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 inhttps://www.optimaxsi.com/news/sba-new-york-state-small-business-person-of-the-year-award
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.
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 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 by Katie Schwertz references Optimax’s Manufacturing Tolerance Chart.
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
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 withhttps://www.optimaxsi.com/news/the-rrpc-entrepreneur-award
Learning the chemical aspects of optical polishing can lead to better optics in less time.
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 andhttps://www.optimaxsi.com/news/new-york-business-hall-of-fame
Tolerancing optical lenses in transmission rather than reflection offers financial, performance and delivery advantages to a given class of aspheric optics
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
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.
This Rochester Business Alliance article speaks of Mike Mandina’s innovative leadership and ‘in the trenches’ management style
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
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