Vehicular camera and lens assembly and method of manufacturing same

  • US 10,015,377 B2
  • Filed: 02/29/2016
  • Issued: 07/03/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/25/2009
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of assembling a vehicular camera, said method comprising:

  • providing a lens assembly comprising a lens barrel and an attaching portion, said lens barrel including lens optics comprising a plurality of optical elements;

    providing a front camera housing having an imaging array disposed thereat;

    dispensing an adhesive bead in an uncured state at at least one of (i) said attaching portion of said lens assembly and (ii) said front camera housing;

    mating said attaching portion of said lens assembly and said front housing member with said adhesive bead in its uncured state therebetween;

    with said attaching portion of said lens assembly mated with said front housing member and with said adhesive bead in its uncured state therebetween, aligning said lens optics with respect to said imaging array;

    wherein aligning said lens optics with respect to said imaging array utilizes a multi-axis positioning device;

    after aligning said lens optics with respect to said imaging array, curing said adhesive bead to a first cure level via exposure of said adhesive bead to ultraviolet light to join said lens assembly and said front housing member;

    moving said lens assembly and said front camera housing joined by said adhesive bead to a further curing station; and

    at said further curing station, further curing said adhesive bead to a second cure level.

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