Join Us for Digital Rochester’s Photonics Update on October 26th!

Posted October 17, 2017 by rrpc
Categories: New York Photonics, NYPhotonics, Optics, Photonics, RRPC Member News, SBIR

Digital Rochester is partnering with the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster for an event designed for the non-photonics professional.  We will improve your understanding of the photonics industry, as well as some exciting updates on the recent wins in our area.  We’ve put together a panel of industry experts to give you a basic understanding of the industry, its impact on the Rochester region, as well as some exciting applications of photonics products that may surprise you!

Tom Battley – Executive Director RRPC & New York Photonics
Tony Amarel – President, Optics Professionals LLC
Alexis Spilman Vogt, PhD – Endowed Chair & Associate Professor of Optics, Monroe Community College
Rick Plympton – CEO, Optimax Systems

Below is a short synopsis of what each panel member will be presenting:

Overview of ecosystem and distinction between AIM and the rest of the regional industry
 Tom Battley
When Vice President Joe Biden came to Rochester and announced that we would be leading AIM Photonics, a national manufacturing institute, the news was read around the globe.  In our region, the number one question became, “What is photonics?” According to the University of Rochester, Optics Photonics and Imaging companies employ over 17,000 people in our region, supporting one out of fourteen families.  The industries that these companies serve touch us all: biomedical, consumer, defense, aerospace, semiconductor, machine tools, gaming etc. The challenge for the Finger Lakes Region is how to use this advantage to grow the industry in the future.  Are we prepared, and what is being done?

National overview of job market
– Tony Amarel
Tony Amarel will provide a national overview of the photonics job market looking at where the photonics jobs, suppliers and manufactures are, and some of the influences driving the current hiring cycle. Rochester plays a major role as a central hub of the photonics industry on a national and international scale.

Monroe Community College Successes and Momentum
– Alexis Spilman Vogt
Monroe Community College is the only community college in the country awarding associate degrees in Optics and the global need for Optics technicians is dire. Alexis Vogt, PhD, Endowed Chair & Associate Professor of Optics will discuss the successes and momentum of MCC’s Optical Systems Technology program.

What are the various Applications?  Challenges of rapid growth?
– Rick Plympton
Rick Plympton will share examples of photonic applications that are enabled by digital technologies.  Optimax manufactures precision optics for research and industry.  Modern advanced manufacturing facilities leverage digital technology for CNC machining, data analysis, production reporting and AI for improving processes.

Agenda:

Registration/Networking 7:30-8:00 am
Presentations/Panel Discussion 8:00-9:00 am
Q&As and Networking 9:00-9:30am

Venue Rochester Museum Science Center
Address 657 East Ave
Rochester NY 14607, US
Starts Thu Oct 26 2017, 7:30am EDT
Ends Thu Oct 26 2017, 9:30am EDT

REGISTER NOW!

Lumetrics Wins Transparent Armor SBIR Phase One

Posted October 17, 2017 by rrpc
Categories: Manufacturing, New Products, New York Photonics, RRPC Member News, SBIR

Lumetrics, Inc., a leading metrology design, engineering and manufacturing company, has been awarded a Phase One Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant through the US Army and Department of Defense.

Lumetrics’ proposal addresses the need of developing a specialized measurement system capable of measuring a critical component to many armed forces vehicles, transparent armor.Lumetrics

Transparent armor, colloquially referred to as “bullet-proof glass,” is comprised of many layers of glass and plastics which must be non-destructively measured for quality control and layer identification purposes.

A device like this has the potential not only to lower the cost of  transparent armor manufacturing, but will most importantly help ensure our US forces receive the highest quality transparent armor for their vehicles and aircrafts.

Supported by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter ( NY25th District), this grant may lead to further development and commercialization of this technology for broader applications in the automotive, space exploration, and commercial window industries.

The development team comprising Dr. Filipp Ignatovich, Dr. Michael Marcus, Donald Gibson, and Kyle Hadcock are aiming to have a functional prototype system early next year.

 

JML Taps Wade Cook as VP of Business Development

Posted October 12, 2017 by rrpc
Categories: New York Photonics

JML Optical Industries, LLC (JML) today announced the addition of Wade Cook to their industry leading management team.

“Wade brings with him a wealth of knowledge and a fresh perspective on the nuances of the photonics industry in Rochester and around the world,” noted JML CEO Bob Bicksler.  “We believe this is a game changer for our customers and for JML.  We are excited to have the opportunity to continue our growth trajectory.”

“I look forward to joining the JML and working with the JML team,” commented Wade Cook.  “I am thrilled to be a part of the company, and the industry as a whole, as it continues to grow and offer ground breaking solutions to a wide range of markets.”

“We are confident that Wade will bring new opportunities for our existing employees and provide the basis for company growth that will bring with it employment opportunities for others in our community,” said Vice President of Engineering KC Kamenecka.

Within the past two years JML has acquired Harold Johnson Optical Labs and relocated its operations to Rochester, added an engineered aspheric fabrication business unit, expanded its systems manufacturing capabilities and added a new engineered cylinders business unit.  The growth of their management team is consistent with their overall growth in the marketplace.

Cook is a director of the New York Photonics Board of Directors.

RPC Photonics announces volume order for Engineered Diffusers™ for 3D Sensing

Posted October 4, 2017 by rrpc
Categories: New York State Optics, NYPhotonics, Optics, Photonics, RRPC Member News

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RPC Photonics today announced a large-volume order for Engineered Diffusers™ for a VCSEL-based, Time-of-Flight (ToF) 3D Sensing application from a Fortune 50 company.  RPC Photonics’ Engineered Diffusers™ provides uniform illumination with high efficiency in a custom-designed solution.

G. Michael Morris, founder and CEO of RPC Photonics said “Our customers come to us for solutions to their most critical optical design challenges. In this case, we were able to provide our customer with a design that met all of their needs in a cost effective manner.” As a result of this engagement and many others, RPC Photonics is embarking on a significant capacity expansion to meet the needs of the rapidly growing 3D-sensing market.

300mm diameter diced Engineered Diffuser™ wafer

RPC Photonics has developed solutions for both ToF and Structured Light 3D sensing to address a broad number of product applications and holds a number of fundamental patents in the fields of micro-optics and laser beam shaping.

RPC Photonics, Inc. is a privately held C-Corporation located at 330 Clay Road, Rochester, New York 14623 USA Phone: (585) 272-2840, Website: https://www.rpcphotonics.com

Danforth Offering Free Cleanroom Design & Skills Training Across Upstate NY

Posted October 4, 2017 by rrpc
Categories: Integrated Photonics, Manufacturing, New York Photonics, NYPhotonics

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Only in Rochester, NY: Nobel Laureates and High School Optics Students get together

Posted October 3, 2017 by rrpc
Categories: New York Photonics

East High School Precision Optics Students and teachers Paul Conrow and Paul Eckert pose for a photo last October with OSA CEO, Liz Rogan; Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25); Alan Wilner, UCSB and NOBEL LAUREATES William D. Phillips, Nicolaas Bloembergen, David J. Wineland, W.E. Moerner, Roy J. Glauber and John L. Hall during the OSA centenary celebration last October in Rochester.

 

Kirsten Gillibrand Announces Bipartisan Legislation To Promote Vocational Education & Entrepreneurship, Train Future Workforce For 21st Century Economy

Posted October 3, 2017 by rrpc
Categories: Workforce Development News

Ahead Of Manufacturing Day, Senator Gillibrand Announces Legislation To Train The Next Generation Of Manufacturers, More Than 3,700 Albany County Students and 377,000 Students Statewide Currently Enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CTE) Training Could Benefit from This Legislation

The bipartisan legislation, 21st Century Strengthening Hands On Programs that Cultivate Learning Approaches for Successful Students Act. This bill would direct federal funding to high-tech training and education programs in high schools and institutions of higher education, which would give more students the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to get good-paying jobs in the high-tech manufacturing sector. U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-IN) is a cosponsor of this bill.  A bipartisan House version of this legislation was introduced by Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH), Steve Stivers (R-OH), Mark Takano (D-CA), and Susan Brooks (R-IN).

Technologies like optics manufacturing in all its phases, 3D printers, laser cutters, and computerized machine tools are transforming American manufacturing and increasing the need for specialized training for manufacturing jobs. To prepare our students with the skills needed for high-tech jobs, this legislation would amend the Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act to give greater priority to funding for maker education, makerspaces, and training for teachers in the application of maker education.

“Many manufacturing companies in our state have job openings with good salaries, but they can’t fill them because too many workers haven’t had the opportunity to learn the skills they need to take on those jobs. We need to fix this,” said Senator Gillibrand“I’m proud to introduce new bipartisan legislation to make sure tech-ed classes are teaching students how to use the latest high-tech tools, like 3D printers, that manufacturing companies expect them to know how to use. Our students should be able to take many different paths in order to get a good job and earn a good salary, and this bill would help equip more students with the skills they need to get on a path towardsgood-paying high-tech jobs when they graduate high school.”

“Students intuitively have a maker mindset,” said Daniel Schneiderman, Founder of NYS Makers“Their spirit needs to be nurtured and encouraged in order to fully equip them with key hands-on skills and creative thinking needed for the 21st century. By extending the current Perkins Act language to support maker education, we’re enabling educators to support their students’ innovative curiosity.”

“The next generation of jobs will require ingenuity, flexibility, and constant reinvention,” said Melinda Mack, Executive Director of the New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals“Using Perkins resources to widen the variety of career opportunities and expose young adults to critical work-skills like team work, creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, etc. can only benefit New York and the nation.”

This investment in vocational education would give more students the technical skills needed for good-paying jobs, providing hands-on learning experiences for students to use high-tech industrial tools to create and innovate. This approach to technical education will offer more opportunities to inspire the next generation of manufacturing workers and entrepreneurs. This bill, as well as a broader reauthorization of federal CTE programs, will help promote to career and technical education to set more students up for success by preparing them for the jobs of the future.

Importance of Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Manufacturing Needs Career and Technical Education (CTE)

  • Through 2025, an estimated 2 million manufacturing jobs could go unfilled because of a lack of skilled workers.
  • Modern manufacturing is increasingly high-tech and creates complex technical jobs that require technical-skill training. 70 percent of manufacturing executives indicate a need for more workers who have high-tech skills.
  • Maker education motivates and inspires young people to excel in STEM subjects and prepares students for careers in design, advanced manufacturing, and entrepreneurship that will shape the nation’s economic future.