Supply Chain Process Improvements in Optics

By Ross Team | Sep 19, 2018 7:53:15 AM

According to KPMG, only 1 in 5 companies say that their supply chain is deployed and optimized to keep pace with customer needs. Optimizing your supply chain can seem like a daunting task, especially with the long lead times in the optical lens and assembly industry. But it can have a huge reward in cost savings.

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Secrets of Optical Design, Part 3: Mastering Design Software

By Damon Diehl | Aug 3, 2018 11:17:00 AM

This article is the last of our three-part series on optical design secrets. In previous blogs we explained some important aspects of optical manufacturing, and we offered advice on how to protect your production schedule by using reliable optics sourcing to defend your optics supply chain. This final article provides some best practices to follow when using optical design software. There are too many programs and applications for us to give software-specific advice, but our optical design expertise enables us to provide some important principles that apply whenever you use software to optimize the performance of an optical system design .

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Ross is Collecting Healthy Food for Food Drive

By Ross Team | Aug 1, 2018 6:02:43 AM

We are helping to collect healthy food for the Mujer Saludable, Familia Feliz. Want to help out by donating? There are two ways to help:

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Three Applications of Rod Lenses

By Ross Team | Jul 19, 2018 9:50:55 AM

A previous article explored applications of cylinder lenses. In those examples, the lenses were only curved on one sideā€”the other side was flat (i.e. "plano-"). Cylinder lenses can be curved on both sides, though, creating a "rod lens." Rod lenses are unique in that they can be used either side-on or end-on depending upon the application. Here are three examples of their versatility.

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Secrets of Optical Design, Part 2: Sourcing Optics

By Damon Diehl | Jun 28, 2018 8:07:35 AM

This article is the second in our three-part series on "secrets" that good optical designers must understand in order to become great. These tips are things that you can only learn from experience---or reading these articles!

In this article, we identify some of the supply-side challenges that optical designers face and offer some solutions. This knowledge will help you develop and protect your supply chain.

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Ross Optics Improves Micro Optics Capabilities

By Ross Team | Jun 15, 2018 8:22:24 AM
Ross Optics continues to focus on providing micro optics for our customers. We recently improved our capabilities with the purchase of a MarOpto FI 1040 ZThe MarOpto FI 1040 Z  is a full-featured interferometer that can provide non-contact measurements of flat or spherical surfaces and transmitted wavefront of optical components and assemblies. This machine has the following capabilities: Read More >

Secrets of Optical Design, Part 1: Understanding Optical Manufacturing

By Damon Diehl | May 29, 2018 11:43:43 AM

This article is the first of a three-part series on aspects of design that are sometimes overlooked in optics courses. Optical design is often as much art as science. However, it is not magic! Like any art or science, skill in the trade comes only with experience and practice. That said, you can save time by learning from the experience of others.

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The Importance of Designing for Optical Assembly

By Damon Diehl | May 15, 2018 10:48:00 AM

The optical assembly process is often treated as an afterthought of the design process; however, once a product has gone into production, assembly becomes a dominant cost. Designing for ease of assembly becomes a considerable cost-saver in the long run. Below we offer three important points to consider as you develop a product.

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Top 3 Reasons for Long Lead Times in Optical Manufacturing: Part 1 in our Reducing Lead Time Series

By Damon Diehl | Apr 23, 2018 11:05:00 AM

Our series explains how Ross Optical can help you reduce lead time on your orders. This article will explain the three factors that most impact lead time for optical components:

  • Choice of materials
  • Method of fabrication
  • Method of testing

While these three factors impact any manufacturing process, they present unique challenges in optical manufacturing.

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Optical Design: Five Tolerancing Guidelines for Smart Designers

By Damon Diehl | Apr 13, 2018 12:40:00 PM

In the design of any optical system, managing cost versus performance is always a challenge. When faced with this challenge, it is important to realize that properly tolerancing the design is every bit as important as the design itself.

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