Blog

September 24, 2018 News

How Lasers will Save the World from Bloodsucking Parasites

The enormous loss of ocean life, somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 percent, is well documented. Three billion people already depend on fish for protein, and global demand for seafood is predicted to grow at ...
READ MORE
September 23, 2018 News

A Simple Explanation of Quantum Computing

In just sixty years transistors, the switching and memory units that allow computers to compute, have gone from the size of a hand to the size of an atom. In 1968 there were dozens of ...
READ MORE
July 27, 2018 News

Flying into the Sun in Sapphire Tubes

Later this summer, a NASA solar probe will travel into the corona of the Sun—closer than any mission before—through material with temperatures greater than a million degrees Fahrenheit. If the mission is successful, it will ...
READ MORE
July 20, 2018 News

LiDAR is Archaeology’s Most Amazing Discovery

As a company that creates custom laser optics that are essential to LiDAR systems, we like to share the technology’s many novel applications as they arise. Among the most interesting ways LiDAR is being used ...
READ MORE
June 18, 2018 News

U.S. Manufacturing can be revived, but it will look different

In March we had our first $1 million month. It was the culmination of recent growth that has included a hiring spree in which we brought 24 people, including 2 new engineers, into the IRD ...
READ MORE
June 08, 2018 News

A Quick Distinction: Machine Vision versus Computer Vision

Technology moves a thousand miles a minute, and it’s difficult to stay up to date. New words are added to the dictionary and new phrases constantly enter the lexicon. Two such phrases are computer vision ...
READ MORE
May 15, 2018 News

IRD’s $1m March and 2018 Hiring Spree

IRD Glass is proud to announce that we had our first $1m month this March! We’ve been in business for 35 years — since 1983 — and business is really booming. Through the first five ...
READ MORE
April 30, 2018 News

Why we aren’t relocating to a planet where it rains sapphire and rubies

Boy, it sure would make our job a lot easier if we were headquartered on HAT-P-7b: a super-hot planet 16x larger than Earth that sits in the Cygnus constellation about 1,100 light-years away. It rains ...
READ MORE
March 30, 2018 News

How a NYU Prof’s Manufacturing Approach Saved Japan’s Economy & Changed the World

At IRD Glass, we achieve unmatched customization by setting up our customers with dedicated employees, dedicated equipment, and dedicated floor space at our facility. Each “cell” is responsible for the entire life cycle a precision ...
READ MORE
March 20, 2018 News

Flying Cars Take Off, Weathering FAA Turbulence

It lasted all of 53 seconds, and reached a height of just 16 feet, but aerospace experts agreed that the maiden voyage of the Airbus Vahana flying car may have been the first step in ...
READ MORE
January 23, 2018 News

Artificial Intelligence Will Create More Jobs Than It Eliminates By 2020

Artificial intelligence is a subject that inspires equal parts excitement and anxiety. For some, it is an efficiency producer that will free humans from performing mundane, mindless tasks — much the way other technologies have done ...
READ MORE
January 20, 2018 News

Why Charitable Companies Donate is a No-Brainer

In 2016, charitable companies donated a whopping total of $18.55 billion. That’s a 3.5 percent increase from the previous year, and the trend is expected to continue and even accelerate in the years to come. ...
READ MORE
December 30, 2017 News

Precision Ceramics: Why Ours Meet the Demands of Industry Leaders

Technology continues to push the limits of what is possible, and ceramic materials play a huge role in determining the pace of change. You can find precision ceramics on the cutting edge in numerous industries, ...
READ MORE
November 20, 2017 News

High Reflectivity Mirrors: Characteristics and Applications

IRD Glass and IRD Ceramics proudly manufacture precision High Reflectivity Mirrors that are used in the medical, laser, security, defense, aerospace, sensor and process control industries, among others. What are High Reflectivity Mirrors? High reflectivity mirrors ...
READ MORE
November 10, 2017 News

Optical Filters: Characteristics and Applications

Optical filters are used to reflect, absorb, refract, or diffract specified wavelengths while allowing other wavelengths to pass through. IRD Glass custom manufactures numerous optical filters that expand the applications and improve the capabilities of ...
READ MORE
October 30, 2017 News

Precision Sapphire Windows: The Choice When Performance Matters

Only diamonds are more durable and scratch-resistant than sapphire. That’s why sapphire is used to make precision sapphire windows that are used for everything from consumer products (think iPhone screens) to defense instrumentation and surveillance ...
READ MORE
October 20, 2017 News

Safety Concerns When Creating Precision Glass Components

The work-related risks in the glass manufacturing industry are nearly unrivaled. IRD Glass manufacturers precision glass components with virtually every kind of optical glass as well as many crystal materials. Because we perform machining, polishing, grinding, ...
READ MORE
September 30, 2017 News

Non-Optical Glass Components and Their Uses

When you think of glass components, you think of those with optical applications – those used to split, diffuse, bend, reflect or otherwise alter light wavelengths. These include mirrors, prisms, wedges, cylindrical lenses, wedges, etc. ...
READ MORE
September 15, 2017 News

Custom Sapphire Windows: Why We Supply Industry Leaders

Sapphire is one of nature’s hardest materials. The durability and scratch resistance of custom sapphire windows make them a critical component in many consumer products, from watches and glasses to cell phone screens. They are ...
READ MORE
August 20, 2017 News

Honeywell awards IRD Glass for Exceptional Quality, Zero PPM Defects

IRD Glass is happy to announce that Honeywell recently awarded us a Certificate for Exceptional Quality Performance after we achieved zero PPM (parts per million) defects in the last 12 months. As a sole-source supplier ...
READ MORE
August 08, 2017 News

Three Reasons You Should Care about Company Values

Employees at the most successful companies would have no trouble enumerating and explaining their company values. That’s because they are pervasive, worked into the very fabric of what the company does on a daily basis. At ...
READ MORE
August 01, 2017 News

Just How Strong are Sapphire Windows?

IRD Glass manufactures a variety of sapphire components, including sapphire windows, for industry leading companies like Honeywell. Here’s what you need to know about this amazing material and the components that can be made from ...
READ MORE
July 24, 2017 News

Does Your Business Need an ERP System?

IRD Glass is in the process of rolling out an automated scheduling and accounting software called an Enterprise Resource Planning system, or ERP system. ERP systems are business process management software that allow companies to ...
READ MORE
July 06, 2017 News

A Hopeful Vision for Manufacturing and Automation

The manufacturing and automation trend in U.S. companies can be characterized more as one of collaboration than of replacement. Robots are being designed to enhance human capabilities and boost their effectiveness, not to replace them. For ...
READ MORE
June 29, 2017 News

Why IRD Glass, a small privately owned company, has a Board of Directors

IRD Glass and IRD Ceramics are sole-source suppliers to many OEM Corporations with globally recognized brands, yet we remain a small, privately held company. Of the key factors contributing to the successful growth of IRD, ...
READ MORE
June 15, 2017 News

Are benefits a motivator in today’s economy?

At IRD Glass, we believe in taking care of our employees. We are a family. We are a team. It’s not just the compassionate thing to do, and it’s not only in line with our ...
READ MORE
May 31, 2017 News

The Dangers of Spec Creep and 4 Ways to Manage it

Spec creep, when a product’s actual specifications drift over time from those set down on paper, is any manufacturer’s nightmare. It leads to reduced quality, lost confidence and lost customers. So how can you avoid ...
READ MORE
Young Employees March 31, 2017 News

5 Ways to Create a Sense of Urgency with Young Employees

Generation X and Millennial employees are becoming a sizeable minority or majority in many businesses. Workplaces are changing. But that doesn’t mean that every company can be Google or Apple. We can’t all have our ...
READ MORE
March 17, 2017 News

See you at these 3 Important Industry Events in April and May

IRD Glass and IRD Ceramics are happy to be exhibiting at three important industry events – two of them which are free and open to the public – over the next two months. Today we ...
READ MORE
Listening sales methods February 15, 2017 News

RASA: Four Listening Sales Methods for Business Success

There’s quality and then there’s presentation. With no presentation, quality doesn’t matter very much because it won’t sell. At IRD Glass and IRD Ceramics, for example, we are a sole-source provider to world-class companies like 3M, ...
READ MORE
January 15, 2017 News

Balancing Lean Operations, Human Innovation & Efficiency

On October 1, 1908, years before the term lean operations existed, came arguably the most important operational advancement in industrial history: the Model T Ford began rolling off of Ford’s assembly line. By prioritizing efficiency ...
READ MORE
December 30, 2016 News

Customer Service: This is What Going Above and Beyond Looks Like

Customer service is defined as “the assistance and advice provided by a company to those people who buy or use its products or services.” Most companies aim to provide satisfactory customer service, but IRD Glass ...
READ MORE
December 10, 2016 News

Cross-Training and Employee Engagement in Manufacturing

In manufacturing, keeping employees engaged and motivated at work is of critical importance to overall productivity. The task has proven to be a sizable challenge for many American companies. At IRD Glass, our employees are ...
READ MORE
November 18, 2016 News

Running Like A Swiss Watch: Tradition, Precision, and the IRD Brand

Throughout human history, some products and practices establish themselves as exemplars — the pinnacle of what human ingenuity and engineering can achieve. German beer, Wisconsin cheese, Roman sculptures, American jazz: all are the best and ...
READ MORE
October 31, 2016 News

The Real Benefits of Corporate Giving

One of the many privileges of running a business is the opportunity to give back to your community in a meaningful way. Every single day, businesses share their success by donating money, donating products, volunteering ...
READ MORE
October 15, 2016 News

New Study Explores Link Between Happiness at Work and Productivity

With an engaging, challenging workplace and a cell-based approach to manufacturing that allows individual team members to use their intelligence and creativity, IRD Glass is proud to have a staff that is both happy and ...
READ MORE
October 01, 2016 News

Custom Manufacturing & Ease of Manufacturability

It’s been proven time and time again that sacrificing quality to keep deliverables on time and under budget is ineffective. Not only is there an array of drawbacks to shipping a less-than-excellent product, it may ...
READ MORE
September 15, 2016 News

Three Leadership Styles: What’s Your Company’s Approach?

Myron Rush wrote one of the finest books about leadership. In “The New Leader,” Rush details some the varying approaches to management that have developed over the decades. Here’s a brief recap of the author’s ...
READ MORE
August 20, 2016 News

What Microsoft, Disney and Telecoms can Teach You About Strategic Partnerships

There are two ways of looking at capitalism. One take is that it’s a cruel, dog-eat-dog system in which the strong crush the weak. The other is that it’s a mechanism that encourages (forces) businesses to ...
READ MORE
July 29, 2016 News

A Sixth Sense? Precision Optical Components & Semiconductors in the Sensor Industry

How do human beings experience the world? We have eyes to see, noses to smell, ears to hear, and fingers to touch and feel. But what allows us to experience and understand the world, and ...
READ MORE
July 10, 2016 News

Precision Optical Components Accelerating Early Detection of Cancer

The battle to cure cancer has led to collaboration between private and public companies, universities, scientists, and even foreign governments. Perhaps the greatest push toward finding a cure is the recent National Cancer Moonshot Initiative, ...
READ MORE
June 26, 2016 News

The Crucible of the Sensor Industry

Though it’s hard to argue that tax dollars should be spent on interplanetary exploration when our nation’s roads and bridges need immediate repair, noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has put forth a compelling argument to ...
READ MORE
June 05, 2016 News

Capturing the Power of One of Nature’s Hardest Materials

The sapphire is a gemstone of the mineral corundum variety. Closely related to the ruby and ranking third behind the diamond in terms of hardness, the sapphire is recognized as one of the hardest, most ...
READ MORE