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The way I see it

 Duracon was founded in 1985 and incorporated in 1987 with the goal of developing
new technologies in a narrow segment of the fiber optic industry.

 Utilizing my personal experience in micro-machining (in the more traditional sense
of this word
) and micro-mechanics, as well as my mechanical engineering background,
Duracon Inc. became involved in solving problems inherent to the connectorization of
optical waveguides with and without the use of adhesives in both multi-mode and single-
mode applications.
 Some of these technologies were successfully marketed and are currently being
used by companies in the US as well as abroad.

 In 1996 I was asked by Valdor Fiber Optics Inc. a company located in Silicon Valley,
California, a manufacturer of non-epoxy type of fiber optic connectors, to personally join
Valdor in the capacity of R&D manager to help bring to the next level their Impact
 Until 1997 Duracon Inc. and the R&D department of Valdor Fiber Optics Inc.
were co-existing at the same location at 608 Cypress Ave. in Venice, Florida.

 In 1997 Valdor's R&D department and its main facility in San Jose moved to a new
location in Reno, Nevada and then in 1999 moved back to San Jose, California.
For me personally, this period of time turned out to be exceptionally fruitful.

 In 1999 I received a patent for a fishing reel casting attachment and granted
Duracon Inc. exclusive rights for its commercialization.
 At Valdor, although financially constrained, I was able to successfully close several
internal projects such as: an SC connector, FC connector and collimators, all utilizing
Impact Mount Technology™ to name a few, as well as design and develop
an automatic fiber optic cleaver for which in 2000 the patent application was filed.
 This was, and I believe still is, the only cleaver in the industry that is integrated
with the connector mounting tool. I received a patent for the automatic cleaver in 2003.
This patent has been assigned to Valdor.

 I also enjoyed contributing to the design and development of the Fiber Optic Hand
Polisher for one of Valdor's projects. The primary concept and design of it was conceived
by William W. Gardetto a COO of MicroBioMed Cororation, a Dallas, TX based company.
 Working together with Bill Gardetto however, to fine-tune the final version of it to be
acceptable to Valdor's customer, was an intense and unforgettable experience.
We knew that we were giving birth to a one of a kind product.
 Unfortunately, despite the uniqueness of the design Valdor decided not to seek
the protection of the intellectual property and an opportunity to patent the polisher was lost.

 I also enjoyed working closely with Tom Hall of Funk and Hall Mfg. a St. George,
Utah based company, on redesigning the hand operated, gun type impact mounting
tool. Tom - to the best of my knowledge - the original designer of the bench top of impact
mounting tool and other tools for Impact Mount Technology, superbly performed in
finalizing the hand tool project and delivered the working tool with only minimal assistance.
 It was a true joy to see him turning just a sketchy idea into a tangible product.
Very few people possess such a trait and Tom is one of them.

 From 1996 to 2001 I also continued retaining my position of the President and CEO
of Duracon Inc. who, at that time, was mostly involved in fields such as micro-machining,
development of various products, and consulting in areas other than fiber optic connectors.

 Immediately after my departure from Valdor in the spring of 2001, Duracon Inc.
moved to the new, larger facility and for a short period of time was providing Valdor
Fiber Optics Inc. with consulting services. In the background, after long working hours,
I privately became engaged in very aggressive research in a non epoxy solutions for
connectorization of optical fibers and bundles.

  After a few years of a poor economy and because of our in-house machining
capabilities, as well as an economic safety measure, we decided to include in our
business plan significant room for accepting outside machining jobs.
 Actually, to be more precise, we were seeking a few customers with whom we could
have a more permanent close working relationship, not only as a "machine shop" service
provider, but also as a source of help in solving complex problems. This allowed us to
acquire more diverse equipment which in turn strengthened our manufacturing capabilities
and made it possible to re-invest the surplus in our internal projects.

 Our business philosophy worked. We even found room to expand our activity to
a more noble one. We decided to provide help to small inventors in such areas as
preliminary patent searches, prototyping, consulting, etc. - in most cases at no cost to them.

I found it very refreshing to help those who - like myself - are able
"to see the things not as they are, but rather to
see them as what they may be".

  In 2006 and 2007 my personal research resulted in filing applications for patents
which - we believe - would lead to dramatic improvements in existing adhesiveless methods
of connecting optical fibers and bundles.
 After successful prosecution in 2008 the applications were allowed by USPTO
for issuance of patents.

Duracon Inc. has been granted exclusive rights for commercialization of these patents.

 Today Duracon Inc. is involved in a number of projects in a variety of industries.
In our work we are not afraid to experiment with new technologies and techniques of

Most importantly, we are not afraid to think "outside of the box".

I personally believe, that there are usually "simple solutions to complex problems".

Wojciech (Voytek) Beldycki
President and CEO

Copyright   ©   2008, Duracon inc.
Impact Mount Technology is a trademark of Valdor Fiber Optics Inc.