Posts By: Angela Wiesmore

ASE Optics is now RPO

Posted February 8, 2016 by Angela Wiesmore & filed under News & Events

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!

PRISM Award 2016 Finalists

Posted December 3, 2015 by Angela Wiesmore & filed under News & Events

RedFinalistBoxRochester Precision Optics is a PRISM Award 2016 Finalist

Rochester Precision Optics has been selected as a finalist for the 2016 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation, a leading international competition that honors the best new photonics products on the market.  The PRISM award is the “Oscars of Photonics”, receiving applications from more than 35 countries across the globe.  Winners will be announced in February 2016 at a gala event held during SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco, California.

Rochester Precision Optics is a finalist in the category of Imaging and Cameras for its latest integrated system design, CMOS Night Observation Device, also known as CNOD.  This digital system brings a brand new approach to electro-optical technology for both day and night use. Night vision systems have been very prominent in the field of Military/Defense and have successful applications in sectors such as Security, Law enforcement and Surveillance. To support these applications, the CNOD was designed to be a hand-held monocular, a clip-on in line weapon sight, or as a stand alone weapon sight.  The device relies on superior optics and complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology. CMOS image sensors have received much attention over the last decade, offering the promise of ultra low power and camera-on-chip integration. To see complete technical specifications about the CNOD click here.

Richard Bryant, Director of Advanced Programs of RPO said, “It displays the great technology coming out of RPO and what good quality optics can do for a system type device. We are excited about this recognition.”

ASE Optics Europe has become a part of the ITER Project

Posted November 4, 2015 by Angela Wiesmore & filed under News & Events

Date Announced: 29 Oct 2015

On March 2015, ASE Optics Europe has won a sub-contract for the design upgrade of the In-Vessel Viewing and metrology System (IVVS) as part of the ITER project through Fusion for Energy and Oxford Technologies Limited. The project is led by Fusion For Energy (F4E), and ASE Optics Europe is responsible for the design upgrade, mocking-up and testing of the probe optical system. ASE EU is in charge of the provision of engineering support in the area of remote handling. “The IVVS is a critical metrology instrument which will be deployed inside the reactor chamber to measure the erosion of the chamber walls and ultimately be able to assess the amount of material which the plasma has eroded” details Thomas Siegel, PhD and head of R&D of ASE Optics Europe, responsible for the process.

During this on-going contract, ASE Optics Europe will successively upgrade the current IVVS design, build a functional prototype and characterize its performance. “ASE Optics input into this project is essential they have demonstrated their optical engineering expertise through their critical analysis and optical design and I have no doubt this will this continue through the assembly and test of the prototype” declares Zino Perdikou, Systems Engineering Team Leader of Oxford Technologies Ltd.

ASE Optics Europe won the Project thanks in particular to its experience and expertise in the field of optical design, laser technology and its capabilities in the development of high-precision and custom optical systems. Specifically, the project on which ASE Optics Europe is working is located in the area of metrology and measurement of the Fusion Chamber by means of optical technology system. “After joining the IVVS project at a late stage, ASE Optics have impressed F4E with their ability to rapidly absorb the large amount of technical information related to the system, and have already make a number of key design recommendations that should offset some major technical risks in the project. ASE’s innovative optical analysis and design work, backed up by their physical prototyping and testing, should allow a large reduction in complexity of the IVVS. This will result in reduced cost and improved reliability for this key ITER diagnostic system.” Says Dr. Philip Bates, from Fusion for Energy (Remote Handling Project Team / ITER Department)

The challenges of the ITER project require the best technological and scientific expertise from a wide range of companies and fields, and ASE Optics Europe is now a part of this large and global scale project: “We are proud to be able to contribute our know-how to the development of one of the critical instruments within the ITER project.” says T. Siegel.

About ASE Optics Europe

ASE Optics Europe specializes in optical engineering, design and fabrication for product development. We design and develop custom optoelectronic and optomechanical systems, precision optics and prototypes. We provide optical engineering support for companies and research facilities who cannot find, cannot afford, or cannot justify having an optical engineer on staff. We help companies and institutions to improve their current instruments, incorporating optical turnkey systems.

Whatever the design challenges, ASE Optics Europe can help delivering technologies with mission-critical performance. We can achieve the stringent specifications required by the high-end applications of our customers. ASE Optics Europe is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rochester Precision Optics.

About ITER

Project ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor), is the major international experiment with the aim of demonstrating the scientific and technical feasibility of fusion as an energy source. In this project, the most advanced nations in the world co-operate in the development of a major potential new technology, to be able to cover the growing demand of energy in the world.


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RPO ranked 10 on Top 100 Companies in Rochester!

Posted October 30, 2015 by Angela Wiesmore & filed under News & Events


RocTop100-BlackTop 10 and proud of it!


In recognition of the strong entrepreneurial spirit, each year the Rochester Business Alliance presents the Rochester Top 100 list, a program that recognizes the fastest growing privately owned companies in the Greater Rochester region.  Companies must demonstrate revenue growth over a three-year period to be considered.

In 2009 RPO ranked #8, in 2010 we ranked #16, last year RPO ranked #72 this year we returned to elite status with a ranking of #10! Just making the Top 100 list is a tremendous accomplishment as there are many thriving businesses in the great Rochester area who compete for this recognition.  

Congresswoman Slaughter mentions RPO!

Posted May 20, 2015 by Angela Wiesmore & filed under News & Events

There’s been a lot of buzz about the impact of the photonics hub coming to Rochester. The project, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter says, comes with a promise of thousands of jobs. Jennifer Mobilia from News10 NBC had the opportunity to sit down with the congresswoman to talk about her role in bringing a multi-million dollar photonics institute to the area and what it means for the future.