Vision Engineering Ltd is a leading-edge manufacturer of ergonomic stereo microscopes and non-contact measuring systems. Since its formation in 1958, Vision Engineering has become one of the world's most innovative and dynamic microscope manufacturers, with offices across Europe, Asia and North America.
Engineers and scientists worldwide use our systems for a wide range of general magnification, inspection and measurement application in both industrial and life science markets. More than 300,000 units have been installed worldwide to date.
Vision Engineering's main manufacturing base is at Send near Woking in Surrey, UK. Further commercial and assembly activities are carried out at a second site in Woking. Vision has a North American division, which manufactures in Danbury, Connecticut, USA and operates direct sales and distribution networks from regional offices on the East and West coasts.
The company also has additional subsidiaries in Japan, China, France, Germany, Italy and the Benelux countries, plus a network of over 120 stock holding and fully trained distributors servicing all other developed countries. New distribution opportunities are always considered.
Vision Engineering Ltd is certified for the quality management system ISO 9001:2008. A process of continual improvement from measured processes enables the company to measure and maintain the highest levels of quality across the company.
Export and Distribution
With over 80% of manufacturing output exported, Vision recognises the importance of strong distributor relationships and in 1991 received the Queen's Award for Export. Other accolades include the Prince of Wales Award for Technical Innovation in 1997 and a Queen's Award for Technology in 1974.
Patented Optical Technology
Vision Engineering holds world patents for optical techniques which remove the need for conventional binocular microscope eyepieces. These techniques are employed in Vision's Dynascope®, Expanded-Pupil and Spatial Imaging optical systems and offer users advanced ergonomics, optical clarity and reduced eyestrain leading to improved productivity and accuracy. An example of the benefit of eyepieceless optics can be illustrated in the success of Vision's Mantis stereo viewer.
Launched in 1994, the original Mantis was designed to fill the gap between a bench magnifier and a microscope. Since then, Mantis became the stereo viewer of choice, with in excess of 130,000 units installed worldwide.
Vision Engineering's new Mantis family was introduced in 2005 and has built on the success of the original.
Research and Development
In recent years, a substantial research and development programme has been the key to success, ensuring that new and existing products are continually developed to meet the needs of science and manufacturing. Vision Engineering continues to lead the way in optical innovation and technology with new products and technology continually under development.