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There are two main aspects involved in handling optical components: • Keeping the optical component clean and without any damage during production, inspection, assembly, packaging, and storage until delivery (shipping) to the customer (internal or external). Dirty or damaged items may limit or destroy functionality, delay delivery, damage the company’s reputation, and inflate costs. • Maintaining employee health and safety while handling optical components in the presence of hazardous materials, e.g., the component’s raw materials, the coating materials, and the cleaning solvents. The information in this chapter does not refer to the cleaning processes that occur after production and before coating. These processes are important and include special cleaning processes, but they are not of interest to the quality inspector or the assembler.
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