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Getting to Know Your Optical Coater: Why a Consultation Benefits Your Supply Chain

Posted by Chris Murphy on Oct 10, 2016 3:15:00 PM

Having optical coating work done is often perceived by optics systems designers and fabricators as risky, expensive, and painful – sort of like going to the dentist. But it doesn’t have to be like this. When you establish a relationship with an experienced coating partner the risks within your optics supply chain are mitigated.

suppy_chain_link_consultation.jpgHow do you find the right coating partner for your company? At VisiMax, we explore possible partnerships by offering a free consultation. This initial meeting allows us to gain a better understanding of the customer's project goals, and gives the customer an opportunity to get to know all the things VisiMax can provide “beyond the specifications.” The consultation also gives our expert staff the information they need to select the option that will best meet the customer's application requirements. This type of consultation is all about selecting the right optical coating solution.

In order to create value within the optics supply chain, we offer what we feel are the five most important qualities in a coating partner. In that first meeting, along with learning about your project and specification, we discuss:


The most important attribute of a good optics supply chain partner is the ability to consistently and reliably achieve specifications. When you are entrusting your coating supplier with your expensive optical components, coating failure is simply unacceptable.

Speed to Market

The consumer markets served by the precision optics industry are highly competitive and evolve quickly because of rapid changes in consumer preferences. Speed is almost always a key driver of product adoption in the optics market. Optical coating is often one of the last steps in the supply chain, so project deadlines are often looming and speed is even more critical.


Most optics companies are really good at engineering and spec review. However, the manufacturing and execution components of a project are often considered separately and sometimes given secondary importance. As an ISO-certified manufacturing company, VisiMax invests tirelessly in our people and process to ensure on-time and on-budget completion of every project we take on.

Managed Inventory

For high volume projects, VisiMax has experience managing inventory, both in-house and on-site at a customer’s facility. We manage every detail of the coating project so that you can focus on the other important areas of your business.

An Extension of Your Business

At VisiMax, we view ourselves as our customers’ co-workers, and our customers treat us that way. With open and proactive communication, flexible manufacturing scheduling, and consistent follow-through, it’s easy to establish a smooth-functioning, successful partnership.

If you're ready to start your free optical coating consultation, contact us to schedule a meeting. We look forward to working together!

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Topics: Supply Chain, Business Development

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