Optics come in all shapes and sizes, and can be easily damaged with contact. This usually eliminates bulk packaging as an option for optics molders forcing companies to individually wrap lenses by hand. The specialty materials for packaging lenses are generally expensive, but the largest cost factor is the labour to hand wrap each lens individually.
This is the case with multiple optics molders in the Upstate, NY region. Shepherd’s solution was a shipping tray with custom pockets specially designed to avoid any contact with the delicate optical surfaces. This is done at the Technical Design Centre at Shepherd Thermoforming and Packaging Inc. in Brampton. Engineers used solid files of the optical lens to create specific contact points in the tray for holding the lens secure in the pocket. The tray design showing detailed part fit within the pocket was presented to the customer by our local NY Sales Representative for review and approval. This step by step design process, and on site support created a clear set of requirements and solution for the client.