Release: November 7, 1996
NGK succeeded to establish the mass production line for integrated optic devices in their electronic components plant, located in Komaki-city, Aichi, and started production from October 14, 1996.
IO devices, which are functional parts consisting of LN(LiNb03) with optical wave guides printed by photo lithography, several kinds of optical parts and optical fibers, are widely applied to environmental equipment; such as fiber optic gyroscopes, analog modulators for CATV, digital modulators for data transmission, optical switches, optical voltage, electric sensors and wave filters.
The new line, which was established by NGK for the mass production of IO devices, covers the entire process from producing optical wave guide chips to assembling IO devices and achieved the worlds highest productivity ranging from 5,000 a month to 10,000 a month. NGK also realized the operating cost reduction less than one tenth of the former operating cost by using their unique techniques such as precision machining and automatic fiber alignment, which provides a significant advantage to obtain OEM orders from the other manufacturers.
Due to the mass production of optic devices and the significant reduction of its operating cost, NGK is planning to have annual revenue of several billion yen in 2001.