Vision Engineering was founded in 1958 by Rob Freeman, a toolmaker who had previously worked as a race mechanic with the Jaguar Racing Team. Whilst at Jaguar, Rob developed a borescope for inspecting internal race engine parts without the need for disassembly.
Subsequently he formed Vision Engineering Ltd as a means of developing his interest in optics applied to manufacturing technology. The company started off as a specialist optical sub-contractor to large British companies including Rolls Royce, Vickers, Ferranti and GEC.
Since then, Vision Engineering has pursued a corporate design and innovation policy that concentrates on optimising operator performance when using optical systems in the manufacturing sectors (electronics, mechanical, plastics, ceramics etc.) and in the life science markets particularly. Rob Freeman was honoured in 1996 by Queen Elizabeth II with an MBE in recognition of his services to the British Optical Industry.