For years, the PrismMaster® Series has been
one of the most accurate and versatile product
lines on the market dedicated to angular
measurements of prisms, polygons, and
many other optical components.
This innovative concept is based on our firm
belief that angular measurements of prisms,
wedge plates, and polygons can be much
simpler and more efficient and that the potential
for significant improvements in the
measurement accuracy is far from being exhausted.
Already in 1997, TRIOPTICS replaced visual
measurement with more objective and precise
electronic measurement for the first time
in the optical industry. Therefore, the visual autocollimators
were replaced with electronic
autocollimators in all PrismMaster® instruments.
Another highlight of the concept was simple,
like any great innovation: the classical, but
complicated rotation of the measuring head,
tiresome and difficult for the operator, was
eliminated. It was an obvious and simple
idea to replace it by the rotation of the sample
table which can be easily automated using
a motorized drive and appropriate software.
The advantages of the new concept in terms
of accuracy and handling quickly convinced
- Significant increase in measurement accuracy
due to the use of electronic autocollimators
- Elimination of subjective operator error during
the the visual adjustment of the test
- Very short measurement times and simple
operation (no rotation of the measurement
head under continuous operator monitoring)
- Simple automation of measurement
These basic components of the new concept
were complemented by a comprehensive
but clearly designed new software package.
This allowed TRIOPTICS to pursue the ambitious
goal of replacing the complicated adjustment
and measurement steps, which only
professional operators were able to control by
a simple and automated procedure.
Already with the first version of the software
(over 10 years ago), the most important goals
were consistently achieved.
- The precise, time-consuming alignment of
the prism surfaces toward the axis of the
autocollimator was eliminated. This did not
just save a work-intensive measurement
step, but meant that measurement accuracy
no longer depended on that alignment
and the operator's qualification.
- The precise tilt adjustment of the test sample
to the autocollimator was no longer
necessary: the tilt of the test sample was
automatically measured and automatically
compensated by the software. The tiltable
table is now needed only for the alignment
of test samples with extremely slanted surfaces.
- Pyramidal errors can be measured quickly
and accurately without laborious adjustment
of the surfaces of the prism.
Building on the extensive TRIOPTICS experience
in this field, taking in consideration new
impulses and many ideas of our customers,
the PrismMaster® software was further developed
and equipped with new and unique
The latest generation of the software, PrismMaster® 3, combines unique special knowledge
of angular and refraction index measurements
with modern software architecture. We provide every customer a solution custom-tailored to their specific needs that contributes
to the optimization of the measurement
Analyzing the development of the market for
angular measurements on optical components
over the past few years, it is clear that
the PrismMaster® product series and the
modern product concept behind it are an
overwhelming success: The PrismMaster® series
is the first of its class anywhere in the
world, and the product name PrismMaster® has become a synonym for precision goniometers.