Sydor Optics Completes First Half of $4M Expansion to Meet Increasing Customer Demands

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Sydor Optics, a manufacturer of flat glass optics, has just completed the first half of its acquisition of $4M in double-sided polishing and metrology equipment. This expansion will allow them to meet customers' increasing volume and size demands. With this new equipment, Sydor Optics can now manufacture custom flat optics up to 740 mm in diameter.

Sydor Optics, a manufacturer of flat glass optics, has just completed the first half of its acquisition of $4M in double-sided polishing and metrology equipment with the second half of expansion to be completed within the next six months. This investment, coupled with Sydor’s continuous investment in team development and process improvement, allows them to continue their growth while handling their customers’ increasing volume and size demands.

James Sydor, President of Sydor Optics, credits their growth to their willingness to take risks for customers and modernize their equipment to meet the changing needs created by innovation in industries like entertainment, defense and life sciences. “Although I think we’ve been lucky we’d like to think it’s because we strive to be in step with our customers. Our products are used daily in products for the military such as heads-up displays and laser protection filters to components in the latest technologies of DNA sequencing to optics used in the production of the latest movies. We tend to stick with our specialty of processing parallel optics using double-sided equipment because it yields exceptional parallelism and transmitted wavefronts.”

As the largest PR Hoffman equipment owner in the world, Sydor Optics can now double-side grind and polish optics up to 740 mm in diameter. The new equipment includes 11 PR Hoffman 5400 double-sided machines, 2 PR Hoffman 1500 double-sided machines, 2 Haas Mini Mills, a Tropel Flatmaster 200 interferometer and two Zygo interferometers, one with 12” aperture, the other with 18” aperture. Two of the PR Hoffman 5400s are their newest model, the Mark IV, which can process large optics. “Along with our new building this equipment represents our largest investment in growth since the start of the company. This greatly increases our production capacity and sizes of parts we can make,” said Jim Sydor.

About Sydor Optics (http://www.sydor.com)

Founded in 1964, Sydor Optics is a precision optics manufacturer based in Rochester, NY to produce precision, flat-surfaced, parallel & wedged optics. Sydor Optics specializes in the double-sided grinding and polishing of optics. Products include: colored glass filters, glass wafers, lightpipes, machined glass components, mirrors, optical flats, plate beamsplitters, prisms, wedges and windows. For more information, visit http://www.sydor.com.

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