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Industrial Photonics: January 2016

FEATURES
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New Technologies Enable Machine Vision to Reach New Horizons
When the GigE Vision camera-interface standard debuted on the market in 2006, it heralded a new level of simpler and more cost-effective connectivity for machine vision users. Unlike the analog...
ERIC CAREY, TELEDYNE DALSA
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Bringing a Third Dimension to Laser Materials Processing
The use of laser light for materials processing has become a standard practice with widespread use in industry. The basic idea is to focus a laser beam onto a fixed working plane and create a spot of...
DAVID STADLER AND JÖRG WERTLI, OPTOTUNE SWITZERLAND, AG
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Composite Pattern-Matching Algorithms Identify All the Good Parts
In many industries, manual inspection is being replaced by machine vision inspection technology for its higher speed and greater accuracy, which improves product quality and reduces production costs....
DAVID J. MICHAEL, COGNEX CORP.
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The Role of Machine Vision in the Automotive Industry
In the United States, Japan, South Korea, Germany and other European countries, the automotive industry plays a major role in the manufacturing sector. The industry is characterized by highly...
MAXIMILIAN LÜCKENHAUS, MVTEC SOFTWARE GMBH


BUSINESS NEWS
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Rudolph Receives Lithography Orders
Rudolph Technologies Inc. has received two orders for lithography systems: one from a repeat customer in the semiconductor industry, the other from a flat panel display manufacturer in China. ...
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Photomask Demand Drives Jump in Profits at Photronics
Photronics Inc. increased profits considerably in fiscal 2015, citing strong demand for photomasks for integrated circuit and flat panel display manufacturing. Net income for the fiscal year,...
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Glass-to-Metal Firm LTI Acquires Ceramics Manufacturer Remtec
Remtec Inc., a manufacturer of ceramics for photonics applications, has been acquired by Legacy Technologies Inc. (LTI), which manufactures glass-to-metal seal hermetic packages, precision quartz...
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Imatest, Ismedia Partner for Manufacturing Test Machines
Software developer Imatest LLC has partnered with Ismedia, a South Korean digital imaging test machine manufacturer, to provide a range of customizable test machines capable of image quality analysis...
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LG Display to Build $1.6B OLED Plant in Korea
LG Display has committed an initial 1.84 trillion KRW (about $1.6 billion) to construct an organic LED (OLED) display panel production facility called P10 in the city of Paju. The initial...
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Gary Bishop Appointed Executive VP of Photonics at Dynasil
Dynasil Corp. of America has appointed Gary J. Bishop executive vice president of photonics. "We expect his leadership in this new position will be transformational for our optics group," said...
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SPI UK Sells CO2 Lasers Business to Suzhou Tianhong
SPI Lasers UK Ltd., a subsidiary of the Trumpf Group, has sold its CO2 laser business to Suzhou Tianhong Laser Co. Ltd. for an undisclosed sum. SPI Lasers acquired the established CO2 laser...
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Heliatek Wins Renewable Energy Design Award for PV Film
Heliatek GmbH, a developer of photovoltaic thin films, received the 2015 Renewable Energy Design Award at the Elektra European Electronics Industry Awards. "We are delighted to receive this...
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Headwall, Bratney to Collaborate on Food Imaging
Hyperspectral imagers from Headwall Photonics Inc. will be integrated into machine vision systems for food handling from Bratney Companies of Des Moines, Iowa. Bratney's systems help sort and...
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3D Printing Firm Prodways Acquires Exceltec for Polymer Laser Sintering Materials
Prodways, a subsidiary of Groupe Gorgé, has acquired Exceltec SARL of Lyon, a company specializing in the development and distribution of polymer materials for industrial 3D printing using...


TECHNOLOGY NEWS
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Gigaphoton EUV Scanner Operates Stably for 24 Hours
Gigaphoton Inc. said it has achieved continuous operation and stable emission with an extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) light source scanner, a laser-produced plasma light source prototype with an output of 108 W and an average energy stability of 0.5 percent. "Our ability to succeed with continuous operation for 24 hours at an output of 108 W indicates that we are close to completing an EUV light...
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Terahertz Source Inspects Bridge Components
Terahertz waves could be especially useful in the safety inspection of bridges that use prestressed concrete (PC) steel wires hidden inside external cables covered by resin jackets. That's the...
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Technique Sinters Thin Films at Lower Temps
A revised approach to the process of photonic sintering could advance thin films for solar cells, flexible electronics, sensors and other printed technologies by decreasing the temperature required...
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Hyperspectral IR Camera Measures Air's Methane Content
A hyperspectral IR camera sensitive to methane in the air could help measure and monitor greenhouse gases. The camera, developed by a team from the universities of Linköping and Stockholm,...
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Laser Cools Liquid for First Time
A near-infrared laser has been used to cool water by more than 10 °C in what is believed to be the first instance of laser cooling in a liquid. A team of researchers from the University of...
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Raman Microscope Probes Semiconductor Defects
Using Raman microscopy to study flaws in the crystal structure of semiconductors could lead to better epitaxial growth processes that would make the materials more energy efficient when used in...
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German Partnership to Modify Laser Welding for Shipbuilding
The nonprofit research institute Lazer Zentrum Hannover eV (LZH) will work with industry partners and scientists to solve the challenges of joining steel and aluminum in maritime construction. To...


EDITORIAL
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Big Changes in Little Time
Two years ago we launched Industrial Photonics with the goal of covering the rapidly changing light-based technologies used in industrial settings and processes. Even during the short time between then and now, manufacturers have seen huge advancements in laser, sensor, machine vision and automation technologies, which remain the core focus of this publication. Without question, the coming years...
JAMES SCHLETT, EDITOR, james.schlett@photonics.com


PRODUCTS
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Faraday Isolators
Qioptiq Photonics GmbH & Co. KG, an Excelitas Technologies Corp. company, has announced the FI-LO series of low-outgassing Faraday isolators, protecting lasers from back reflections. The...
Qioptiq Photonics GmbH & Co. KG
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Dome Lights
Smart Vision Lights has announced the DDL dome light line, designed for use with optical character recognition codes on reflective or round surfaces. The lights read code and imperfections on...
Smart Vision Lights
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IP Core Package
Pleora Technologies Inc. has announced the iPORT NTx-Gigabit Ethernet IP core package, including support for field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) from Xilinx and Altera. The machine vision...
Pleora Technologies Inc.
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GigE, USB Cameras
IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH has announced the Gigabit Ethernet UI-5260CP Rev 2 and USB3 UI-3260CP Rev 2 cameras. Both feature the Sony Pregius IMX249 CMOS sensor, which features 1920...
IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH
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Femtosecond Laser
The Rapid FX femtosecond laser from Coherent Inc. is designed for precision micromachining of metal, glass, sapphire, ceramic and other dielectric materials. The solid-state laser delivers...
Coherent Inc.
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Digital Microscope
The DSX500 digital microscope from Olympus Corp. combines traditional microscopy with digital technology for industrial quality-control labs. A live image can be displayed using...
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Machine Vision Software
MVTec Software GmbH has announced the Merlic 2, an all-in-one solution for building machine vision applications without programming. The Merlic Engine interface enables users to creative...
MVTec Software GmbH
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Area Scan Cameras
The Spark SP-12000-CXP4 color and Spark SP-12000M-CXP4 monochrome industrial area-scan cameras from JAI AS are both based on the Cmosis 12-MP CMOS sensor. The devices deliver frame rates of 189...
JAI A/S
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Digital Deflection Unit
Raylase AG has announced the new AXIALSCAN-50HP DIGITAL deflection unit, offering large-field processing in X, Y and Z dimensions, and enabling laser-materials processing. With feedback...
RAYLASE AG
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Optical Mount
The MFM-050-HR compact flexure optical mount from Newport Corp. offers greater adjustment sensitivity and stability than its predecessor while retaining a compact size. The mount is designed for...
Newport Corporation
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Frame Grabbers
Axion-CL frame grabbers for BitFlow Inc. are compatible with every high-speed, high-performance Camera Link camera. The frame grabbers can acquire from up to two 80-bit/85 MHz cameras...
BitFlow, Inc.
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Bin Picker
Using 3D vision technology, the Mini-Picker from Blue Ocean Robotics LLC is a bin picking system for use with small industrial parts. The system is available with the UR5 collaborative robot...
Blue Ocean Robotics LLC
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Vapor Deposition System
The Vertex physical vapor deposition system from Intevac Inc. is optimized to apply a protective, thin film coating over glass for display devices. The system's architecture implements a...
Intevac Photonics, Inc.
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Industrial Fiber Lasers
Industrial fiber lasers in the alta prime series from nLight Corp. are available with output powers from 500 W to 1 kW for advanced industrial metal cutting and welding applications. Featuring...
nLIGHT Corp.
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High-Speed Cameras
Vision Research Inc. has announced the Miro LAB-Series of digital high-speed cameras for laboratory and office applications. Part of the Phantom Miro line, models in the series range from 1 to...
Vision Research Inc., Phantom Digital High-Speed Cameras
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Optical Parametric Oscillators
Angewandte Physik und Elektronik GmbH has announced a scientific laser platform based on fully automated, synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillators (OPOs). Featuring redeveloped...
A.P.E Angewandte Physik & Elektronik GmbH
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Multilaser Engine
Toptica Photonics Inc. has announced the iChrome SLE multilaser engine, a field-upgradeable, eight-color laser engine for multicolor microscopy and other biophotonic applications. The iChrome...
TOPTICA Photonics, Inc.
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Interferometric Thickness Gauges
The 137 series of interferometric thickness gauges from Bristol Instruments Inc. measures absolute thickness to an accuracy of ±1 μm with a repeatability of ±0.05 μm. The...
Bristol Instruments, Inc.

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