LIA Corporate Member Profile – CVI Melles Griot

LIA Corporate Member CVI Melles Griot serves the semiconductor, biotech, industrial, commercial, aerospace and research industries, and is a leading global supplier of photonics products including optical components and systems, lasers, motion-control systems, laser measurement instrumentation and opto-mechanical hardware. Placing equal focus on customer service and innovative research, CVI Melles Griot is a major OEM supplier, proficient in high-volume fabrication of standard and custom optical components, advanced thin-film coatings and complex optical systems incorporating lasers, optics and alignment systems.

Company Background

Founded in 1959 and headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, CVI Melles Griot operates manufacturing facilities in New Mexico, California, New York, the British Isles, Japan and South Korea with sales representatives and distributors located worldwide.

CVI continuously maintains an extensive depth of technological and applications expertise. Their seasoned design and development teams represent disciplines in laser physics, optical design, thin-film coating technology, mechanical and thermal management, electronics, software development, manufacturing, and quality engineering. In total, more than a third of the company’s employees are engineers and scientists. Additionally, a portfolio of more than 125 patents is owned by the company, 100 of which are in solid-state laser technology.

Company Production

CVI Melles Griot is dedicated to innovation and customer service by offering a full spectrum of design and manufacturing expertise, and maintaining an unique build-your-own catalog that allows customers the flexibility to customize parts to their specific application.

CVI’s 130,000-square-foot production facility is equipped with specialized tooling and automated assembly and test systems organized to achieve product uniformity, quality and low cost. The company’s experienced applications engineering personnel are available to address custom applications. For example, custom engineering of EOAs and assemblies includes full system performance analysis and optimization, illumination design, stray light analysis, shock and vibration testing, design to weight and size constraints. The company is ISO 9001 certified.

Company Products

CVI Melles Griot gets you what you need, when you need it. From the UV to the IR the company offers unmatched breadth and flexibility in lasers, optical components, and electro-optical assemblies. CVI’s extensive catalog, along with their custom and build-to-print capabilities, deliver solutions from prototype to high-volume, OEM quantities.

From its beginnings in 1979, CVI Melles Griot Laser Group established itself as a premier manufacturer of laser-based light sources. This was accomplished through a customer-centric philosophy that delivers the exact solution the customer needs. The Laser Group manufactures three basic types of lasers: gas lasers (helium neon, helium cadmium and ion lasers), diodepumped solid-state (DPSS) lasers and semiconductor diode laser assemblies with output ranging from the ultraviolet to the near infrared. Thirty-one years and nearly three million units later, CVI Melles Griot is widely known as a stable, reliable source for laserbased components and subsystems to the global marketplace.

CVI manufactures a variety of standard and custom lenses, mirrors, prisms, filters and other optical components and offers custom optics and multi-element lens assemblies in OEM production quantities and custom coatings for OEM specific applications for manufacture in a Class 10,000 clean room environment. A complete line of critical laboratory items that support efficient and safe operation as well as supplies and equipment for the proper care, cleaning and handling of optical components including collimation testers, test targets, infrared viewers, small tools and laser safety eyewear is also offered.

Working with Customers

Since the offerings from CVI Melles Griot are so wide and varied, the company publishes a catalog of all their products. There is also a technical guide explaining how everything works, and most recently the company has released a capabilities brochure that explains what CVI can do to for a customer’s project.

With a strong core of engineering and development expertise, CVI Melles Griot maintains an ongoing commitment to technology development, state-of-the-art equipment and worldclass manufacturing processes and management systems. For more information, visit

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Steven Glover is a proud member of the LIA staff. When he is not at work he is actively involved in several charitable efforts.
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