Omega Optical Holdings, LLC (Omega or the Company), a leading precision optics platform backed by Artemis Capital Partners (Artemis), the Boston-based private equity firm focused on buying and building exceptional Industrial Technology companies, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Spectral Systems, LLC (Spectral).
Founded in 1983, Spectral has been a leading designer and manufacturer of mission-critical infrared optical coatings, components, and assemblies – serving blue-chip OEM customers in the life science, analytical instrumentation, aerospace, and defense markets – for almost four decades. During that time, Spectral has built a reputation for superior-quality products, exceptional customer service, and application expertise in the development of best-in-class solutions for its OEM customers.
Spectral strengthens and expands Omega’s existing thin-film optical capabilities into a range of infrared applications and complements Omega’s strategic focus on serving the most challenging applications in high-growth markets – primarily life sciences, aerospace, defense, and industrial technology. Spectral will continue to operate from its existing facilities in Hopewell Junction, NY, Danbury, CT and Jaffrey, NH as a business unit of the newly-formed Omega Infrared division.
“Spectral is recognized as a leading optical supplier for mission-critical infrared applications such as FTIR spectroscopy and intelligence, surveillance, & reconnaissance (ISR) imaging,” said Dr. Michael J. Cumbo, President and Chief Executive Officer of Omega. “The Spectral business enhances our coatings-centric expertise and expands the suite of proprietary products, materials and services we offer to our customers. This acquisition is highly consistent with our strategy and vision for Omega, increasing our scale, proprietary capabilities, engineering talent, and, ultimately, our ability to meet the growing global demand for high-precision, no-fail optical coatings, components, and assemblies. We look forward to welcoming the Spectral team to the Omega family and working together to expand our offerings and accelerate profitable growth,” Dr. Cumbo added.
“This is the start of an exciting new chapter for Spectral, and we are delighted to join the Omega platform,” said Tim Olsen, General Manager of Spectral. “Our customers and channel partners can count on a seamless transition and an unwavering focus on quality, on-time delivery, and exceptional application expertise,” said Mr. Olsen.
According to Frank Wesley, Founder and Co-owner of Spectral, a partnership with Omega was a natural fit for Spectral’s next chapter: “We chose to partner with the Omega team because they embrace our values and bring both an aligned vision and the strategic resources necessary to accelerate our technology roadmap, invest in our people and help our customers succeed.”
January 22, 2021 - MICHAEL J. CUMBO APPOINTED PRESIDENT & CEO OF OMEGA OPTICAL HOLDINGS
Omega Optical Holdings, LLC (Omega or the Company), a leading precision optics platform backed by Artemis Capital Partners (Artemis), announced today that Dr. Michael J. Cumbo has been appointed President and CEO, effective February 1st. Dr. Cumbo brings more than 30 years of leadership experience in the optics and photonics industry to Omega.
Artemis formed Omega Optical Holdings, LLC in August 2020, upon the acquisition of Omega Optical, LLC, a manufacturer of precision optical filters and coatings, and plans to target further complementary acquisitions. Dr. Cumbo will lead all strategic and operational initiatives to position the platform for long-term growth.
Dr. Cumbo is an experienced optics and photonics industry leader with a successful track record of building world-class optical technology companies in the life science, defense & aerospace, semiconductor, and industrial OEM markets. Cumbo joins Omega from his previous role as CEO at AIM Photonics, the U.S. Defense Department's $600 million photonics hub in Albany, NY, where he will continue to serve as an advisor to AIM's Leadership Council. Prior to AIM Photonics, Cumbo spent 30 years driving growth and technology development at market-leading optics businesses across the globe, most recently serving as Vice President at AMETEK-ZYGO and as President of IDEX Optics & Photonics.
"We are very pleased to welcome Mike as President and CEO of Omega," said Peter A. Hunter, Managing Director at Artemis and Chairman of Omega. "He has a deep technical and business background in optics, and he also has a proven track record of successfully building great companies and moving technologies and teams from research to production. We are excited about Omega's potential, and we are confident in Mike's ability to help build an innovative, world-class optics platform."
"I am honored and excited to join the Omega team and partner with Artemis in building the Omega Optical Holdings platform," Cumbo said. "I look forward to working closely with Omega's management team, employees, customers and suppliers to build an agile organization that solves mission-critical technology challenges for our customers and meets the growing global demand for high precision, no-fail optical coatings, components and assemblies."
Dr. Cumbo holds a Ph.D. in Optics, an M.S. in Optical Engineering, and a B.S. in Physics from the University of Rochester, as well as an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. He has 11 patents and authored 22 technical journal papers and conference proceeding articles.
September 15, 2020 - OMEGA OPTICAL ACQUIRED BY ARTEMIS CAPITAL PARTNERS
New Chapter of Innovation & Strategic Growth at Leader in Precision Optical Filters and Coatings
Omega Optical (Omega or the Company), a leading manufacturer of precision optical filters and coatings, announced today that it has been acquired by Artemis Capital Partners (Artemis), a Boston-based private equity firm focused exclusively on partnering with differentiated industrial technology companies.
Omega has been recognized as an innovator in precision optical filters and coatings since its founding in 1969 by Dr. Robert Johnson. The Company’s filter products are designed and fabricated to control the passage of light and enable a broad range of mission-critical optical applications including flow cytometry, fluorescence microscopy, spectroscopy, LiDAR, machine vision, and satellite imaging for global OEM customers in the life science, aerospace & defense, instrumentation, semiconductor, environmental and industrial sensor industries.
“Having recently celebrated our first fifty years as a Company, we are delighted to partner with Artemis and continue growing the Company here in Vermont for the next fifty years” said Omega Founder Dr. Robert (Bob) Johnson.
Omega’s Chief Executive Officer, Thomas Smith added, “With the strategic support of Artemis, we gain critical additional resources to build on Omega’s legacy here in Brattleboro. We will continue to pursue further job growth and employee development and be an active member of both the local community and the greater Vermont economy. Artemis’s understanding of our core markets, technology and value proposition allowed us to quickly align on the key priorities for Omega’s next phase of growth. Our customers and channel partners can count on a seamless transition and an unwavering focus on quality, delivery, and exceptional application expertise.”
“In Omega, we saw a company with an innovative culture, exceptional technical capabilities, and a desire for growth. Omega’s deep applications expertise, OEM business model and differentiated technologies are signature characteristics of an Artemis partner company.” said Peter Hunter, Managing Director at Artemis and new Chairman at Omega. “Now more than ever, we believe that Omega is uniquely positioned to grow both organically and inorganically.”
Euan Milne, Vice President at Artemis and new Board member at Omega indicated: “We are thrilled to partner with the talented Omega team and are honored to help build on the longstanding success of the Company. Omega represents the first company of Artemis’s Optical Technology platform, which will serve the growing global demand for high precision, no-fail optical coatings, components and assemblies.”
Artemis recruited John Ippolito, an experienced photonics industry executive, to join the Omega Board and provide assistance with corporate development activities, including targeting and integrating future acquisitions. Ippolito said, “Omega is a great first step in pursuit of building a larger optics business. The Company has a strong position in several high growth end markets that we can build upon. We intend to be active acquirers of complementary businesses to quickly get to greater scale with an expanded product offering.”
Omega’s existing management team of Thomas Smith, Chief Executive Officer, and Dr. Robert Johnson, now Omega’s Technical Director, have retained a significant ownership interest in the Company, now known as Omega Optical, LLC, and will continue to lead the business going forward. Omega will continue to operate as an independent company from its headquarters in Brattleboro, VT.
Brattleboro, Vermont (July 13, 2016) - Omega Optical is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of Rugate Technologies, Inc., a research and development company focused on the design, process development, and manufacturing of optical thin films. Formed in 1996, Rugate Technologies has expertise in the fabrication of narrow notch infrared filters, dual-band infrared coatings, and spectral control filters for high-efficiency thermophotovoltaic devices.
New capabilities already developed through this collaboration include athermal NIR narrow bandpass filters for LIDAR and freespace optical communications, and ultra-narrowband (sub-nanometer) bandpass filters for UV through MIR wavelengths. Omega Optical has presented papers on these new developments at recent SPIE and OSA conferences.
As part of the acquisition, Rugate Technologies co-founder Thomas D. Rahmlow, Jr. has joined Omega Optical in the role of Senior Scientist, bringing 30 years of experience in thin-film coating design and fabrication to Omega’s engineering team. Omega also added an E-Beam/Ion-Assist coating chamber specifically configured to MWIR and LWIR coatings.
“By bringing Omega’s custom and production capabilities to the IR, we’re able to offer high volume quantities and pricing to the market,” said Rahmlow. “We are currently producing 3rd Gen far-infrared coatings and sputter-coated mid-IR bandpass filters in volume.”
This combined knowledge and experience will enhance the focus on new technologies and expand Omega’s technical capabilities, according to President and Technical Director Robert L. Johnson, Jr. “Adding research and resources from Rugate Technologies to our high-volume production capabilities fulfills our long-term goal of offering more filters in the mid- and far-infrared.”
January 21, 2016 - OMEGA OPTICAL, INC. AWARDED ISO 9001:2008 CERTIFICATION
Brattleboro, Vermont - Omega Optical, Inc. is pleased to announce that its quality management system for manufacturing thin-film optical filters has been awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification by ISO registrar NQA.
“We are proud to be one of the few SBA-registered small businesses manufacturing thin-film filters to achieve ISO 9001:2008 certification,” said Dr. Robert Johnson, Omega Optical’s President and Technical Director. “Paired with the broadest capabilities and finest contemporary coating systems in our field, our quality management system demonstrates our ability to provide customers with a consistently superior product."
Omega Optical is committed to continual improvement of its quality management system, and using that system to meet customer requirements and regulatory obligations, according to Omega’s COO, Kieran Gallagher.
“From biomedical to aerospace, the markets we serve require optical filter manufacturing that consistently meets increasingly exacting requirements,” said Gallagher. “While Omega has used a quality management system modeled on the ISO 9001 standards for many years, our recent certification assures customers that our processes have been rigorously audited by an ISO registrar known for its expertise across diverse technical industries.”
November 12, 2015 - OMEGA OPTICAL, INC. LAUNCHES RAPIDBAND STOCK PROGRAM
Brattleboro, Vermont - Omega Optical's newly-launched RapidBand stock program provides fast delivery for hundreds of bandpass filter combinations in a standard 25mm diameter ring that is only 3.5mm thick.
RapidBand filters are constructed by combining longpass and shortpass edges produced at 10nm increments from 400nm to 700nm. These are assembled in a proprietary air-spaced ring designed to meet the size and quality requirements for many optical systems, and are ideal for applications from fluorescence microscopy to rapid prototyping. Longpass and shortpass edge filters can also be ordered as RapidEdge filters, and are mounted in the same 25mm ring.
RapidBand filters are manufactured with durable plasma-assisted reactive magnetron sputtered coatings, and will have 90% typical transmission, OD5 average (OD4 minimum) blocking from UV-1100nm for silicon detectors, a minimum 20.9 mm clear aperture, and ¼ λ TWD @ 633nm. Theoretical spectral curves of the finished bandpass filters are available, calculated from measured edge filter spectra.
Choose from over 400 possible RapidBand combinations and more than 55 longpass and shortpass RapidEdge filters.