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Omega Optical Opens Doors At New World Headquarters

first_imgOmega Optical Opens Doors At New World HeadquartersOmega Optical has just moved into its new 30,000 square foot worldheadquarters and manufacturing facility on the Delta Campus inBrattleboro. The company, a leading worldwide supplier of opticalfilters for scientific research and instrumentation, is unifying itsoperation in a state-of-the art building while adding capacity andcapabilities to satisfy growth in a variety of markets.The new facility, designed from the ground-up specifically for themanufacture of optical filters, has provided the company with theopportunity to reengineer and plan every step of the manufacturing processfor efficient flow, with the resulting quality improvements andcost-savings. Omega has also seen the move as an opportunity to makemajor capital equipment improvements that will result in increasedcapacity and capabilities, the benefits of which will be passed on to itscustomers as well. Major equipment purchases have been made in the area ofcoating capacity, clean-room capable work and processing areas, and CNCmetal machining.With coating technology at the heart of the business, Omega has investedmost heavily in high volume coating systems and an automated manufacturingline to increase capacity. Several sputtering systems have been addedwith high capacity large format capability for high precision durablesurface coatings and high volume protected coatings. Another additionincludes a large capacity, high current, ion assist e-beam system, whichwill enhance coating performance as well as improving yields and capacity. The third major addition is an automated assembly line being used for thecompany’s patent-pending 3RD Millennium product line. This load-lockedsystem produces coatings with high uniformity, increasing yields whilelowering costs and speeding up delivery times. The new facility alsoincludes processing and work stations that are clean room capableenvironments. In addition, CNC metal machining has been brought online sothat filter mounting hardware, such as rings, holders, and sub-assemblies,can be rapidly customized.The emphasis of all of these changes according to Robert Johnson, OmegaPresident, has been to improve quality and performance, while loweringcost and speeding up the manufacturing cycle.” “Customer demands arehigh”, adds Ruth Gorham-Houle, VP Business Development and ClientServices, “and we have made these manufacturing changes proactively tomeet and exceed our customer’s expectations.” All of the upgrades inmanufacturing equipment are intended to complement and enhance the leadingtechnology position that Omega already occupies in the optical filterindustry.Omega Optical’s new facility is the first building on The Delta Campus, a137 acre parcel envisioned by Omega President Johnson to consist of aunique combination of business and residential uses. The Master Plan forthe Campus includes seven “high information technology” businesses, aneducational institution, and forty residential units. With the Omegabuilding complete Gordon Bristol, Delta Campus Project Manager, states,”Work now begins on promoting the Campus to other potential hightechnology tenants, as well as on the planning and construction of theresidential component of the project.” Bristol adds, “We believe thatthis unique concept and site will be an extremely attractive alternativefor companies looking to locate away from major metropolitan areas.””The beautiful view to the south down the Connecticut River Valley,”Johnson concludes, “is not just good for employees, in that we have abeautiful environment in which to work, but is a daily reminder of thepotential for Omega in our new facility. The horizon is wide and thefuture market potential for optical filters, like the view, is expansive.”For more information about Omega’s new facility contact Radka Jiraskova,International Marketing Associate, at rjiraskova@omegafilters.com(link sends e-mail). Formore information about the Delta Campus contact Gordon Bristol, ProjectManager Delta Campus, at gbristol@omegafilters.com(link sends e-mail).Since 1969 Omega Optical has built its technical reputation on definingthe state-of-the-art for optical interference filter performance,manufacturing optical filters for scientists and instrument manufacturersworldwide. From biotech to astronomy, fluorescence microscopy to colorimaging, environmental monitoring to semi-conductor manufacturing, OmegaOptical has supplied filters for the Hubble Space Telescope, the HumanGenome Project, and the filming of Star Wars.last_img read more

The State of Play: Sports still offers us a temporary reprieve from the disheartening flood of coronavirus coverage

first_imgOn Monday, former pro-bowl safety Eric Reid released a statement through his lawyers alleging that changes were made to the CBA after the NFLPA’s approval. According to the statement, Reid argues that the changes made to the new CBA reduces payouts to the league’s disabled former players.  For Clippers fans, it must feel great to finally have a place to call their own after two decades of playing second-fiddle at Staples Center. Clippers’ owner Steve Ballmer buys The Forum  I know you’re probably very preoccupied with the activities of a certain billionaire that is running the country, but if you’re a resident of Los Angeles or you’d just like a brief reprieve from our Schmuck-in-Chief, I’d recommend you focus your attention on another billionaire: Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO and currently the wealthiest owner in the NBA.  Some players, on the other hand, are a lot less satisfied. Many, such as All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, have opposed extending the regular season out of concern that the additional game will lead to a rise in injuries. Still, it remains to be seen if the new arena will have any impact on the Clippers’ miserable history of shortcomings and mediocrity. Until then, Lakers fans such as myself will take comfort in 16 NBA championships and 26 Hall of Famers.  Did I forget to mention that DeForest Buckner, Dante Fowler Jr., Robert Quinn and Nelson Agholor all signed with new teams as well? If all of this player movement is too much for you, avert your eyes from the screen now because I haven’t even gotten to the 2020 quarterback carousel. As expected, the terms of the new CBA are controversial. Owners will benefit from an added regular season game and an expanded playoff format that includes two additional teams. These provisions should entice media companies to sign more lucrative broadcasting contracts with the league, which would significantly benefit the coffers of the league’s owners and executives.  Our news feeds have become a monolith. Only days after the new CBA was approved, what is perhaps the most exciting period of the league’s offseason — free agency — kicked off, and it was no disappointment.  So, regardless of where you stand on the agreement’s merits, it’s clear that the controversy surrounding the deal will not end anytime soon. Stuart Carson is a junior writing about the intersection of sports, politics and American society. He is also a sports editor at the Daily Trojan. His column, “The State of Play,” typically runs every other Wednesday. This pattern of reporting is despairingly repetitious but also absolutely essential. The availability of widespread and reliable information is more necessary now than it has ever been, and the American public must understand the stakes that underpin our grim circumstances.  If that doesn’t brighten your day, I don’t know what will.  Also, Tom Brady now plays for a team whose mascot goes by the name of Captain Fear.  Former Heisman winner Marcus Mariota is now a Las Vegas Raider. The Super Bowl legend that is Nick Foles has signed with the hapless Chicago Bears. Former NFL MVP Cam Newton is unemployed.  Every hour, the number of coronavirus cases and deaths increases. Every day, a new regulation to combat the virus is issued and another news outlet reports on a new scientific model that predicts that X number of Americans will die and X% will soon be infected.  NFL free agency changes the league’s landscape Stay healthy everyone.  Household names such as wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and running back Todd Gurley found new homes with the Arizona Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons, respectively. Stars such as Calias Campbell and Stefon Diggs also joined new teams, with Campbell traded to the Baltimore Ravens and Diggs traded to the Buffalo Bills.  Ballmer’s Clippers bought The Forum in Inglewood for $400 million last week, effectively removing the last remaining obstacle in the way of constructing a new billion-dollar basketball arena for Ballmer’s team.  On March 15, the NFL Player’s Association voted yes by a margin of 1,019 to 959 to approve a successor to the league’s current collective bargaining agreement. The new agreement could take effect as soon as next season and will remain in place until 2030.  Go ahead and take a look. Whether it’s the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post or the Wall Street Journal (I am purposely excluding fanatical fringe elements of the media such as Breitbart), the news has largely become one indistinguishable amalgamation of the same story. NFL players vote yes on league’s new collective bargaining agreement  In the midst of all of this, it becomes easy to feel bogged down in the never-ending flood of discouraging news. So, in the interest of our collective mental health, I would like to offer a respite from the daily news cycle. Here are three virus-free sports stories you might’ve missed since American public life was upended.last_img read more