Mitutoyo Merge and Integrate TAG Optics

Mitutoyo Corporation and TAG Optics Inc. have reached an agreement to merge and integrate TAG Optics’ business activities into Mitutoyo Corporation.

Since the acquisition of a majority stake in 2016, Mitutoyo Corporation has jointly worked with TAG Optics Inc. on the development and commercialization of the TAGLENS™ series, and has subsequently launched the TAGLENS series at the beginning of 2019.

The operations and activities of TAG Optics Inc. will be merged into Mitutoyo Corporation, and Mitutoyo will continue to further develop and release to market novel solutions to customers.

Products formerly manufactured and sold by TAG Optics Inc. were discontinued in June 2019.

The TAGLENS series of products are ideal for demanding inspection applications such as non-contact ultra-high speed inspection systems, the TAGLENS series reduces the need for mechanical focusing modules. Due to its capabilities, the TAGLENS is expected to transform the future of inspection and significantly increase productivity.

The patented technology powering the TAGLENS series of products was invented at Princeton University by a team led by Professor Craig B. Arnold, a world-renowned material scientist and laser expert. It was later developed and commercialized by TAG Optics Inc., a company co-founded by Arnold and Princeton alumnus Christian Theriault to bring the technology to market. In 2016, Mitutoyo acquired a controlling interest in TAG Optics Inc. with the intention to further develop the technology.

Mitutoyo’s TAGLENS-T1 represents a new and improved embodiment of the technology, capable of being used in demanding industrial and harsh environment while maintaining nano-second level resolution due to its state-of-the-art controller. Manufactured in the United States by Mitutoyo Optics Manufacturing America Corporation in Kirkland, Washington, TAGLENS offers an ultra-high speed variable focusing lens capable of operating in tough industrial environments.

The TAGLENS-T1 has the unique ability to change focus in 70 kHz enabling productivity and cost improvement across a wide range of quality assurance processes. Focusing speed is much faster than mechanical systems allowing TAGLENS-T1 to increase the depth-of-field of any optical system. The TAGLENS-T1 is also the first variable focus lens capable of withstanding large amount of vibrations and shock or being mounted on robotic arms while maintaining optical performance.

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