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Understanding Surface Quality: A Practical Guide

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Surface quality is one of the most scrutinized specifications in the optics industry. It is critical that the suppliers and customers have a consistent approach during the inspection process. These guidelines are intended to help ease communication between suppliers and customers for better products and business.

John C. Smith, Rocky Mountain Instrument Co. (RMI)

Surface quality has become one of the most poorly understood specifications in the optics industry. A significant portion of the confusion stems from the two major competing (and largely incompatible) standards, Mil-PRF-13830B, and ISO 10110. Both standards have advantages and weaknesses, and there are even pervasive misconceptions about what they actually say. Further complicating matters, the testing methods used by different shops vary substantially because only a few shops actually use the test methods specified in the standards. It is critical to understand the technical impact,...Read full article

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