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Industrial Photonics: April 2015

Sensors Go Out, Up, Down and Around
Cows are happier. They also are giving more milk. Both of these related outcomes are a consequence of automated milking systems that depend upon photonics-based 3-D sensors. Other innovations involve sensors operating outside the visible spectrum, which brings its own set of advantages. For instance, the use of near-infrared (NIR) and short-wave infrared (SWIR) enables manufacturers to spot...
Hank Hogan, Contributing Editor,
Lens-Free Imaging for Large-Surface Industrial Inspection
With micro- and nanofabrication surging, there is a growing need for cameras that can automatically monitor large surfaces for microscopic details. Scanning setups with conventional microscopes are...
Jan Provoost, imec
Laser Safety Considerations for Industrial Environments
When purchasing an industrial laser system, the astute buyer will look for a Class 1 laser product – a system where the laser beam hazard is completely enclosed and there is no potential laser...
Ken Barat, Laser Safety Solutions
3-D Smart Sensor Improves Feature Inspection in Assembly
For quality control, measurements must be absolutely precise: Many systems, processes and parts affect the quality of the final product. In assembly operations, many inspection points must be...
Walter Pastorius, LMI Technologies
WASPS Poised to Bring Tunable Sources for Quantum Communications
Quantum information technologies are set to revolutionize communication security and computing capabilities over the coming decades, and governments and companies are beginning to invest heavily in...
Dr. Jason Smith, University of Oxford

TeraDiode Names Feldt Chief Operating Officer
Richard “Rick” Feldt has been named chief operating officer at TeraDiode. Feldt is a former CEO of Advanced Electron Beams and Evergreen Solar. He has also held management positions...
$30M DOE Program Seeks Photonic Methane Monitoring Solutions
Ten organizations will develop photonic gas monitoring systems under a $30 million program coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E). The...
Mikrotron Chooses Russian, Swedish Distributors
Mikrotron GmbH’s high-speed recording cameras will now be distributed in Russia by Sedatec Ltd. of Moscow and in Sweden by Precision Technic Nordic of Stockholm. Mikrotron develops...
EOS, MTU Partner on Quality Control for Laser Additive Manufacturing
EOS has partnered with MTU Aero Engines to develop quality assurance technology for metal engine components created using laser-based additive manufacturing. A manufacturer of aircraft engines...
Prism Award Winners Recognized at Photonics West
From 3-D-printed optics to novel laser systems to mobile medical diagnostics and chemical sensors, nine cutting-edge products were recognized Wednesday during the Photonics West trade show with Prism...
CyberOptics Looks to Break Even in 2015
Optical metrology firm CyberOptics Corp. said it expects sales growth of at least 10 percent and a break-even operating result in the year ahead after introducing new products and cutting losses in...
Expansion into New Markets Yields Strong Year for IPG Photonics
IPG Photonics Corp. says 2014 went just as it planned, with new sales efforts yielding a 19 percent rise in revenues and a 29 percent increase in earnings. The industrial lasers firm, which...
Semrock Names Life Sciences Catalog Leader
Semrock has named Dr. Prashant Prabhat the new business line leader for its newly formed life sciences catalog business segment. Prabhat and his team will focus on growing the catalog filter...
Ferro Acquires Laser Marking Firm TherMark for $5.5M
Ferro Corp. has acquired the privately held laser marking technology company TherMark Holdings Inc. of Irvine, Calif., for $5.5 million in cash. TherMark’s technology uses lasers to...
Germany Opens Digital Photonic Production Research Campus
Government, scientific and industry leaders recently opened the Digital Photonic Production research campus to develop light as a production tool. The German Federal Ministry of Education and...

Panasonic Welding Robots to Use TeraDiode Lasers
TeraDiode will supply Panasonic Welding Systems of Osaka, Japan with 4-kW high-brightness laser engines under a new, multiyear agreement between the two companies. TeraDiode’s TeraBlade...
Fraunhofer, NextIn Collaborate on Wafer Inspection System
The Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS) and NextIn Inc. of South Korea have entered into a collaborative relationship for the evaluation of a defect inspection system. The...
Fiber Sensors Go Inside Hot Machining Processes
Fiber optic pyrometers that can get into places that other heat sensors cannot could help metal parts manufacturers cut down defects and breakdowns. Researchers at Carlos III University of...
Combining Lasers Leads to More Flexible Pulse Control
Every laser has its limitations in terms of repetition rate and pulse characteristics, but bringing five lasers together in one system could make those limitations vanish. A device developed at...

Sensors for Inspection – and They’re Making Cows Happier!
If you’re attending the Sensors Expo & Conference 2015 in June, be sure to check out the Optical Sensing and Detection education track, and visit Photonics Media in booth 354. More information about the event, which rotates this year to the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif., can be found at In our cover feature, contributing editor Hank Hogan...
Karen A. Newman, Group Publisher,

Process Measurement
A new process measurement device from Prozess Technologie uses spectroscopy to measure samples at the molecular level. The Reveal performs noncontact measurements of liquids, solids, gases and plasma without touching the target. Functions include color measurement, moisture content, cleaning validation, reaction monitoring, content uniformity and protein measurement. It is intended...
Linear Stage
A new linear stage from Physik Instrumente provides 500-mm travel and half-micron resolution. The M-417 can be computer controlled for automation and precision-assembly applications. It has a...
PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P., Piezo Nano Positioning
Structured Light Laser
The newest StingRay structured light-generating laser from Coherent Inc. produces up to 50 mW of output with ±75 percent line uniformity in the blue (450 nm) wavelength. It is suited for...
Coherent Inc.
Handheld 3-D Laser Scanner
The Freestyle3D handheld 3-D portable laser scanner from Faro Technologies Inc. scans up to a distance of 3 m and captures up to 88,000 points per second with 1.5-mm accuracy. Applications...
FARO Technologies, Inc.
Laser Scan Head
The basiCube 10 from Scanlab AG is a scan head optimized for laser marking. The scan head is available with silicon mirrors for three laser wavelengths, and it achieves 800 characters per...
Gel Analysis System
The omniDoc from Cleaver Scientific integrates illumination and imaging components for documentation and analysis of fluorescent and colorimetric gels. It comes equipped with an auto-exposure...
Laser Tube Cutter
The StarCut Tube SL from Rofin can cut delicate structures with kerf widths of 15 µm and below into a variety of materials, including nitinol. The cast mineral setup has no joints...
Rofin-Baasel Lasertech
Portable LED Work Light
The EPL-TFM-150LED-RT-100-CPP516 from Larson Electronics is a portable LED work light mounted to an adjustable aluminum frame. It produces 12,000 lumens of light while drawing 150 W of power,...
Larson Electronics LLC
Fiber Recoaters
Fujikura’s FSR fiber recoaters provide extensive programmable features, including an automatic resin pumping system. With LED curing lamps and easy-to-exchange molds, the FSR-05, FSR-06...
Smart Cameras
Vision Components’ VC-F smart cameras are designed for use with intelligent transportation systems, including automatic license plate recognition, quality inspection and production control. ...
Vision Components GmbH
CO2 Detection Camera
A new thermal camera from Flir Systems provides an optical alternative to traditional sniffers used to detect carbon dioxide leaks. The GF343 can scan broad areas quickly and from safe...
FLIR Systems
Disposable-Fiber Laser
A 14-pin laser package from SemiNex Corp. is suited for integration as a high-power IR laser in systems where the use of disposable fibers is prevalent. The laser produces up to 5.8 W of CW...
SemiNex Corp.
Pulsed Fiber Lasers
Spectra-Physics has introduced two new pulsed fiber lasers, the VGEN-ISP-POD and the VGEN-QS-HE-100. The VGEN-ISP-POD (pictured) is an IR short-pulse master-oscillator power-amplifier fiber...
ArF Immersion Light Source
A new ArF immersion light source for semiconductor lithography from Cymer provides improvements in bandwidth, wavelength and energy stability to reduce process variability and increase yield over...
Cymer, Inc.
Machine Vision Cameras
Two new board-level cameras from IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH offer a USB 2.0 interface. Measuring 36 × 36 mm, the UV-1551LE and UV-1552LE feature 1/3-in. 2-MP CMOS sensors from...
IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

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