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SYNTEC Optics Completes Facilities Consolidation In Rochester

March 1, 2017

Consolidation creates efficiencies for the innovative 20-year old company and its customers.

Syntec Optics, (video here) a privately-owned advanced polymer optics manufacturing company in Rochester, NY, has announced the completion of its move from three separate facilities in New York State to the City of Rochester.

Syntec Optics (website here) is making American manufacturing globally competitive again. The move enables global customers to now benefit from a vertically integrated supply chain and quicker product development cycles”, said Al Kapoor, owner of Syntec, who appreciates the optics talent Kodak and Bausch & Lomb helped create over many decades in the City of Rochester.syntec-01

Kapoor continues to invest in Syntec Optics, helping the company continue to be an industry pioneer. He founded Syntec Optics and its affiliates immediately after his graduation from Harvard Business School in 1997 and was later able to buyout his outside institutional investors. Syntec’s pioneering plastic optics assemblies and components are used in numerous industries, from defense missiles and night vision goggles, to medical detection of disease, and consumer virtual reality.

Karen Altman, Manager of Business Development for the City of Rochester said, “We are fortunate to have Syntec Optics in Rochester and welcome this consolidation in  the City of Rochester.”

Syntec Optics claims to be North America’s largest polymer optics assembly and opto-mechanical component provider. Renovation and development of a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility more than 85,000 sq. ft. in size, built on over 7 acres of land, allowed co-location of its polymer optics & optics assembly division with its optical mold, diamond turning optics, and optical coating division. Syntec’s affiliated opto-mechanicals division, Wordingham Technologies was also co-located. Offerings from all divisions can now be combined at the same location to make polymer optics assemblies for the full light spectrum.  

“The consolidation has created powerful synergies for our cross-functional talent. This combined capability allows us to quickly assess and solve incredible difficult problems, creatively under one roof” said Steven Polvinen, President of Syntec Optics.

To learn more about this new capability please visit Syntecoptics.com and watch the video, or call Sara Hart at Syntec Optics at 585.464.9336 x101 or 650.616.4229.

Manufacturing Renaissance in Greater Rochester — Greater Rochester Quality Council

March 1, 2017

What will it take to create a manufacturing renaissance in the Greater Rochester area?

According to Willy Shih, it involves strengthening the link between manufacturing and innovation, developing advanced manufacturing operations and the supporting structure, educating and preparing the workforce at all levels, and government support for key initiatives.

The Speaker: Dr. Willy Shihshih
Dr. Willy Shih is Robert & Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School and has 28 years of leadership experience in product development and manufacturing with companies such as IBM, Silicon Graphics and Eastman Kodak. He is a leading voice on industrial competitiveness and has co-authored the recent book Producing Prosperity – Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance.

Panelists
Dr. Shih will be joined by panelists Dr. Grace Wang, President of the SUNY Research Foundation; Ed White, Corporate Outreach Executive for AIM Photonics; Dr. Terry Taber, Chief Technical Officer of Eastman Kodak; Dr. Denis Cormier, Director of RIT’s AMPrint Center; Boris Gragera, CEO of NEST iON; Todd Oldham, Vice President, Economic Development and Innovative Workforce Services, Monroe Community College; and panel moderator, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy.

Event Date:

  •  Event Date: 3/20/2017
  •  Event Start: 05:15 PM
  •  Event End: 08:00 PM

>>Registration and more information is here<<

2016 Annual Meeting Follow-up

November 7, 2016

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Thank you, friends in photonics, for supporting the New York Photonics Annual Meeting and our economic development agenda.

A special thank-you to our sponsors, without whom we would not be in a position to advocate for the region’s optics, photonics & imaging industry.

We hope that you enjoyed hearing from Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, senator Chuck Schumer and congresswoman Louise Slaughter, and we hope that you recognize what tremendous advocates we have for our industry in Washington.

To reiterate this year’s priorities from the meeting:

  • Our region has a legacy in optics, photonics and imaging like no place else in America, and we have won numerous opportunities for leveraging our strategic advantages for the future.  At this stage, it is up to the community stakeholders – the region’s economic development partners and the industry – to make that happen.  The New York Photonics ecosystem is robust and prime for further development.
  • We are advocates – and we hope that we can count on your support – for the Rochester Museum & Science Center’s capital campaign, Gateway Project, and Strasenburgh Planetarium upgrades.  We see the RMSC as the point where all vectors intersect: education, tourism, economic development, and the arts.  We envision the RMSC campus as an international center for light, astronomy, multimedia and education, and we feel that this proect deserves the support of the Finger Lakes Regional Council and the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, Finger Lakes Forward.
  • Also as part of Finger Lakes Forward, we continue to advocate for the Finger Lakes Regional Center for Optics Manufacturing, a national center for manufacturing innovation and problem solving for America’s optics, photonics & imaging industry and national security.  We cannot imagine another effort that will more effectively leverage our strategic advantages in optics, photonics and imaging.  You will be hearing more about this center in the future.

The Demo

People seemed to enjoy the demonstration of state-of-the-art planetarium projection technology!  Some clarification is needed, however.

The system that we experienced on the 27th was a demonstration of what is possible.  What we saw was a 4K projection system, meaning that we experienced 4,000 pixels from horizon to horizon through the zenith of the dome.  This is the entry level for what we would like to see in the Strasenburgh Planetarium, including filling the central pit, expanded seating, and a new projection surface for the dome.

We see it as the beginning of new possibilities for Rochester’s planetarium in addition to the brilliant astronomy that will already enjoy, only in HD – including multimedia events and new kinds of full-dome programming – all of course, accelerated by integrated photonics!

Handouts, or are they E-outs?

For more about planetarium full dome possibilities, click here.

For those of you who requested the presentations from the Planetarium portion of the meeting, you can find them here.  For the animations to work from my presentation you will need to download it.  We are unable to share Ed White’s AIM Photonics presentation for security reasons.

Photographs from the event can be found here.  You may find yourself somewhere in these shots!

News about the awards is here.

Thank you again for joining us on the 27th and thank you for your continued support!

 

Career Opportunities in Optics, Photonics & Imaging

August 17, 2016

Photonics jobs: Preparing today for future openings​

Top leaders at the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics) say the projected optical technician jobs won’t be here for at least two or three years. That means anyone looking for a future photonics job has 25 months to learn more about the industry.

>>Read more here<<

East High School Summer Optics Team Polishing 1/10th Wave Optics

July 21, 2016

Don’t know what that means?  Read on…

These are the only high school students in the nation manufacturing precision optics, and they are doing it during a summer immersion program this July in the East High School Optics Manufacturing Lab.

The scorecard:

“Yesterday, July 20, Alejandra’s optics measured 1/7th wave.”

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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (center), a long time advocate for Rochester’s Optics and Photonics Industry pictured with Adele Ratcliff, Undersecretery for DOD Supply Chain and Manufacturing (second from Left) and the East High Manufacturing team, including teacher Paul Conrow (back row, forth from left)

“Today, Demier Hill’s part measured to 1/10th wave on the Zygo interferometer.”

What does that mean?

Surface flatness is a type of surface accuracy specification that measures the deviation of a flat surface such as that of amirror, window, prism, or plano-lens. This deviation can be measured using an optical flat, which is a high quality, highly precise flat reference surface used to compare the flatness of a test piece. When the flat surface of the test optic is placed against the optical flat, fringes appear whose shape dictates the surface flatness of the optic under inspection. If the fringes are evenly spaced, straight, and parallel, then the optical surface under test is at least as flat as the reference optical flat. If the fringes are curved, the number of fringes between two imaginary lines, one tangent to the center of a fringe and one through the ends of that same fringe, indicate the flatness error. The deviations in flatness are often measured in values of waves (λ), which are multiples of the wavelength of the testing source. One fringe corresponds to ½ of a wave. 1λ flatness is considered typical grade, λ/4 flatness is considered to be precision grade, and λ/20 is considered high precision grade.

These students are achieving professional level results in terms of surface flatness, and are on their way towards possible careers in the optics, photonics and imaging industry.

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A Manufacturer’s Commitment to a Strong Future Workforce #fivepercentpledge

June 24, 2016

You don’t have to simply hope that there will be a skilled workforce available when your workforce begins to retire.  You can actually do something about it now.

Sign the 5% Pledge and pay it forward.  For every 20 employees in your organization hire one temporary intern, co-op, high school student or long-term unemployed individual this summer.  It is a simple idea that will have a valuable pay off in your company’s future.  It has worked for your colleagues and it can work for you.The 5% Pledge

Sign the 5% Pledge

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Successful Optics & Photonics Careers Can Start with a Two Year Degree

June 23, 2016

Has the decades-long march to college-for-everyone-at-18 actually closed off options for teenagers and 20-somethings, rather than opened up opportunities?

We all know teen-aged kids with potential that seem to “underperform” when pursuing a four-year degree.  We also know college grads saddled with debt, who can’t find jobs in their chosen fields.

Maybe a technical certificate that can get you earning or a two-year degree in Optics & Photonics are smart investments.  Monroe Community College offers both in an “in-demand” job market.

Three years ago, the Corning Incorporated Foundation invested $500,000 into improving the MCC program, matched with another $250,000 from Sydor Optics.  Why do you think that is?  The MCC program is the only program of its kind in the nation, and both companies, as other companies do, hire graduates of the program.

The same is true for so many technical and vocational programs offered in the region and across the country.  Why then do some parents continue to spend more for their children to attend four-year colleges than they do on their house?  Is it really nothing more than a gamble?

Nearly 40 percent of American workers hold a bachelor’s degree. College graduates are found in virtually every profession: 15 percent of mail carriers have a four-year degree, as do one in five clerical and sales workers and 83,000 bartenders.

>>Read More Here<<