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Ruggedization of imaging lenses

Imaging lenses used in many industrial machine vision applications have special requirements beyond those of standard imaging lenses. The lenses used in factory automation, robotics, and industrial inspection have to work in specific and demanding environments, which could involve vibrations, shocks, temperature changes, and contaminants. Because of these environmental requirements, new classes of ruggedized lenses are being designed specifically to work in a multitude of different scenarios, therefore creating different types of ruggedization. There are three distinct types of ruggedization available: Industrial Ruggedization, Ingress Protection Ruggedization, and Stability Ruggedization.

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Edmund Optics

Edmund Optics®, headquartered in the USA, offers precision optics, assemblies and imaging products. With manufacturing facilities in the US and Asia and global sales representatives, EO has the world's largest inventory of optical components (> 27,200) for immediate delivery, standard or customized, in small quantities or for volume production.

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Ruggedization of Imaging Lenses

Imaging lenses used in many industrial machine vision applications have special requirements beyond those of standard imaging lenses. The lenses used in factory automation, robotics, and industrial inspection have to work in specific and demanding environments, which could involve vibrations, shocks, temperature changes, and contaminants. Because of these environmental requirements, new classes of ruggedized lenses are being designed specifically to work in a multitude of different scenarios, therefore creating different types of ruggedization.

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