Peter Emmel, a well-known Senior Optical Engineer in the Rochester, New York optics community, celebrates his 50th anniversary working in the optics industry this year. We caught up with Peter in the midst of a typically busy day.
Many startups, when trying to scale up from concept to optical prototyping, find themselves facing gaps in skills and staffing. Building and testing optical assemblies requires specialized personnel and facilities. For optical applications in particular, the expense to acquire talent and equipment is cost-prohibitive, especially at early stages of development. At that stage, the work volume may not warrant maintaining a laboratory and hiring full-time technical staff.
When he isn't at work, Terry Congdon can be found spending time with his family and their two dogs or fly fishing. Inside the polymer optics manufacturing division of Rochester Precision Optics (RPO), Terry manages the fast-paced and complex plastic optics department. Terry details below the advancements his team is making in the field of polymer optics manufacturing and how they are adapting to the increasing demand for molded plastic optics.
Topics: Plastic Optics
A Master Black Belt in LEAN Six Sigma and competitive athlete, Kim O'Connell has over 25 years of experience in precision manufacturing. Her production background in assembly, combined with her degrees in engineering, made Kim a natural fit for the Rochester Precision Optics team. Since joining RPO as Continuous Improvement Manager this past summer, Kim has made great progress in enabling capacity growth for RPO and its high-volume optics program customers. She shares her insights on lean manufacturing process improvement below.
The S&P 500 recently hit a record high, with the tech sector showing big gains. While driving forces are complex, the S&P is a good reflection of the market leaders and pace setters in industry.
According to IMFDB: A SEAL takes aim with his HK416 with the AN/PEQ-15 ATPIAL activated. Note that he appears to be wearing a set of GPNVG-18's (L-3 Ground Panoramic Night Vision Goggles).
The critically-acclaimed military drama Zero Dark Thirty is one of the first movies to portray the US Navy SEALs 2011-raid on Osama Bin Laden following a decade long manhunt. The film offers a compelling glimpse at the defense technologies critical to dangerous missions and the intensity of coordinating maneuvers in dark and unknown environments.
In a recent interview with Rick Bryant, Director of Advanced Programs at Rochester Precision Optics, Rick shared his outlook for night vision systems and the advancements in imaging technologies he’ll be watching at SHOT Show this January.
The Rochester Precision Optics team is kicking off 2018 with four major industry trade shows. RPO is primed to support customers in consumer technologies, defense, biomedical and advanced optics with well-established investments in new capabilities and a keen focus on emerging market opportunities.
Learn more about the shows we will be attending and how we can support customers' 2018 goals and critical programs.
Tara Holloway, RPO's Business Development Manager, joined the team in 2016 and is now spearheading the application of RPO’s capabilities in the medical technology market. Tara works directly with manufacturers and service providers to support innovative optical designs for medical device applications. She shares her thoughts on the industry and some of the current projects she is tackling.
Keeping a finger on the pulse of global opportunities, RPO staff members Clint Braine, Director of Business Development (Life Sciences) and Ray Schmitt, Director of Supply Chain, attended the China International Optoelectronic Exposition (CIOE) to explore further international applications for the company’s high-volume optics manufacturing products in addition to new vendors and supply sources in the region concurrent with RPO’s Continuing Customer Value initiatives and Precision Optics Trading Company (POTC) branch in Shanghai.