Date: 22 July 2011
Kopp Glass, http://www.koppglass.com, the world’s leading manufacturer of precision molded, technical glass lenses announced today the successful installation of a custom, state-of-the-art goniophotometer. The installation is a continuation of a major capital improvement program that started over a year ago at Kopp Glass. “While Kopp’s focus on continuous improvement was the main driver for this upgrade, Kopp also wanted to invest in a photometric testing system that would meet the increasing testing challenges of our current and future customer’s lighting fixtures.” -Rob Diana, Kopp’s Director of Manufacturing
The goniophotometer was custom designed for Kopp to incorporate flexibility into the testing process between aerospace and airfield lighting requirements. The overall goal of the design was to make the testing procedure more efficient while guaranteeing accurate photometric results and compliance with rigid FAA and ICAO lens specifications.
“Customers depend on Kopp’s ability to provide high quality glass products that will meet tough photometric requirements. The Sapphire goniophotometer will facilitate the testing process so that necessary tests are performed in an efficient and precise manner and promote more efficient exchange of test data between Kopp and its customers.” -Jim Forish, Kopp’s Quality Manager
Sapphire Technical Solutions is an ISO-17025 accredited photometric, radiometric and power efficiency testing service as well as an equipment manufacturer that has been supporting the aerospace, automotive and commercial lighting industries for many years. Because the majority of lenses currently tested at Kopp are for complex aerospace and airfield lighting applications, Sapphire was chosen because of their technical excellence and extensive experience in these arenas.
Kopp Glass, Inc. is an ISO 9001 Certified company. Located in Pittsburgh, PA since 1926, it is the industry leader in the manufacture of clear and colored precision molded and blown technical glass for industrial and commercial applications. Kopp’s markets include airport lighting, aircraft lighting, medical device illumination, military (night vision & covert), railroad & traffic signal lighting, light filters of all types including infrared filters, architectural lighting, theatrical lighting, technical and other industrial technical glass applications. Darin M. Bernardi Kopp Glass, Inc. Sales Manager 412-501-0217 Hugh Reed Kopp Glass, Inc. Director of Technical Sales 412-501-0231