Archive for December 2014

Pictometry CONNECTMobile on Android

December 26, 2014

Pictometry CONNECTMobile provides access to the highest quality aerial imagery in the world on your Android Tablet or Phone.


Pictometry International Corp. is a Henrietta, New York based company that provides detailed aerial photography. Pictometry’s images are taken at a 40 degree angle from low-flying airplanes. Its Electronic Field Study software allows a variety of measurements to be taken directly from the image, including height, distance and area as well as elevation and bearing.

Prague Video Mapping

December 24, 2014

Semrock achieves quality certification

December 23, 2014

The quality management system for Semrock Inc.’s  Rochester facility is newly certified as compliant to the ISO 9001:2008 standard.semrock

Business standards company BSI issued the certification to the manufacturer of high-volume optical filters for the biotech and instrumentation industries.

“This is an important step that demonstrates Semrock’s continuing commitment to customers in the medical point of care market,” said Neil Anderson, Business Line Leader for the Medical Device and Point of Care markets. “Medical diagnostic device developers can continue to place their trust in Semrock to deliver the precision optical filters they need in high volumes knowing that each filter is manufactured using the highest production standards and procedures for consistent and lasting performance.”

Semrock was founded in 2000, joined IDEX Corp. in 2008, and is a brand under IDEX Optics and Photonics platform. Its patented and patent-pending products include fluorescence filters, filters for Raman spectroscopy and other unique filters for lasers and optical systems.




Federal budget earmarks $300 million for National Network for Manufacturing Innovation

December 15, 2014

The Rochester region may be one step closer to its future as a National Manufacturing Institute centering on optics and photonics with the passage of the $1.1 trillion federal budget over the weekend.

Among the appropriations, $300 million has been designated under the Revitalize American Manufacturing Innovation Act (RAMI) to establish up to 15 centers for manufacturing innovation, public-private partnerships which would bring together research universities, community colleges, and small- to mid-sized manufacturers. The goal is to spur innovation and reduce the cost, time and risk of commercializing new and improved technologies. Each manufacturing consortium would also include training and education initiatives to fill advanced manufacturing jobs. As of 2009, the U.S. was ranked only 27th of 29 developed countries in the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded in science and engineering.

Rep. Tom Reed pushed for passage of the Revitalize American Manufacturing Act

Rep. Tom Reed pushed for passage of the Revitalize American Manufacturing Act

Republican Rep. Tom Reed, whose N.Y. 23rd District includes Corning, led the push for the RAMI in the U.S. House of Representatives, along with Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass.  The bill was championed on the Senate side by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand also backed the proposal.

“We have worked tirelessly to get this to the finish line – it was our main focus for this year and during the lame duck session,” Reed said after the bill was included in the House’s omnibus spending package last week.

“RAMI will create new high-tech, high-paying manufacturing jobs for our children and grandchildren. It’s only fair that we have opportunities to create and innovate here at home,” Reed said.

The initiative is intended to further President Barak Obama’s goal of  establishing 45 different advanced manufacturing centers over the next 10 years. Several hubs have already been established using existing funds from the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy, including manufacturing centers in power electronics, lightweight materials, and additive manufacturing, focusing on 3-D printing.

Rochester already has a proven track record in pioneering innovative manufacturing initiatives, which makes the region a front-runner for the establishment of a National Manufacturing Institute centered on photonics, said RRPC Executive Director Tom Battley.

“Rochester proved, with the Center for Optics Manufacturing (COM), that you don’t need to spend $200 million or even $100 million to make extraordinary breakthroughs in innovative manufacturing processes for America’s critical light-based technologies,” Battley said. “I think we can do as much or maybe more at a small COM2 with less than $10 million in funding than with something like the giant NMIs that have been announced since the president introduced the NNMI. Too many cooks, you know?”

The National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) will be administered through the National Institute of Standards and Technology, with funds reallocated from the Department of Energy. NIST is charged with developing a strategic plan by next fall for the administration of the program. Advice on the strategic plan will be solicited from stakeholders in industry, academia and government.





December 15, 2014

Universal Photonics, manufacturer and distributor of critical surface preparation materials worldwide, has announced the asset acquisition of California based, CV Nanotechnology. The acquisition transfers the production, sale, and distribution of CV Nanotechnology’s full product line of polishing compounds and surface preparation materials to Universal Photonics.

“UPI continues to make commitments to the advancement of surfacing and polishing technology, and strives to bring the very best of these products to our customers. CV Nanotechnology has developed many advanced polishing materials that will significantly add to the product capability we offer. Their innovative products will be integral to our technology suite of advanced materials” says Neil Johnson, President and CEO of Universal Photonics.

“Our long history of combining unique technology with robust service and support networks has helped UPI meet the expectations of the critical surfacing industry. We are confident that CV Nanotechnology’s products will add value to our customers’ processes and efficiency.”

CV Nanotechnology’s founder, Floyd McClung, will join Universal Photonics and continue to support the development and application of advanced polishing materials.

Today’s surfacing applications involve a wide variety of substrates, many with unique processing requirements. The comprehensive approach to meeting these requirements calls for a broad technology of materials, and the CV Nanotechnology line of products brings additional capability to UPI’s established product offering.

CV Nanotechnology customers can be confident that Universal Photonics’ broad experience and manufacturing capabilities will continue to provide the same reliable, efficient and innovative benefits they have come to expect.

American Apprenticeship Grant competition

December 12, 2014

$100 Million.

This is the largest single federal investment in apprenticeship ever in the U.S.

Its aim is to transform our workforce for the 21st century.

Through this grant, the Department of Labor will expand apprenticeships from the traditional skilled trades to new high-tech, high-demand industries like healthcare, IT, advanced manufacturing, and others. These grants will help programs that create career pathways and align with post-secondary education – so apprenticeships are never an either/or proposition between starting out on an exciting career path and getting an education. And the grants will encourage strong public-private partnerships to ensure these apprenticeships are sustainable for the long run.

Projection Mapping as Public Art

December 12, 2014