Optech

College Center for Technology Transfer in optics/photonics

Cégep André-Laurendeau, Cégep de La Pocatière and John Abbott College

Optech’s mission is to help companies identify and develop industrial solutions to resolve problems with the help of procedures or product development in applied optics and photonics. Optech works to make optic and photonic technologies better known and contributes to their installation to support the efforts to improve productivity and innovation in Québec‑based companies.

OPTECH offers product and process development services, training and specialized services, including photoradiometry. OPTECH’s expertise covers fiber optic systems, optical microsystems, optical metrology and imaging and illumination optics. OPTECH supports companies from the early conceptualization phases to the production of prototypes. Its team has industrial experience and guides its approach considering the economic and manufacturing realities of companies.

Optech

1111 rue Lapierre Montréal H8N 2J4 514 364-3325

General Expertises

  • Biophotonics
  • Fibre optics
  • Imaging and illumination
  • Industry 4.0
  • Metrology
  • Microsystems
  • Optical engineering
  • Optics and photonics

Specific expertises

Biophotonics

  • Optical characterization of plants
  • Specialized lighting for agriculture and livestock (UV disinfection, LED lighting, etc.)

Illumination and Imaging

  • Free form optics
  • Photo / radiometry
  • Visual ergonomics

Metrology

  • Dimensional metrology (2D and 3D)
  • Motion capture
  • Remote sensing, spectrometry and sensors

Microsystems

  • Micro-assembly
  • Microfabrication of lenses
  • Micromachining
  • Microprinting through UV and thermal embossing

Optical fiber

  • Bundled sensor packages
  • Conditioning of optical fibers
  • Writing Bragg networks

Areas of intervention

  • Agri-food and bio-food sectors
  • Agriculture
  • Applied physics
  • Arts and culture
  • Civil engineering
  • Civil security/safety
  • Connected health
  • Digital technologies
  • Electronics and microelectronics
  • Environment
  • Environmental technologies
  • Forestry
  • Home support
  • Industrial maintenance
  • Industry 4.0
  • Intelligent vehicles
  • Interactive media
  • Medical equipment
  • Mining
  • Navigation and transportation logistics
  • Smart cities
  • Telecommunications (networking, GPS, 4G, 5G)
  • Transportation

Examples of applications

  • Aeronautics: development of light beacons for transmission towers and wind turbines
  • Aerospace: design and prototyping of a pressure sensor for aircrafts
  • Agriculture: Integration of infrared cameras in a plant identification system
  • Biomedical: Development of a fiber optic probe for cancer detection
  • Biomedical: development of an intraoral 3D digitizer used in dentistry
  • Environment: development of an optical textile sorting technique to implement a garment recycling process
  • Industrial: demonstration of an optimization system for industrial tire retreading
  • Performing Arts: Improvement of the projection system to control luminous objects such as bracelets worn by crowds during special events
  • Urban Architecture: Photometric reliability test and trials (IES, LM79) on luminaires

Equipments

Design

  • NI Circuit Design Suite, Labview
  • SolidWorks simulation
  • Zemax, Optisworks, Fimmwave

Tests and Validation

  • 3D measuring encoder arm with laser head and software
  • Climatic chambers
  • Imaging sphere for BRDF / BTDF measurement
  • Infrared and high-speed cameras
  • Integration sphere (1m)
  • M2 laser profile measuring instrument
  • Mechanical CMM
  • Near-field goniometers
  • Optical reflectometry
  • Photocolorimetric cameras, punctual luxmeter and luminance meter
  • Spectrum analyzer and BER
  • Various interrogators for optical fibers

Prototyping

  • 3 and 5 axis CNC
  • 3D printing
  • Aerosol jet printer
  • Automated Bragg network writing station
  • Diamond head lathe
  • Die bonder
  • Lasers: CO2, fiber, femtosecond, supercontinuum
  • R & D microsystems assembly station and automated,