Dome Award Optimax Systems Inc., headquartered in Ontario, N. Y., a manufacturingcompany that provides prototyping of precisionoptical components, has been awarded a PhaseII Small Business Innovative Research grant. Theaward will enable the company to create a polished transparent aerodynamic infrared tangentogive dome out of polycrystalline alumina.
Certification Received In Pavilion, N. Y., Syn-tec Optics has received ISO 9001:2000 certification. The custom polymer optics manufacturer plans to leverage the qualification toreach global markets where strict process control is required to meet cost and schedule restrictions.
Funding Optics The Optical Society of America(OSA) Foundation has announced the programsit will be funding next year. It will offer grantsfor optics education, for OSA student memberactivities and for student travel to OSA-spon-sored events. The foundation’s goals are to improve science education, provide optics instruction and resources to underserved populations,and offer career and professional developmentsupport to the optics community.
Semiconductor Collaboration An agreement to expand access to the 3M Wafer Support System equipment has been signed by3M of St. Paul, Minn., and Suss MicroTec ofGarching, Germany. The German companywill become an authorized equipment supplier for the 3M system, which temporarilybonds the ultrathin wafers required for 3-Dpackaging. Suss Micro Tec also will manufacture and sell wafer bonders designed to use3M’s materials.
New View In Ulm, Germany, Wi Tec GmbH hasmoved to its new headquarters. The facility provides about 1900 sq m of space and containscustomized production facilities, seminar roomsand office space. The company believes that thebuilding will enable it to meet the demand forits high-resolution nanoanalytical microscopysolutions.
SSL Opportunities The US Department ofEnergy (DoE) is seeking applications for threesolid-state lighting (SSL) funding opportunities.
Under funding from the American Recoveryand Reinvestment Act, the DoE will providesupport for projects focusing on core technology research, product development and manufacturing.
Million-Dollar Order Ceramics and metalsmanufacturer SCI Engineered Materials Inc. ofColumbus, Ohio, has received an order forthin-film solar products worth $1 million. Theproducts are expected to be manufactured andshipped during the latter half of this year.
Chapter 11 Citing the recession and a 2007federal raid on the business, Rocky MountainInstrument (RMI) Co. of Lafayette, Colo., amanufacturer of full spectrum optical components, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Thecompany owes between $1 million and $10million to as many as 49 creditors. RMI has
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