Archive for February 2013

Optifab Submissions Open

February 28, 2013

OptiFab Submissions open | Abstracts due 1 April
Conference in Rochester, NY:  14 – 17 October 2013

SPIE Optifab conference is a unique technical focus on classical and advanced optical manufacturing technologies, this meeting offers attendees an opportunity to interact with worldwide experts in the field of optical fabrication. Organized jointly by SPIE and APOMA, and held in conjunction with the largest optical manufacturing product and supplier exhibition held in the United States.

Technical papers are welcome in:

• Optical manufacturing

• Design for manufacturing

• Materials and optical materials sciences

• Classical and automated fabrication

• Grinding, polishing, and new methods of surface finishing

• Injection/glass molding, lithographic processing, and chemical etching

• Process science

• New developments in coatings technology

• New developments in metrology

• Opto-mechanical design and fabrication

• Interactivity and data interfaces between optical design programs, mechanical design programs, fabrication equipment, and metrology instrumentation


• Developments in optical materials

• New infrared materials

• Advanced optical fabrication equipment

• Coating equipment

• Grinding, polishing, and new methods of surface finishing

“At Optifab you’ll find research AND industry – a unique format that lets you gain valuable insight into the optical fabrication market by maximizing interaction between leading international researchers and manufacturers.”

 2013 Co-Chairs

Julie Bentley,
University of Rochester

Matthias Pfaff,
OptoTech Optikmaschinen

2013 Program Committee

Michael J. Bechtold,
OptiPro Systems (USA)
Christopher T. Cotton,
ASE Optics (USA)
Walter C. Czajkowski,
Edmund Optics, Inc. (USA)
Thomas Danger,
Schneider GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
Michael A. DeMarco,
QED Technologies, Inc. (USA)
Apostolos Deslis,
JENOPTIK Optical Systems, Inc. (USA)
Toshihide Dohi,
OptiWorks, Inc. (Japan)
Thomas Godin,
Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingenieurs de Caen
et Ctr. de Recherche (France)
Heidi Hofke,
OptoTech Optical Machinery Inc. (USA)
Jay Kumler,
JENOPTIK Optical Systems, Inc. (USA)
Justin J. Mahanna,
Universal Photonics Inc. (USA)
Paul Meier-Wang,
AccuCoat Inc. (USA)
Richard A. Nasca,
Corning Tropel Corp. (USA)
Michael N. Naselaris,
Sydor Optics, Inc. (USA)
John J. Nemechek,
Metrology Concepts LLC (USA)
Buzz Nesti,
Naked Optics Corp. (USA)
Robert F. Novak,
BAN Optical (USA)
Paul R. Tolley,
Smart System Technology & Commercialization Ctr. (USA)
Martin J. Valente,
Arizona Optical Systems, LLC (USA)
Kirk J. Warden,
LaCroix Optical Co. (USA)
Robert Anton Wiederhold,
Optimax Systems, Inc. (USA)

Free interactive webinar: Injection Molded Polymer Optics: An Engineer’s Guide for Successful Programs

February 27, 2013

Register Today – Injection Molded Polymer Optics – Free OSA Webinar
OSA, in partnership with G-S Plastic Optics, brings you a free, interactive webinar: Injection Molded Polymer Optics: An Engineer’s Guide for Successful Programs.

Free Webinar
6 March 2013 – 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
Register Now:

This webinar discusses the topics of physical properties of thermoplastics, manufacturing methods, secondary operations, and metrology. It is important for the optical systems designer to understand the benefits and challenges of using polymer optics and to have a grasp of how these types of optics are manufactured.

Register now for this complimentary webinar presented by William Beich and Nicholas Turner of G-S Plastic Optics.

What You Will Learn/Seminar ObjectivesGSPOLogoR_BB
–What polymer optics are and where are they used
–The advantages and disadvantages of applying polymer optics
–How polymer optics are made
–Tolerances that should be specified
–Successful project management fundamentals

Clarkson / Alfred Universities Joint Technical Conference March 11, 12

February 26, 2013

Register now for the Clarkson/Alfred University joint technical conference being held at The Doubletree by Hilton Rochester, 1111 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY 14623 on March 11 & 12, 2013. This conference will cover the broad range of research activities from both Universities and Industry. We believe this symposium will be both enlightening and stimulating, and encourage your participation. There will be a reception followed by dinner on March 11th.

This technical conference provides a unique forum for the sharing of recent research results as well as networking with friends and colleagues. Industry participation is particularly encouraged so that the conference may provide opportunities for fruitful exchanges between the research and the industrial communities.

Speakers confirmed include those from RIT/P21, SSTC, Plures Technology, Optimax, Ferro Corporation, Praxair, Inc., GE Global Research, High Tech Rochester, NY Best, Bausch & Lomb, GM, Corning, and Tam Ceramics. Several Clarkson and Alfred Professors will also describe their research activities.


Symposium registration form per 2-7-13-1

Optimax Unveils New Logo and Website

February 25, 2013

20 Years of Growth and Development

Optimax started operations in a barn in Webster, New York with a single mission– to grind and polish optical components. Today, the company stays true to its roots while expanding and taking on challenging projects to meet emerging market needs.

In 2012, Optimax added 50+ new employees to their workforce, as well as continuing a $7.5 million dollar expansion. This year they will will be expanding their coating facilities to enhance our capabilities for large diameter optics (up to 500mm) and deep UV and IR coatings.

Optimax Logo

Going Pro – Marketing Essentials for Sustainable Business

February 6, 2013

Today, at Photonics West:
Going Pro – Marketing Essentials for Sustainable Business (WS1093)
Date: 6 February 2013
Time: 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: San Francisco
Course Level: Intermediate
CEU: .35
Instructor: Michele Gleber, PLS Launch Solutions (United States)
Members: $350.00 | Non-members: $405.00

Course Details
This course is about long term business success. Going Pro is about establishing the processes and systems that ensure profitable, sustainable growth for best-in-class tech companies. It’s also about attracting the right customers for the right reasons and continuously and quickly responding to changes in customers’ needs and wants. For many in our industry, sales and marketing are homegrown. Industry demand may have driven your sales through the roof, but this also causes concerns about predictability and revenue mix.
A primary goal of this course is to engineer a product development strategy and marketing process that is effective, modern, consistent, and measurable, and that will allow you to compete against the larger players in your industry. Examples are taken from optics, imaging and instrument companies ranging from $1M to $150M in revenue which are experiencing year-over-year growth upwards of 100%. Anyone who wants to answer questions such as, “how do I attract the right customers?” and “how do I know what I’m doing is working?” will benefit from taking this course.

Learning Outcomes
This course will enable you to:

identify the elements of an effective marketing mix for optics and imaging companies
name the key metrics to use to assess the effectiveness of your marketing activities
learn best practices for engaging prospective high-tech customers
distinguish the effectiveness of your value proposition (your company’s differentiator or unique promise to the market)
explain the connection between a clear value proposition and your optimum marketing strategy
develop an action plan (marketing roadmap) for reaching new customers
Intended Audience
CEOs, Sales and Marketing professionals, and others with responsibility for ensuring a healthy pipeline. No marketing expertise or background is assumed.

Michele Gleber helps optics and technology companies grow profits. As President of PLS Launch Solutions, a 25-year old company that works with companies like Corning, Sydor Optics, Optimax and ASE Optics, Michele leads a team of marketing and IP development professionals who help bring cool technologies to market, from ballistics imaging systems to instrumentation for conformal optics metrology.

Competing on the Photonics World Stage

February 6, 2013

All of the banners are attention-grabbing and colorful. Only one group has over 70 companies at Photonics West, more than any of the others.  Something else distinguishes that group. Can you guess what it is?








New York is a State, not a country! And yet we compete with countries to develop the optics, photonics, imaging and display technologies (and companies) of the future. And we do it on a shoestring, with innovation and collaboration.

Can we continue to expect the same results for the next 10, 20, 30 years, when other nations are investing billions of dollars into their own OPID industries and planning for future success?

New York State officials have told us that Optics, Photonics, Imaging, and Displays are markets that were lost years ago, so they are no longer interested in developing our industry.  Somewhat baffling, considering there is a national photonics initiative moving forward in Washington and that Senator Chuck Schumer is promoting legislation with the potential to establish a National Center for Optics and Photonics Innovation in Rochester.

State and federal staffers were in Rochester last September for the debut of Optics & Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation. Perhaps Albany knows something that the rest of the world is missing.  Oddly, they are supportive of Nanotech, but fail to recognize that 90% of nanotech advances require Optics, Photonics and Imaging.

New York Photonics fielded 72 companies at Photonics West in 2013; more than any other state or any other country.

IDEX Announces Repartition of CVI Laser and Melles Griot Brands

February 2, 2013

Albuquerque, NM – February 1, 2013 ─ The IDEX Optics & Photonics (IOP) platform announced that CVI Melles Griot will be moving forward as two companies, CVI Laser Optics and Melles Griot, effective immediately.

The two companies had been acquired separately and merged into a single marketing name, CVI Melles Griot for several years.  The Melles Griot Optics Group has been based in a 35,000-square-foot facility located on Science Parkway in Rochester, New York.

IDEX Optics & Photonics President, Jerry Jurkiewicz, expressed, “The CVI Melles Griot brand has been repartitioned back into two brands which signify our ongoing focus on and commitment to excellence in laser optics (CVI), as well as light sources and optical systems (Melles Griot). This clarification better aligns our brands with our capabilities and products. Each brand will stand alone and define its excellence individually.”

CVI Laser Optics will now focus solely on high-quality laser optical components and will continue with a large catalog and e-commerce website for standard products, a rapid semi-custom optics capability, in addition to design and manufacturing of fully custom components tailored to its OEM customers’ needs.
Melles Griot will continue to grow and strengthen its custom capabilities in the areas of lasers and light engines in Carlsbad, CA, as well as subsystems – including lens assemblies and shutters – and fully integrated optical systems in its Rochester, NY, Tamagawa, Japan, and Seoul, Korea locations.
As two stronger yet separate brands, CVI Laser Optics and Melles Griot will continue to develop their individual capabilities within the expanding IDEX Optics & Photonics platform.

IDEX also acquired Rochester-based Semrock in 2008, and added Advanced Thin Films (Boulder Co.) to the IDEX Health & Science Technologies segment in 2011.  The two companies continue to offer customers the exceptional performance, reliability and rapid delivery of quality optical filters, for which Semrock is renowned.

About CVI Laser Optics
Scientists, engineers, and optical system manufacturers from research to industrial to medical markets recognize CVI Laser Optics as the leading global optics manufacturer specializing in components for lasers and laser-based systems. CVI’s industry-leading capabilities combine substrate manufacturing and thin-film coating services with advanced metrology and optomechanical integration to provide exceptional optical and laser-damage performance. Through its main headquarters in Albuquerque, NM, high-volume production in Seoul, South Korea, and the large-aperture facility in the Isle of Man, UK, CVI offers rapid turnaround with standard, semi-custom, and fully customized laser optics solutions. Visit

About Melles Griot
Melles Griot is a leading global volume manufacturer of optics and photonics products including lasers, light engines, shutters, lens assemblies, and optical integrated systems. The company has engineering and manufacturing in the United States, Japan, and Korea with distribution activities worldwide. Melles Griot serves industries ranging from semiconductor to biotechnology, industrial metrology, and research. For additional information about Melles Griot and its products visit

About IDEX Optics & Photonics:
IDEX Optics & Photonics (IOP) platform, under the IDEX Health & Science segment, provides technically advanced optical and photonic products offering both custom and standard offering product solutions. IOP is built on the industry’s high demand for custom engineered solutions and innovative products. Headquartered in Albuquerque, NM, the IOP platform currently consists of five brands, ATFilms, CVI Laser Optics, Melles Griot, Precision Photonics, and Semrock. The platform combines top-of-the line technology, manufacturing, and distribution capabilities. IOP serves the life science, medical, scientific, industrial, semiconductor, defense and environmental markets.