Archive for November 2012

OptiPro Highlighted in Video for FLREDC Presentation

November 28, 2012

When Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Rochester New York for the finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council presentation on Tuesday, November 28, one of the video presentations he saw was about RRPC member OptiPro.

Wake up, Albany!  Optics, Photonics and Imaging are a key strategic economic advantage of Western New York!  Without OPI there is no such thing as Nanotechnology!

College AND Career Ready

November 20, 2012

How New Requirements in Schools Will Impact YOUR Future Workforce

Online event registration now available

January 17, 2013 – 4 to 6:30 p.m.

The Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise (FAME) is pleased to present Dr. Willard R. Daggett, Founder of the International Center for Leadership in Education.  Dr. Daggett is recognized worldwide for his proven ability to move preK-12 education systems towards more rigorous and relevant skills and knowledge for all students. The skills and knowledge needed for success in today’s technology-based manufacturing sector are different from those needed in the past, and Dr. Daggett will describe how changes in NYS common core standards and assessments will impact our schools and better prepare the workforce of the future—and how manufacturers can assist school leaders in meeting these changes. Learn more about Dr. Daggett at

Event pricing:

  • FAME members: $15 per person
  • non-FAME members: $25 per person
  • Regional educators: FREE (registration required)

Event location details:
Monroe Community College, R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center
Warshof Conference Center, Monroe A and B, 1000 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY
Parking: M and M1 lots

View the event webpage here 

Interested in sponsoring this event? Click here

Rochester Precision Optics Moves Plastics Operation to Rochester

November 15, 2012

Rochester Precision Optics has decided to relocate its Manchester, NH Plastic Optics Division to their recently expanded RPORochester, NY facility. Moving the Plastic Optics Division into the main facility will allow the manufacturing group to fully access all of the engineering and manufacturing support services within our main facility (i.e. Accounting, Purchasing, Manufacturing Engineering, Material Planning , Quality Assurance, Document Control, Human Resources and Facilities Management). Plastic Optics will report into the Operations Group and will complement the other core competencies within the 100,000+ square foot RPO optics manufacturing campus including:

  • Design Engineering
  • Optical Assembly and Test
  • Precision Glass Molding
  • Diamond Turning and Tool Making
  • Conventional and CNC Grinding, Polishing and Centering
  • Thin Film Optical Coating
  • CNC Machine Shop

Bill Hurley, RPO President & CEO said, “In our commitment to providing the highest quality optical solutions, and continuing to grow our business, this move is part of our strategic growth plan and cost containment.  We will continue to provide the best products available. The synergies that we will recognize from this move will allow us to continue to provide world class service to our customers. It will create operational efficiencies that our customers will see as improvement to on time delivery, and customer service as well as additional development resources for new product development projects.”

RPO also announced the promotions of David Schmidt to Chief Scientist and Howard Wong to Production Manager, Plastic Optics. They will both be relocating to Rochester NY as part of this move. David will report to Robert Benson, RPO Director of Engineering & Technology and Howard will report to Rob Thorpe, RPO Production Manager.

RRPC / New York Photonics Website Redesigned

November 10, 2012

The Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster is pleased to announce that its new website is now online. Developed and hosted by RRPC member Innovative Solutions, the site has been redesigned to help promote and sell the services of our members. We were lucky to have so many photographs sent to us by members and are pleased to include many of them on the site.

The next step is for RRPC members to verify that their company information is correct. Please have the person in your company responsible for maintaining your membership information on the website take a look and send feedback to Tom Battley.

“The website has needed an overhaul for a long time.  We were not happy with the developer or the host reliability.  This is a familiar story.  Web development and Information Technology are a struggle, or worse, a mystery for a many of our members,” said RRPC Executive Director Thomas Battley. “The staff at Innovative Solutions made the entire process simple and painless.  These folks know what it takes to leverage information technology investments to add to a company’s bottom line.”

Battley noted that the RRPC and New York Photonics addresses see a lot of traffic.  “People know that Rochester, New York is the nation’s turnkey region for finding optics, photonics and imaging solutions to their most difficult problems. We promote the cluster and our membership with our newsletter, at conferences, through networking opportunities whenever possible, and of course, on the web. The first stop when people are looking for Rochester companies is often our website.”innovative

Visit the site here.

Next-generation gigapixel cameras get focus from New Scale Technologies

November 7, 2012

Miniaturized piezoelectric motion modules move hundreds of lenses with micrometer precision, contributing to unprecedented image detail in the wide-field-of-view camera developed at Duke University

actuatorVictor, NY – November 7, 2012 – New Scale Technologies’ M3 focus modules have been designed into the next-generation AWARE cameras, the ground-breaking gigapixel cameras developed at Duke University and featured in the journal Nature earlier this year. New Scale’s tiny piezoelectric motion modules further improve the image quality by providing automated micrometer-scale lens adjustments in each of the hundreds of sub-cameras that make up an AWARE camera system.

In an AWARE camera, hundreds of 14-megapixel microcameras are grouped around a spherical lens with 30 mm semi-diameter. The image from this objective lens is refracted outward to the microcameras, and each microcamera captures a specific area of the field of view. Images from the individual microcameras are rapidly stitched together using image processing to create a single image with wide field of view and unprecedented detail across the entire image. View images from an AWARE camera at

Independent focus adjustment of a smaller lens on each microcamera allows every area in the field of view to be brought into sharp focus simultaneously. This requires extremely small lens motion systems that fit into the densely-packed spherical array of microcameras. New Scale delivered a customized version of its M3 micro-mechatronics module to meet the requirement.

The custom module has a cross section less than 6 X 10 mm, a stroke of 2.5 mm and resolution of 0.5 micrometers. It moves a lens weighing several grams. This complete motion system integrates New Scale’s patented SQUIGGLE piezoelectric motor, ASIC motor driver, magnetic position sensor and microprocessor with closed-loop motion firmware.

“The spherical arrangement and close spacing of the image sensors, optics, electronics and focus module in the AWARE camera is quite an engineering feat,” said Justin Vacca, program manager at New Scale. “Our challenge was to make a longer and thinner version of our M3 motion module to fit in the AWARE camera system. With our M3 micro-mechatronics module platform and our motion systems expertise, we quickly delivered a custom solution to meet the difficult requirements.”

Details of the AWARE camera were published online in Nature in June (see In September the researchers formed a spin-off company named Aqueti to commercialize the technology, which they see as potentially attractive for use in security, events or online publishing applications.

The team’s research was supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and is a collaboration of Duke University, the University of Arizona, the University of California San Diego, Aptina, Raytheon, RPC Photonics, and Distant Focus Corporation.

Monroe Community College Salute To Excellence

November 1, 2012

MCC 23rd Annual Salute to Excellence

Thursday, November 15, 2012
Rochester Riverside Convention Center
5:30 p.m. General Reception; 6:30 p.m. Dinner and Awards

2012 Salute to Excellence Award Recipient:
Corning Incorporated Foundation

Honorary Committee Chair:
Donald McCabe, Sr. Vice President, Manufacturing & Performance Excellence,
Corning Incorporated

2012 MCC Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees:

Mr. James M. Sydor ’71
President, Stefan Sydor Optics Inc.

Mr. Peter Monacelli ’73
President and CEO, Monacelli Enterprises, Inc.
Adjunct, Visual and Performing Arts Department, Monroe Community College

Mr. Richard C. Brienzi ’79
Executive Vice President and CFO, Ovation Payroll

Dr. Cerri A. Banks ’97
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of the College, Mount Holyoke College

12 optics companies are participating in the MCC Salute to Excellence on November 15th, either by sponsoring or buying tables.  We are very pleased with the results so far! Participation from the optics community will show appreciation to the Corning Incorporated Foundation for the $500K grant they made to the MCC Optical Systems Technology Program. Overall, there are 582 guests currently registered to attend the event (including about 25 of this year’s optics students from Gates Chili High School’s dual-credit optics class!).

Here are the optics companies participating so far:

·         Corning Incorporated (Gold Sponsor)
·         Optimax
·         Optipro
·         United Lens
·         Universal Photonics
·         Sydor Optics
·         ITT Exelis
·         Lumetrics
·         Accucoat
·         Rochester Precision Optics (ASE Optics)
·         Newport Corporation
·         Advanced Glass Industries

View the Invitation here.

Rochester Top 100: Eight Optics Firms Among 32 Manufacturers in 2012

November 1, 2012

The Rochester Top 100, now in its 26th year, ranks privately held companies based on three most recent years of revenue growth. Companies must have at least $1 million in revenue for each of those years, and rankings take into account both dollar and percentage growth.

Companies in the Rochester Top 100 nominate themselves. 182 companies self-nominated last year and only 165 did in 2010, according to KPMG.  This year, 225 companies felt good enough about their situations to self-nominate.  Sixty more companies in the region feel better than they did two years ago.

#6 Optipro
#27 Toptica
#32 Optimax
#36 Rochester Optical
#60 Rochester Precision Optics
#61 Stefan Sydor Optics
#83 Tel-Tru Manufacturing
#90 Empire Precision Plastics

Read the stories here.