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 side—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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Security Blanket: How Blanket Purchase Orders Can Protect Your Optics Supply Chain

By Damon Diehl | Mar 22, 2018 9:23:10 AM

For companies struggling with supply chain dilemmas, one of the solutions we offer is blanket purchase orders to help ensure a reliable stream of components. To understand whether a blanket purchase order is right for you, you need to understand how they work.

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Warming Up: Three Hot Markets for the Infrared Optical Industry

By Ross Team | Feb 20, 2018 12:07:36 PM

Demand for infrared optical elements has extended beyond just lens assemblies and hot/cold mirrors. Specifically, there is growing interest across the optical industry for bandpass filters, achromats, athermal elements, and polarizing waveplates. The demand spans all IR wavelength bands—near IR (0.75 µm to 1.4 µm), short-wavelength IR (1.4 µm to 3 µm), mid-wavelength IR (3 µm to 8 µm), and long-wavelength IR (8 µm to 15 µm). Advances in sensor and source technology, as well as a changing marketplace, are driving this growth. Demand from three industries stands out as particularly noteworthy:

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Ross Optical Quality Management System Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification

By Divi Mangadu | Feb 15, 2018 7:18:00 AM

This international certification will save customers time during the qualification stage of the procurement process.

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