Meet the Team: Continuous Improvement Manager, Kim O'Connell, on Lean Manufacturing Processes for Optics Programs

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.

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Topics: Precision Optics, Meet the Team

Advancing Optics Technology: RPO Proud to be Part of the Technologies Driving 36 of the S&P 500

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.

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Topics: Trends

Zero Dark Thirty: Night Vision for Critical Missions

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.

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Topics: Night Vision Technology, CNOD, Plastic Optics

CMOS Night Vision Optics: A sneak peek for SHOT Show

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.

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Topics: Night Vision Technology, CNOD

RPO on the Road: Find us at Optics Trade Shows in 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.

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Topics: News & Events, Precision Optics

Meet the Team: Tara Holloway, RPO Business Development Manager – Medical Technology, Discusses the Growth of Precision Optics in Medical Device Applications


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.

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Topics: Precision Optics, Meet the Team

Strengthening the Optical Supply Chain: Insights from the China International Optoelectronic Exposition

 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.

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Topics: Precision Optics, Supply Chain

Meet the Team: Blair Unger, RPO Optical Engineering Manager, Discusses the Importance of Optical Design and Manufacturing Integration

If he's not working on exciting new optics designs, Blair can usually be found washing dishes or taste testing new recipes at his husband's restaurant, Relish, in Rochester's South Wedge. At RPO, Blair oversees an elite group of optical design engineers and develops strategic optics programs for customers. Here he shares more about his expertise and the in-house dynamic that makes RPO an ideal precision optics partner.

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Topics: Meet the Team, Engineering & Design

Meet the Team: Clint Braine, Director of Business Development – Life Sciences, Shares His Insights on the Growth of the Market

Outside of work, Clint Braine spends much of his time enjoying the arts —tasting and cooking new recipes, reading fiction novels, or sitting on the Critique Committee of the Rochester International Film Festival. His role with RPO, on the other hand, involves the company’s growth into the life sciences market. He shares his experience as a relatively new RPO employee and the opportunities he's had so far.

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Topics: Meet the Team, Life Sciences

Precision Optics Prototyping: Avoiding Traps through Process Development

When it comes to product development, it is easy to get stuck in a prototyping loop. Ironically, driving the prototyping process too fast is the usual cause of the trap. Trying to optimize every design variable simultaneously means that the overall project flounders. In optical engineering, a prototype trap can be created by setting tight performance specifications too early.

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Topics: Precision Optics, Engineering & Design, Rapid Prototyping