Are you unsure of proper optics handling techniques? Want a refresher on what NOT to do? Join Damon Kopala, Distribution and Quality Assurance Manager, and Bob Henderson, Quality Assurance Manager, as they review the proper (and improper) techniques for safely handling optical components. For information on how to clean optical components, please view our application note and video on Cleaning Optics.
Hi, my name is Bob Henderson. - And I am Damon Kopala. - And today we are going to demonstrate some simple do's and don'ts for proper optics handling. When opening your Edmund Optics box, do not shake to see what is inside. Do not punch through it with your iron fist. (BEEP) Instead, use a box opener to cut open the tape, while being sure to cut away from your body to eliminate accidental injury. Only apply enough force so that the tape is cut and not the contents within. When removing items from the box, DO NOT throw, tear, or bite the contents. This may result in damage to the component, yourself, or those nearby. (BEEP) Instead, carefully remove the items. Many components are packaged in sealed bags that can be easily torn open along the perforated lines. Multiple bags may be secured using rubber bands to avoid movement during shipping. When removing an optic from the package, do not dump the component on metal, pavement, rocks, or other surfaces that may scratch, chip, or otherwise damage the optic. (BEEP) Instead, place the optic on lens tissue or another surface designed to eliminate damage. Wearing gloves will minimize unwanted fingerprints. Tweezers or suction tools can be used to handle and move small or delicate optical components.