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Meet Jim Johnson, Production Manager

Posted by The VisiMax Team on Jun 28, 2018 10:31:52 AM

In his spare time, Jim enjoys playing classic rock and country on acoustic guitar along with his two children, both of whom compose their own music. His daughter is a classical violinist and his son is a songwriter.

As one of the newest VisiMax team members, what excites you most about joining the team?

I’m happy to be a part of a high-tech company with complicated machines and a complex optical coating process. Not many people in the world can do what we do.

In my role as Production Manager, I’ll use my specialties in Six Sigma Lean Manufacturing to further reduce lead times and consistently improve on-time delivery. Our role in production is more than just making quality coatings and filters. It’s critically tied to service and improving the entire experience for our customers and supply chain partners.

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Topics: Optical Coating, Vacuum Coating, Capabilities

Anti-Reflective Coatings and Beamsplitters - A Synergetic Relationship

Posted by The VisiMax Team on May 31, 2018 8:17:10 AM

Development of high performance optical systems frequently requires the use of an interferometer to detect imperfections and ensure high precision performance.  Most interferometers rely on beamsplitters as do other optical applications such as aeronautical and automotive heads up displays. However, an uncoated beamsplitter will often allow stray light to be reflected in addition to the beam reflecting off of the primary surface. To achieve the desired level of performance, beamsplitters are often used in conjunction with anti-reflective coatings to not only split a beam of light into two, but also to enhance the beamsplitter’s efficiency and prevent ghost reflections caused by stray light.

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Topics: Anti-Reflection Coatings, Optical Coating

Common Uses of Optical Filters: An Example of LED Emission and Color Perception

Posted by The VisiMax Team on Jul 13, 2017 8:50:00 AM

A light source, whether natural or man-made, typically emits a broad spectrum of wavelengths, including ultraviolet and infrared. In some applications, this full spectrum is acceptable or even desired. In others, however, it may be necessary to limit the wavelengths passing from the light source. This is where optical filters come in.

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Topics: Optical Coating, Optical Filters

Ongoing Optical Coating Education: VisiMax's Annual Training Day Focuses on Safety and Performance

Posted by The VisiMax Team on Jun 23, 2017 10:09:00 AM

Every year, VisiMax Technologies holds a "Training Day" for all employees. Though the company's expert staff has thorough experience, the company recognizes the value of continued optical coating education.  Chris Murphy, VisiMax Vice President, explains why the company takes the time to devote 100% of a day to training on processes, equipment, and safety.

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Topics: Business Development, Optical Coating

Expanding Optical Coating Knowledge: Utilizing Industry Experts and Best Practices to Ensure Peak Performance

Posted by Chris Murphy on May 26, 2017 10:10:00 AM

In a complex industry that is constantly evolving, staying current on the latest developments is key to understanding customer needs and continuing to be a preferred partner in supply chains. As it is in other industries, continuous education is important to succeeding in optical coating. For VisiMax, investing in the skills and knowledge of its technical team leads to greater opportunities for the organization. This applies to the newest members of the team as well as seasoned thin film coating professionals.

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Topics: Business Development, Optical Coating

VisiMax Technical Team to Attend Techcon 2017, a Technical Conference Held by the Society of Vacuum Coaters

Posted by Chris Murphy on Apr 23, 2017 9:35:00 AM

April 29-May 4, VisiMax's technical team will attend Techcon, a technical conference hosted by the Society of Vacuum Coaters (SVC), the global source for learning, applying, and advancing vacuum coating, surface engineering, and related technologies.

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Topics: Business Development, Optical Coating, Vacuum Coating

Filtering Light: Optical Filters Designed to Provide More Desirable Lighting

Posted by Chris Murphy on Mar 3, 2017 9:22:00 AM

Optical filters are generally used to selectively transmit or reject a narrow wavelength band or a range of wavelengths. VisiMax can provide a variety of optical light filters; one area of application is filter coatings. VisiMax Process Color Filters selectively and accurately pass the light of a small range of colors while reflecting other colors. Our heat-resistant dichroic filter coating technology produces durable interference filters that render light with precise spectral control.

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Topics: Anti-Reflection Coatings, Optical Coating

The Next Generation of Optical Coaters: Continuing Thin Film Expertise through Knowledge Transfer

Posted by Chris Murphy on Dec 13, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Optical coating is a complex process with critical details that can greatly impact the outcome of a project. Many times, thin film coating knowledge is an understanding of certain variables that is developed over time. Because large portions of the workforce are baby boomers who will retire in the near future, how do you train the incoming coating engineers in a field that simply requires experience?

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Topics: Optical Coating, Business Development

ISO 9001 – It's Not Just Compliance, It’s Our Optical Coating Culture

Posted by Aaron Todd on Oct 25, 2016 3:37:00 PM

Optical coating is a high-tech process that requires an incredible commitment to quality, particularly due to the sophistication of the customers’ applications. Mistakes in optical coating are expensive and can have tremendous supply chain consequences. For VisiMax and other coaters, the quality of our coating process is the single most important measure of our success.

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Topics: Optical Coating, Business Development

Diversifying Supply Chains: Why Secondary Sources are Necessary to Optical Coating Success

Posted by Chris Murphy on Aug 9, 2016 3:17:39 PM

Managing Risk in Optical Supply Chains

Trusting a single source with your company's entire optical coating needs speaks volumes to partner loyalty. But in an ever-evolving industry that is driven by rapid turnaround, a diversified supply chain is not only a safe business decision but a smart one. Diversification of suppliers opens up business opportunities that single source reliance cannot.

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Topics: Optical Coating, Supply Chain

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