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Industrial Photonics: January 2015

FEATURES
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CO2 Laser Machine Tools Speed Sign Cutting
Interior plastic signs are ubiquitous in hotels, office buildings, hospitals and other structures. These signs may seem like simple products, but they are actually often complex assemblies of...
Robert W. Coyes, Coherent Inc.
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Ultrafast Lasers Enable Improvements in Microprocessing
Ultrafast lasers provide an avenue into a number of new microprocessing applications because of their capability for athermal ablation and their extremely high peak power. Many materials and...
Tim Gerke, Fianium Inc.
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Industrial Applications of Laser Profiling
Beam intensity profiling is an essential tool in many aspects of industry. The precise intensity distribution is critical in many applications, such as laser plate printing, laser cutting, particle...
Andrew MacGregor, Dataray Inc.
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Picking a Camera, for Control and Profit
Seeing is believing – and seeing is also control, in the case of industrial applications. An example is anti-sway technology from SmartCrane. Software from the Poquoson, Va.-based company...
Hank Hogan, Contributing Editor, hank.hogan@photonics.com


BUSINESS NEWS
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E2V Technologies Acquires AnaFocus
E2v Technologies has acquired the Seville, Spain-based Innovaciones Microelectronicas SL, trading as “AnaFocus” for €29.2 million (about $39 million). AnaFocus designs and develops high-performance CMOS image-sensors and vision-systems for the industrial, professional, scientific, medical and high-end surveillance markets. AnaFocus is expected to generate sales...
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Lasers, Optics Hold Jenoptik Revenues Steady
Sales of lasers and optical systems counteracted declines in other areas as the Jenoptik Group saw steady revenue and a nominal increase in earnings during the first half of 2014. The...
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North American Machine Vision Sales Grow
Machine vision sales in North America increased 11 percent to $1.04 billion in the first half of 2014, according to the trade group AIA. Component sales grew 28 percent to $155 million, and...
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Laserage Acquires DLI Laser Processing Division
Laserage Technology Corp. has acquired the laser processing and contract manufacturing divisions of Directed Light Inc. Laserage will now offer two state-of-the-art laser facilities: in the...
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OptoGroup Acquires Alliance Vision
Optomechanical components manufacturer OptoGroup has become a majority shareholder in Alliance Vision of Montelimar, France. The acquisition is retroactive to Jan. 1. Markus Riedi has been...
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Rogowski Named Technical Service VP at Trumpf
James Rogowski has been promoted to vice president for technical service at Trumpf Inc. He is responsible for training and service for the company’s machine tools, including industrial lasers,...
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LPKF Names Plastic Welding Products Division Head
Lars Ederleh has been named head of the plastic welding equipment products division at LPKF Group. He succeeds Frank Brunnecker in the role. Alongside Markus Koenig, manager of the...
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Olmec-UK Machine Vision Project Earns Innovation Award
A multifunctional eight-camera, two-stage inspection system developed by Olmec-UK of Barton-upon-Humber, England, has garnered the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA) award for Most...
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Edmund Optics Announces Three Promotions
Edmund Optics Inc. of Barrington, N.J., has named new directors for its imaging, optics and sales units. Gregory Hollows, former director of machine vision technology at Edmund Optics, will...


TECHNOLOGY NEWS
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NASA Engineer to Complete First
3-D-Printed Space Camera
New imaging instruments made using laser-based 3-D printing could bring the benefits of such technology to the forefront. NASA aerospace engineer Jason Budinoff is developing a 350-mm dual-channel imaging telescope and a 50-mm camera whose outer tube, baffles and optical mounts are all printed as a single structure. “This is a pathfinder. When we build telescopes for...
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Fluorescence Lifetime Measurement Enhances Recycling
Sorting plastics using fluorescence lifetime measurement could simplify and speed up the recycling process. Developed by a team from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, the technique...
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Spectroscopy Measures Nanoscale Material Strain
A new spectroscopy technique could lead to microelectronics that perform better under stress and heat. A team from Purdue University developed the technique, called nanomechanical Raman...
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Laser Scanner Captures 3-D Info in Real Time
A 3-D laser scanner based on the human eye can focus on key sections of an image, capturing it with correspondingly higher resolution. A team from the three institutes of the...
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Laser Detects Methane Leaks
A new laser system can detect biogas and natural gas that escape through leaks in gas lines or fermenters at biogas plants. A team led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement...


EDITORIAL
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To Our Shared Success!
Welcome to the one-year anniversary issue of Industrial Photonics. Thanks for reading and for all the other ways you may have participated over the first year, including sharing comments about the publications in general and about specific articles; thanks also for comments posted to Industrial Forum at www.IndPhotonics.com. I encourage you to check out all the resources available at the magazine...
Karen A. Newman, Group Publisher, karen.newman@photonics.com


PRODUCTS
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3-D Laser Displacement Sensors
New 3-D laser displacement sensors from Cognex Corp. use laser triangulation to extract 3-D information, allowing inspection of parts regardless of contrast or lighting conditions. The DS1050, DS1101 and DS1300 sensors offer submicron measurement for optical character recognition and presence/absence applications. They come with standard 2-D vision tools, as well as 3-D tools for height,...
Cognex Corp.
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Ambient Light Detector
A new ambient-light sensor from Texas Instruments is tuned to closely replicate the human eye’s photopic response. The OPT3001 delivers 99 percent IR rejection and a 23-bit effective...
Texas Instruments, Inc., DLP Products
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Fiber Laser Cutting System
The new 3900 Series FiberStar laser cutting system from LaserStar Technologies can make intricate patterns in metals, plastics and ceramics. The fiber laser operates at 1070 nm with an...
LaserStar Technologies Corp.
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Analog Frame Grabber
The new Alta-AN analog frame grabber from BitFlow can acquire a signal from one, two or four analog cameras simultaneously at the cameras’ full frame rate and resolution. Free drivers...
BitFlow, Inc.
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UV Curing LEDs
New UV LEDs for curing of inks, adhesives and coatings are available from Excelitas Technologies Corp. The OmniCure AC8 series offers precise control of UV irradiance levels and incorporates...
Excelitas Technologies Corp.
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3-D Scanner
The HDI 109 3-D scanner by LMI Technologies uses blue LED projection to scan small parts at a high level of accuracy. The device provides seamless 3-D scanning, from acquisition to...
LMI Technologies Inc., Corporate Headquarters
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Machine Vision System
A new compact machine vision system from National Instruments enables synchronization with automation devices for camera and lighting triggering and is suited for industrial applications up to 55...
National Instruments Corp.
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Light-Cure Adhesives
Encompass light-cure adhesives from Dymax Corp. change color to provide visual confirmation that the bond site is secure. The blue adhesives become colorless after sufficient exposure to UV...
Dymax Corp.
INTERTRONICS
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Steel Linear Stages
Compact, low-profile linear stages from Newport Corp. offer 300 mm of travel and can bear up to 1000 N of load, with axial load capacity of 200 N. MTN Series stages are available with DC or...
Newport Corporation
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3-D Image Correlation System
Trilion Quality Systems has announced a new 3-D digital image correlation system. The Aramis 4M150 can optically measure more than 10,000 points and compare them with those of a computer...
Trilion Quality Systems LLC
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Laser Micromachining Platform
The µFlexTM Series multi-axis precision laser micromachining platform by Electro Scientific Industries Inc. is suited for consumer electronics, medical devices and automotive components. ...
Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (ESI)
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Thickness Analysis System
Based on advances in terahertz technology, the TS9000 from Advantest nondestructively measures the thickness of semiconductor packaging. The TS9000 enables rapid, repeatable and accurate...
Advantest America, Inc.
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Alignment Laser
A new alignment laser from Laser Tools Co. Inc. projects bright green lines instead of a spot. The GLX58SAC has an output power of 30 mW and a 70° projection field. The laser is...
Laser Tools Co., Inc.
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Photoelectric Sensor
The G10 photoelectric sensor can be mounted and aligned easily, reducing commissioning and installation time. It incorporates PinPoint LED technology to ensure reliable object detection at...
SICK, Inc.
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Blackbody Reference Sources
A line of customizable single-point and differential blackbody systems has been announced by Bodkin Design and Engineering. Available systems include the MRDT-50 Differential Blackbody, the...
Bodkin Design & Engineering
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Color Zoom Camera
The SS465 IP Color Camera by Sidus Solutions offers optical zoom for high-resolution images. This network-ready camera is able to withstand extreme environments and temperature ranges. It...
Sidus Solutions LLC
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3-D Microscope
Capturing 3-D images at nanoscale, the nSPEC 3D from Nanotronics Imaging is a computer-controlled microscope designed for industrial use. Combining optical lenses with advanced computer...
Nanotronics Imaging
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Laser Engraver
Suited for engraving flat, cylindrical and other objects, the Energy 8 by Gravograph is a compact, water-cooled 25-W CO2 laser. The machine offers an engraving area of 460 × 145 mm of...
Gravograph, Inc.
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Line-Scan Camera
A new quadlinear CMOS line-scan camera from Teledyne Dalsa enhances defect detection with wafer-level dichroic filters to enable independent RGB and near-infrared outputs. The Piranha 4 is...
Teledyne DALSA, Machine Vision OEM Components
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Area-Scan Camera
A new high-speed area-scan camera from Adimec is designed for light-starved, timing-critical applications like electronics inspection and semiconductor metrology. The Q-12A180 is based on a...
Adimec Advanced Image Systems BV
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Direct Diode Cutting Laser
A new direct diode laser from JDSU provides up to 2 kW of output power for sheet metal cutting. It has been integrated into a new sheet metal cutting system from Amada called ExC. According...
JDSU, Communications and Commercial Optical Products
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OEM Vision Cameras
The new LightWise Allegro USB3 cameras from ISG are intended for integration with OEM vision systems. They are based on a Sony IMX174 Exmor 2.3-MP CMOS image sensor, which offers 1920...
Imaging Solutions Group of NY, Inc.
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Measuring Microscope
Designed for the accurate measurement of processed industrial materials, the STM7 measuring microscope from Olympus provides efficient inspection and simple operation. The STM7’s large...
Olympus America Inc.
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Hybrid Laser Marker
A new laser marking system from Keyence combines fiber and YVO4 laser oscillators. The MD-X Series hybrid laser marker has three axes of control, and a built in 2-D code reader and verifier...
KEYENCE Microscopes
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Galvo Scanners
The Nmark AGV-HPO by Aerotech Inc. is a high-accuracy, open-frame galvo scanner. It features single-digit, micron-level accuracy with optical feedback technology that can improve thermal...
Aerotech, Inc.
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Industrial Lenses
New lenses from Zeiss are intended for unmanned aerial vehicles, crash testing, traffic enforcement and machine vision. The lenses have flange focal lengths of 26.8 mm, with a compact design...
Carl Zeiss AG, Camera Lenses
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Machine Vision Cameras
Ximea has announced the development of two Thunderbolt cameras, delivering bandwidth without the need for frame grabbers. Model MT200 is based on the 20-megapixel sensors from CMOSIS called...
XIMEA GmbH
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Line-Scan Camera
The UNiiQA+ CMOS line scan camera series, from Alrad Imaging and e2v, features a 5-µm-pixel-pitch sensor that is C-mount compatible at resolutions up to 4K. It is available across the...
Alrad Instruments Ltd.
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Machine Vision Preprocessor
A new frame grabber and FPGA development kit from Matrox Imaging provide image preprocessing for machine vision applications. RadientPro CL vision processor is a 2.0 × 8 frame grabber...
Matrox Imaging
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Measurement Sensor
With the ability to identify any object independent of its color and surface, the PosCon 3-D edge sensor from Baumer can determine width and edge position for difficult applications. The...
Baumer Ltd.
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Linear Motion Systems
LM76’s Saibo SB-LGB linear roller block and rail systems are available in lengths up to 3000 mm, and can meet load requirements of up to 270 lbs. The narrow profile linear motion...
LM-Tarbell, Inc.

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