Leica is an internationally operating, premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. The legendary status of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of excellence in the construction of lenses and optical devices. And today, in combination with innovative technologies, Leica products continue to guarantee better pictures in all situations in the worlds of visualisation and perception. Innovative products have been the driving force behind the company’s positive development in recent years.
Technology & innovation
The Technology and Innovation Department is formed by a multidisciplinary and highly motivated young team. It started its activities in Leica Portugal in 2017. Based on the experience in product development at Leica and in close proximity to Production and Assembly, it meets the requirements favourable to the development of products with potential benefits for production and customer. Mechanical Engineering, Optical Design and Electronic Engineering are the main areas of activity.
Development of high precision mechanical solutions oriented to the design of premium Electro-Opto-Mechanical products with greater relevance in Binoculars Riflescopes, and Objectives, as well as accessories and similar products.
Construction is done with state of the art 3D modeling software and technical drawings matched to accuracy.
In the broad field that is optics, our main task at Leica is to work with geometrical optics in order to get the most aberration free optical system for consumer products. Analysis of ghosts, straylight, sensitivities and Monte Carlo are needed to ensure the feasibility and premium quality known by the Leica brand. Using unmatched synergy with Mechanics and Electronics, our rangefinder techniques are a market leader.
Development of small electronic circuits to incorporate into the reliable Leica products.
It is worth noting:
•Schematic drawing in CAD
•Development of PCB layouts in CAD
•Development of electronic circuits
The Optics Section consists of two large production areas: the Flat Optics where prisms are produced for binoculars and cameras, and the Spherical Optics where lenses are produced for LEICA binoculars, scopes and objectives.
The Mechanics section is divided into two production areas:
In these two production areas, raw materials are transformed into components of great technical specification and high surface finishes that encompass all Leica products.
The process of manual and sequential assembly of our products allows for an almost handmade production method that never deviates from the standards of quality and excellence that characterize the wide range of LEICA products.
|The result of decades of experience is a renowned series of cameras and lenses, and an excellent range of sport optics products, including telescopic sights, observation binoculars, Rangefinders binoculars and telescopes.|
|João Tiago Silva|
Physicist at Technology & Inovation Department
I work at Leica in the Technology and Innovation department. My role is the product optical design. We develop different optical systems for consumer optics, namely photo-lenses, binoculars, rifle scopes and rangefinders. As this market is very competitive, the technology must always be state of the art and maintain its robustness which gives us the opportunity to always be challenging our knowledge and improve our capabilities.
Physicist at Quality Management Department
I am a physicist working at Leica in the Quality Management Department, highly directed to the Technology and Laboratory structures.
My position is quite challenging, as I am responsible for the monitoring and calibration of several high-end optical equipments that validate Leica products, as well as for the implementation of new optical measuring techniques to validate/measure new optical and mechanical products.
Physicist at Technology & Optics Department
As a Leica Physicists that works directly in the production, I’m challenged every day to keep, develop and have a robust and efficient processes to produce the best optics. Also when new products came from the development department to production, a multidisciplinary team starts to work together to have the lenses and prisms produced. For this we have to study the glasses characteristics and together with measurements devices like interferometers, spectrophotometers, etc. we produce those parts. Next we perform the coating of the parts with a plasma assisted multilayer Anti Reflection (AR) coating in Hi-vacuum chambers.
In all this processes the knowledge of a physicists is needed in a daily basis to keep pushing the limits to have the best Hi-resolution optics in the consumer market.
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