Visit us at SPIE Photonics West!

Ruda-Cardinal will be in the Moscone Convention Center, North Hall D, Table 6080, Feb 10th through the 12th.

Our company president, Ken Castle, will also be teaching the Introduction to Optical Alignment Techniques Short Course at Photonics West. Ken has worked with Mitch Ruda, the originator of this course, for 28 years. Mitch passed away August 31, 2013, and Ruda-Cardinal is continuing the tradition of this course in his memory. Click Here to Register.

Ruda-Cardinal Company Information

Ruda-Cardinal, Inc. is a leader in the field of optical engineering, specializing in rapid prototyping and creative solutions to unique and complicated optical challenges.

From concept to final production, Ruda-Cardinal, Inc (RCI) offers innovative solutions to accomodate any optical design or manufacturing challenge. Using state-of-the-art opto-mechanical design software and testing equipment, RCI ensures the highest degree of quality through all stages of development.

RCI's strongest client base consists of companies with developed intellectual property requiring design, development and integration of optical and/or illumination systems into emerging products. At Ruda-Cardinal, Inc., our first and foremost responsibility is to understand our client's needs, and to develop the best possible and cost-effective optical system for the task. RCI's team of full service engineering specialists provide complete services, including:

  • Project Management
  • Trade Studies
  • Opto-mechanical Engineering, Design and Analysis
  • Design Reviews
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Small to Full-Scale Production

RCI is proud of the diversity of it's market segments that include commercial, consumer, industrial, medical and military customers. Customer satisfaction is stressed as our main goal, as evidenced by RCI's long term relationships and repeat business.

Mitch Ruda, 1950-2013

Dr. Mitch Ruda passed away on August 31st, 2013. Much can be said about his contributions to the field of optics. He was a beloved leader and mentor to those of us here at RCI, and he is deeply missed by his many friends and colleagues around the world. Below is a tribute video created by the RCI staff.

ISO Certification

Because of our strong AS9100 quality program, we are able to consistently provide superior product while meeting our customer's requirements. The accreditation assessment was performed by Great Western Registrar, in accordance with the quality system requirements for both AS9100C and ISO9001:2008.

Ruda-Cardinal, Inc. is ISO9001:2000/AS 9100C certified to design, assemble and test optical systems for commercial and military applications.

ISO certification

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