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Optical Components for Machine Vision

By Ross Team | Oct 7, 2020 9:45:00 AM

Machine vision is a technology that enables automated devices to "see." Machine vision systems combine optics and mechanics to create tools that can adjust optics in real-time to perform inspections and aid robotic systems. In our increasingly automated world, machine vision has become an essential component in manufacturing, farming, robotics, and many other areas. Quality optical components are critical to the function of machine vision systems. Optical systems for machine vision may involve high quality fixed focal length lenses, telecentric, or adjustable lens systems (zoom or liquid lenses).

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Working with Ball Lenses

By Ross Team | Sep 21, 2020 3:28:00 PM

Ball lenses are highly transparent spheres made with optical glass. Some of the earliest microscope lenses — developed by Antoni van Leeuwenhoek — relied on surface tension to form small spheres from melted glass. These lenses achieved magnifications as large as 275x and were as small as 1.5 mm in diameter.1 However, since ball lenses can cause spherical aberrations and typically have to be apertured to exclude non-paraxial rays when used for imaging,  they are often replaced with different geometries, such as aspheric lenses, in microscopes today. Modern technologies involve using ball lenses to couple light between optical fibers or to focus light from a diode laser into a fiber optic. Ball lenses are commonly used in barcode scanning, optical sensing, and endoscopy.

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Hard Lessons in Optical Design

By Ross Team | Sep 27, 2019 11:35:00 AM

In the fast-moving industry of optics, there are often problems that arise and need to be dealt with immediately in order to keep production running smoothly and on schedule. Whether they occur in the design, manufacturing, or assembly stage, problems can prove to be catastrophic if not handled properly. Below, we touch upon a few real issues in all three of these stages of optics and give some advice on how to keep your operation running efficiently.

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Why Ross?

By Ross Team | Aug 14, 2019 11:30:00 AM

There are some critical steps needed in order to create an effective optical design. Whether a basic design or complex, it is important to find a supplier that can produce your product in a quick, cost-effective way. Ross Optical is a reliable partner known to improve time to market and optimize your product performance.

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Meet the team: Nestor Sigala

By Ross Team | Aug 7, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Nestor Sigala joined Ross Optical earlier this year to help with Optomechanical Design and Sales. We sat down with Nestor to discover more about his background and contributions to Ross Optical.

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Zemax: The Software Solution to Find the Ideal Lens

By Ross Team | Jul 23, 2019 10:10:00 AM

When creating an optical system, there are many challenges an engineer faces when choosing how to design a lens. Choosing the correct lens without the right tools can prove to be very difficult and costly. Zemax, a ray-tracing optical design software program, provides designs and analyses for imaging and illumination systems. This allows for the user to view the way different lenses work while providing analysis diagrams documenting a variety of data sets. Zemax is a great tool to improve performance, shorten time to market, and reduce production costs.

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Ross Optical Industries is Acquired by Precision Optics Corporation

By Ross Team | Jul 10, 2019 9:08:20 AM

El Paso, TX, July 9, 2019 Ross Optical Industries, Inc (Ross Optical), a provider of custom, precision engineered solutions for the optical market, announced today that it has been acquired by  Precision Optics Corporation, Inc. (OTCQB: PEYE) (“Precision Optics”). Precision Optics is a leading designer and manufacturer of advanced optical instruments for the medical and defense industries.

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Use Cases for Cylinder Lenses

By Ross Team | May 16, 2019 8:55:00 AM

Unlike a conventional spherical lens, a "cylinder lens" has curvature along only one axis. The figure shows an example of a plano-convex cylindrical lens, which brings parallel rays to a line focus.

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Impact of Tariffs on Chinese Goods

By Ross Team | May 14, 2019 9:36:00 AM

GettyImages-1001502582The price increase is still in effect due to the continued tariffs. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and will keep our customers informed of any changes.  

Increased tariffs of 25% were recently announced with little advance notice on many items, including optics, coming into the United States from China. We are already feeling the impact on many of our products and will, unfortunately, be enacting a price increase to help offset the new tariffs. This increase will affect future quotes and some current recurring orders. We will get in touch with any customers who will be affected by this change to share the specifics of this increase on any existing orders. 

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Ross 2019 Summer Hours

By Ross Team | Apr 24, 2019 10:07:00 AM

In order to give our employees well-deserved time with their families during the summer season, our Summer Hours will begin on Monday, June 3rd, 2019.  Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, September 2, 2019. 

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