RCI personnel have nearly a combined 100 years of experience in optical testing, with the result being that we understand there are many ways to prove an optical assembly is performing. RCI has designed collimators for specific jobs that project MTF 3-bar targets into the unit under test (UUT). RCI has a 6-inch aperture reflective collimator for projecting a collimated beam into a UUT for evaluation of the point image that results (very useful for determining specific aberrations). Inspection of these images can be done by eye (for visible wavelengths) or via camera (for visible and near-IR wavelengths). The advantage of the eye over the camera is the sensing of very fine and/or faint detail due to the large dynamic range of the eye. RCI has a phase-shifting ESDI Z-100 interferometer which is useful for quantifying the wavefront quality of the image. The analysis software of the interferometer also allows for MTF computation, but it is only valid at the 632.8 nm wavelength.
Ruda-Cardinal, Inc. has developed techniques for assembling lenses down to the sub-micron level for high precision optical systems. We have many years of experience in building these systems, many of which are up against the diffraction limit.
Ruda-Cardinal, Inc. excels at the process of turning theoretical designs into tangible prototypes and then into successful products ready for manufacturing. RCI also offers rapid prototyping for our customers who need a system yesterday. Our engineers work hand in hand with our production staff, ensuring that at each step optimal, workable and cost effective products are produced. RCI's diverse client base exemplifies our creative engineering solutions and our broad experience in customized design work.
RCI has an arsenal of custom test collimators to accommodate the various FOVs and focal lengths.Custom Lab Setups and Test Equipment:
In house development for the tough projects require innovative solutions:
RCI has clean environments for optical assemblies that require extra special care in dust/particle management.
RCI's engineering team works closely with the production staff in developing custom tooling, fixtures, alignment and testing work stations. RCI has many years of experience in optical alignment and great care is taken in creating alignment plans. By the time an optical system is ready for production, a full alignment test plan is documented, outlining in detail the entire alignment process as well as showing supporting schematics and prints generated by the Solidworks model.
RCI's production capabilities include J-STD-001 certified solder technicians for electronic assembly. The IPC J-STD-001 certification has become a prominent authority in electrical assembly and manufacturing. Many companies worldwide rely on the integrity of this certification to qualify their electronics for use in aerospace and military applications. RCI has a fully-equipped solder station and certified, experienced personnel to ensure the reliability of electronic assemblies.