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JENOPTIK Establishes Application Center in Silicon Valley

January 8, 2018

Jenoptik, an industry leader in high performance optical systems and healthcare & industry solutions, is pleased to announce the opening of a West Coast office to enhance customer proximity and leverage growth in the US. The new Jenoptik office, strategically located in Fremont in the Silicon Valley region, will serve the unique engineering and product development needs of the region. Expert personnel will help customers realizing their innovation goals and provide local support. The center will also serve as a hub to connect and integrate competencies from other development centers of Jenoptik worldwide.

The new Application Center office is located at:
JENOPTIK Optical Systems, LLC
39300 Civic Center Drive, Suite 240
Fremont, CA 94538
ph# 561 881-7400


Remembering Cody Kreischer

June 16, 2017

cody-kreischer-optics.jpgIt is with great sadness and regret to inform the optics industry of another pioneer that recently passed away. Cody Kreischer’s battle with cancer came to end Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

Before becoming President of Kreischer Optics, Ltd., Cody started working for his father, Emil, as early as the fifth grade. Through hard work, determination and brilliance, he went from mopping floors and cleaning machinery, to becoming one of the most influential lens manufacturers in the United States. As technology advanced, so did Cody’s knowledge. He was able to combine the conventional methods of lens production with the current CNC and MRF platforms to create exceptional optics. Cody is the true definition of a Master Optician.

With his passing, the industry mourns one of the all-time greats. Besides his knowledge of aspheres, his presence and personality will be greatly missed. Cody was always first in line to help, to share and to crack a few jokes. The only thing larger than his heart, was his laugh. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cody’s family: Tina, Tristan, Alta, Ben, Rebecca and Anna. Although Cody will be missed, Kreischer Optics and their customers are in good hands. Tina and Tristan will be continuing Cody’s legacy with help from all their dedicated employees.

Remembering Cody Green

March 17, 2017

remembering-cody-green.jpgCo-owner of PFG Precision Optics and former APOMA President, Colin 'Cody' Green was an integral member of the optics industry.

PFG, a 3rd generation family run business, has been a significant leader in high quality custom optics. Cody, along with his brothers, helped PFG build an exceptional reputation for manufacturing and coating precision optical components.

Beyond his devotion to the optics industry and PFG, Cody loved skiing, boating, and woodworking but his greatest joy was his family. Cody will have a lasting impact on the optics industry and all those who knew him, he will be deeply missed.

"Cody was a great friend and industry colleague; my words can’t do him justice." – Kirk Warden, LaCroix Precision Optics, APOMA President


Improving Optics Sales & Marketing: Launch Team President to Present Short Course at Photonics West 2017

December 19, 2016

Launch Team Inc. President Michele Nichols will present a short course at the 2017 Photonics West conference to discuss inbound marketing and sales strategies for optics companies.

The course, "The New Sales Model: How to Bring Customers to You," will explore inbound marketing best practices, metrics and sales tactics that have helped companies in the optics and photonics industry grow their revenue base. Nichols will share benchmark data and examples from Launch Team clients, as well as specific recommendations for improving marketing ROI. Participants will also have the opportunity to compare their marketing wins and lessons learned with industry peers in a roundtable discussion.

The short course, which will take place Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 12:15 to 3 p.m., is designed for CEOs, vice presidents of marketing or sales, product managers, marketing staff and others in customer development responsible for ensuring a healthy pipeline.

Read the full press release here.

Optimax Launches Precision Optics Manufacturing (POM) Apprenticeship Program

June 7, 2016

Optimax is proud to announce the official certification of the (Precision) Optics Manufacturing Technician (POM) occupation and the launch of their POM apprenticeship program.

The program, which began this month, was developed due to a need for increased earning potential within the optics and manufacturing industries. The three year program combines educational course work with on-the-job training and will be led by Optimax journey workers.

“By creating a certified program, we are hoping to start the movement that can be endorsed and replicated by other companies in the industry to continue developing the opticians of the future,” said Mike Mandina, President of Optimax.

Read the full press release here.


Äpre Instruments Introduces New Affordable, High Performance Interferometer

June 2, 2016

Äpre Instruments, a leader in interferometry for research, quality control and high volume production, introduced today their new S100 | HR high performance laser Fizeau interferometer for optical manufacturing.

The new system offers the affordability of a classic continuous zoom interferometer with the performance of a modern imaging system. It is ideal for optics professionals requiring accurate metrology of highly sloped surfaces and fine resolution of mid-spatial frequencies.

“For companies looking to scale up, metrology is a serious investment, and the S100 | HR helps break down the barriers to producing more, higher quality optics. We’re excited to offer a system that meets the demands of today’s optical manufacturer without breaking their budget,” ÄPRE President Robert Smythe said.

Read the full press release here.


Jenoptik announces ISO 13485:2003 medical device registration

March 1, 2016

Jenoptik Optical Systems, LLC (JOSI) is pleased to announce the registration of its quality management system to ISO 13485:2003 for medical device manufacturers or service providers. The certification covers both design and manufacture of medical devices.

The company successfully obtained the registration through Intertek on its first audit attempt, complementing existing registrations to ISO 9001:2008. JOSI completed the audit in late January, 2016 and received the official certificate of registration in March, 2016.

Read the full press release here.



OptiPro Systems Acquires Glassmaster Fabrications

(Sept. 5, 2014) OptiPro Systems, LLC has acquired Glassmaster Fabrications, a leader in continuous planetary polishing equipment. With the acquisition of Glassmaster, OptiPro is positioned to serve the precision flat optics market, furthering their mission of helping companies prosper through innovative optical manufacturing solutions.

Glassmaster's industry-renowned Plano Pro planetary polisher, which will be rebranded as the OptiPro Glassmaster 520, incorporates patented technology to ensure consistent flatness and finish of glass, ceramic, silicon, crystal, or metal parts. The Glassmaster 520's optimal performance allows the platform to fit seamlessly into OptiPro's lineup of leading-edge machines for precision optics fabrication.

"Glassmaster is a trusted name among companies fabricating precision flat optics," said Mike Bechtold, President of OptiPro. "The impressive features and attention-to-detail are a reflection of the countless R&D hours invested to make it the finest pitch polisher in the market. OptiPro is excited to have the opportunity to service and support existing customers in addition to growing the Glassmaster brand."

"OptiPro is the perfect company to drive the future success of Glassmaster," said Dan Ficarro, founder of Glassmaster Fabrications. "Their highly experienced team of engineers and technicians will keep Glassmaster ahead of the technological curve, ensuring that it continues to outperform the competition for years to come."

OptiPro will immediately begin manufacturing, selling, servicing, and supporting all Glassmaster 520 planetary polishers.

Glassmaster Fabrications was founded in 1995 as a manufacturer of continuous planetary polishers and precision glass cutting saws. Based in Ontario, NY, the company's inception was the result of the combined expertise of a master optician and master machinist with the goal of designing the most effective and maintenance free line of optical equipment in the world.

Congratulations to Sydor Optics on 50 Years 

(Feb. 10, 2014) At Photonics West in San Francisco, 250 people attended a celebration in honor of Sydor Optics' 50th anniversary. 

Stefan Sydor founded the company in 1964 at age 50, after 15 years with Kodak, working as an optician on projects that included Mt. Palomar Observatory’s 200-inch telescope mirror and the Baker-Nunn Satellite Tracking Network.

Stefan was a craftsman with a passion for optics. At the forefront of the optical experts of 


his generation, Stefan could make anything from a piece of glass.  Jim Sydor joined the company in 1978, after working as a Methods Engineer at American Optical and an Optical Fabrication Department Foreman and Production Planner for American Cystoscope Makers.

Since Stefan's passing, Jim has led the company through tremendous growth and leaps in capability. Twenty three years later, Sydor Optics is the largest optics company in the US making flat optics utilizing double-sided lappers and polishers.

Jim’s commitment to relationships with employees, vendors and customers has made all the difference. His sons, Jonathan and Matthew, have now joined the company to carry on this tradition. 




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