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 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.
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.
When he isn't working on his motorcycle collection or renovating a house, Dr. George Lindberg takes on the role of Glass Projects Manager at Rochester Precision Optics (RPO). George received his Ph.D in High Pressure Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Buffalo before joining the RPO team in 2014.
There is a huge difference between molding and grinding/polishing optics, and the situation is complicated when working with polymer materials. Compared to glass, polymers have exaggerated response to high stress and temperature. Good optical design with such materials hinges on a working knowledge of the molding process and its effects. In a previous post, we advised on general considerations when working with polymers. Now we will share some “pro tips” to assist you when creating optical designs.
How Rochester Optical Manufacturers are creating a hotbed of AR/VR activity
Augmented reality and virtual reality technologies have the potential to impact every segment of our economy, from consumer electronics and defense to health care. These systems are no longer just for gaming, they are bringing automated vehicles to life, advancing military operations, and they could transform the way we think of entertainment. But what does it take to truly get these systems performing and viable at high volume? Rochester optics companies like RPO may be a key part of the solution.
Rochester Precision Optics' design engineer Jamie Ramsey will share a technical presentation at the 2017 SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing (DCS) show in Anaheim, April 9-13. Formerly Defense + Security, DCS is the leading event for defense, security, medical device, and environmental professionals to see the latest advancements in sensing and imaging technologies including infrared, LIDAR, sensors, and spectral imaging.
Every year Photonics West brings together some of the biggest names in the industry, and every year attendees and exhibitors get an inside look at emerging technologies powered by light. This year it was all business—those technologies are here now.