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Syntec Optics: History & Overview. Agenda. Who We Are What We Do How We Do It Who We Do It For. Introduction. Who We Are: Advantages & Objectives. Syntec Advantages: Largest private custom polymer optics manufacturer in North America

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Who We Are

What We Do

How We Do It

Who We Do It For

who we are advantages objectives


Who We Are: Advantages & Objectives

Syntec Advantages:

  • Largest private custom polymer optics manufacturer in North America
  • Strategic Location: Rochester, NY, renowned for optics excellence
  • Strong brand in Medical, Defense and Biometrics industries
  • Commitment to solving complete applications needs
  • Full service custom optics, focus on integrated assemblies
  • ISO Certified 9001:2008, ITAR

Business Goal:To grow through a “customer centric” approach by maximizing innovation and constantly improving process controls to provide quality solutions as well as quality products while reducing overall costs and production time for our customers.

who we are keys to success


Who We Are: Keys to Success
  • Strategic Rochester, NY location
    • One of top Optics & Imaging centers in the world
    • Legacy of Eastman Kodak
    • Access to engineering and research experts from high-ranking institutions
    • 42 Colleges & Universities in the region including UB, U of R, RIT, Cornell
    • Access to robust transportation system
    • #1 city in the world for patents-per-capita
  • Steady revenue growth
  • Stable, talented workforce, encouraged to collaborate and Innovate
  • Focus on fast growing applications areas

(ei. Medical, Defense, Biometric)

  • Diverse customer mix
  • Global Customer Base
who we are experience quality results
Who We Are: Experience = Quality Results

Management Team: 70 Years of Combined Industry Experience

VP/GM, Rick Arndt : 30 years of Experience

VP of Manufacturing Operations, Lori Steffenilla: 10 yrs

Bob Orcutt, GM (Wordingham): 30 yrs Experience


Engineering Manager

Four Project Managers


Process Mfg. Analyst

Optical Mfg. Analyst

Tooling Specialist

Quality Assurance:

QA Manager

Document Control Manager

Customer Service Manager

collaborative teams innovative solutions

Business Model

Collaborative Teams = Innovative Solutions

Innovation at Every Step

Innovate — with design for manufacturability

Innovate — through material selection

Innovate — at quality and metrology

Innovate — at order fulfillment

Innovate — at every step, for consistent quality, cost savings & customer satisfaction

who we are history of innovation


2000: Syntec expands into Optics. Acquires Rochester Tool & Mold. Receives award for 1st Biometric ID devise

  • 2005: Syntec files patent app. For High Refractive Diamond Turning

2010: ISO Certification 9001:2008, Impliments Alliance with Wordingham

  • 2008: Syntec receives Frost & Sullivan’s Polymer Optics Growth Excellence of the Year award.

1981: Syntec Custom Injection Molders, Inc formed



Who We Are: History of Innovation

2004: Introduce RAMP to shorten lead times, improve yields, reduce costs. Won Raytheon Accelerator Award as a Top Supplier.

  • 2009: Achieves ISO 9001:2000.
  • Class 10,000 Clean Room Added

1999: Acquired by Millennium Ventures, becomes Syntec Technologies Inc.

2006: RTM & Syntec relaunch as Syntec Optics w/ $1M Expansion

what we do

Business Model

Design & Engineering






Injection Molding



Sub -Assembly


Product Distribution

What We Do:
how we do it locations


How We Do It: Locations



Syntec Pavilion

Headquarters, Manufacturing & Assembly Pavilion, NY


Syntec Rochester

Diamond Turning, Tooling & Molds Rochester, NY




Wordingham Technologies

Machining, Milling

Victor, NY

location pavilion


Corporate, Manufacturing & Assembly, Clean Room Capabilities:

Pavilion, NY

20,000 sq. ft.

60 employees, 3 shifts

Location: Pavilion
location rochester


Location: Rochester

Diamond Turning, Tooling:

  • Rochester, NY
  • 6,000 sq. ft.
  • 15 employees
location victor


Location: Victor

Machining, Milling:

  • Victor, NY
  • 30,000 sq. ft.
  • 35 employees


  • Tooling Equipment:
  • Moore Nanotech DT Centers
  • Milltronics Milling Centers
  • Ultramill CNC
  • Makino Wire EDM
  • Hyprez Plano Polishing Machine
  • Trinco Dry Blast Glass Bead System
  • Multiple CNC Lathes, Mills, EDMs
  • Multiple Surface Grinders
  • Metrology Equipment:
  • Contura GL Ziess CMM
  • Zygo White-Light Interferometer
  • Fisba Twyman-Green Interferometers
  • Taylor Hobson Profilometers
  • Mitutyo Profilometer
  • Nikon Vision System
  • Keyence Laser Confocal Measuring
  • Optical Comparator
  • Multiple Microscopes
  • Manufacturing Equipment:
  • 14 Presses ranging from 7 to 220 ton including:
  • Arburg Injection Molding
  • Toshiba Injection Molding
  • Engel Injection Molding
  • Branson Sonic Welders
  • United Silicone Hot Stamp
who we do it for industries
Who We Do It For: Industries

Medical = 50% of Revenues

Defense = 30% of Revenues

Biometric = 15% of Revenues

Other (Opaque Molding) = 5% of Revenues

medical applications

Syntec Markets

Medical Applications

Blood Gas Analyzer: -Optical channel micro fluidic slide cell assembly


-Costly Due to Limited Life Span

Syntec Solution:

  • Reduced number of components through proprietary over-molding
  • Integrated lubricated polymer with base to eliminate ext. lubrication step and contamination risk
  • Extended component life by reducing wear potential
  • Reduced overall costs
  • Delivered from “dock to stock”

Syntec Markets


Biom Lens Pack:-Used in Vitreoretinal Eye Surgery, 130° Wide Field View


-Needed to be Precise, Small and Disposable

Syntec Solution:

  • Moved from Glass to Plastic
  • Again, reduced number of components
  • Reduced overall costs
  • Delivered from “dock to stock”
medical applications17

Syntec Markets

Medical Applications

Are-O-Scop:-Used in Colonoscopy for Cancer Screening


-Needed to be Small and Disposable w/ 360° view

Syntec Solution:

  • Designed precision 360° view lens
  • Again, reduced number of components
  • Reduced overall costs
  • Delivered from “dock to stock”
defense applications

Syntec Markets

Defense Applications


Used in HumVees (some commercial applications)


-Needed to be Reliable, Durable, DOT compliant

Syntec Solution:

  • Designed Single molded piece
  • Introduced high polished finish
  • Reduced overall costs
defense applications19

Syntec Markets

Defense Applications

Heads Up Display (HUD):

Display for Oxygen Masks


-Needed to be Reliable & Durable

Syntec Solution:

  • Produced two different lens, 1 concave, 1 convex
  • Utilized two different materials
  • Reduced overall costs
biometric applications

Syntec Markets

Biometric Applications

Fingerprint ID:

Used for Security


Diverse applications each requiring different packaging

Syntec Solution:

  • Designed one set of optics for stand-alone, embedded, USB or PCMCIA packaging
  • Achieved low cost targets by designing from ground up
  • Optimized plastic optics to fit in tight spaces using atypical surfaces
  • Reduced overall inventory needs without increasing risk of stock-outs
biometrics applications

Syntec Markets

Biometrics Applications

Vision Access 3D EnrolCam:

Used for facial recognition


Reduce costs while maintaining quality w/ reliable delivery

Syntec Solution:

  • Designed forensic quality lens
    • Used a 2-D camera and infrared laser system
    • Designed unique packaging to ensure safe delivery
innovation faster smaller lighter

Business Model

Innovation = Faster, Smaller, Lighter
  • Assembly innovations
    • 3-D Facial Imaging System with repeatable assembly and testing process
  • Process innovations
    • HRDT to enable diamond turning of polyetherimides & polyethersulfones to imaging optical surface roughness (can cut total development cost up to 5X)
    • Formula driven approach to compensating for shrinkage (reduces post processing up to 50%)
    • DOE = Scientific Approach to Design
    • Over Molding and converting metal or glass to plastic
  • Materials innovations
    • New Acrylic Copolymer Blend with UVT High transmission and purity below visible wavelengths
industry qualifications
Industry Qualifications


ISO 9001:2008





2008 Frost & Sullivan North American Polymer Optics Growth Excellence of the Year Award

Raytheon Accelerator Award

Indentix Business Development Award

Several Kodak Awards

industry affiliations awards
Industry Affiliations & Awards

US and Global Conference Presence

-Participation at several international events including: tradeshows, seminars & training

Industry Group Participation

-Optical Society of America Member

-SPIE Corporate Member

-Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster Member

-Photonics Industry Association of New York Member

University Partnerships: U of R, RIT, Cornell, UB


Contact Info:

Diamond Turning and Tooling:

Rick Arndt


Machining and Milling:

Bob Orcutt


Community Relations &

Strategic Partnerships:

Chad Zambito


Optics and Molding:

Doug Hand