Rocky Mountain Instrument Co.

Success Stories


For over 50 years, RMI has been dedicated to providing complete solutions for our customers. The common thread among these solutions is a deep commitment to providing the latest technologies, quality manufacturing, and total customer satisfaction. Below are some of RMI's most notable customer success stories:

Jefferson Lab

When CEBAF Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility designed their new Free Electron Laser (FEL) for advanced nuclear research, they called on RMI's expertise in thin film coatings to produce a specialized high damage coating. The FEL set a new world record in laser power output with 340 watts at 1.05 µm and 3.1 µm at 2100 watts.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

In 2000, the world was captivated by the never before seen images shown by the Mars rover, Sojourner. RMI provided mission critical optical mirrors which were key components in the imaging systems which delivered that footage.

Kaiser Aerospace and Electronics/Rockwell Collins

Since 1999, RMI has worked closely with Kaiser Aerospace and Electronics (now Rockwell Collins) to produce some of the most cutting edge optical coatings ever developed. These coatings have been utilized primarily in the Heads-Up Display (HUD) units of the F-18 and F-22 fighter jets. Rockwell Collins continues to be a valued customer where intense engineering collaboration has defined our strategic partnership.

Summit Technologies/Alcon

In 1983, RMI was among the first companies to successfully produce 193nm excimer optics and coatings for laser vision correction applications. This initial work was done through a collaborative effort with Taunton Technologies. RMI continues to make advancements in 193nm excimer optics and coatings for Summit Technologies, which was recently acquired by Alcon.

Textron Systems

Thermal imaging optics for Textron Systems' Smart Munitions program are now in the fourth year of production. This difficult infrared lens and coating set are an integral part of the military's precision-guided bombs which have replaced traditional carpet-bombing equipment. By working with Textron engineers to solve this complicated optical triplet, RMI set a new standard for thermal imaging optics and coatings.

Lockheed Martin

In 2002, RMI stepped up to tackle Lockheed Martin's multi-band beam splitter, a key imaging/targeting component for their $200 billion Advanced Targeting Pod, also known as Sniper. After all other optics vendors said it could not be done, RMI's engineers worked closely with engineers from Lockheed to develop the first working prototypes for the optics. This effort resulted in RMI being recognized as the 2002 Lockheed Martin Small Business of the Year.