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Syntec enhances manufacturing capacity

Syntec Optics Inc. Wednesday announced it has added new equipment that enhanced its manufacturing capacity.
The Pavilion, Genesee County, firm also said it is seeking more staff.
The new equipment includes:

  • Moore Nanotech 450, which increases diamond turning capacity by 50 percent and enables complex optics shapes that are up to 33 percent larger;

  • Three automated injection molding machines that increase molding capacity by more than 20 percent and enable molded lenses up to 33 percent larger;
  • Makino Wire-EDM for tooling, which delivers 200 percent more capacity with lower energy/space costs; and
  • Zeiss Contura G2 (Coordinate Measuring Machine) and a Zygo 6000 (White light information) for expanded metrology.

Customers seek complex custom optics for unique defense, medical or biometric/security applications, as well as increasingly for energy-saving Light Emitting Diode illumination, said Paul Tolley, Syntec vice president and general manager.
“The key to great individual solutions is to continually strive for better manufacturability, lower-cost processes and enhanced materials, using a team approach for applying production innovations fast,” he said. “This new equipment will let us grow production volume by about 50 percent and significantly increase our capability to innovate.”
Syntec Optics, which received the 2008 Frost & Sullivan Growth Excellence Award in the North American polymer optics market, is the largest independent manufacturer of custom plastic optics in North America, officials said. Its services are all “in-house” and include design, tooling, production, integrated assembly services and full metrology.

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