Quality Control / Facilities
PLX provides unique optical instruments, technologies and solutions to problems of achieving and maintaining state-of-the-art optical accuracy and stability under severe environmental conditions. Our M.O.S.T.™ technology integrates complex optical elements into compact monolithic structures to achieve these objectives.
PLX products and systems are available in a wide variety of materials, mirror coatings, special metals, sizes and configurations. PLX is a registered ISO 9001 company, is fully compliant with ISO requirements, designs and manufactures products that meet Military Specs and has received over 20 patents for its innovative optical products.
You’ll find PLX instruments in such diverse applications as spectroscopy, boresighting, beam alignment and delivery, ultra-fast phenomena research, laser delay lines, military fire control, environmental monitoring, satellite ranging and laser resonators.
PLX serves the commercial market with scientific and industrial applications where wave length, stability and accuracy are essential.
The companies M.O.S.T.™ Monolithic Optical Structure Technology opened up a whole new world of possibilities for the commercial, scientific and industrial communities. It achieves superb optical stability, unsurpassed shock and vibration resistance and sub-arc-second accuracy between optical elements. Most importantly M.O.S.T. ™ combines complex optical elements into one highly efficient, single monolithic unit. The sandwich like structure results in exceptional thermal and mechanical stability, eliminating time consuming and costly adjustments.
Our Military and Aerospace roots.Because the company’s superior optics withstands extreme combat and harsh environmental conditions while maintaining accuracy, PLX has been a valued optical technology source for the Military and Space industries for over 4 decades.
Here is just a partial list of the programs PLX has been proud to participate in:
-Arrowhead - Lockheed Martin Corporation
-IBAS/ITAS TOW Missile Upgrade - Raytheon / DRS Optronics
-EOSS - Northrop Grumman Corporation
-M1 Tank Primary Gunner’s Sight - General Dynamics Land Systems Division
-Apollo-Soyuz Russian/American 1975 Space Union - NASA
-TES (Thermal Emission Spectrometer) – Jet Propulsion Lab
-LACE Experiment – NASA
-ACE-Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (SCISAT-1)
-Relay Mirror Experiment – NASA with Ball Aerospace
-RIS (Retroreflector in Space) – NASDA, the Japanese Space Agency
-Mars Express and Venus Express – European Space Agency
Among the notable recognition and awards PLX Inc. has received are:
U.S. Small Business Administration
-2008 Region II Small Business of the Year (nominated by LMMFC)
Lockheed Martin Corporation
-2007 Eagle Award for Excellence
-2003, 2006, 2007 Small Business of the Year Award
-2008 Preferred Supplier Program
Northrop Grumman Corporation
-Bronze, Silver and Gold Supplier Quality Awards
Quality Control / Facilities
Our extensive in-house manufacturing and environmental testing facilities, performance testing capabilities, and state-of-the-art optical analyses equipment provides total quality management and accountability.
PLX’s Quality Assurance Department has at its disposal ZYGO Interferometers, a visible spectrometer, FTIR spectrometer monochromator, a CMM machine, durometers, a shock tester, computerized temperature chamber, humidity chamber and the measurement tools required by ISO.
Our production facilities include a complete fabrication shop utilizing CNC machine glass fabrication technology, four Blanchard machines, a 36” grinder table, four surface grinders, and a variety of diamond cutting tools. Our complete optical shop can produce optics with better than λ/20 flatness, it has 26 grinding and polishing spindles and two planetary polishing machines. All our grinding machines include micro separators enhancing surface finish and machine longevity. We also have a Class 100 clean room area for our line of Monolithic assemblies and a modeling/tools machine shop for in-house requirements.
More important than our facilities and equipment are, our valued employees, who go through extensive on-site training and evaluation. Without them our sophisticated high-tech computerized production systems and in-process approach to quality control would not reach the level needed to produced the most accurate and stable optical products in the industry.
Regardless of your application PLX engineers who are specifically trained and experienced in optical, laser and imaging systems will work closely with you to adapt PLX technology to your requirements.
For more information on how we can help you increase your companies optical capabilities contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 631.586.4190