We are Focal

Focal vision & optics is the integration and development partner in the fields of Industrial Precision Inspection, Medical Optical Systems and Hightech Optical Systems. Focal develops and realizes precision inspection and optical measurement systems for customers in automotive, life sciences and semicon.

Focal performs custom design and engineering (D&E) in a multidisciplinary approach, consisting of optical engineering, machine vision and system engineering. Activities include high-level requirements engineering, concept optical design, prototyping, detailed engineering, system integration and delivery.

The result of our efforts is systems that work, which are either integrated and supported in the customers’ production lines, or delivered as modules ready for integration in high-tech or medical OEM products. Increase quality and productivity with automatic optical inspection systems from Focal.


THE TEAM

Our team of international experts consists of experienced professionals with a can-do mentality and a drive to make things work: advanced machine vision experts, optical system designers, opto-mechanics, system integrators, software developers, system engineers and roll-out and service engineers.

SOLUTIONS

Our solutions are always fit to your needs and range from dedicated software algorithms to turnkey vision inspection modules; from optical systems designs to fully operable prototypes. Solutions that can be integrated in your production or laboratory environment. Optical modules that you as OEM-manufacturer will integrate in your own product.

TECHNOLOGY

The latest technology in optical components development, camera technology, real-time computing methods, 2D or 3D inspection methods are embraced by us and applied in our solutions at the time they start to bring added value for you. We actively contribute to technology developments in its early stages in joint research programmes with other companies and research institutes.

NETWORKING

Learning from others, sharing own experiences, propagation of technology and apply for the benefit of our customers. Focal actively participates in networks.

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Meet Our Team

Focal is the home of creative minds, expert designers, vision specialists, optical system specialists, software developers, system architects and project managers.

Gerard van den Eijkel
Gerard van den Eijkel

Managing Director

Joost Kauffman
Joost Kauffman

System Engineer

Dirk-Jan Kroon
Dirk-Jan Kroon

Vision Engineer

Martin Bergink
Martin Bergink

System Integration & Support

Albert Borreman
Albert Borreman

Senior Projectmanager

Gert Beumer
Gert Beumer

Vision Engineer

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Kevin Simmelink

Optical Engineer

Martijn Stopel
Martijn Stopel

Opto-Mechanical Engineer

Léon Woldering
Léon Woldering

Optical Engineer

Niek Wijnands
Niek Wijnands

Vision Engineer

Tycho Scholtens
Tycho Scholtens

System Engineer

Robert Niemans
Robbert Niemans

Technical Project Leader

Nicole Stroeve
Nicole Stroeve

Office Manager

Marc van Dijk
Marc van Dijk

System Engineer

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Tom Knoop

Vision Engineer

Jaco Vis
Jaco Vis

Software Engineer

Steffen Resink
Steffen Resink

Optical Engineer

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Hein Teunissen

System Engineer

DirkDeBrouwere
Dirk De Brouwere

System Engineer

remco couwenberg
Remco Couwenberg

Project Manager Precision Optics

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Anita Gossen

Receptionist

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Huub Velthuis

Support technician

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Mustafa Sefunc

Optical Engineer

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Kasper Orsel

Optical Engineer

PRODUCT & SERVICES
Over the years our competences and track record have developed in the following application areas:

TECHNOLOGY

Vision-in-the-loop 

As camera frame rates increase, true real-time vision controlled systems will become cost-effectively available. Visual inspection loops of 2D image computing at 1,000Hz will be reality. We design and implement FPGA-based vision-in-the-loop solutions for real-time, precision quality inspection in a control & feedback loop

Hyperspectral imaging systems

Design and delivering fingerprint specific hyper- and multispectral imaging applications for measurements or inspection tasks. We enable real-time spectral-spatial decision-making by using the latest camera technology with CMOS-deposited filters.

Freeform optical components 

Finally cost-effective aspheres, rotational invariant discontinuous surfaces, structured surfaces, arrays of lenses or pyramids can be introduced in optical systems since modelling, manufacturing and measuring freeform optics is maturing. This allows focal engineers more design freedom in the areas like semiconductor development, consumer electronics (HMD, mobile phone cameras, etc.), general lighting and automotive applications (LED) and medical e.g. personalized ophthalmology.

Fluorescence microscopy 

We provide the optics for delivering, separating and measuring the excitation and (weak) emission signals. Combined with our know-how of miniature microscopes with high NA objectives we design and engineer compact solutions for demanding environments.

Low coherence interferometry 

Surface measurements in sub-mm and sub-μ range for complex shape inspection tasks in industrial environment and medical domain. Focal has realized different interferometry layouts such as Michelson and Linnik. Technology is to be applied in height profile of MEMS chip structures, fiber facet quality inspection and full-field OCT measurements.

HOW WE WORK
Though each project is unique, we have established working methods that ensure your project will be performed in phases ensuring minimization of risks and enabling success in implementation.

 

Although there are different approaches for turnkey vision systems and OEM-modules, we roughly take a similar staged approach:


  • 1. Intake     

    This phase is all about understanding your needs. You’ve found us. Maybe you’ve already sent us a brief description with images attached to explain your need in more detail. We will contact you, we will visit you and collect samples of items that are to be automatically inspected or measured. Maybe you have solution ideas that you like to discuss or evaluate. A first assessment will be done, providing you with an outlook of a future project.

  • 2. Feasibility     

    Several technical solutions and options will be evaluated, based on a more thorough insight after the intake and possibly more samples which you have given us. In cases that requirements cannot fully be defined (made SMART), the feasibility phase will be used to identify the inspection or measurement requirements. Suggested solutions for the concept design, including budget estimates, will emerge from this phase. For OEM modules we provide an overview and trade-off of concept solutions and expected performance.

  • 3. Prototyping

    In this stage you have given the ‘’Go’’ for detailed design and engineering work and we will define, purchase and have produced the components that will constitute the optical inspection module. We will choose and implement the most rigid optical imaging, illumination and vision algorithm strategy and work towards an integrated module. Your use case or user flow definitions will be implemented. For OEM manufacturers we provide detailed design and test documentation accompanied with a performance analysis.

  • 4. Productization

    In this stage we will integrate the vision module in your production environment. Establish connections with any mechanisation or mechatronics present, and interface with quality or monitoring systems in your facilities. For OEM-customers we will perform the qualification of the module and provide the means for integration of the OEM-module in your product.

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