The Constructive Ripple Effect of ITAR Compliance

By Ross Team | Apr 27, 2017 8:22:00 AM

Regardless of whether a business works directly or indirectly with the US government, it is critical to follow ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations). As we noted in a previous article, ITAR is a moving target, and it is inarguably frustrating to keep abreast of the latest developments. That said, we have noticed that maintaining our ITAR compliance has had a "ripple effect" on other aspects of our business practices. Here are four indirect business improvements we have seen because of ITAR compliance.

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Tracking Down Hard-to-Find Optics

By Charlie Metzger | Apr 12, 2017 12:48:00 PM

Innovative optical technology arises from fresh design concepts. Those designs often hinge on the performance of a specific optical element, but sometimes that component can be hard to find. Perhaps the part is only available in limited quantities. Perhaps it has been discontinued. Perhaps the optical element exists, but the specifications are out of line with the design tolerances. Regardless of the reason, absence of a specific part can kill some projects.

Ross Optical is the investigator to hire when you’re looking for something no one else can find. Here’s why:

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Optical Inspection Process: Ensuring the Best Parts Every Time

By Charlie Metzger | Mar 30, 2017 1:07:00 PM

Delivering on Quality

Ross is the premier source for high quality, hard-to-find optics. Far from being just a vendor, Ross Optical has the capability to polish optics to meet your requirements. We also offer a full range of optical coatings (from 250 to 2400 in-house), as well as assembly services for multi-element optical systems and subassemblies.

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Enabling New Photonics Tech: Hot Topics in R&D from Photonics West

By Charlie Metzger | Feb 24, 2017 9:50:00 AM

The annual SPIE Photonics West conference in San Francisco set new attendance records. More than 22,000 people met to discuss the latest in light-based science and engineering, and the exhibition hall, featuring 1,345 companies, sold out months in advance. The BiOS, LASE, and OPTO conferences were the place to learn about the latest photonics R&D.

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Saving the Optics Supply Chain: Win the Game by Losing Tolerances

By Lisa Yang | Feb 10, 2017 9:32:06 AM

It’s winning the game that matters, not the individual players. A manager can spend a fortune to get all the very best players, but if they don’t work well together, the team won’t consistently win. Similarly, in optics, it is the system performance that matters, not every single component. Here are two instances when choosing the right kind of “imperfect” optics provides winning performance and a safer supply chain.

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What’s Ahead in 2017: Overcoming Optics Supply Chain Challenges

By Divi Mangadu | Jan 26, 2017 9:04:00 AM

Thanks to you, 2016 was a year of steady growth, and we are excited for what’s to come in 2017. Our new customers last year shared similar challenges before coming to Ross, and it was our ability to work with them that made the difference. These common optics supply chain challenges included:

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5 Tips for Cleaning Your Optics with a Clear Conscience

By Damon Diehl | Jan 6, 2017 9:03:00 AM

Dirty optics are trouble. They diminish performance, and in high-energy systems, they can even cause physical damage. Plus, well...they just plain look bad. When faced with an unsightly smudge or bit of dirt, it’s tempting to buff it off with the nearest piece of Kleenex. More likely than not, if you do that, you’re going to end up with a dirty, damaged optic. So, put down that handkerchief. Here are five things you need to know before you touch any optical surface.

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More Than Meets the Eye: Surface Specification & Optical Performance

By Damon Diehl | Nov 30, 2016 9:04:00 AM

For better or worse, we do “judge a book by its cover.” Appearance can override our better judgment. It’s tempting to judge the quality of an optical element based on its appearance, but that overlooks the element’s role within the overall optical system. In this article we’ll consider three types of surface irregularities and explore how each type can affect optical performance.

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Designing for Reality: Four Ways to Ensure Functional Optical Components & Systems

By Damon Diehl | Nov 2, 2016 11:45:00 AM

There is more to optical design than designing the optics. A design that works on a computer screen may not work in real life. Here are four best practices to help you design for manufacturability and performance.

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