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Optical Gaging Products Celebrates 75th Anniversary

OPG celebrates milestone anniversary as a leading manufacturer of precision multisensor metrology systems for industrial quality control.

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Optical Gaging Products (OGP), a division of Quality Vision International Inc., is celebrating its milestone 75th anniversary as a leading manufacturer of precision multisensor metrology systems for industrial Quality Control.

“In my time with the company, I have witnessed a dramatic change in how optical instruments perform measurement,” says Edward T. Polidor, chairman and CEO. “When OGP was founded 75 years ago, users typically relied on microscopes and optical comparators, depending entirely on their own judgement to ascertain the measurement. Today, the modern automatic video measuring system is completely computer controlled, using video cameras that depend little on the operator’s visual skills to produce accurate measurements. How these systems became more accurate, automated, faster and ever more capable is OGP’s contribution to this remarkable transformation.”

OGP has enjoyed a long history of innovation. The company started from humble beginnings in postwar 1945 producing optical comparators. Automatic edge detection for the optical comparator was developed in 1956 in the form of Projectron, an early electro-optical image sensing system. OGP introduced the first revolutionary computer-controlled automatic video measuring system in 1980 – the Vidicom Qualifier. Then, OGP pioneered multisensor measurement by adding lasers and touch probes to video systems starting in 1986 with the IQ-2000, and the technology advancements continue today with a wide range of powerful multi-sensing systems.

OGP systems have played a vital role in ensuring the quality of component parts used in a wide variety of industrial success stories — from personal computers and smartphones, to digital video and electric cars – even the space program. Consumer products produced around the world contain parts measured on OGP systems. OGP is proud to be the leading optical technology innovator and pacesetter in the industry.

“We have been an international company for over half of our 75 years, having established subsidiary offices in multiple countries, and channel partners covering every industrialized corner of the globe to support our growing list of customers on a local basis,” says R. Stephen Flynn, president of OGP. “During our anniversary celebration, we recognize and celebrate our channel partners and employees for being such an integral part of our success over these 75 years.”