Technological advancements in photonics over the years have helped drive innovation across a variety of fields, including motion control, automation, robotics, and more. One major contributing factor to more efficient and precise photonics technology comes from the materials used in production. At Photo Solutions, we utilize three different photonic materials to create durable and precise photonics equipment that’s tailor-made to meet the specific demands of our customers.


Why the Photonic Materials We Choose Matters

When it comes to photonics applications in projects, precision matters. Even the most minute changes in the photonics technology used in equipment can hugely affect the overall efficiency. For example, if an encoder disc or scale used in motion control applications is off by as little as a millimeter, it can make a huge difference.  

Building photonic technology that works with (or against) light can pose quite a few challenges. The materials we choose need to be pliable and maneuverable during the production process to allow for intricate designs. And for many applications the material needs to withstand high environmental temperatures and resist erosion. 

The three photonic materials used at Photo Solutions—Mylar, Soda-lime Glass, and Aluminium—have the unique and ideal chemical structures and characteristics to meet our customers’ needs. 


Mylar (PET) 

Mylar (PET) is a common polyester film used in various applications, including laminating, embossing, and casting. The material has a high tensile strength that allows it to absorb shock well. Mylar is also an inexpensive material, making it a great, cost-effective option for use on encoder discs and scales and hub disc and assemblies. 

As a bonus, at Photo Solutions we offer Mylar encoder options with pressure-sensitive adhesive to allow easy installation.


Soda-Lime Glass 

Soda-Lime Glass is an ideal material for projects that require a high degree of precision. Because of its strength, we can etch into soda-lime, which allows for precise markings. While it’s not as cost-effective or user-friendly as Mylar, this material is unmatched in its applications’ precision and accuracy. 

We use soda-lime glass in a variety of applications. This includes encoder discs and scales, hub disc and assemblies, as well as reticles and calibration targets. 



If you’re looking for a material that’s incredibly durable against environmental agents like wind, rain, or motion feedback, aluminum is the best option. Durable, corrosion-resistant, and dependable, aluminum is a great option that’s more affordable than glass. This material is also rated to meet many specific industry spec requirements. 

We use aluminum to create encoder discs and scales, as well as hub disc and assemblies. 


Photo Solutions Chooses the Highest Quality Photonic Materials for Your Project 

With over 30 years in the field of photonics, our team has the expertise to help you choose the best photonic materials for your next project. We work alongside our customers to ensure the best quality and also help with designs and installation questions.

Connect with our team today and find out how we can help you make your next project a success.