Conant Optical Leverages Industry-Academia-Research Collaboration to Forge Strong Synergies

HONG KONG, June 11, 2024 – (ACN Newswire) – Shanghai Conant Optical Co., Ltd. (“Conant Optical” or the “Company”, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”; stock code: 2276.HK), the global leading provider of optical lens products and services, is pleased to announce that its subsidiary Jiangsu Conant Optics Co., Ltd. (“Jiangsu Conant Optics”) signed a technology development (entrusted) contract (the “Contract”) with the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics (CIOMP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences on 7 June 2024 to jointly promote the automation upgrade of optical lens manufacturing. On the same day, Jiangsu Conant Optics also signed a technology development contract with the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology. The two parties will leverage their respective strengths to collaborate on the research and development (R&D) of optical lenses with better optical performance and field of vision.

These two technology collaborations will help Conant Optical further consolidate its leading position in the optical lens industry and provide customers with higher quality products and services. The Company will continue to increase its R&D investment, committed to driving technological innovation in the industry to meet the ever-changing market demands.

Left to right: Li Yuanfeng, Technician of Conant Optical; Fan Hongbin, Deputy General Manager of Conant Optical; Wang Chuanbao, Technical Director of Conant Optical; Xiang Huazhong, Associate Professor at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology; Ma Lefei, Master's Student at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology; Wang Bingcheng, Master's Student at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology.
Left to right: Li Yuanfeng, Technician of Conant Optical; Fan Hongbin, Deputy General Manager of Conant Optical; Wang Chuanbao, Technical Director of Conant Optical; Xiang Huazhong, Associate Professor at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology; Ma Lefei, Master’s Student at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology; Wang Bingcheng, Master’s Student at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology.
Photo of the signing ceremony of the technology development contract between Wang Chuanbao (left), Technical Director of Conant Optical and Xiang Huazhong (right), Associate Professor at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology.
Photo of the signing ceremony of the technology development contract between Wang Chuanbao (left), Technical Director of Conant Optical and Xiang Huazhong (right), Associate Professor at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology.

Promoting the upgrade of automated production

The optical lens industry that Conant Optical is in is a technology-intensive industry. With the continuous upgrade of the Company’s product mix, the product R&D and production process requires the comprehensive application of precision optics, mechanics and electronics, as well as the mastery of precision manufacturing technology, which places high demands on the Company’s technical level and R&D capabilities. This collaboration with CIOMP is based on their years of expertise and knowledge accumulated in robotic polishing technology. The two parties plan to develop R&D projects and incubate them, and ultimately realize the domestic mass production of glass mold surface polishing equipment in Changchun Changguang DAQI , thereby replacing the need for imported solutions .

Conant Optical has a veteran technical team that continuously promotes the upgrade of lens processing technology through independent R&D. The Company has always attached great importance to industry-academia-research collaboration and actively promoted technological breakthroughs and product innovation. Last year, as one of the few suppliers of 1.74 refractive index lenses in Mainland China, Conant Optical successfully collaborated with the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology to develop a 1.74 refractive index lens product. This year, it will continue to develop functional lens products with different refractive indices, significantly improving the field of vision and wearing comfort, achieving a comprehensive upgrade of products and expanding the scope for personalized customization.

Deepening industry-academia-research collaboration to continuously lead technological innovation

Mr. Fei Zhengxiang, Chairman of the Board and General Manager of Conant Optical, said, “R&D capabilities are crucial to the success of business operations and market competitiveness. Over the years, we have been committed to upgrading R&D equipment and actively promoting industry-academia-research collaboration to continuously enhance our R&D capabilities and competitiveness. This collaboration with CIOMP will allow us to share access to professional talent and technical resources, which will help further improve our manufacturing level and product competitiveness. In the future, we will continue to explore more cross-industry collaboration opportunities, work with experts from various fields to create high-quality optical lens products, and fully utilize accelerated strategic optimization and upgrading to provide consumers with enhanced visual experience.”

The growing applications of the optical industry is driving the continuous upgrading and iteration of product technologies. This industry-academia-research collaboration once again demonstrates Conant Optical’s long-term commitment to R&D. Through close collaboration with the academic community, it not only continuously improves the performance and quality of Conant Optical’s lens products, but also consolidates its leading position in the industry. Industry-academia-research collaboration can forge strong synergies, accelerate the translation of research results, continuously explore sustainable innovative business models, which will drive the Company’s steady development and lead industry advancement, creating a win-win situation, and promoting the innovative development of the entire industry.

About Conant Optical

Shanghai Conant Optical Co., Ltd. (“Conant Optical” or the “Company”, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”; stock code: 2276.HK) is a global leading provider of optical lens products and services. The Group is committed to delivering efficient and comprehensive one-stop services through the Customer to Manufacturer (C2M) business model, meeting the diverse needs of customers for personalized, differentiated, premium, and customized lenses. In terms of the revenue generated from sales of resin lenses, the Group is the only company headquartered in China among the top ten global market participants. The Group’s sales network spans 90 countries and markets worldwide, including but not limited to China, the United States, Japan, India, Australia, Thailand, Germany and Brazil.

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Japan – NEC launches Optical Fiber Sensing Solution using AI

NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701) announced today that it has begun sales of the “NEC Intelligent Optical Fiber Sensing Solution,” a solution that allows Communications Service Providers (CSP) and optical fiber owners from around the world to utilize optical fiber as a sensor. This solution contributes to infrastructure maintenance by using AI to analyze vibrations detected with optical fibers, thereby enabling the detection of abnormalities, such as fiber damage, and helping to prevent future damages.

This solution utilizes NEC’s optical fiber sensing technology, which is one of the first technologies of its kind, to enable sensing from existing optical fibers that are conventionally used for communications.

In addition to a sensing device attached to one end of the optical fiber, this solution consists of software with a function that detects vibrations and external conditions that may cause an abnormality, and a mapping function that accurately displays location information, such as the latitude and longitude of a fiber section.

In recent years, with the spread of high-speed, high-capacity communications for 5G, the importance of optical fiber has increased, and more fiber is continually being installed. As a result, there is a growing impact from communications failures caused by damaged fibers. CSP and optical fiber owners need a system to support the efficient maintenance and management of fiber. In addition, as optical fiber installations increase, it is increasingly difficult for CSP and optical fiber owners to quickly identify damaged areas in the event of fiber breakage, making it challenging for operators and maintenance personnel to quickly make repairs.

This solution, however, detects signs of potential fiber cable damage caused by unexpected construction work, deterioration, etc., by detecting vibrations that differ from normal conditions, and also enables quick identification and repair of damaged areas by precise mapping of fiber location information.

NEC has already examined the possibility of using optical fiber sensing technology to detect cracks in utility poles. Moreover, NEC and Verizon have conducted joint field experiments of a traffic monitoring system in the United States, where the companies confirmed the effectiveness of a traffic monitoring solution* for assessing roadway traffic conditions. This is in addition to the companies also verifying the effectiveness of the new NEC Intelligent Optical Fiber Sensing Solution in the field.

“Optical fiber cable networks are becoming increasingly important as 5G becomes more prevalent. We have been working for many years on the practical application of fiber sensing utilizing optical fiber networks, and are excited to capitalize on this technology in order to improve the efficiency of network operations,” said, Kazuhiro Tagawa, General Manager, 1st Network Service Division, NEC Corporation.

In the future, NEC will expand the application of this solution and aims to create new value across a variety of fields, such as utilizing information acquired through wide-area monitoring with existing fibers to enhance the services of smart cities.

Solution Features

Fiber Cable Cut Prevention – Prevents fiber damage by detecting abnormal vibrations
By analyzing vibrations detected by the fiber, it is possible to automatically detect vibration sources, such as construction machinery, that may cut the fiber. This helps to prevent accidental fiber damage by identifying unusual vibrations caused by construction, etc.
Fiber Cable Position Locator – Accurate mapping of fiber locations allows for quick identification and repair of damages

The exact location of a fiber section can be conveniently mapped, allowing users to quickly identify damaged areas in the event of a failure. This helps when an abnormality is detected by sending an alert to an operator in real time, thereby supporting efficient repair work through accurate instructions from operators to maintenance personnel.

For More Information
Optical Fiber Sensing:
https://www.nec.com/en/global/solutions/ofs/

*Verizon and NEC just made fiber sensing a whole lot easier
https://www.nec.com/en/press/201910/global_20191008_02.html

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation has established itself as a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies while promoting the brand statement of “Orchestrating a brighter world.” NEC enables businesses and communities to adapt to rapid changes taking place in both society and the market as it provides for the social values of safety, security, fairness and efficiency to promote a more sustainable world where everyone has the chance to reach their full potential. For more information, visit NEC at https://www.nec.com.