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Optical Wizard Automated Lens Selector

Navitar, Inc.

ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 4, 2006 -- Machine vision optic manufacturer Navitar Inc. has introduced the Optical Wizard, a patent-pending automated lens selector that generates basic and customized solutions for machine-vision applications.

"You no longer need to have an Optical Engineering degree or know complex formulas and technical data to choose a lens," said Navitar's director of new product development, William Bridson, "Navitar has harnessed its engineering expertise into the easy-to-use Optical Wizard to make lens selection simple."

The Optical Wizard simply requires entering the fundamental parameters of an imaging system, such as field of view (FOV), working distance, camera format/sensor size, and type of camera mount -- or even camera pixel size, for applications where the ability to resolve fine detail is critical.

Basic lens systems can easily be customized if a user has more complex requirements, the company said. The Optical Wizard offers a step-by-step process for adding motorization, lighting, polarization and various mechanical features. If a zoom lens is required for an application, the Wizard computes the formulas for changing the numerical aperture with zoom setting, the impact of coaxial illumination on image format and other complex algorithms.

Once application data is entered, the Optical Wizard quickly assesses the input and provides various lens choices from leading lens manufacturers such as Navitar, Melles Griot, Rodenstock, Fujinon and Mitutoyo. The Optical Wizard lists exactly how fine a detail the selected lenses will the user resolve, magnification ranges, working distance, field coverage and depth of field of each lens option.

In addition to the Optical Wizard, Navitar's redesigned Web site features access to an online shopping cart, easier navigation and better search capabilities. Other enhancements include CAD drawings, 2-D renderings, more detailed product information and easy access to dealer contact information.

For more information, visit:; e-mail:

200 Commerce Dr.
Rochester, NY 14623
Phone: (585) 359-4000
Toll Free: (800) 828-6778
Fax:(585) 359-4999

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