Human flesh is opaque. As any good dictionary will tell you, that means it has the quality of “not transmitting light; being impenetrable to sight.” Well, forget that: scientists now can use light to see inside objects that were traditionally off-limits to the human eye—including our bodies.
Of course it’s already possible to use X-rays, MRI, ultrasound and the like to peer inside human beings, but results are never as crisp and clear as those acquired using visible light imaging. Not only that: optical wavelengths also interact with organic molecules—the one we’re made of—so visible light could also contain vital information about the tissue it travels through. It might reveals abnormalities in cells, say, or use information about bodily functions—something that other imaging techniques, such as MRI, resort to complex chemical tracers to achieve. And, perhaps most importantly, it’s also non-ionising, which is to say that, unlike X-rays and CT scans, it doesn’t increase cancer risk at the intensities used for imaging.
The international year of light is a global initiative to increase awareness and education on the many ways light effects our world. Rochester, being a huge player in the world of optics, has a great website if you want to get involved in activities surrounding the international year of light. Check out the site: Roc the YOL
Rochester, New York, July 10, 2012 – Lumetrics Inc. announced today that it is acquiring key assets of the former WaveFront Sciences Company from Abbott. This business transaction will allow Lumetrics to expand its repertoire of services and grow its business substantially.
Lumetrics, begun in Rochester in 2003, is known for its OptiGauge system, which is designed to reduce production time and enhance quality for the manufacturers of medical devices, optics, and industrial materials.
Two of the three new assets will help Lumetrics in one of its main areas of business – that of assisting lens-makers with quality control. The new assets include the ClearWave and CrystalWave products, critical in the ophthalmics industry for the production of contact lenses and intraocular lenses. With these acquisitions, Lumetrics will now be able to help contact lens makers and lens-implant makers reach unprecedented levels of precision. The ultimate goal is to help manufacturers produce consistently clear, comfortable, and reliable contact and IOL lenses.
With a third product, the CLAS-2D sensor, Lumetrics will have the ability to monitor quality in several new arenas, most notably that of laser light. The sensor can measure, align, and direct laser light, allowing Lumetrics to work with everything from microscopic optics to satellite communications.
Lumetrics, which started at High Tech Rochester’s (HTR) Lennox Tech Enterprise Center, is expected to grow by 40 percent, with the new acquisitions. “The WaveFront Sciences products are a perfect fit to our business,” said John Hart, CEO Lumetrics®. “We share the same ophthalmic customer base and this acquisition allows us to merge our technologies to provide a more feature-rich offering to solve customer problems that neither company could do on its own.”
The new CLAS-2D offering allows Lumetrics® to enter a whole new market with existing and new products. “We are excited about obtaining such an important diagnostic tool,” Hart said. “This allows us to better serve our customers and we look forward to the significant growth opportunities these products will bring.”
Lumetrics® closed on the acquisition in July and is in the process of the knowledge transfer to its Rochester, New York headquarters. Lumetrics® will continue to work with key individuals from WaveFront Sciences, including hardware and software engineers and sales & marketing individuals. Terms of the acquisition will remain confidential.
“We have finalized orders for new systems, as well as maintenance and service contracts for existing systems,” said Steve Heveron-Smith, Vice President of Business Development. “Our engineering team, furthermore, is already talking with customers on combined Lumetrics® and WaveFront Sciences products.”
Lumetrics® has invented an accurate, non-contact measurement system designed to reduce production cycle time, and enhance quality control for manufacturers of medical devices, optics, and industrial materials. Lumetrics has installations of its OptiGauge thickness measurement system in six of the top 11 medical device manufacturers in the world. The systems measure balloons, catheters, stents, and many other medical products. Lumetrics® systems are deployed in quality control departments, R&D labs, and production floors providing real-time measurements to increase yields, reduce costs, and improve quality.
Lumetrics University™ is now enrolling students for our brand new “Lunch & Learn” training sessions. We bring this feature to our customers to better their understanding of our technology, product, and best practices. We have had tremendous success with our recent Lunch & Learn sessions- and think it’s something that every one of our clients can benefit from. If you are interested in setting up a class for your company, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What is Optical Interferometry?
The principle of interferometry is the interaction of reflected light from materials with slightly different Indices of Refraction. The diagram attached explains it quite well. A fancy animation of the process can be found on http://lumetrics.com/technology.html for your viewing pleasure.
Why is Optical Interferometry the best type of thickness measurement for some materials?
Optical Interferometry is a reliable form of thickness measurement. It is the best form of thickness measurement for otherwise hard to measure materials. Medical products can pose a challenge to many inspection systems. The medical products that are especially tricky to measure are those products composed of soft material or variable in shape and size.
In order to accurately measure for example, a medical balloon, you would need to know the wall thickness, concentricity, and ovality to gauge if the critical operation of the balloon is hindered by defects in the product. A medical balloon that is not properly inspected can pose a risk- a very costly risk when being used in humans. As far as industrial applications go, it’s necessary to measure glass, food packaging, adhesives, and electronic components. Think of the vacuum-sealed Chicken you can get at Wegmans. Would you want to eat Chicken that had a defect in the packaging? Would it even be safe to eat? Our technology allows for the accurate real-time measurement of these products to ensure safety in the world around us. Our technology can also be integrated into the manufacturing process to cut costs. Another material that needs to be inspected (and can be inspected very well using our technology) is a contact lense. These can be measured to ensure the fit and comfort that the customer demands. Without this type of measurement, nobody would really know if these products were otherwise safe or fit for use. We’ve found that the principal of Optical Interferometry allows us to provide superior measurement solutions to our customers and any consumer that comes into contact with that product. What have you found to be a reliable form of thickness measurement for your product? What challenges do you meet when trying to inspect your product for safety and quality?
1. www.google.com– Although outwardly Google seems like a very general resource, one application engineer here at Lumetrics swears by Google because he can just type in his question and all of the answers come right up.
2. http://digitaldutch.com/unitconverter/ – Need to convert something? Anything? This site converts any unit of measurement. Literally. Even Scandinavian Miles.
3. http://www.mrexcel.com/ – A great tool for forums and tutorials. Provides more capabilities than Excel, and different features that a general excel user would not need.
4. http://eng-tips.com – Different forums for engineers to reach out to each other to share information.
5. http://www.mcmaster.com– Resources for materials and tools that engineers would need.
6. http://www.3dcontentcentral.com/default.aspx – Repository for CAD models
7. http://www.solidworks.com/ – Modeling program, 3D models.
8. http://www.microsoft.com/office/2010/en/excel/default.aspx– Self explanatory, our application engineers here use it for data processing
9. http://www.mathworks.com/ -Matlab- Similar to Excel, only it can handle much larger volumes of data for processing.
10. http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-nz/ – very helpful program to develop software programs to use with our different applications.
What we do here is really important (in my not-so-humble opinion)- we use light to provide real-time thickness measurement for medical devices. With the healthcare industry constantly evolving, we need to find ways to make sure medical devices that are put into the human body hold up to the most rigorous safety standards. The average human heart will beat roughly 3 billion times throughout a lifetime, would you trust just any medical device for your heart? Obviously not. Similarly, the marketing industry is constantly evolving- and I wouldn’t trust just any medium to get our message out.
As with any successful business, it’s necessary to be as efficient with our resources as possible. This is obvious, but I digress: we’ve found that we can do this by increasing our carbon-less footprint on the world-wide web (as opposed to increasing our carbon footprint in the world-wide paper trail). I have to admit, I was a little slow to start drinking the social networking/inbound marketing “kool-aid” but thanks to a mentor and a great book, I was able to see the light and find my way into The Lumenarium. We’ve had our site up and running for a while however now we’ve added a Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In, YouTube, and of course, our blog!
Just to give you a perspective on why I think my new “kool-aid” tastes so great: according to Socialnomics’ video on YouTube, Radio took 38 years to reach 50 million viewers, television took 13 years to reach 50 million viewers, the internet took 4 years to reach 50 million viewers, the i-Pod only took 3, however the most monumental of these- Facebook- added 100 million users in less than 9 months. The healthcare industry has changed so much in the 38 years that it took for television to reach 50 million viewers, obviously a revolutionary way of reaching people is needed to be remarkable.
In the beginning, everybody thought Facebook (even myself, yes I know, shameful) was just another site to help kids waste time. Turns out, it ended up being much more than anyone ever thought it could be. Here’s what helped convince me:
As you can see, for very apparent reasons, social networking IS the perfect medium to get the word out about our very important company. It’s been tried and true, just like the products our technology measures for quality. After all of my research, it clicked with me: we provide real-time thickness measurement, why not provide real-time information to our audience?
Interesting, don’t you think? Play chess with me now: How has social networking has helped grow YOUR business?