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SBA: New York State Small Business Person of the Year Award
May 21st, 2012

Rick Plympton, CEO, and Mike Mandina, President, Optimax Systems were awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2012 New York State Small Business Person of the Year award. The SBA award recognizes individuals for their role in driving our nation’s economic growth as well as personal achievements and evaluates nominees based on; staying power, growth in

Small business administration of the year award
VIBE™ Rapid Polishing Process to Smooth Optical Surfaces
October 1st, 2011

The VIBE process is a full-aperture, conformal polishing process that uses high-frequency and random motion to rapidly remove sub-surface damage and eliminate mid-spatial-frequency surface errors.

20 Years of Innovation – Rochester Engineering Society Magazine
January 1st, 2011

Founded in 1991, Optimax was one of the first optics manufacturers to use computer-controlled machining for the fabrication of optical components, reducing manufacturing time from 10 weeks to five days

Optimax Awarded Best Small Workplace
January 1st, 2011

Optimax continued expanding its workforce to over 160 employees and its facility to 60,000 sq. ft. In 2010, Optimax was recognized as one of the “Best Small Workplaces” in Rochester, NY.

Useful Estimations and Rules of Thumb for Optomechanics
May 7th, 2010

Useful Estimations and Rules of Thumb for Optomechanics by Katie Schwertz references Optimax’s Manufacturing Tolerance Chart.

Many gain from one MBA grad’s classroom experience
November 27th, 2009

A master’s degree in business administration offers personal and professional benefits to those whove earned them and their co-workers. – An RBJ interview including Mike Mandina and Rick Plympton

Rick and Mike Optimax building
The RRPC Entrepreneur Award
January 3rd, 2009

The RRPC (Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster) Entrepreneur of The Year Award is given to a member who demonstrates creativity, innovation and drive in pursuit of creating a world-leading company in the Optics and Photonics industry. Mike Mandina was the 2009 recipient of this award. Mike’s entrepreneurship started in 1976 when he started Cormac Industries with

Mike Mandina President Optimax
Better Polishing through Chemistry
July 1st, 2008

Learning the chemical aspects of optical polishing can lead to better optics in less time.

New York Business Hall of Fame
January 3rd, 2008

In 2008, Mike Mandina, President of Optimax, was recognized for his work with Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise (FAME). FAME’s mission is to commit to the region’s advanced manufacturing companies and to build world-class workforce talent that has the skills, inspiration and motivation to advance the industry. Their vision is to create the most profitable and

New York Business hall of fame
Transmitted Wavefront Error Correction
October 1st, 2007

Tolerancing optical lenses in transmission rather than reflection offers financial, performance and delivery advantages to a given class of aspheric optics

VIBE Patent Award
January 1st, 2006

Mike Mandina, Optimax President, set out to develop a new process for rapid polishing of surfaces that had to be adaptable to uniformly sloped surfaces and those with non-uniform slopes, such as aspheric surfaces. In 2006, the process known as VIBE was conceived, tried, refined, and put into limited production and was awarded a United States Patent

Lens-Edging Tolerance
December 1st, 2002

Engineers from a variety of disciplines are now designing lens systems. Manufacturers are often asked to produce optics to tolerances that are not always optima, so practical manufacturing limits are important.

Operating A Business
August 23rd, 2002

This Rochester Business Alliance article speaks of Mike Mandina’s innovative leadership and ‘in the trenches’ management style

Mike Mandina
Prototype Optics in 1 Week!
January 1st, 2001

In 2001, Optimax employed 80+ employees and expanded its facility to 40,000 sq. ft. Optimax also officially launched its famous tagline of “Prototype Optics in 1 Week,” differentiating itself from the market place

Tie-dye becomes the official corporate uniform
January 1st, 1996

In 1996, Optimax expanded its workforce to 20 employees and its facility to 5,000 sq. ft. During this time, our workforce encompassed many musicians who loved the Grateful Dead, allowing tie-dye to become the official Optimax corporate uniform

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