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APOMA Alert! Congressional Optics & Photonics Caucus to hold first event on 10/27/21 via Zoom

WORKFORCE CHALLENGES & LIGHTING A PATH TO SUCCESS

Virtual event – Registration required!  Click the link above for full event details.

The Congressional Optics & Photonics (O&P) Caucus will hold its first policy discussion next week on October 27, 2021 at 12Noon (Eastern) to discuss workforce development challenges in our industry.

APOMA members, both large and small, have dealt with hiring shortages for skilled technicians for years and this challenge has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing workforce shortages in our rapidly growing industry is critical to maintaining US leadership in this innovative, global market.

Archer OpTx, Inc.

With the sophisticated demands of today’s optical systems, precision necessarily drives decision. Archer OpTx offers the photonics industry what could be its most exceptional resource yet: a core of globally recognized photonics experts with an unwavering commitment to ultra-high precision optics, flawless integration, and rapid delivery. Using several production techniques, Archer OpTx has created cradle-to-grave assurance of high quality and efficiency with the ability to accommodate prototypes, medium volume production, or high volume production. By providing comprehensive solutions from engineering design services, optical components, lens assemblies, subassemblies, and more, Archer OpTx is a strategic resource for your competitiveness. We develop the right solution for each project, rather than trying to force every job to fit a single solution. Archer OpTx has the team, processes and tools to deliver to you the right optical solution, ensuring an optimal outcome.

Reminder – APOMA Special Events are planned for Optifab on 10/20!

APOMA General Meeting
October 20, 2021 ∙ 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM, Joseph A Floreano Riverside Convention Center, Highland E/F

Items on the agenda include:
Available Training Grant Funds
New Optics Manufacturing Apprenticeship and insight about upcoming panel
Optics Quality Standard Progress
AmeriCOM authorization and status
Relevant International Trade Regulations
Proposed mentorship program

Panel Discussion on Funding and Support to Establish Registered Apprenticeships to Address Critical Workforce Shortages
October 20, 2021 ∙ 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Joseph A Floreano Riverside Convention Center, Exhibition Hall

A lively panel discussion to address the needs and challenges of optics apprenticeships for the Optical Fabrication Industry. Funding is available for manufacturers that would like to participate, but the program expires in September of 2022. If you’ve been on the fence about an apprenticeship program at your facility – the time to act is NOW!

APOMA Unveils New MCC Apprenticeship Video!

Interested in an apprenticeship program for your business? Not quiet sure what it entails? Guess what– there’s a video for that!!

Click HERE to check out the new APOMA MCC Apprenticeship video!

Hear first hand from Dr. Alexis Vogt what the steps are in the process, and see testimonials from Zach Hobbs at Sydor Optics and Kirk Warden at LaCroix Precision Optics. Becoming a Nationally Registered Sponsor for the U.S. Department of Labor approved Optics Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship is easier than you think!

APOMA September 2021 eNews – now available!

We look forward to seeing you at Optifab 2021!  APOMA will be hosting two special events on Wednesday, October 20th:

APOMA General Meeting
In person: 20 October 2021 ∙ 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM EDT, Joseph A Floreano Riverside Convention Center, Highland E/F

Items on the agenda include:

Available Training Grant Funds
New Optics Manufacturing Apprenticeship and insight about upcoming panel
Optics Quality Standard Progress
AmeriCOM authorization and status
Relevant International Trade Regulations
Proposed mentorship program

Panel Discussion on Funding and Support to Establish Registered Apprenticeships to Address Critical Workforce Shortages
In person: 20 October 2021 ∙ 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM EDT, Joseph A Floreano Riverside Convention Center, Exhibition Hall

Click HERE to get full details on both events!

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.