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80 years
80 years of optics
3
Generations Devoted
to Optics
  • Norman Edmund (1916-2012)
  • Robert Edmund
  • Marisa Edmund
1,150+
Employees
  • Across 18 Global Locations
  • Engineering Support Available 24/6
34,000+
Optical Components
  • Nearly 2 million Components In Stock, Ready to Ship
  • Thousands of New Products
  • Dozens of the Industry's Most Trusted Brands
8
Manufacturing Facilities
  • Over 2.5 million Optical Components Made Each Year
  • Over 175 Thousand Optical Assemblies Made Each Year
80 years of optics

Dear friends and colleagues,

Edmund Optics® (EO) believes more than ever that The Future Depends on Optics® and the world-changing innovations they enable. For 80 years it has been our mission to provide optical solutions to you, our customer, by manufacturing and supplying precision optical components to ensure a healthier, cleaner, and safer tomorrow

On behalf of the Edmund family and our 1,150+ employees in 12 countries around the world – we are here for you!

Sincerely,

Marissa Edmund

Marisa A. Edmund
Chief Sales and Marketing Officer

From 1942 to 2022 - 80 Years of Optics

Browse our timeline below to learn more about Edmund Optics® through the years.

1942

1942

After opening Edmund Salvage in Collingswood, NJ to sell surplus optics to his fellow optics enthusiasts, Norman Edmund puts a $9 ad in Popular Photography magazine to sell a "chipped edge lenses" kit for $1.50 (15 lens kit)

1942

1943

After a successful year, Norman launches the first Edmund Scientific catalog "for profit, fun, or study!" The catalog includes over 1,000 products from telescopes and binoculars to microscopes and individual prisms.

1942

1948

Edmund Scientific moves from Collingswood, NJ to its current location in Barrington, NJ with a store front, which becomes a big success!

1942

1958

A nationwide focus on space exploration leads Norman to offer physics, astronomy, and earth science products in the Edmund catalog. Telescopes and similar components would remain a focus of the catalog for decades.

1942

1962

Going to the World’s Fair? - Edmund exhibits at the World’s Fair held in Seattle, WA. The display includes panel diffraction gratings, twinkle lights, revolving grating wheels, rainbow design gratings, and tons of other products.

1966

1966

A loyal EO customer and fan inspired by an Edmund Scientific Idea Book, designs and builds a unique fiber optic tree that is still operational to this day! View Video

1969

1969

To the Moon and Back Again - Jack Thompson of Westinghouse Aerospace purchases a 95¢ Barlow lens from Edmund Optics to be used on the Westinghouse color camera brought on Apollo 11 for coverage of the lunar landing.

2004

1970

A second generation begins at Edmund Scientific. Robert Edmund, current CEO, joins the Edmund Scientific team.

1976

1976

Edmund Scientific develops a 4¼" f/4 Newtonian Wide Field Reflector Telescope. Customers submit entries to name the new telescope. Grand prize is 2 of these new telescopes, “one for you, and one for the school or planetarium of your choice.” The original name was Astroscan 2001, a nod to Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

1978

1984

Robert splits Edmund Scientific into two divisions: Edmund Scientific and Edmund Industrial Optics. Edmund Scientific concentrates on educational and hobby applications, while Edmund Industrial Optics on precision components for industrial applications.

1992

1992

Optics in Operation Desert Storm- To aid military forces fighting in the Middle East during Operation: Desert Storm, Edmund provides optical components for targeting systems.

1995

1995

Edmund Optics expands globally with the first global office in Tokyo, Japan (1995), followed by offices and facilities in Tucson, AZ (1998), UK (1999), Karlsruhe, Germany (2000), Singapore (2000), Shenzhen, China (2005), sales office in France (2005) and in Seoul, South Korea (2006), Akita, Japan (2008), and in Taichung City, Taiwan (2010).

1996

1996

Edmund makes it into American pop culture history. Bart Simpson, in the episode titled “Two Bad Neighbors” (1/14/96), brings a box of locusts from Edmund Scientific to his new next-door neighbor.

Mari

1998

A third generation begins at Edmund Optics - Marisa Edmund, current Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, joins Edmund Optics.

1999

1999

The Introduction of Telecentric Lenses - Edmund Optics begins manufacturing custom multi-element lenses. With the addition of new manufacturing equipment EO paves the way for imaging optics.

2000

2000

Edmund Optics acquires Plummer Precision (2000) and Saito Optics (2004). EO is able to manufacture high precision spherical components, optical prisms, and high quality optical coatings, all with optical quality ensured by state-of-the-art optical testing.

2004

2004

With a focus on advancing Edmund Optics' manufacturing capabilities, EO adds magneto-rheological finishing (MRF) and aspheric manufacturing to its growing toolbox. EO can provide λ/20 accuracy optical flats, spherical optics, and high precision, spherical aberration corrected aspheres.

2010

2010

To offer additional service options to customers, EO unveils Live Chat support in the Americas. Customers can now use phone, email, and live chat to contact the office. Live Chat continues to expand in Europe in 2011 and Asia in 2012.

2010

2010

Free Optics for Education- To support research in undergraduate and graduate optics programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at non-profit colleges and universities, EO announces a global Grant Program. Each year, outstanding “Optics Superheroes” compete for 1 of 3 monetary prizes in each region.

2004

2016

EO moves its Tucson, AZ location to a larger facility and adds optical and optomechanical research & development capabilities, along with expanding customer support, sales, applications engineering, and custom design services.

2016

2016

EO is continually adding thousands of new products each year from optics to optomechanics to imaging. With over 28,900 optical components available, EO is prepared to help its customers in each step of their application projects.

2016

2016

The innovative Cx Series Lenses with user-adjustable mid-section offer maximum flexibility through interchangeable accessories including filters, apertures, and liquid lenses. Their modular lenses were the silver winner for the Vision System Design Innovators Award.

2004

2016

EO expands into Silicon Valley with a new office offering business development, sales and applications engineering support to service the unique needs of the region

2017

2017

Edmund Optics Celebrates 75 years of optical innovation, from surplus sales to global optics leader

2017

2017

EO's ruggedized Cr Series Lenses win the 1st Place Inspect Award

2018

2018

EO aquires ITOS GmbH, specializing in polarizers and filters, to provide local manufacturing capabilities to European customers

2018

2018

Diamond Turning added to EO's manufacturing capabilities, producing high precision optical components using machines equipped with diamond-tipped tool bits

2018

2018

EO named Manufacturer of the Year by NJMEP (New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program)

2019

2019

EO extends its optical exterise into the Laser Optics market with launch of new 164-page catalog and online resource guide

2019

2019

EO's EUV Mirrors and Highly-Dispersive Ultrafast Mirrors are Laser Focus World Innovators Award winners

2020

2020

New office opens in Bangalore, India with technical support and full service website

2020

2020

Marisa Edmund, third generation owner of Edmund Optics, appointed as Vice Chair to Board of Directors

2020

2020

EO acquires Quality Thin Films (QTF), strengthening and expanding its laser optics manufacturing capabilities

2021

2021

Robert Edmund appointed as SPIE Fellow, recognized for scientific and technical contributions in optics, photonics, and imaging

2021

2021

EO opens second location in Tucson, AZ, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to assembly and advanced design

2021

2021

Dedicated Canadian website launched, providing pricing in local currency and toll-free customer support phone line

2021

2021

LT Series FFL Lenses with autofocus win Gold-Level VSD award

2021

2021

EO expands in South Korea with move to larger facility to meet customer demand

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