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Medical optical polymer company adds clean room, single-point diamond turning and advanced metrology

Empire Precision Plastics : 17 October, 2013  (Company News)
Recent additions to Empire Precision Plastics' facilities aimed at the medical device industry include a new clean room for contract assembly and a full range of optics capabilities. With the addition of Application Engineer Thomas Bittlingmaier, the company completes an expansion of its team and capabilities.
Medical optical polymer company adds clean room, single-point diamond turning and advanced metrology
In 2012, Empire acquired the assets of a local optics company, making it one of the only plastic injection moulders to also manufacture polymer optics in-house. With capabilities such as single-point-diamond-turning and advanced metrology, Empire completes plastic prototyping and full production of optical components for non-invasive and minimally invasive medical devices, such as endoscopes.
 
Diamond Turning is perfect to address the high costs of prototype tooling, enabing creation of designs without the added first step of creating an expensive injection mould. Empire Precision offers in-house single point diamond turning services on its Moore Nanotechnology Systems 350 Ultra Precision Lathe, one of the most accurate lathes available. With machine resolution of 10nm, coupled with on-board profilometry, technicians can generate and verify optical surfaces with surface and form accuracies to the sub-micron level and surface roughness measured to the angstrom level.
 
Diamond Turning is also well suited for the manufacture of precision plastic optics in limited quantities. SPDT small volume runs help meet early demands with much shorter lead time before moving into full-scale production.
 
Bittlingmaier has more than 30 years of experience in injection moulding. “Tom brings experience in the medical device field, and international experience in plastic injection moulding, from tooling to moulding, and has worked with companies around the world,” said Neal Elli, President of Empire Precision. “He is working closely with our medical device customers to identify optimal ways to consistently manufacture exceptionally reliable parts and assemblies for their products.”
 
“I’ve always enjoyed troubleshooting and problem solving. This new role allows me to work directly with customers in improving their product appearance and performance,” Bittlingmaier said.
 
 

 

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