Archive for March 2012

Empire Precision Plastics Obtains Assets of Lightwave Enterprises

March 15, 2012

Empire Precision Plastics, Inc. (EPP) announced the purchase of the physical assets and hiring of the technical staff of Lightwave Enterprises, Inc. (LEI), a Rochester, New York-based polymer optics, diamond turning and thin film coating company.

The addition of these resources will add an immediate and highly accomplished optical component to Empire Precision’s already broad offering of injection molded products manufactured for the medical/surgical, mil/aero, electronic and consumer products industries.  The LEI equipment has been moved to EPP’s Rochester facility and should be operational on or before March 9, 2012.

Neil Elli

“Integrating optics design and production capabilities into our precision molding operation will help make Empire a complete solutions provider for many engineered injection molding applications,” stated Neal Elli, EPP president.  “Acquiring this capability – both the equipment and a highly skilled support staff – complements our existing business plan, allowing us to offer our domestic and international customers a much broader array of precision component and contract manufacturing services.”

Mr. Elli added that this new cutting-edge manufacturing and metrology operation will ensure that stringent customer specifications for sensitive optical applications are consistently fulfilled.  “We also see benefits of applying our engineering support and knowledge on optical assemblies.”  A more complete description of the company’s added capabilities can be viewed at the LEI web site, http://www.LEIoptics.com, which will be hosted and maintained by EPP until it is integrated into http://www.empireprecision.com later this year.

Rochester-based Empire Precision Plastics is a privately held, $10 million firm, founded in 1992.  It is ISO 13485:2008 registered, has a staff of over 60 and offers complete design, engineering, manufacturing, component assembly, testing and inventory services with ISO Class 7 capabilities.  Its 42,500-sq. ft ASQ-Certified facility houses nearly 40 injection molding machines ranging from 20 to 300 tons.  The operation runs on a full five-day, 24-hour-a-day schedule.  EPP employs Scientific Injection Molding and Six Sigma principles into the core of all its operations.

LEI was founded by Rex Fisher and Chuck Devereese in 2000.  The principals will continue to provide consulting services to EPP under the new name, Devtex Consulting Group.

For more information about EPP, please visit the company’s website at www.empireprecision.com, call

1-800-541-7135, e-mail sales@empireprecision or follow us on Facebook or LinkedIn.

For more information contact:
Markus Lettau, Director of Sales and Application Engineering
Tel:  413-262-9629    mhl@empireprecision.com

WNY Golf Tournament: Save the Date

March 14, 2012

Save the date for this year’s 12th annual WNY Optics Golf Tournament on Thursday July 19th.

Location will be at Shadow Lake / Shadow Pines Golf Courses. Contact us if you would like more information and to be put on our mailing list at wnyoptics@rochester.rr.com

United States Challenges China’s Export Restraints on Rare Earths

March 13, 2012

Washington, D.C. − U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced today that the United States has requested consultations with the People’s Republic of China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) concerning China’s unfair export restraints on rare earths, as well as tungsten and molybdenum. These materials are key inputs in a multitude of U.S made-products and American manufacturing sectors, including hybrid car batteries, wind turbines, energy-efficient lighting, steel, advanced electronics, automobiles, petroleum, and chemicals.

via United States Challenges China’s Export Restraints on Rare Earths | Office of the United States Trade Representative.

President Obama’s comments are here.

Wall Street Journal here.

Wall Street Journal Military downplays role of rare earths here.

MCC High Tech Exploration Night

March 13, 2012

MCC High Tech Exploration Night will be held at Monroe Community College, Brighton Campus, 1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, New York, 14623, Warshof Conference Center, Monroe A & B, on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The flyer encouraging students to participate in the event is here.

Rochester Optics Photonics and Imaging companies are encouraged to participate by connecting here.

For more information, please contact Bob Lasch at (585) 292-3748 or rlasch@monroecc.edu

RRPC Networking: Increasing Qualified Leads

March 13, 2012

PLSApril 12, 2012
PLS Launch Solutions
Plymouth Avenue South
(Corn Hill)
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

John Veckerelli and Michele  Gleber of PLS Launch Solutions will present “Increasing Qualified Leads”

  • 4:30-5:30 Networking (drinks & snacks will be served)
  • 5:30-6:00 Presentation: Increasing Qualified Leads
  • 6:00-6:30 Q&A/Roundtable discussion

Contact Tom Battley with your RSVP so we can get an accurate headcount.

Mirror Technology SBIR/STTR Conference

March 13, 2012

Mirror Tech Days
July 31 – August 3, 2012
Hyatt Regency, Rochester, NY USA

The Only Conference of Its Kind

Every year Tech Days summarizes the USA Government’s investment strategies and activities in developing technology for any application requiring optical components (e.g. telescopes, imaging systems, seeker/trackers, high-energy laser systems, solar energy, etc.).

Tech Days covers technology investment efforts in: optical materials; substrate design & manufacture; optical fabrication and metrology technology; optical coatings; wavefront sensing and control via adaptive optics; nano-technology imaging technologies; etc.

The purpose of Tech Days is to:

  • Review the technical accomplishments of last year and plans for the future of mirror technology development being funded via the Government (e.g. SBIRs, DIIs, NASA ROSES, direct contracts, etc.)
  • Celebrate success stories of funded mirror technology development efforts which have either been integrated into a Government program or reached the commercial marketplace.
  • And, offer Prime Contractors and/or Systems Integrators the opportunity to identify specific technologies which they would like to see developed.

There will be OPEN and CLOSED sessions. OPEN sessions are intended for presentations of basic mirror technology development research. Presentations in the OPEN session contain no Export Controlled information. CLOSED sessions are intended for presentations which are Export or ITAR Controlled. Attendance for CLOSED sessions is restricted to US Citizens and Green Card Holders. Presentations will be distributed via DVD/CD.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
Please submit your title information by Friday April 6

Tech Days 2012 is accepting three distinct types of presentations:

1. Review of Funded Research: Contractors with current Government funding (e.g. SBIRs, NASA ROSES, DIIs, etc.) are invited to review their accomplishments of the last year and plans for the future.

2. Success Stories: Contractors are invited to present how past or present government-funded mirror technology development efforts have either been integrated into a Government program or reached the commercial marketplace.

3. Technology Needs: Prime Contractors and/or Systems Integrators are invited to identify specific technologies which they would like for the Government to have developed.

Please remember, presentations should not be of a generic capabilities or ‘commercial’ nature.

  • Past presentations are here.
  • Past ITAR presentations can be searched here.

Projects to be reviewed include Government-sponsored mirror technology development for any application (such as telescopes, imaging systems, seeker/trackers, high-energy laser systems, solar energy, etc.) which requires optical components. Tech Days covers technology investment efforts in: optical materials; substrate design & manufacture; optical fabrication and metrology technology; optical coatings; wavefront sensing and control via adaptive optics; nano-technology imaging technologies; etc.

Send your presentation information to h.philip.stahl@nasa.gov ASAP no later than Friday April 6:

  • Presentation Title
  • Presenter Name
  • Company Name
  • Sponsoring US Government Agency
  • and
  • OPEN or CLOSED Session

OPEN sessions are for basic mirror technology development research. CLOSED sessions are Export or ITAR Controlled Presentations. Attendance for CLOSED sessions is restricted to US Citizens and Green Card Holders.

As always, Contractors working on Government funding have three options: 1) you can prepare and present your own presentation; 2) you can prepare your own presentation and have your Government sponsor present it on your behalf; or 3) your sponsor can prepare and present a presentation of your activities on your behalf.

Before arriving at Tech Days, each presenter is responsible for getting all necessary public release clearances for their presentations. All OPEN presentations must be fully public – containing no proprietary or Export Controlled information. I will need a copy of each author’s public release authorization. Authors are expected to bring an electronic version of their presentation that can be loaded onto the conference computer for projection.

Hyatt Regency Rochester reservations may be made here.
The Hyatt’s government rate is $96 per night.
Room numbers are limited so make your reservation now!

The SPIE link, with registration, is here.

Conference Dates / Times

  • Tuesday, July 31,  9:00 am – 4:30 pm

  • Wednesday, August 1, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

  • Thursday, August 2, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Tours, Both Regional and Commercial

A visit to Rochester and the Finger Lakes Region brings you close to amazing natural wonders, delightful culinary pleasures AND extraordinary technical resources.

Monday, July 30th

  1. Rochester / University of Rochester Laser Energetics Laboratory — Let us know by using the form below.
  2. ITT Exellis — Let us know by using the form below.

The Rochester Engineer: Live!

March 13, 2012

The Rochester Engineering Society is hosting a networking event for engineering professionals and students.  The format will be casual with opportunities to meet with others in the engineering community, a reception-style setting with simple cheese tray and cash bar.

Wednesday, March 21st
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Memorial Art Gallery
500 University Avenue, Rochester

To help energize the evening’s interactions, noteworthy leaders from the “Imaging City” will give short presentations on their groundbreaking work in imaging, their passions, and the impact on the Rochester community and worldwide.

David Williams is the Dean for Research in Arts, Sciences and Engineering at the University of Rochester.  His research in eyesight and vision has dramatically changed laser surgery techniques.

Richard Kaplan, CEO Torvec, RIT trustee, Past CEO of Pictometry,  is a well-known entrepreneur and personally started seven companies.  Pictometry’s geo-referenced aerial imaging is used extensively by civil engineers and city planners and by Microsoft’s Bing search engine.

Preregister here.
$10 students
$12 pre-registration
$15 at the door