Whatever the scale of your project, POL can support you in developing the most cost effective product solution. Projects can range from customers’ initial conceptual ideas, where we support and advise on all aspect of the product development, through to “make to drawing” production support.
POL’s capability to “engineer with light” provides product solutions for all applications across the whole spectrum from UV, through visible to infrared.
POL uses the latest computer optical design softwares for advanced 3D “un-constrained” optical raytracing, photometric analysis and imaging systems design. This range of powerful commercial softwares are further enhanced by our own in-house developed design programs, which give POL specialist capabilities for novel types of optical applications. These advanced optical ray tracing and photometric mapping routines give real-world simulation results of the optical system to demonstrate the design performance and in many cases remove the need for prototyping before moving to production tooling.
The most cost effective optical designs, integrate mechanical features into the optical components to aid assembly and reduce the number of components in the overall assembly. The POL design team has wide expertise in integrated opto-mechanical design methods, including Design for Manufacture (DFM) and Design for Assembly (DFA) techniques.
In many cases, our opto-mechanical design input has to harmonise with the customer’s overall product aesthetics and the optical components become an important part of the final product styling.
Our optical design programs interface directly with our CAD packages and provide a reliable communication to our customers, toolmakers and moulding facilities. Moldflow analyses are also used to determine product and process capability prior to tooling builds.
Compared to traditional optical glass, the refractive index and dispersion range of plastic materials is limited. Therefore, some systems require a mix of elements produced from different materials or even hybrid glass/plastics constructions. POL’s knowledge of the optical and thermal characteristics of plastics is an essential part of the design process that ensures both performance and compatibility to other components.
Polymer Optics “Modular LED Optics”® design, based on a patented hexagonal format, allows maximum packing density and assembly flexibility for a wide range of applications.
We have also developed specialist optics for the latest range of high power UV LEDs emerging onto the market. These are made from high quality optical silicone to give excellent UV transmission with no long term degradation. See POL’s Silicone Optics page for further details.
We design and supply a comprehensive range of high quality, standard products for use with most world-leading LED devices
Hybrid Reflector design uses a central lens to collect and collimate the on-axis light from the LED.
Our expertise in efficient light control in Lightguide assemblies, enables a lower number of LEDs to achieve the maximum performance.
Free-Form optics are a relatively recent development which offer a step change in the way wide areas are illuminated by LEDs.
Our "engineering with light" approach allows us to provide product solutions for all applications across the whole spectrum from Visible to Infrared.
Developed tooling techniques enable us to produce precision optical surfaces with optical apertures of less than 1mm in diameter, required for miniature camera lens applications.
Our design approach, using light scattering pattern techniques, have enabled us to provide high efficiency display illuminations with very compact space envelopes, which use the minimum of light sources and electrical power consumption.
Our experience in designing and developing ophthalmic products, enables us to provide precision, impact resistant, eye protection optics for applications such as: fire protection, motor cycle visors, industrial PPE and military systems.
Polymer Optics have designed and manufactured a range of optics for street lighting, to meet both the ME and S class regimes of EN13201-2 in Europe and the requirements of IESNA RP-8-00 in the USA.
Emergency Lighting and Visual Alarm Devices are applications where light from an LED has to be efficiently distributed over a wide area. POL’s free form optics technology is particularly suited for applications which require wide area illumination.
POL can now provide advanced optical product design and rapid manufacture in the latest silicone resins to gain design and cost advantages in our customers’ applications.
Our patented prismatic colour mixing optic was introduced to enable good colour mixing, for narrow beam angle systems, using three discrete LED sources.
Polymer Optics Limited
6 Kiln Ride, Wokingham, Berkshire RG40 3JL
+44 (0)118 989 3341
The latest computer optical design and ray trace programs with optomechanical innovation are used to take full advantage of plastics materials. Complex optical surfaces combined with integral low cost assembly features.
SLA (Stereolithography), SLS (Selective Laser Sintering), Clear SLA, SLA to Vacuum Casting, Direct Machining and Tooling options.
Proven optical quality toolmakers are chosen and assisted by mould flow analysis to optimize the tool. Our specialist toolmakers are skilled in optical surface generation and polishing.
Our moulders are trained in the art of optical moulding. Mould flow process analysis and thorough F.M.E.A. is controlled by the Project Manager to ensure quality and quantity.
Our integrated approach to design enables optical components to become part of the total solution, including how they interface with the other non-optical components.
Plastics optical components can be coated in poly-siloxane and acrylate based resin blends to impart more robust properties.
Every project has a dedicated Manager to ensure as tasks are actioned, the client is kept informed on progress at each stage. Timing plans are used to monitor progress against agreed milestones and they ensure full control through-out the design, tooling, sampling and production stages.