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Universal Photonics

Universal Photonics Inc.

Map85 Jetson Lane
Central Islip, NY 11722
United States
Phone: +1 516-935-4000
Fax: +1 516-935-4039
Toll-free: +1 800-645-7173
“Name the application, we have solutions,” is more than a slogan. It’s what keeps Universal Photonics a world-leader in critical surface preparation material, processing machinery and equipment. Spanning nearly a century, our commitment to surfacing technology in all phases of fabrication has one mission: Providing advanced products for grinding, lapping and polishing processes, augmented by expert technical assistance and service.

UPI’s commitment to research and development assures your unique application is met with processing solutions advanced from the latest surfacing technologies and on-target for an extensive range of optical materials, including sapphire, spinel, silicon, silicon carbide, germanium, aluminum oxide, and zirconia, as well as other ceramics, plastic and polymers. As manufacturer and exclusive distributor for some of the best-known machines worldwide, UPI brings the latest technological advancements in optics fabrication to the production floor. With a catalog of 9000+ products, state-of-art laboratory, ISO-certified manufacturing facilities, a reliable distribution network worldwide, and Application Engineers working closely with customers, your precise application needs are met head on.
Polishing Compounds and Abrasives from Universal Photonics
  • Comprehensive line of powders, slurries, and compounds meeting the requirements of most any grinding, lapping and polishing application.
  • Advanced formulations: cerium and rare earth oxides, colloidal silica, aluminum oxide, natural and manmade diamond, from sub-micron particle sizes up.
  • Distinctive collection of polishes for nano-processing.
Grinding and Polishing Machinery from Universal Photonics
  • Engineered to provide accurate, cost effective lapping, grinding, and generating for a wide variety of substrates.
Polishing Pitch and Adhesives from Universal Photonics
  • For glass, ceramics, crystals, metals, infrared materials, and other exotics. Custom formulations when applicable.
  • The unique characteristics of PITCH - softening/melting point, viscosity, hardness, elasticity, and “tackiness” - define the applications for which it’s best suited. Includes varieties for blocking, continuous polishing, grinding, stacking & mounting.
  • Adhesives cover a variety of functions in the manufacturing process. Choose high-tack, high-coverage, or fast drying for either permanent or easy to remove usage. Some may even replace blocking wax and pitch.
  • Thermoplastic adhesives, blends/synthetics, cements, epoxies.
  • Complementing dispensing, heating, holding, mixing, and cleaning equipment available.
Polishing material and pads from Universal Photonics
  • From pre- to final-polish, with critical surface requirements ranging from commercial grade to zero defect.
  • Wide range of materials including abrasive-filled, synthetics, felts, natural fibers, and more, covering a variety of substrates - silicon wafers, quartz, even ophthalmic lenses!
  • Featuring LP UNALON, UPI’s proprietary micro-cellular foam elastomer, engineered for unique contours and critical tolerances. Available abrasive-filled or unfilled, in a variety of forms, thick-nesses and sizes.
  • 3M’s TRIZACT diamond tiles for faster cut rates with less subsurface damage. Perfect for harder ceramics and brittle substrates.
  • V Technology, UPI’s patented abrasive-impregnated media, offers a variety of peripheral and cup wheels, spindles, and tools for polishing, pre-polishing, and lapping.
Additives and Chemicals from Universal Photonics
  • UNIVERSAL PHOTONICS has a full spectrum of products to enhance and accelerate for greater stock removal, more refined finish, decreased lapping / polishing time, or to secure equipment performance and end-cycle cleanliness.
  • Dispersing agents, surfactants, cleaners and solvents, as well as oil and water-based coolants and other helpful accessories to assist the production process.
Cleaners and degreasers from Universal Photonics
  • Efficient solutions for most any clean-up job, including but not limited to oil, grease, ink, adhesive deposits, lens markings, residues or other contaminants.
  • For removing pitch or low-melt wax.
  • Non-toxic and considered safe for industrial use.
  • Variety of chemical formulations for effective defoaming. Count on UPI to deliver the most efficient foam-combative solution.
Filterins and Chilling Machinery from Universal Photonics
  • Engineered to interface with fining/polishing machinery for increased lens quality, reduced operating costs, and environmental compliance.
  • Wide range of filtration solutions from Turbo-HKS; with centralized, fully automatic coolant and cleaning supply systems for multiple in-line generators via CENTRIFUGES, Separators, and Compactors. Customized configurations.
  • Patented CHILLMATES series for water or slurry maintain constant cool temperatures, eliminate unwanted fluctuations and reduce lens defects.
  • Membrane filtering technology and LEAD REMOVAL systems. MEGAVAP LIQUID ELIMINATION systems to deal with waste liquid efficiently and cost effectively.
Optical Tooling from Universal Photonics
  • Full line-up of optical tooling includes all size laps including custom configurations and sizes >96” laps.
  • Precision gauges & spot blocks.
  • Ready-to-ship and customizable work holders, templates and carriers.
CDGM OPTICAL GLASS: As the world’s largest producer of optical glass, CDGM offers equivalent glass types for nearly all known optical glasses and can develop new types to meet unique specifications. The most popular CDGM products are inventoried in the USA, exclusively distributed by UNIVERSAL PHOTONICS, which means most orders can be expedited quickly.
CDGM optical glass from Universal Photonics
Established: 1926
Employees: 150
Facility area (sq ft): 150,000
Ownership type: Privately Owned
Neil Johnson, President
Jen Laico, Sr. Director, Sales
Richard Nastasi, EVP, Sales & Market Development, North Amer./Europe
Arthur Mattsson, Director, Product Development
opticsAbrasivesAdditives and ChemicalsAdhesivesCentrifugeCerium and Rare EarthsChilling and FilteringCleaners and DegreasersCoatingsCompounds Slurries and PowdersContinuous PolishingCoolantsDefoamersDetergentsDiamondGrinding and Polishing MachineryLappingOptical ToolingPolishing PadsProcessing EquipmentSolvents
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