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Our engineering expertise from concept to volume production

At JENOPTIK Medical you receive all solutions from a single source, from concept to the finished product. Our highly qualified development teams work closely with you.

Do you have an idea? We develop a product together with you and manufacture it later in series.

In the following, you will find detailed information on our development skills.

Optical Design

Modeling ans simulation

Our highly qualified optic designers with many decades of experience in designing optical systems are available to develop your specific system solutions, to guarantee your products’ functionality and to ensure that the products are ready for production.

Broad range of application

  • Endoscopy, microscopy, illumination systems, photography, UV and IR applications
  • Highly qualitative, customer-specific lenses and systems for medical technology and life science
  • Diffraction-limited systems
  • Systems with active adjustment of elements and compensation of production tolerances
graphic for beam path simulation

beam path

Complete solutions from a single source

  • Production-ready systems and comparison of variants
  • Designs with special optical components, for example aspheres, cylinder lenses, off-axis elements and diffractive optics (DOE)
  • Tolerance analysis and optimization considering the manufacturing options, prediction of production quality and yield
  • Analysis of scattered, ghost and false light considering the mechanical systems and application environment
  • Thermal analyses
  • Development of optic designs in close cooperation with mechanic design (construction), coating design and measurement technology

Design Software

  • CODE V
  • VirtualLab
  • FRED

Mechanical Design

Components and systems enineering

Our highly qualified engineers with many years of experience in designing mechanical systems are on hand to develop your specific system solutions. We guarantee functionality as well as the production-ready rollout of your products for the most demanding of applications.

3D-CAD modeling

With UNIGRAPHICS NX and solid works:

  • Computer-aided modeling of components and assemblies
  • Mechanical mounting technology for optics in all areas of application
  • Photorealistic reprocessing for design studies

Finite element modeling (FEM)

For structural and thermal analyses - using NASTRAN, ANSYS AND COMSOL:

  • Simulation and analysis of the optomechanical properties of complex systems for extreme environmental requirements, for example shock, vibration, temperature, pressure, load, gravitation
  • Reimplementation of the FEM results into the optical and mechanical design to verify the performance data of the environmental loads

Systems engineering

  • Application-oriented engineering, meaning comprehensive support when designing your products
  • Optimization of optomechanical systems with regards to feasibility and cost
  • Product qualification pursuant to common standards, e.g. ISO, MIL, DO160
  • Risk management, error analyses (FMEA etc.)

Electronic Design

Designing electronic systems

In order to react flexibly and quickly to customer requests, an electronics development program was started in-house – in addition to the optical and mechanical design departments.

Our highly qualified engineers with many decades of experience in designing electronic systems are available to develop your specific system solutions, to guarantee your products’ functionality and to ensure that the products are ready for production. This allows us to guide you from the concept phase to the prototype phase all the way to volume production.

Broad range of applications

Ausführungsbeispiel der elektronik Design Komplettlösungen

Design of an optic sensor

  • Sensors of all types, even for the smallest signals into the nanowatt range
  • Special motor controllers
  • Control and regulate lasers including wavelength stabilization
  • Control light sources
  • Temperature stabilization systems, for example using Peltier elements
  • Highly qualitative, customer-specific systems for industry, medical technology and quality assurance

Complete solutions from a single source

  • Production-ready systems and comparison of variants
  • Designs with special electronic components
  • Tolerance analysis and optimization in consideration of manufacturing possibilities
  • Circuit simulation
  • Thermal analyses
  • Circuit and layout design
  • Development of electronic designs and integration into mechanical part designs
  • Own electronics laboratory with environmental and EMV testing technology
  • System expertise for opto-mechanical applications and HV applications
  • Software creation for graphical user interfaces and firmware for electronic designs

Coating Design

Application-specific surfaces

We produce ambitious coatings for different types of applications. The spectral range extends from the VUV (120 nm) to the infrared range (6 µm).

Coating technologies

With our modern coating technologies (PVD with and without ion support, magnetron sputtering), we possess considerable coating capacity. Our in-process monitoring technologies (oscillating quartz > optic broadband monitoring) and the corresponding measurement technology are the basis from which we provide you specific solutions. The most modern calculation programs as well as many years of experience with diverse coating types allow our developer team to find the best possible solution for your order.


Substrate types Optical glass, colored glass, quartz and quartz glass, sapphire, semiconductor materials, glass fibers, crystals, ceramics and MgF2
Spectral range 120 nm to 6 µm
Customer- specific layer design & coating of:
  • Antireflective layers (AR)
  • Mirror layers (highly reflective metallic and dielectric mirrors)
  • Polarizing and non-polarizing beam splitters
  • Narrow band filters (transmission), edge filters, laser protection filters
  • Layer coatings (HR, AR) with high damage threshold
  • Absorption layers (black chrome or chrome-free layers)
  • Various mechanical wear protection layers (even DLC)
  • Bondable and solderable layers

Material analysis and qualification

For design and manufacturing

With your individual needs in mind, various materials are used to achieve optimal results, from concept to the prototype phase all the way to volume production.

In order to satisfy the extraordinary demands of the product’s properties, these materials must comply with the highest requirements and be adapted to your needs. To do so, we employ a number of different processes to analyze and qualify materials:

Our analysis processes include

  • Various microscopy technologies
  • Ultrasound testing technology (scanning acoustic microscope)
  • X-ray fluorescence spectrometers
  • Electric measurement technology (incl. oscilloscope, high resistance meter, LCR bridge)
  • Measurement and work area in climatized clean room (ISO 6 equivalent)
  • Testing facility for long term and service life tests
  • Material testing machine
  • Materialography (separation, embedding, sample preparation)
  • Diverse spectral measurement technologies combined with coating expertise

Material analysis

Materials are tested with regards to various physical, chemical, mechanical and technological characteristics.

Service life tests

The service life is estimated many times over using tests under amplified testing conditions. This allows to achieve results within a short time that are used to calculate product safety.

cracking in glass

Crack formations in glass

Damage analysis

Nevertheless, should something break, we employ various microscopic and analytical procedures to determine the cause.

Metrology for prototype design and manufacturing

We measure, what we manufacture.
We make use of extensive measurement techniques and develop individual measurement setups in order to ensure that our optical components, assemblies and systems comply with your specifications. We create own software to measure customer-specific parameters.

Information about the various methods for material analysis and service life tests can be found under the section Material Analysis.

Wavefront measurements

We employ various highly precise interferometers (up to λ/20 WF PV) to characterize the flatness of optical surfaces as well as wavefront deformations in reflection and transmission. We possess many years of experience in optimally adapting measurement tools and processes to your product. For example, we can conduct measurements in vertical or horizontal testing configurations or take measurements in a clean room or vacuum. Optical surfaces undergo testing using in-house interferometers during the manufacturing process.

  • Phase shifting Fizeau interferometers for large planar surfaces up to 24 inches
  • Interferometers with short coherence length for multiple-layered glass
  • Interferometers CGH wavefront formation for cylindrical surfaces up to 100 mm; stitching along apex line up to 2,000 mm; radii of 4 mm to infinity
  • Stitching interferometer
  • Stitching interferometer for aspherical lenses
  • Infrared interferometer, 3.4 µm
  • Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensors for wavelengths of 350 nm to 1,064 nm and beam diameters up to 15 mm

Dimensional, Shape and Layer Measurements

Tactile 3D-Coordinate Measuring Machines

  • Touch and scanning systems
  • Measurement volume up to (9x20x8) dm3
  • Permitted length measurement deviation of MPE E pursuant to DIN EN ISO 10360-2 between 0.6 µm + L/600 and 3.0 µm + L/250

Optical Coordinate Measuring Machines

  • Some multisensor devices with touch buttons
  • Measurement volumes up to (6.5x7.5x5) dm3
  • Structure resolution up to 1 µm
  • Permitted length measurement deviation of E 2D (OT) pursuant to VDI/VDE 2617 Page 6.1 between 1.5 µm + L/250 and 2.8 µm + L/125
  • Touchless measurement of the absolute position of optic surfaces in multiple-lens systems, accuracy < 1µm

Angle Measurement of Optical Components

We use a goniometer with an accuracy of 15 µrad to measure flat and wedge plates, prisms and polygons.


White Light Interferometer

  • Vertical resolution up to ca. 0.1 nm (for Ra < 10 nm)
  • Lateral resolution up to 0.64 µm
  • NA up to 0.55
  • Picture fields up to (7.07x5.30 mm)
  • Stitching algorithms
  • Record objects up to 800 mm in edge length

Spectral Reflection and Transmission Measurement

We use the spectral reflection and transmission measurement process to consistently control and monitor our high quality standards. To measure the material properties of spectral transparency and spectral reflectivity, we employ the Perkin-Elmer Lambda 19, Lambda 900 and Lambda 950 devices.

MTF measuring system

MTF measurement station

Imaging Performance

Modulation Transfer Function (MTF)

A large MTF system with a maximum aperture of 200 mm is available to measure imaging quality. In addition to MTF measurement, further characteristics like distortion, field of curvature and focal width for field angles > 90° can be measured. Object and image positions are finitely and infinitely adjustable in wide areas.

Measurement Technology Design

For special demands not included in our standard processes, we develop customer- and application-specific testing areas that allow automatic evaluation using specially adapted software. Our testing processes are the result of close cooperation with the optical design experts and consider the possibility of actively adjusting optical elements in order to guarantee optimum product quality.

This allows us to achieve the performance limits that are physically possible.

Depending on the product and needs at hand, the performance limits physically possible are met and maintained in many cases.


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