In This Issue
Optimax Systems Makes the Grade
RRPC member Optimax Systems joins such brand name luminaries as Patagonia and The New York Jets in being recognized by Inc. Magazine's Winning Workplaces 2010- Top Small Company Workplaces.
Acknowledged for the approachability of its executives and for sharing 25 percent of its profits equally among all full-time employees, regardless of position or seniority, Optimax joins another Rochester, NY-based company, Dixon Schwable, among only 20 winners nationwide.
Congratulations Dixon Schwable!
Optics Bench Welcomes Visitors
As part of the Rochester communities "Benches On Parade" promotion, the RRPC Bench, "Optifabulosity" debuted in the arrivals lounge in the west end of the Rochester International AIrport in May. Underwritten by Sydor Optics and conceptualized by artists Chris Pallace and Kevin Serwacki, Optifabulosity takes the guise of a traditional telescope observatory, including the telescope, and the inscription, "Rochester, Optics Capital of the World."
In addition to declaring Rochester the Optics Capital of the World, kids and adults alike are able to look through the telescope and see images of galaxies, nebulas and other astronomical splendors taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The cool telescope was constructed by John Etter, a CNC operator at Sydor Optics and Russel Raimondi, a mechanical engineer at Sydor Instruments.
Check out Optifabulosity the next time you are passing through the Rochester International Airport!
The DoD SBIR 2010.2 solicitation opened for proposal submission from May 19, 2010 through June 23, 2010 at 6:00 a.m. ET. Six DoD components -- Army, Navy, DARPA, DMEA, DTRA, and OSD -- have R&D topics in this solicitation under which Phase I proposals are sought. The Solicitation, which contains detailed information on the parameters of the SBIR program and how to submit a proposal, and Topics are available at http://www.dodsbir.net/solicitation. You may also search the topics by going to http://www.dodsbir.com/Topics.
We know of at least two more SBIR awards to RRPC members that will be announced in our next newsletter.
The Corning Tropel Flatmaster
Tropel® FlatMaster® MSP Optical Metrology System
Adding to its comprehensive array of metrology instruments on the market today, Corning Tropel Corporation has developed a unique Multi Surface Profile Optical Metrology System; the Tropel® FlatMaster® MSP.
The newest in the line of Corning’s non-contact form analysis instrumentation, the FlatMaster MSP is capable of simultaneously measuring dozens of surfaces at hundreds of millimeters of separation on complex components and assemblies. The new metrology tool is ideally suited for process control on components that require a surface profile tolerance. FlatMaster MSP can measure flatness, parallelism and depth/height on a variety of materials and surface finishes. More than three quarters of a million data points can be acquired and analyzed by the FlatMaster MSP in less than thirty seconds - with sub-micron accuracy.
The FlatMaster MSP Optical Metrology System targets the needs of manufacturers for extremely accurate surface and depth metrology to monitor process control. Ideal for applications such as medical devices, automotive components, and electronics, this system features an intuitive user interface that is very simple for a user to operate. In addition, the system software offers a suite of sophisticated analysis tools allowing an engineer to evaluate the manufacturing process.
"If it cannot be measured, it cannot be manufactured, especially if it is a precision assembly consisting of multiple components with high precision surfaces," said Tom Dunn, Senior Optical Engineer for Corning Tropel. "It is no longer enough to keep making the tolerances tighter on individual components, since the tolerance stack-up in the assembly will still fail you. The components need to be measured within the assemblies during the manufacturing process. Corning Tropel's FlatMaster MSP quickly provides an accurate measurement of the depth, height, flatness, and parallelism on each surface and between relative surfaces with superior repeatability and accuracy."
Simultaneous Five-color Fluorescence Imaging with
WNY Golf Tournament
Thursday, July 15
The fundraising efforts from this year's tournament will benefit a new venture within Golisano Children’s Hospital. The hospital is excited to announce they are building a tower adjacent to the existing hospital that will house all new private in-patient rooms as well as a dedicated pediatric imaging suite. This “new” Children’s Hospital will greatly enhance the care provided to our region’s children.
Thanks to the generous support of the Optics Industry and it's allied professional service providers over the past nine years, this signature event has raised over $73,000 for the hospital. Each year has brought more participation. Last year, a tough year for many was no exception with participation from 75 companies and 240 individuals from all over the United States and overseas.
The registration deadline is
The Tournament is recruiting volunteers to help with this year’s efforts. If you or your company is interested in sponsoring or volunteering for the biggest Optics Event in Western New York please contact Ron and Diane Schulmerich at wnyoptics[(at)]rochester.rr.com or call them at 585-663-7230 or 585-359-2102.
CNC Optical Fabrication
MCC / Optipro Collaboration Delivers Training
It started with a need at Monroe Community College. Or rather, it started with a need among Rochester's precision optics manufacturing community, and MCC needed to deliver training to meet the need.
People in the News
QED Technologies announced the appointment of Dr. Andrew Kulawiec to the position of President of QED Technologies Inc. Dr. Kulawiec’s appointment comes after a period of transition following the announcement by QED founder Don Golini in January of this year, to leave the business by June 2010.
Dr. Kulawiec joined QED in May, 2008 to lead QED’s metrology business and optical engineering department. He subsequently drove the technical development, commercialization and marketing launch of the revolutionary ASI ® (Aspheric Stitching Interferometer) product which was introduced in 2009. Since its introduction, the ASI has been adopted by customers in Asia, Europe and North America.
Prior to QED, Andrew was Vice President of Operations for Semrock, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of high performance optical filters for the biotech and analytical instrumentation markets, in Rochester, New York. He was responsible for overall manufacturing operations for Semrock, including thin-film optical coatings and finishings, supply chain, logistics, facilities and quality.
Kulawiec’s career also spans twelve years between Corning, Inc. and Corning Tropel Corporation in New York. Corning Tropel Corporation is a manufacturer of precision optical sub-systems and metrology instruments. While there Andrew held technical roles, as well as management positions responsible for metrology development and operations.
Dr. Kulawiec holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Science degree and Ph.D. in Optical Engineering from the University of Rochester (New York).
“Andrew brings valuable technical expertise, strong optics experience, and proven management ability to the QED President position,” said Dan Pike, Vice President, Corporate Development for Cabot Microelectronics Corporation. “His background, demonstrated achievements and leadership will help drive QED’s strategy for continued success and future growth.”
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