Jenoptik adds photolithography equipment to cleanroom expansion

Published: 7-May-2019

Demand for high performance micro-optics has driven Jenoptik to invest in 8,100 sqft of new manufacturing space

Jenoptik is responding to the growing demand for high-performance micro-optics used in fibre optic communications, semiconductors, biophotonics and defence applications with the installation of new photolithography equipment in Florida.

Jay Kumler, President of Jenoptik Optical Systems in North America, said: "We are investing in differentiating technologies, increasing cleanroom capacity, advanced equipment and employees. The new photolithography equipment represents Jenoptik’s most recent financial and technical commitment to advancing state-of-the-art micro-optics fabrication.”

German-based Jenoptik’s ongoing expansion in Jupiter, Florida increased its manufacturing operations in the state, adding 8,100 sqft, of additional optical assembly area. The production, engineering, and administrative footprint of the facility now totals 70,875 sqft.

The flexible manufacturing space offers a contamination-controlled environment and can be configured as required for future projects. It can be used to design, manufacture, and service optical systems that enable cutting-edge technologies for OEMs around the globe.

This expansion followed the addition of the facility’s new ISO Class 5 cleanroom in October 2017.

With new automated production ready photolithography equipment, Jenoptik is able to increase capacity and support:

  • larger wafer diameters
  • tighter specifications
  • higher resolution for larger diffraction angles

Gregg Borek, VP of Microoptics and General Manager of Huntsville, AL Operations, said: “We are committed to continuing to meet our customers’ expectations for a stable and reliable high volume manufacturing environment.”

The new photolithography equipment investment follows other recent investments in cleanroom environment, new etching equipment, better wafer handling and cleaning equipment.

Equipment manufacturers around the globe rely on Jenoptik’s products to build digital projection, mobile devices, augmented reality, industrial automation and connected vehicles.

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