End Market Report: Energy Industry Application Review - Optical Molds Give ABCO Big Advantage in Solar Lenses - 06/09
One way a small mold shop can create a viable business is by applying expertise in a technically demanding area to different but related markets. ABCO Tool & Die Inc. (Hyannis, MA) has built a successful operation by using its capabilities in fabricating optical molds to get programs in a number of end-uses, including alternative energy. ABCO has been building optical molds for 25 years, says President David Bourque. "We're small, but our niche gives us a pretty good customer base." ABCO, which employs 16 in its 12,000-sq.-ft. plant, supplies injection molds for ophthalmic lenses, industrial and military eye protection, military visors that display data, and security camera lenses. The company's latest market is solar panel lenses, primarily Fresnel lenses. These use ridges to focus sunlight on a
Optical lenses are transparent components made from optical-quality materials and curved to converge or diverge transmitted rays from an object. These rays then form a real or virtual image of the object. This area includes micro lenses.
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