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Plastics Optical
The cost-effectiveness and adaptability of plastic frequently makes it the optimum choice for optical components including lenses and screens. It is often more robust and less likely to splinter if broken.

Plastics typically deliver equal or better performance than glass optics, for a lower cost of production. They are easily shaped but require close monitoring and inspection to ensure high surface quality.

Plastic is a versatile material suitable for a variety of lenses for ophthalmological and surgical use, microscopy or telescopes. It is also ideal for screens in televisions, computers and mobile phones.

Optical plastics require high-precision engineering to deliver expected performance. AMETEK Surface Vision is trusted by plastics manufacturers around the globe to deliver accurate, high-quality monitoring solutions that automatically detect, classify and visualize surface defects in real time.
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    • Plastics Calendaring

      A specialty process for high quality plastic film, calendaring applies heat and pressure to melted polymer, allowing customized surface treatments of the film; inspection systems can reinforce product quality.

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    • Plastics Co Extrusion

      This process involves two or more polymers being extruded together to provide a multilayer structure, with each plastic retaining its original properties. Monitoring ensures the correct layer structure is achieved.

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    • Plastics Coating

      Plastic coating can be used for insulation and to provide a smooth surface finish. Automated inspection and defect detection supports quality control and a uniform coverage.

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    • Plastics Deposition

      This is a key process in the growing field of 3D printing and works by setting down material in layers to form the final product. Monitoring can confirm the correct surface condition.

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    • Plastics Die Cutting

      As with any material, the die-cutting of plastic risks introducing surface defects or imperfections. An automated monitoring system will detect problems at an early stage, safeguarding quality levels.

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    • Plastics Etching

      Etching or engraving plastic relies on intentionally affecting the surface. To detect problems and imperfections, an intelligent classification system is required as part of automated monitoring.

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    • Plastics Folding

      Different types of plastic react differently to being folded. In many cases, it is essential to inspect the process to ensure surface imperfections are not introduced by the folding action.

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    • Plastics Heat Sealing
      Heat Sealing

      This process is used to join one plastic to another (or itself) using heat and pressure. The integrity of this process can be ensured by accurate monitoring which will detect any defects.

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    • Plastics Inflation

      Inflating plastics by the introduction of a gas typically puts a strain on the surfaces of the object. Any surface defects could lead to gas escaping, affecting the shape of the plastic.

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    • Plastics Inspection

      Beyond production and manufacturing processes, it may be necessary to inspect plastics to ensure continued performance levels. Automated monitoring will detect any imperfections that may appear during normal operation.

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    • Plastics Ion Plating
      Ion plating

      Applying a metal surface to plastic is a high-precision process which can have performance and decorative benefits. Monitoring is required to ensure product quality.

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    • Plastics Lamination

      Plastic laminates usually involve two or more layers of material held together by a polymer. A surface defect on one layer can have a detrimental impact on the final product.

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    • Plastics Oriented Film
      Oriented Film

      Biaxial film orientation improves the overall strength, flexibility and toughness of plastic film. Often used for packaging, surface defects may adversely affect the freshness and environmental protection of a product.

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    • Plastics Photo Masking
      Photo Masking

      Commonly used in photolithography, a photomask is an opaque plate with a transparent pattern that allows light to shine through. Surface defects can adversely affect this pattern.

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    • Plastics Printing

      Plastics can be difficult materials to print onto, so it is important to ensure a smooth, clean surface. Monitoring of the plastic before printing will safeguard against attempts to print onto imperfect surfaces.

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    • Plastics Sheeters

      An integral part of many plastics production lines, sheeters convert the plastic roll into sheets. Inspection at this point is essential to maintaining consistent surface quality.

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    • Plastics  Solution Casting
      Solution Casting

      This thin-film manufacturing process is used to make flexible plastic components. It is typically a layered process, so automated surface inspection is important to ensure quality of the final product.

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    • Plastics Sputtering

      This vapor deposition process is used to deposit thin films onto a substrate, for example in semiconductor manufacture or optical glass coating. Surface inspection is essential to monitoring product quality.

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    • Plastics  T-Die / Flat Die
      T-Die / Flat-Die

      These dies are used in flat sheet extrusion to provide a constant cross-sectional profile of liquid polymer. Non-uniform flow can result in buckling or other defects.

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    • Plastics Winder

      The winder is used to create rolls of plastic film. Any surface imperfection can adversely impact the roll or cause web breaks, so monitoring is important to both quality and production efficiency.

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    • Plastics Winder Slitter
      Winder Slitter

      Slitters cut the large plastic film rolls into narrower rolls, which can inadvertently cause tears and other imperfections to the film. Inspection of the process helps safeguard against a damaged product.

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