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Rofin-Sinar Gains Stake in H2B Photonics

Photonics Spectra
Jun 2006
Rofin-Sinar Technologies Inc. of Plymouth, Mich., has purchased a 40 percent stake in H2B Photonics GmbH of Garbsen, Germany. The latter develops, manufactures and sells laser-based systems that are used to cut brittle materials, such as glass, for plasma screens, windows, automotive parts and hollowware. It holds the worldwide license for the multiple laser beam absorption process.


GLOSSARY
glass
A noncrystalline, inorganic mixture of various metallic oxides fused by heating with glassifiers such as silica, or boric or phosphoric oxides. Common window or bottle glass is a mixture of soda, lime and sand, melted and cast, rolled or blown to shape. Most glasses are transparent in the visible spectrum and up to about 2.5 µm in the infrared, but some are opaque such as natural obsidian; these are, nevertheless, useful as mirror blanks. Traces of some elements such as cobalt, copper and...
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