Agilent opens 'custom optics shop'

April 13, 2006 Palo Alto, CA -- Agilent Technologies announced that its precision optics design and manufacturing capability, initially developed as an internal resource, is now available to external customers.

April 13, 2006 Palo Alto, CA -- Agilent Technologies announced that its precision optics design and manufacturing capability, initially developed as an internal resource, is now available to external customers.

The company says it has, for more than 35 years, developed the ability to produce high-precision optical components and opto-mechanical assemblies at competitive costs to support its laser interferometer business and a handful of customers. The company says that its in-house, end-to-end design and fabrication capabilities will now be made available to the public, and assures that it can reliably bring customer designs quickly to market.

"We are not new to the precision-optics business, but until now our expertise has been mostly locked up within Agilent and only available to support our internal products," comments Vince Barich, operations manager of precision optics at Agilent. "Our design engineers, working with our in-house production staff, have the proven ability to meet the needs of the end user in product performance and design for manufacturability."

The company says it offers an array of custom capabilities for flat and monolithic optics, starting with design services, and works one-on-one with customers to design and produce the products they require. The company maintains that its comprehensive metrology processes and volume manufacturing capability allow it to dependably manufacture custom optics at competitive prices.


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