From smartphones to drones, demand for smaller and better cameras embedded within miniaturized devices continues to grow. In fact, more than 1.5 billion mobile devices produced in 2013 include cameras. Minimally-invasive medical cameras can be the size of a grain of salt, while defense agencies strive to develop tiny but sophisticated cameras for insect-sized drones.
The manufacturing process for these micro-sized precision instruments demands special techniques to ensure near-perfect optics alignment. Jabil uses a technique called active alignment to position lenses precisely based on actual camera output. When active alignment is built into the automation process, these devices can be built more cost-effectively, at scale, with the highest accuracy.