Kaiser Optical System

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371 Parkland Plz.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Business Overview

Kaiser Optical Systems, Inc. is a world leader in spectrographic instrumentation and applied holographic technology. Principal products include Raman sensors and instrumentation, advanced holographic components for spectroscopy, and astronomy and ultra-fast sciences. Principal offices and the manufacturing facility are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Our products and services are deployed throughout the world in such diverse applications as pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing, nanotechnology, telecommunications, education, forensic science, deep-sea exploration, and astronomy. From particles smaller than a human hair to objects as large as planets, our products are providing our customers unique insights into both today’s as well as “age-old” questions.

Kaiser was founded in 1979 to meet the need for diffractive or holographic optics for the avionics market. Kaiser entered the spectroscopy market in 1990 with the introduction of the holographic notch filter. In 1993 Kaiser released their first Raman analyzer, the HoloProbe. In 2013, the company became part of the Endress+Hauser Group.

To better serve the European community, in 1998 Kaiser opened a new subsidiary in Europe. Kaiser Optical Systems SARL is located in Lyon, France. Kaiser SARL supervises our distributor network within Europe.


Sustainable Business Practices

Since 1999, they have been reducing the chemical inventory held on site and have also seen a steady decline in the hazardous waste generated on site. Through the introduction of a more all-encompassing recycling program, the company has experienced a 75% reduction in waste sent to the landfill. Aside from reusing items such as folders, boxes and packaging materials, a wide variety of items containing recycled content materials are purchased. Kaiser Optical Systems has reduced its volume of land-filled waste by 50% since 2001, partly by making the switch to buying bulk alcohol and reducing the amount of packaging waste generated by buying it in bottles. Kaiser is dedicated to maintaining a clean operation that produces a minimal amount of waste and, when it does produce waste, handling it properly. Kaiser has taken great strides this year towards paperless work. Blueprints are scanned in and the company no longer needs to maintain paper blueprints on file. The company switched all feasible janitorial supplies to 100% recycled content products. Kaiser Optical Systems, Inc. was designated as a Clean Corporate Citizen by the State of Michigan in 2005. 

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