Rethinking What’s Possible in Optical Coating

By Charlie Metzger | Dec 7, 2017 8:55:00 AM

Penn Optical Coatings is a partner of Ross Optical. Ross does a number of coatings in-house, but when our customers have more complex or custom project, we know we can rely on Penn’s expertise and attention to quality.

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Three Examples of Using Cylinder Optics for Beam Shaping

By Lisa Yang | Nov 15, 2017 9:15:00 AM

Unlike a conventional spherical lens, a "cylinder lens" has curvature along only one axis, as shown in the first figure. Cylinder lenses are useful in applications where light needs to be manipulated in only one direction. The example shown is a plano-convex positive lens, which brings parallel rays to a line focus.

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2017 Survey: Ross Optical Continues to Meet Customer Service, Quality and Delivery Needs

By Ross Team | Nov 6, 2017 8:34:00 AM

Meeting Needs, By the Numbers

We just completed our 2017 customer survey, and Ross Optical once again received high marks for customer service, technical expertise, quality and delivery. On overall performance, 92% of customers rated Ross above average or excellent.

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Outsourcing Optical Assembly: 4 Cost Considerations

By Ross Team | Nov 2, 2017 9:14:00 AM



Optical assembly is an important step in the production of an optical system—as well as a major cost driver. As we’ve previously discussed, designing optics with assembly in mind can ease the transition from prototype to final product and save money in the long run. But beyond design, the “who” and “where” of assembly can also affect price.

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Controlling Cost for Large Optics

By Ross Team | Oct 20, 2017 7:30:51 AM

Generally speaking, a "large" optic is anything with dimensions exceeding 10 cm. Designing a large optical system is not intrinsically harder than designing a smaller system, but the stakes are higher. The classic example of a large optics project gone wrong is the Hubble Space Telescope, in which an error in metrology resulted in a mirror that was made "exactly wrong" to very high precision.

Keep in mind that, when designing a system that includes large optical elements, the effects of the usual cost factors increase and some new factors appear. The following design points will help.

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Optics + Photonics 2017

By Charlie Metzger | Sep 28, 2017 8:30:00 AM

I attend the SPIE Optics + Photonics conference every year, mostly just to walk the show. Compared to other shows, O+P is a pretty laid back event, perhaps because it is at the end of summer or perhaps because it is in Southern California. Because it is a slower conference, you really need to plan ahead if you want to get the most out of it.

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Optics Provide a High-Res Look at a Galaxy Far, Far Away

By Katie Steelman | Sep 13, 2017 8:55:00 AM
Stock image, Claudio Ventrella

Have you ever tried to take a picture of a bright full moon or a star-filled sky, only to be disappointed when virtually nothing shows up on your phone screen? The distance and brightness of these objects make it nearly impossible to get a sharp image—and that’s just in our own galaxy.

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Offshore Sourcing: Helping Customers Bail Out from Bad Overseas Vendors

By Charlie Metzger | Aug 31, 2017 9:05:00 AM

There's nothing wrong with sourcing optical parts from overseas. We frequently do it ourselves. However, working with vendors on another continent has its risks, and when things go wrong, they tend to go really wrong. Problems include:

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From R&D to Inventory Solutions: Improving Product and Supply Chain Performance for Analytical Instruments

By Ross Team | Aug 24, 2017 1:02:02 PM

Over the last several years, Ross Optical has worked closely with the engineering and purchasing team at Microtrac to provide custom optics that support their particle analysis instruments.

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Looking Forward to Great Views and Productive Conversations at Optics + Photonics in San Diego

By Charlie Metzger | Jul 31, 2017 1:40:00 PM

SPIE Optics + Photonics (O+P) is coming up in San Diego, California, the week of August 6. The optics industry changes quickly, and O+P is a prime place to catch up on the latest developments across the field, with an even mix of technological innovations and applications.

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