Archive for August 2014

Sydor Instruments acquires SABRE Ballistics

August 24, 2014

Sydor Instruments aims to significantly grow its newly acquired SABRE Ballistics business by introducing the ballistics testing product line to the U.S. through its customer base in the security and defense industries.

Rochester’s Sydor acquired the UK-based ballistics equipment  firm this month, doubling the size of its international customer base, with a projected 50 percent increase in revenues. Sydor will pair its existing high-speed image capture products with SABRE’s portfolio of more 60 products, along with complete design, installation and training services.sydorlogoIII

As  part of the deal, and to ensure a smooth transition, Sydor Instruments President Michael Pavia will also take on the role of Managing Director of SABRE Ballistics. David Balfour, formerly Managing Director of SABRE Ballistics, will now become U.K. Operations Executive, and Martyn Eccles, formerly Technical Director of SABRE Ballistics, will now become U.K. Engineering Manager. Both Balfour and Eccles will remain with the company for an extended period of time to ensure continuity and a smooth transition.

“The acquisition of SABRE Ballistics significantly expands our international footprint to 33 countries around the world. We will continue to offer SABRE’s comprehensive portfolio of more than 60 products along with complete design, installation and training services that have always been a hallmark of the company,” Pavia said. “In addition we will now be able to offer the Sydor Ballistics Imaging systems to current SABRE customers. We also expect to significantly grow the SABRE Ballistics business by introducing their product portfolio to the U.S. through our customer base in the security and defense industries.”

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Latest New Scale Technologies focus module boosts OEM camera performance

August 24, 2014

The world’s only all-in-one focus system for OEM cameras is now improved, with three-times greater dynamic tilt and linear accuracy for industrial, medical and scientific applications.

New Scale Technologies' mini all-in-one focus module has improved tilt, accuracy and dynamic stability for high-performance embedded camera systems

New Scale Technologies’ mini all-in-one focus module has improved tilt, accuracy and
dynamic stability for high-performance embedded camera systems

New Scale Technologies of Victor has released the M3-FS focus module, a drop-in replacement for its original M3-F system, with compatible size and identical electrical connections and software commands. Its superior dynamic stability minimizes pixel shift with changing camera orientation, making it ideal for use in hand-held, portable and mobile camera systems.

Like its predecessor, the M3-FS features embedded closed-loop control and takes simple, high-level motion commands from the camera processor. It operates on 3.3 VDC with very low power needed to move the lens, and zero power needed to hold the lens in position, which makes the M3-FS ideal for battery-powered devices.

“The new M3-FS offers even higher performance in the same, easy-to-integrate platform,” said New Scale’s Chief Technical Officer David Henderson.

The module’s aluminum structure and internal ball-bearing guide improves accuracy over its predecessor’s molded polymer construction and internal pin-bushing lens guide. The M3-FS accepts lens diameters up to M16.

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American Universities Attract Far Less Industry Funding per Researcher Than Our Competitors

August 19, 2014

Manufacturing Universities: A Catalytic Step Toward Revitalizing American Manufacturing

“Creating a network of U.S. manufacturing universities would address several systemic challenges that plague America’s manufacturing economy.”
From Industry Week
  President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

While there are some signs that American manufacturing is beginning to recover from the unprecedented losses of the 2000s, the reality is that U.S. manufacturing value added still has not recovered from the Great Recession, and in 2012 remained 7.4% below 2007 levels.

While some believe that America’s manufacturing recovery has already “turned the corner,” the truth is that policymakers have much more work to do in establishing an institutional environment that supports the competitiveness of America’s manufacturing economy on a sustainable basis.

This will include lowering the corporate tax rate and increasing trade enforcement, among other steps. But one component should be establishing a national system of “manufacturing universities” that incentivize post-secondary university programs to focus more on advanced manufacturing, while producing graduates better equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for careers in emerging, innovation-based industries.

Creating a network of U.S. manufacturing universities would address several systemic challenges that plague America’s manufacturing economy.  Read More…




EMF boosts thin-film coating capacity, eyes new markets with acquisition of DichroTec

August 8, 2014

When EMF Corp. needed to increase its manufacturing capacity to meet the growing demands of its thin-film coatings business, the company found its solution in Rochester.emflogo

With EMF’s recent acquisition of DichroTec Thin Films comes proprietary coating processes and 14 high-capacity, 96-inch coating chambers  that will allow the Dynasil Corp. subsidiary to explore new markets and better serve the needs of its customers, says Paul Schulz, president of EMF Rochester and EMF Ithaca. The newly acquired expertise and manufacturing capacity in Rochester will allow the company’s Ithaca facility to concentrate on custom coatings.

“We acquired expanded capabilities with this acquisition,” Schulz said.  “Think of EMF Ithaca as precision custom coating. Think of EMF Rochester as high-volume production.”

The acquisition is expected to help EMF crack new markets, including fuel cells and high-volume glass for the lighting business, Schulz added. The deal was inked at the end of June.

EMF has added high-capacity manufacturing capacity with its acquisition of DichroTec

EMF adds 14 high-capacity thin-film coating chambers with its acquisition of DichroTec

Founded in 1936, EMF was the first company in the United States to provide evaporated metal thin-film coatings. Today, the company provides thin-film coatings for a broad range of applications, including display systems, instrumentation, satellite communications, flexible substrates, power cell components, glass and lighting. The company was purchased by Dynasil Corp. in 2006. Dynasil develops and manufactures optical detection and
analysis technology and components for the homeland security, medical and industrial markets.






Obama cites Optimax, MCC in job growth report; Empire Precision talks to the New York Times

August 5, 2014

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have  highlighted MCC’s  job training partnership with local firms such as Optimax as a bright spot in the push to fill higher-paying manufacturing and tech jobs.

In a guest essay  in the Democrat and Chronicle on Saturday, Obama and Biden cited MCC’s  partnership with the optics industry, funded through the Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator, (AMJIAC), as an example of a successful job training initiative, one which they would like to see duplicated throughout the country.

“Monroe Community College is leading a group of community colleges that received funding from the U.S. Department of Labor to develop partnerships with local businesses, particularly in the optics industry. At one local company, Optimax, many employees have participated in MCC’s courses.”

~ President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden

Meanwhile, the New York Times on Saturday turned to RRPC member Empire Precision Plastics to comment on current trends and needs in hiring as part of its report on the latest job growth numbers.

Empire Precision Chief Executive Neal P. Elli said he has openings for about a dozen workers for his company, which makes molds for plastic parts used in electronics and medical devices.

Most workers in his industry are older and will be retiring soon, Elli said.  A new employee with four years of training could make $50,000 a year. “I can’t think of a better career than mold-making,” he said.

Logos Technologies / LLE Team to Provide High-Energy Laser to Washington State University

August 5, 2014

Logos Technologies, Fairfax, Virginia, in partnership with the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics, has received an award to design, build and install a sophisticated high-energy laser at the Washington State University-led Dynamic Compression Sector at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory. The Logos Technologies-led team will provide a laser-driven shock compression capability to produce high pressure, short duration shock waves. By coupling tunable, high energy X-ray beams to state-of-the-art shock wave drivers, the Dynamic Compression Sector will enable unprecedented, real-time atomic-scale investigation of materials subjected to extreme dynamic compression. The team will design and deliver a frequency tripled glass laser based on proven technologies, including state-of-the-art beam-smoothing techniques developed at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. The laser will deliver 100 joules of energy in consistent, accurate and well-characterized nanosecond-scale pulses.