Schneider-Kreuznach Customer Profile
We had an opportunity to talk to Michael Haag-Pichl, Manager of Production Technology for the Schneider-Kreuznach Group. Michael talked to us about the company’s manufacturing processes and specialties, how Schneider-Kreuznach uses their Q22-Y and the overriding business philosophy that has been the foundation for Schneider-Kreuznach’s success throughout its 96 year history.
Jos. Schneider Optische Werke GmbH (Schneider-Kreuznach) was founded in 1913 by Joseph Schneider and established in the town of Bad Kreuznach, Germany. Today, the Schneider group of companies now employs nearly 650 people, has a global footprint with divisions in Germany, the United States, China and Korea, and has a sales volume of over 84.0 million Euros.
Its product portfolio has grown as well. Originally known for manufacturing the first cinema projection lenses in 1915, Schneider-Kreuznach now serves both business and consumer markets in the fields of photo imaging, cinema, home cinema and industrial imaging. Today, in addition to manufacturing optics for their own products, Schneider-Kreuznach manufactures OEM aspheres for a variety of markets.
Since its early beginnings the Schneider-Kreuznach name has been synonymous with quality. The company’s philosophy of "quality leadership and providing the highest technical standards in the development and production of custom optics and precision engineering" has been a solid foundation for growth and success throughout its nearly century-long history. Schneider-Kreuznach employees take this philosophy to heart as they strive to achieve manufacturing perfection every day.
Schneider-Kreuznach designs, manufactures and assembles highly sophisticated optical systems. They specialize in manufacturing optical glass parts ranging from 5 to 150 mm in diameter including flats, spheres, aspherical and cylindrical lens elements. Schneider Kreuznach also uses state-of-the-art technologies for achromatic cementing and multilayer interference coatings.
In 1997 Schneider Kreuznach started manufacturing aspheres. They were the first to implement aspheres in lenses for large-format photography. At the time they were manufacturing aspheres using conventional methods. In 2006, Schneider-Kreuznach invested in MRF technology. They purchased a Q22-Y in order to have a “deterministic tool available for the flexible high-precision production of aspheric lens elements”. The investment in the Q22-Y has paid off. The reliability of the tool in addition to its flexibility and determinism has enabled the company to expand its business.
Today Schneider-Kreuznach uses the Q22-Y to produce high precision OEM aspheres in small to medium batch sizes in addition to producing aspheres for their own Schneider-Kreuznach brand products. Using MRF in combination with their in-house precision metrology systems, Schneider–Kreuznach is able to satisfy customer needs from cost efficient prototyping, to full series production.
Michael Haag-Pichl closed by saying that “MRF technology is a very useful tool for a predictable finishing of all kinds of complex surface forms. It steps in where conventional slurry-based zonal polishing methods reach their limits. MRF is such a different approach to make optics and it makes an optician’s life much easier.”
For more information about Schneider- Kreuznach, please visit their website: www.schneiderkreuznach.com. Or for more information about OEM asphere manufacturing, contact:
Phone: +49 (671) 601 175