Archive for January 2017

Navitar Purchases Canadian Camera Manufacturer PixeLINK®

January 31, 2017

 Acquisition Expands Navitar’s Integrated Imaging Solutions Business

Photonics West, January 31, 2017 — Navitar Canada, Inc. (Navitar), an innovative manufacturer of precision optical solutions, announced today the purchase of PixeLINK®, a leading developer of digital cameras for use in industrial, life science, and other advanced imaging applications.

Based in Ottawa, ON, Canada, PixeLINK manufactures, optimizes and integrates industrial cameras for machine vision applications and microscope cameras for life science and digital microscopy applications. Product offerings include CMOS and CCD sensors, coupled with state-of-the-art high speed digital technologies such as USB 3.0, FireWire (IEEE 1394), USB 2.0 and Gigabit Ethernet (GigE). PixeLINK’s latest camera models are equipped with the 12.3 MPixel Sony Pregius IMX253 (1.1”) and 8.9MPixel IMX255 (1”) sensors which support 4K Ultra HD video.

“The addition of the PixeLINK business enables us to provide our Navitar core dealers and OEM customers in machine vision and life science a large range of visible spectrum camera solutions,” explains Navitar President Michael Thomas. “Navitar recently added active alignment, assembly and testing of 4K OEM lens camera modules to our repertoire of services – combining Navitar large format, athermal, HDR lenses with Sony IMX CMOS sensors. Now our customers developing VR cameras, autonomous vehicles, drones and persistent surveillance systems will achieve unprecedented image quality with a Navitar lens, and they will benefit from decades of sensor integration expertise and industry-leading CMOS camera technology from PixeLINK.”

PixeLINK is recognized around the world for its quality hardware, imaging software and unmatched customer service. Their USB 3.0 high speed cameras provide superb image quality and have consistently been rated as the most reliable industrial cameras in the market. Paul Saunders, President of PixeLINK, comments, “We are excited to add our cameras to Navitar’s large selection of imaging products. Current and new customers will benefit greatly from our integrated solution offerings.”

Julian Goldstein and Jeremy Goldstein, owners of Navitar, comment, “We welcome the PixeLINK employees and customers to the Navitar network of companies and look forward to developing ground-breaking integrated camera and lens solutions optimized for the sharpest, cleanest images available in the industry.”

Navitar announced the acquisition of PixeLINK at SPIE Photonics West. In addition, the company is introducing a new high performance zoom lens series, the Resolv4K, with a live demonstration using a PixeLINK camera (IMX255 sensor).

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Amy Block, Marketing Director, Navitar, Inc. | 585.359.4000 |

OptiPro Systems Receives 2016 Tibbetts Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration

January 26, 2017

 High-tech manufacturing company recognized for achievements in the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program

OptiPro Systems, LLC, a world leader in precision optics optipro_3d-no-tagline-copymanufacturing equipment, was honored with the 2016 Tibbetts Award for their achievements in innovation and job creation as a participant in the SBIR program. The company credits the program to helping develop solutions for cost-effective manufacturing of optical components with defense and commercial applications. OptiPro was one of 37 U.S. companies to receive this prestigious award during a White House ceremony on January 10th.Named in honor of the late Roland Tibbetts, the acknowledged father of the SBIR program, the esteemed Tibbetts Awards recognize those individuals, organizations, firms or projects that made a visible technological impact on the socio-economic front and exemplify the very best in SBIR achievements.

“It is truly an honor to be a recipient of the 2016 Tibbetts Award. Without the SBIR program, OptiPro would not have been able to make the R&D investments necessary to grow our company and advance our technology to where it is today,” said Mike Bechtold, President of OptiPro. “Our continued success with the SBIR programs will help us to create the best possible advanced manufacturing solutions, especially for our important U.S. based precision optics and ceramic producing companies.”  

 Since receiving their first SBIR grant, OptiPro has grown from less than 15 employees to more than 80 today. The company hosts a semi-annual SBIR review conference which highlights the technical advancements being made by OptiPro as well as other small companies participating in the SBIR program. Through the SBIR program, OptiPro has developed new machines and processes which are commercialized in sales to Prime contractors, small to medium sized optics manufacturers, and exported around the world. All profits earned since receiving their first SBIR grant have been re-invested in the company to increase technological improvement and commercialization of technologies.

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FluxData acquired by U.K. firm

January 18, 2017

FluxData Inc. has been acquired by Halma PLC, a United Kingdom-based safety, health and environmental safety group.

The deal is expected to nearly double the local workforce, company leaders said. FluxData employs 21 people and expects to add another 18 locally and two more in China as a result of the acquisition, FluxData president Pano Spiliotis said.

Halma, a leading safety, health and environmental technology group, announced the acquisition of FluxData from private shareholders.

FluxData, based in New York State, USA, designs and manufactures advanced multispectral and digital imaging systems across multiple sectors including industrial and medical applications.

The cash consideration is $12.0 million (£9.8 million) and is adjustable, US$ for US$, if the net assets are more or less than a pre-determined amount (the adjustment is not expected to be material). Further contingent consideration of up to $15.5 million (£12.6 million) may be payable based on performance to 31 March 2019. The acquisition, which is expected to be immediately earnings enhancing, was funded from Halma’s existing cash and debt facilities.

Unaudited accounts for the year ended 31 December 2016 reported revenue of $5.2 million (£4.2 million).

FluxData will become part of Halma’s Environmental & Analysis sector. Existing management will remain in place.

Andrew Williams, Halma’s Chief Executive, commented:

“FluxData’s strength in developing complete multispectral imaging (MSI) systems, including software and data analysis, builds on the MSI capabilities that already exist within our Environmental & Analysis sector. The value of this acquisition will come not only from enhancing FluxData’s ability to service existing customers but also from the opportunity to access new sectors and geographies through Halma’s strengths in safety, medical and environmental markets globally.”

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UB’s Paras Prasad Named Fellow of National Academy of Inventors

January 2, 2017

University at Buffalo researcher Paras Prasad, an internationally recognized expert in optics and photonics, has been named a Fellow of the nailogoNational Academy of Inventors (NAI).

NAI Fellow is the highest professional distinction accorded by the organization to academic researchers who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.paras-prasad

Among other individuals, the list of NAI Fellowsincludes presidents and senior leaders of research universities and nonprofit research institutes, Nobel Laureates, and recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation and U.S. National Medal of Science.

New fellows will be inducted at a ceremony on April 6 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.

Prasad, PhD, serves as the executive director of UB’s Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics (ILPB). He is a SUNY Distinguished Professor in the departments of Chemistry, Physics, Medicine and Electrical Engineering.

Prasad was an early pioneer in nanomedicine, which uses super-small particles, materials and devices to treat and diagnose disease.

He specializes in the use of optics, photonics and nanotechnology in this field, and has worked with colleagues to study and develop a wide range of new materials that could ultimately improve lives around the world.

These novel materials include miniature luminescent crystals that could be used in image-guided surgery; light-activated nanoparticles that could enable the development of new bioimaging technologies for disease detection; new nanoneurotechnologies for monitoring and enhancing brain functions; and magnetic and laser-activated nanoparticles that could be used for cancer diagnosis and treatment. This latter technology was licensed to UB spinoff Nanobiotix, a publicly traded company and leader in nanomedicine that has maintained close contact with Prasad while working to develop these and other new nanomedicine products.

Prasad has published more than 750 scientific papers, eight edited books and four monographs, and has been named the inventor or co-inventor on numerous patents. In keeping with his emphasis on the translational impact of his research, Prasad has been extremely active in launching startup companies and partnering with industry for co-development of technologies to create new companies. His efforts have led to 9 different companies worldwide.

He has received numerous regional, national and international recognitions for his lifetime achievements, including the Morley Medal; Jacob F. Schoellkopf Medal; Guggenheim Fellowship; Sloan Fellowship; Western New York Health Care Industries Technology/Discovery Award; and Excellence in Pursuit of Knowledge Award of the Research Foundation for SUNY. He was named a fellow of the American Physical Society, OSA (the Optical Society) and SPIE (the international society for optics and photonics).

This year, SPIE awarded him the society’s highest honor: the Gold Medal. The University at Buffalo awarded him the high honor of the UB President’s Medal in 2016 in recognition of extraordinary service to the university, and he also received UB’s inaugural Innovation Impact Award in 2015 for his contributions to the invention of the technologies licensed to Nanobiotix.

In 2005, he was named one of the “Scientific American 50,” the magazine’s list of “visionaries from the worlds of research, industry and politics whose recent accomplishments point toward a brighter technological future for everyone.” He was on the Thomson Reuters “Highly Cited Researchers” list for 2014 and 2016.

Prasad has received honorary doctorates from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden; the Aix-Marseille University in France; and the National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI) in Russia.

The National Academy of Inventors is a nonprofit member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and nonprofit research institutes, with over 3,000 individual inventor members and fellows spanning more than 200 institutions. The academy was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation; encourage the disclosure of intellectual property; educate and mentor innovative students; and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society.

Why We Are Grateful

January 2, 2017

2016: A lot to be grateful for!
On December 14, the New York State Photonics Board announced the location of the nation’s test, assembly and packaging facility.  The TAP facility will colocate with ON Semiconductor in the City of Rochester.  This is another milestone for AIM Photonics in an international competition that holds great promise for our nation with a technology that will revolutionize so much in our increasingly technological lives.

With all of the public confusion during the past 18 months about “What is photonics?” (the science of light),  “Where will the headquarters be?” (it didn’t need one), “What is integrated photonics?” (data via light at the nano/semiconductor level), “What about the Albany bid-rigging scandal?” (it has nothing to do with this national initiative), it is easy to lose sight of the people that helped make the American Institute in Manufacturing Integrated Photonics possible, and worked so hard to make certain that Rochester remained the headquarters for this national effort.

Our Gratitude Includes Many in Its Embrace

It began with the Obama administration recognizing in how critical manufacturing still is to our nation’s economy and creating the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation to bolster US competitiveness.  We are grateful for that vision.

There would be no Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute without the National Photonics Initiative and the people that worked so hard to inform, educate and create possibility in Washington DC as part of that effort.  It includes the scientists who participated in the Optics & Photonics, Essential Technologies for Our Nation.  Noteworthy is who has been downloading the report, by nation, since it was released.  We are grateful for our nation’s brilliant scientific and strategic thinkers.

It includes the vision of Eugene Arthurs at SPIE and his superb staff in Bellingham, Washington and Washington DC.  It includes the vision of Elizabeth Rogan at OSA and her excellent hard-working staff in Washington DC.  Without the combined effort of these two organizations AIM Photonics would not exist.  We are grateful.

It includes the vision of two governors and even a disgraced scientist: George Pataki who began Chip Fab New York (later Semi NY); Andrew Cuomo, who continued investing in what was once known as Albany Nanotech and anted up a $250M investment in AIM Photonics; and Alain Kaloyeros, a visionary academic who insisted that New York State could be an international leader in semiconductor development, and proved it with SUNY CNSE.  The combined efforts of these three leaders brought Global Foundries to Malta, NY and created the fertile basis that, when combined with Rochester New York’s extraordinary legacy in Optics and Photonics and our lobbying at the Federal level, enabled New York to lead the successful application that has become AIM Photonics.

It includes Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and Senator Chuck Schumer who were extraordinary advocates for New York’s Optics, Photonics and Imaging industry, for New York Photonics, and for Rochester, NY.  It includes Assemblyman Joe Morelle for his advocacy on our behalf in Albany.

It includes many others that made big contributions: Paul Ballentine, Executive Director, UR CEIS; Jay Eastman, CEO of OPTEL and OSA at-large board member, and others to numerous to name.

It became clear on Wednesday as the governor and the members of the New York State Photonics board deliberated and made presentations about AIM Photonics’ progress, that very little institutional memory exists of how the national institute for manufacturing integrated photonics became an opportunity, one that became AIM Photonics.  It was poignant to see no representation from industry.

We are grateful to everyone that made the AIM Photonics Institute possible.

What else are we grateful for?

We are grateful for Paul Conrow’s work at East High School, kindling interest in optical fabrication among his students for several years, with the help of people like Jim VanKouwenberg, Tony Marino and Patrick Iulianello, and companies like Applied Image, Optimax and Accucoat.osa-with-east-high-and-nobel-laureates

We are grateful to the high school and primary school teachers and administrators that are evangelists for the science of optics, photonics and physics and guiding young people towards careers in our field.

We are grateful to the adjunct professors and professors of optics Alexis Vogt and Bill Strong who are creating the next generation of American opticians.  And we are grateful for the support of Corning and Sydor, and the advisory board that makes the MCC Optical Systems Technology Program one of a kind in the nation.

We are grateful for all of our sponsors, companies and community stakeholders who continue to volunteer, participate, attend, inquire, contribute, and promote New York, Rochester, and New York’s Finger Lakes Region as an international center for Optics, Photonics and Imaging in the Century of the Photon!

Thank you for being you!