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13.12.2016 - Microbench History


The Microbench – from the original idea to the revolutionary precision system

In the context of Qioptiq’s award for the best Q-Set, an interview was conducted with Dr. Aurin about the history of the Microbench he developped.

Dr. Aurin, what prompted you to work on an optical measuring system?
Dr. Aurin: As part of my diploma thesis at Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, I started the first trial for a new instrument that could accurately measure to the nearest 0.1 micrometer back in the autumn of 1961.

Was there anything like this available on the market at the time?
Dr. Aurin: What was already on the market at the time was the so-called “perflectometer” from Leitz in Wetzlar – a length measuring instrument that could accurately measure to the nearest 0.1 micrometer for the purpose, for example, of measuring end dimensions.

What did you want to improve in terms of measuring technology?
Dr. Aurin: My idea was to design an instrument with a modified beam path which would be less sensitive to minor displacements than the Leitz perflectometer.

Did you then head to the laboratory to get started?
Dr. Aurin: (laughs) My initial studies were carried out on the kitchen table at home. In the final phase of my studies, my grant had run out so my wife had to work. I looked after our little daughter, and on the wax tablecloth of our kitchen, I drew up my first sketches and drafts for a micro-optical bench.

Read the full interview here.

12.12.2016 - Precision Optical Components (POC)




Precision Optical Components (POC) from Regen

Special production and series batches not included in the catalogue range can be found in our lens production at the Regen site. Drawings with the geometries and optical tolerances are required only. We also offer technical advice on applications through precision opticians.
Our customized solutions may include the following:

Product production:

  • Individual lenses (Spheres, Aspheres, Freeform surfaces, Cylindrical lenses)
  • Planar optics (Filters, Prisms, Tapered lenses)
  • Mirrors
  • Composite lenses

Material handling:

  • Complete portfolio of the glass catalogue
  • Infrared materials (non-toxic)
  • Fused silica
  • Sapphire
  • CaF2
  • …and much more.


  • Diameter: 3 to 400 mm
  • Coating for all applications
  • Special cooling for all glass materials
  • Optical cementing
  • Logging all measured values
  • Edge varnishing

For further information please contact Bernd Ullmann.

15.11.2016 - New MachVis 5.0 Download



New: Free Lens Configuration Softare MachVis Version 5.0 available

Our MachVis software is designed to help you find the right lens for your machine vision application.
Using 4 simple parameters — object size, working distance, sensor size and camera mount — MachVis calculates the necessary optical parameters and
then, from the extensive LINOS lens catalog, pre-selects all suitable lenses that meet the specifications.

Version 5.0

  • New lenses: Rodagon 28 and Rodagon 35
  • New: Optem FUSION Micro Inspection Lens System - over 200 different objective & camera tube combinations
  • Custom Optem setup dialog to set specifications for a specific Optem FUSION System
  • Custom Optem configurator to choose key components, illumination & control sub systems and more
  • New: dialog to limiting the number of mag.x/Optem solutions displayed
  • New mag.x lens: 8x objective. NA 0.32 with diffraction limited performance over all field [106mm x 55mm (L x Ø)] and 24mm working distance.
  • New mag.x lens: 1.73x camera tube.  With the new objective we go from four to nibe possible mag.x systems
  • Additions to mag.x accessories, including 2 new compact base units supporting polarisation filters, optional DIC module, X95 Carrier and a mount for the Direct adapter base unit - now available in base unit. Modified lighting options.  Finger Lakes camera adapter for the 2.25x tube lens.
  • Obsolete mag.x accessories - large base units - removed from configurator
  • Refreshed mag.x setup and configurator dialogs
  • Full metal mounts for some standard lenses
  • Azimuth marked mounts for some standard lenses - best azimuth for line scan systems

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