Corporation a global leader in contact and non-contact metrology
solutions, announces the release of the TAGLENS™ series of products.
Ideal for demanding inspection applications such as non-contact
ultra-high speed inspection systems, the TAGLENS™ series reduces the
need for mechanical focusing modules. Thanks to its capabilities, the
TAGLENS™ is expected to transform the future of inspection and
significantly increase productivity.
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The patented technology powering the TAGLENS™ series of products was
invented at Princeton University by a team led by Professor Craig B.
Arnold, a world-renowned material scientist and laser expert. It was
later developed and commercialized by TAG Optics Inc., a company
co-founded by Arnold and Princeton alumnus Christian Theriault to bring
the technology to market. In 2016, Mitutoyo acquired a controlling
interest in TAG Optics Inc. with the intention to further develop the
Mitutoyo’s TAGLENS-T1 represents a new and improved embodiment of the
technology, capable of being used in demanding industrial and harsh
environment while maintaining nano-second level resolution thanks to its
state-of-the-art controller. Manufactured in the United States by
Mitutoyo Optics Manufacturing America Corporation (Kirkland, WA), the
TAGLENS™ is the first ultra-high speed variable focusing lens capable of
operating in tough industrial environments. An optional SDK enables
customers to seamlessly integrate the TAGLENS-T1 and the many benefits
of the TAG Technology into their own system.
The TAGLENS-T1 has the unique ability to change focus in 70 kHz enabling
productivity and cost improvement across a wide range of quality
assurance processes. In fact, the TAG Technology already has been used
in a large variety of markets and can benefit packaging and
manufacturing sites in sectors such as electronics, molded parts
manufacturing, medical, food packaging, etc. Thanks to its focusing
speed, which is much faster than mechanical systems, the TAGLENS-T1 can
increase the depth-of-field of any optical system. The TAGLENS-T1 is
also the first variable focus lens capable of withstanding large amount
of vibrations and shock or being mounted on robotic arms while
maintaining optical performance.
Also part of the TAGLENS™ product launch is the Mitutoyo VMU-T1: the
first commercial system to incorporate the TAG technology. The unique
combination embodied in the VMU-T1 results in a powerful inspection tool
which, when using Mitutoyo’s M Plan Apo Series of objectives, generates
world-leading imaging depth-of-field capabilities that are up to 20
times greater than other similar microscopy inspection systems. Such an
increase in depth-of-field reduces the need for mechanical z-motion and
thereby reduces the time needed to inspect parts with complex geometry.
With the launch of the TAGLENS™ series of products, Mitutoyo will be
able to further address its customers’ need in the inspection market,
thereby continuing to abide by its management principle: to contribute
to the wellbeing of society through precision measurement technologies.
For more information on Mitutoyo’s TAGLENS™ series please refer to
leaflet number E14025 or contact your local Mitutoyo representative.
About Mitutoyo Corporation
Mitutoyo Corporation is an international company specializing in
measuring instruments and metrological technology, headquartered in
Kawasaki, Japan. The company is the world’s largest provider of
measurement solutions offering the most complete selection of machines,
sensors, systems and services with a line encompassing CMM (Coordinate
Measuring Machines), vision, form and finish measuring machines, as well
as precision tools & instruments, and metrology data management software.
The company has R&D, manufacturing, sales and engineering service
bases in 31 countries, as well as network of distributors in some 80
countries. For more information, visit http://www.mitutoyo.co.jp/global.html.