Quality is a vital metric that can have a significant effect on customer satisfaction. Therefore, inspectors must have extensive knowledge about the applicable tools and techniques. This book presents the equipment used in the optics industry for manufacturing (grinding and polishing), processes (coatings and their durability), inspection, and testing of mechanical and optical parameters of optical elements. It also addresses topics such as optical materials, production methods, and the standards and specifications used to determine requirements in drawings and tests.
This book is the culmination of the knowledge I have acquired during my work in the optics industry over 30 years. During that time, I have collected a vast amount of information dealing with the inspection of optical elements, as well as other related topics, such as optical materials, production methods, and standards and specifications used to determine requirements in drawings and tests.
Because the demand for more-complicated optical elements is growing, the need for adequate quality is growing, as well, which means that both the manufacturer’s and the customer’s optics inspectors must be well aware of the requirements stated in relevant drawings and specifications. Furthermore, they need to be well trained with the methods and tools used for tests and inspections. Knowledge of basic optics, raw materials used in the production of optical components, methods of manufacturing optical elements and coatings, sampling methods, and quality assurance theories is an essential part of inspector professionalism.
An optics inspector must also complete inspection reports, conduct failure investigations by request, and fulfill the requirements of other organizational procedures. Good professional relations with the inspectors of customers or suppliers help promote workflow and serve the organization’s needs.
This book serves as a tool for optics quality inspectors at the beginning and at a more advanced stage of their work. It also serves optical designers and anyone else who is interested in optics inspection and related issues.