to the volume production requirements of the customer.

An area in which Opto has gained significant heritage and expertise is in the area of surgical laser beam delivery specific to refractive eye surgery. During the last 10 years, Opto has been a supplier of surgical beam delivery modules which combine the stereo view of the surgeon with a perfectly coaxial delivery of the surgical beam to the patient. In developing this unique solution, Opto was able to very effectively create a solution which gave its client significant value added benefits.

 

Opto has also developed imaging modules which are integrated into the very latest benchtop timelapse in-vitro fertilization machinery. This module is comprised of a highly optimized miniaturised and inverted microscopic optical system, designed to capture perfect, high contrast images of embryos in their blastocyst stage for timelapse image capture. Due to its very small size, the Opto module is integrated directly inside the incubation chamber, meaning that the  embryos can remain safely inside their protected humidity environment for the critical gestation period without being disturbed. The module incorporates proprietary illumination and imaging techniques developed by Opto, and enables the customer to perform highly effective timelapse imaging which has resulted in significantly improved success rates in IVF treatments.

Until now, the micro-imaging performance required by such machine building clients often leads them to a single option – to integrate an expensive compound microscope into their machines. This can be prohibitive for a series of reasons. Firstly, the customer typically only requires a small portion of the functionality of the microscope, but is faced with paying the price for a complete system just to access that small part of its functionality. Secondly: size –such machines are optimised to their own dimensions and space envelope. Integrating a full size compound microscope into such a machine is a complex operation which can significantly increase the size and cost of a machine. Thirdly: technical risk. A compound microscope is a highly complex optical instrument in its own right, with many features and functions requiring specialist knowledge in order to operate and repair.  This creates a critical issue of support for the machine builder – especially if his main market is outside his domestic territory.

Miniaturised optical imaging modules from Opto can be found inside the machines of world market leaders in a wide variety of high technology applications including remote automated bacterial fluorescence microscopy, timelapse high throughput embryo processing, high throughput automated blood screening with fluorescence, DNA and RNA sequencing, intra ocular lens replacement surgical instrumentation.

01.03.2013 Precision optics for machine integration - Industrial microscopy+

Without reasonable optics, no clever picture. This applies to the direct observation with the eye, as for the automatic image evaluation by a camera system. Particularly for image processing (BV), the generation of a good image by optimally coordinated camera, optics and illumination makes processing very easy or sometimes even possible. In this subject, aspects of image acquisition are presented and application examples are presented ...

Maschinenintegration

Eyeglasses know exactly that they can see badly with a wrong glasses. Here not only the diopters but also the optical axes, antireflection coatings, progressive lenses and possibly (automatic) tints must be considered. Quite apart from the fact that one needs good light for seeing.

There are therefore many aspects to consider when integrating optics into machines. To make matters worse, many aspects influence each other or even have the opposite effect. This requires a great deal of experience with the combination of optical and mechanical components as well as a good incorporation in typical industrial tasks which the company Opto has already proven many times.

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