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Chemetall Precision Microchemicals (BASF)

Optical, electro-optical and photonic materials require extreme precision during machining, finishing and cleaning operations. The critical processes of grinding, drilling, coring, sawing/wire sawing, lapping, polishing, CMP (Chemo-Mechanical Polishing/Planarizing), in and post-process cleaning, ultimately have a major impact on component performance.

High purity, chemically engineered, coolants, lubricants, abrasive slurries/suspensions and cleaners are available for each machining, finishing and cleaning step. Glasses, ceramics, crystals, metals and plastics used in optics fabrication can be processed with Chemetall Precision Microchemicals’ formulations.

Surface perfection and low sub-surface damage is achieved in machining processes with the optimum choice of coolant, lubricant, abrasive slurry and cleaner. Products are chemically engineered for each critical processing step of glasses, crystals and infra-red materials.

Chemetall Precision Microchemicals backed up with the technical resources of BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, is based in Fremont, CA with a large-scale manufacturing factory in Michigan. The company develops and manufactures precision consumables for high technology industries in North America and Europe. A similar R&D and large-scale factory in Singapore services the South East Asian markets.

From the Apoma President

Letter from the President

Dear Members, with great pleasure and the upmost pride, I write to you. We are now in our 30th year! What an amazing accomplishment and it is all due to membership commitments from you, our members. We have many benefits, in addition we continue to offer each APOMA member discounts to North America’s largest Optical Fabrication Show, OPTIFAB.

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IRD Ceramic Glass Tubes

The Latest In Industry Leading Precision Optical Homogenizers

IRD Glass (IRD) has announced its ability to deliver production quantities of custom precision homogenizers using its latest manufacturing processes and equipment. These developments and the resulting quality of IRD manufactured homogenizers are explained in its newly published white paper titled “Custom Optical Homogenizers Competitive with Stock Components? Not a Light-Pipe Dream”.

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Denton Vacuum

Denton Vacuum is currently hiring for the position listed above. For complete details, please click below for the full Job Description. The candidate will serve as an Applications Scientist and subject matter expert for developing thin-film optical coating solutions employing reactive sputtering, ion-assisted evaporation, thermal evaporation, and plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The candidate will also provide technical support to Engineering and R&D departments, function as an in-house optics expert and assist with equipment design, vendor selection, experimental design and analysis, and presentation of findings.

ESCO Optics

Growth continues as Esco Optics opens a Rochester, NY office

Optical component manufacturer, Esco Optics, is pleased to announce an expanded presence within the industry by adding a new office, as well as new key personnel.

Esco Optics will have a new, fully staffed office in Rochester, NY. This new venture is now referenced colloquially as Esco North and will allow Esco to grow their relationships and service current customers in the hub of optics. “This is exciting for everyone involved. As a top optics provider, this office gives us a stronger footprint within the fabric of Rochester,” says Ron Schulmerich, Business Development Manager.

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Ross Optical Industries

Ross Optical Industries is Acquired by Precision Optics Corporation

El Paso, TX, July 9, 2019 Ross Optical Industries, Inc (Ross Optical), a provider of custom, precision-engineered solutions for the optical market, announced today that it has been acquired by Precision Optics Corporation, Inc. (OTCQB: PEYE) (“Precision Optics”). Precision Optics is a leading designer and manufacturer of advanced optical instruments for the medical and defense industries.

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Mark Optics, Inc.

The Manufacturing Manager has a high-level of technical expertise and is responsible for the development and improvement of manufacturing processes by analyzing and evaluating product and manufacturing methodology. They will have substantial experience in the fabrication of visible, IR and UV optical components. This individual’s goals will be to make improvements to current processes as well as introduce new ideas and processes that will improve shop flow and quality expectations. The individual will be responsible for testing, training, and continual monitoring of work processes. They must be detail-oriented, able to communicate clearly and strong documentation capabilities. The manager will oversee up to 10 employees.

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Esco Optics

Esco Optics is hiring experienced CNC Lens Technicians. Experience with OptiPro, OptoTech, or Satisloh machines is preferred. Must have familiarity with multi-axis machines and metrology equipment. A minimum of 5 years of experience of processing lenses with conventional methods or CNC machinery is required. An understanding of mastercam/solidworks is helpful. Ability to lead team in a brand new, state of the art manufacturing facility. Competitive benefits package available. Please email resume to and for more information please visit


JENOPTIK Establishes Application Center in Silicon Valley

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

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