LightPath Technologies, Inc. announced it has been awarded a $500,000 follow-on order for a variety of infrared (IR) optics from a major American manufacturer of thermal imaging cameras. The IR optics will be manufactured from LightPath's proprietary Black Diamond 6 ™ (BD6™) infrared material. The finished lenses will be used in products sold into the industrial marketplace, including automotive, commercial trades, firefighting, law enforcement, hunting, and outdoor recreational applications.
"This follow-on order from one of the world's leading IR camera original equipment manufacturers is another vote of confidence in the quality of LightPath's optical engineering and manufacturing capabilities," said Jim Gaynor, President and Chief Executive Officer of LightPath. "Total sales of BD6 optics aggregate to $1.5 million for this customer alone in less than 6 months. We are incredibly pleased with the traction we are experiencing for a new product launch which validates our best-in-class optical technology innovation.
"Our new line of BD6 lenses along with our entire line of IR optics as well as our Precision Molded Optics (PMO) lenses can be used in a variety of end markets. LightPath is fortunate to have strength through diversification of materials, manufacturing methods, product categories, customers, and end markets. New BD6 products are having a meaningful impact on the growth of our sales to the Industrial sector, one of our 6 vertical end markets. The other markets include Catalogs/Distributors, Defense, Medical, Telecommunications/Networking, and Other."
Products to be produced under the contract announced today will be manufactured at LightPath's Zhenjiang, China facility and shipped over the next 12-18 months. LightPath's products have been in increasing demand due to its ability of lowering the cost and improving the functionality of component and integrated optical technologies. The cost competitive delivery of these components and assemblies are being facilitated by the significant investments LightPath has made in diamond turning, molding technology, coating capabilities, and staffing.
BD6™ thermal imaging lenses and related assemblies are produced using the Black DiamondTM chalcogenide-based glass compound developed and grown internally by LightPath. LightPath's new BD6TM chalcogenide line of infrared lenses is an ideal alternative to products made from germanium. Chalcogenide glass material is inherently optically athermal in addition to offering great transmission over a very wide range of temperature, making it ideal for diversified industrial uses. LightPath is well-positioned with a robust product suite for a broad range of thermal imaging, sensory and measurement applications.