Optical Measurement Technology

Optical measurement in the manufacturing process - in the process cycle and in motion



For non-contact optical metrology in the manufacturing process, it is important to have the right measuring principles, but especially robust and precise optical components.  Telecentric lenses are generally used where changes in distance and position of the test object influence the measuring accuracy. They are predestined for precise measuring applications.

Telecentric lenses in optical metrology


Telecentric objective and telecentric lighting
Telecentric objectives work particularly effectively and precisely in telecentric transmitted light. This is associated with an extremely low sensitivity to extraneous and disturbing light. 


Telecentric lens in combination with diffuse transmitted lighting. - The diameters are determined too small compared to telecentric illumination.


With telecentric lenses, changes in distance do not change the size of the image but only the sharpness of the image.
This makes the use of the lens robust against changes in the position of the test object in the range of the depth of field.


Due to the parallel beam path, telecentric lenses are also preferred for measuring tasks of parts with optically critical surfaces and material properties (strong gloss, optically active materials, variable edge shape, glass).

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In our extensive portfolio of combinable products for machine vision specialists, you will find a large selection of telecentric lenses and matching telecentric lighting.



Frequently asked questions

In optical metrology, telecentric lighting and telecentric lens work best together. The telecentric illumination serves the aperture of the telecentric lens. Lens aperture and illumination aperture can be optimally matched to each other by the adjustable aperture.
In this way, edge transitions can be mapped and detected very precisely on the sensor using the shadow casting principle. With two-dimensional illumination, on the other hand, the scattered light causes an artificial shift of the edge location. This can result in an inaccurate measurement.
The stray light apparently shifts the edge inwards. In this case, the bolt diameter at the widest point would be measured too small.


Telecentric lighting can only be used together with telecentric lenses.

Yes, ..... in the product catalogue of the telecentric lenses, under "combinable with", you will find the matching telecentric lighting.

Within the visible spectrum, monochromatic image examinations with blue light are most effective. The lenses of our vicotar® BLUE Vision series are specially designed for this spectral range. - Here they deliver maximum resolution with the greatest possible depth of field.


Resolution and depth of field are two optical parameters that work against each other. The more a lens is stopped down, the more blurred its image becomes due to the increasing diffraction and consequently the less details can be resolved. Industrial image processing, however, demands both: maximum resolution with the greatest possible depth of field. The newly developed lens series "Blue Vision" takes this demand into account. It takes advantage of the fact that the smaller the wavelength of the light used, the smaller the diffraction effects. This is reflected in the resolution in the opposite way: If the wavelength is halved, the resolution is doubled.


For example, if a lens at f-number 10 produces a diffraction disc of 8 micrometres radius with red light (650nm), then with blue light (450nm) it is only 5.5 micrometres, so the blur is almost a third less, which corresponds to the ratio of the wavelengths.

It follows from the sampling theorem of signal processing:  The lower the wavelength of the illumination used, the higher the achievable optical resolution.
Therefore, within the visible spectrum, monochromatic image examinations with blue light are most effective. 
The lenses of our vicotar® BLUE Vision series are specially designed for this spectral range. - Here they provide maximum measurement accuracy with the greatest possible depth of field. 


The working distance is the distance between the test object and the first body edge of the optical system from the direction of the test object. 
It is specified as a practical measurement for lenses in image processing. 
Inserted optical components, e.g. filters, protective glasses, prism attachments and mechanical accessories must be included (magnification of the optical path length). The working distance (WD) is given in mm. 
Abbreviation in German: AA 


A fundamental measure of lens sizing is the determination of the field of view that can be served by the lens. The size of the field of view is either dependent on the focal length and working distance of the lens used (entocentric lenses) or it is fixed by design (telecentric and hypercentric lenses). 


A lens can only produce a limited size of image, limited by constructive conditions on the lens. The image size is measured and specified for the lens at the point where the image is in focus (contact dimension). Due to the rotationally symmetrical construction of almost all lenses, the surface on which the image is formed is a circle. Thus, the maximum image circle diameter is often specified for lenses. Alternatively, the maximum usable image sensor size is given. 

The ratio of the image sensor size to the field of view size results in the magnification / reduction - the image scale. It has a significant influence on the pixel resolution, i.e. which smallest details can be recognised by the image sensor.
With entocentric lenses, the magnification can be changed by changing the working distance. If the distance is reduced, the magnification becomes larger. 
With most telecentric lenses, the magnification and thus the field of view is fixed by design and cannot be changed.

The optical construction of telecentric lenses is relatively long due to the principle and requires sufficient installation space. 
In any case, an exact alignment between lens, test object and illumination in several axes is necessary. If this is not done, considerable errors can occur due to parallel projection, especially with deep test objects. Optical test equipment for alignment → alignment aids are used. 


Optical adjustment aid for right-angled alignment of telecentric lenses to the test object. This avoids measurement errors caused by incorrect alignment of the test object to the telecentric lens (parallel projection). Two factory-aligned plane glass plates with crosshairs are brought into alignment by adjusting (tilting) the telecentric lens by 2 tilting axes. Once this has been done, it can be assumed that the optical axis of the objective is aligned perpendicular to the support surface of the adjustment aid with only slight deviations. 

To realise such high-precision measurement set-ups, our components can be supplemented with the appropriate accessories.  
Space problems and changes in the direction of observation can be achieved with deflection mirrors. This, as well as the matching holders, can be found in the product catalogue on this website.





Measuring set-up with angled telecentric lighting and angled telecentric objective.

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