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

Material Matters: Improving Plastic Optics Performance at Every Step

An interview with Robert Mendenhall, materials scientist and Director of Sales and Business Development with Guernsey Coating.

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Topics: Engineering & Design, Plastic Optics

Unique Advancements Make Single-Point Diamond Turning of IR Optics Possible

Material costs and prototyping limitations have presented challenges to manufacturers trying to work with advanced optical designs. As the demand for IR optics rapidly increased in recent years, it drove material costs higher and put a strain on supplies. These changes caused a shift in material selection for thermal applications. Germanium has long been the traditional choice for IR system development, but the search for cost-effective, high-performing alternatives has led to advancements using chalcogenide glasses.

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Topics: Chalcogenides, Rapid Prototyping

CNOD & Night Vision Trends: What's Next for Infrared Optics

An interview with Rick Bryant of RPO and Andres Cifuentes of ASE Optics Europe

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Topics: Night Vision Technology, Infrared, CNOD, Trends

Rapid Prototyping Advancements: Expanding Options in Optics

The options for rapid prototyping of optics and assemblies are expanding across the board. With advances in diamond turning of chalcogenides, small runs of even IR optics are becoming faster and more affordable.

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Topics: Infrared, Chalcogenides, Rapid Prototyping