Rochester Precision Optics' design engineer Jamie Ramsey will give a technical presentation at the 2017 SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing (DCS) show in Anaheim, April 9-13. Formerly Defense + Security, DCS is a leading event among defense, security, medical device, and environmental professionals. Attendees gain insight on the latest advancements in sensing and imaging technologies including infrared, LIDAR, sensors, and spectral imaging.
RPO's Director of Advanced Programs Rick Bryant will be attending the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington DC this week. The forum, which is held every October, attracts more than 26,000 attendees from around the world. In addition to attending military and national security presentations and panel discussions, attendees will hear from top Army leaders and see the latest Army research on display in the Innovators Corner.
Rochester Precision Optics, LLC (RPO) has been awarded a grant from the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) to pursue chalcogenide glass IR optic development for quantum cascade lasers.
RPO, after successful completion of Phase 1 STTR, seeks to develop a fast axis collimating lens for quantum cascade lasers (QCL), which are tunable to emit in the full infrared range. Because primary applications are wide, the lenses must withstand the stress of both continuous wave and pulsed laser emission. Lenses for this application are not known to currently exist, making RPO first in the industry to achieve a working prototype.
“Our work in developing chalcogenide IR lenses for QCL is just one example of RPO’s commitment to innovation,” said RPO President Dane Hileman.
To date, RPO has successfully designed the lens, as well as test materials and coatings for damage threshold. By the end of Phase 1, a working prototype was produced and provided to the Air Force for testing.
“We had great results with the prototype,” said Dr. George Lindberg, RPO’s Glass Materials Manager and principal investigator on the project. With no damage recorded during testing, Dr. Lindberg is looking forward to progressing the design and manufacturability process in Phase 2.
Although QCL systems are in their infancy, price and performance improvements have opened up commercialization opportunities for QCL. Potential applications range from military systems to spectroscopy, including medical, scientific, research, security and pollution monitoring. RPO projects that continued market growth for quantum cascade lasers will result in similar market growth for chalcogenide lenses.
The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR; https://www.sbir.gov/about/about-sttr#sttr-program) is a program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. The program is focused on the expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. The STTR program requires small businesses to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II. STTR’s most important role is to bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations.
RPO is proud to announce that Dane Hileman has been named president of the company, effective June 13, 2016.
Hileman brings to RPO more than 25 years of engineering and management experience in the optics industry. As president he will focus on enhancing the technical capability and production execution for existing and new customers, as RPO works to become the go-to supplier for companies seeking high performance lenses, lens assemblies and subsystems.
“I look forward to bringing my capabilities in design, development and manufacture of optics and optical products to RPO, to help realize RPO’s full potential as a world-class optics company,” Hileman said.
Most recently, Hileman was the president of Vectronix Inc., where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of facilities in New Hampshire, California and Virginia, and was on the board of its wholly owned subsidiary, Optics 1. Prior to this, he was chairman, president and co-owner of Optics 1, Inc., an engineering company that he helped transform into a significant optical development and manufacturing business.
“Dane’s appointment is an important milestone in our ongoing work to realize the full technical and manufacturing potential of RPO,” said Ken Solinsky, RPO’s managing member. “As president of RPO, Dane will accelerate our progress in excellence in optical design and manufacturing. Dane shares my commitment to serve RPO’s customers as an outstanding supplier and strategic partner.”
RPO is committed to providing its valued customers optical elements and assemblies with excellent performance, on-time deliveries and outstanding value. We look forward to having Dane join our team and continue these commitments.
In an interview with Laser Focus World at Photonics West 2016, Rochester Precision Optics’ Lisa Belodoff, VP of Business Development, and Blair Unger, Optical Design Manager, introduced the company’s latest investments in precision glass molding, polymer molding, infrared technologies, and engineering services. A 2016 Prism Award Nominee, RPO is a proven partner to market leaders in the medical device, life sciences, security, defense, and consumer industries. Watch the full interview to learn more.
Meet Tara Holloway, RPO’s new Business Development Manager. Tara brings rich expertise in optical solutions for consumer products and healthcare.
RPO’s extensive product and service offering for OEM customers is one of the reasons Tara chose to join the company. She also appreciates the management team’s commitment to customers and looks forward to contributing to their growth.
With her background in healthcare, Tara has a thorough understanding of the industry and the trends impacting it. “We’re seeing a development of new light-based diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical procedures that’s going to continue to grow – all requiring optics to deliver, excite, focus, collimate, reflect, and collect light.”
RPO’s role in this will come from their precision molded glass and plastic optics, states Tara. Both departments are ideally suited to enable development and production of affordable, compact, light- weight diagnostic instruments.
Tara is excited about her new role at RPO and is ready to work closely with customers to further their success.
If you’re attending Photonics West, be sure to stop by our booth and meet her!
Since RPO acquired ASE Optics in 2011 to enhance RPO’s ability to design and fabricate complex optical systems, our engineers have collaborated and operated as one team. Now it’s time to move forward as one brand.
The ASE name will be retired—but the people and capabilities you rely on will be right here! We will continue to offer our fixed price discovery service—20 hours of engineering for $2950.
ASE Optics Europe will continue under the leadership of Andres Cifuentes, Director, European Sales and Engineering in Barcelona, Spain.
As we change and progress, one thing remains the same: our commitment to innovation and performance for our customers.
Thank you for your support as we continue to evolve and define a new reality for RPO!