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Industrial Photonics: January 2014

FEATURES
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Vision Systems Automate Industrial Inspection
Industrial settings can often benefit greatly from machine vision technology. These industries often have been producing their goods the same way for many decades. Introducing machine vision systems can have dramatic effects, improving quality, reducing downtime, cutting waste and increasing revenues. Case studies in the aluminum, automotive components and lumber processing industries show how...
Dr. Ben Dawson, Teledyne Dalsa
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Selecting Industrial Laser Optics
This is the first feature article in a series and discusses a variety of extracavity optical laser components and their importance to laser operation and laser beam delivery. The second...
Ra’ef Mikhail, Edmund Optics
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Ultrafast Fiber, Disk Lasers Are Game Changers for Micromachining
When applying picosecond and femtosecond lasers for industrial applications, there isn’t just one ultrafast laser for all applications. Manufacturers need an ultrafast laser portfolio with...
Dr. Sascha Weiler, Trumpf Inc.
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3-D Profiling Advances Automation
There is a rapidly growing interest in using 3-D machine vision to address automation requirements, including new types of inspections. Many wildly differing techniques exist to obtain a 3-D scan of...
Pierantonio Boriero, Matrox Imaging
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Broad Range of Lasers Makes Materials-Processing Market Dynamic
Materials processing spans many industries and encompasses an ever-widening range of applications, supported in turn by a broad spectrum of lasers, including CO2, fiber, direct-diode, diode-pumped...
Frank Gäbler, Coherent Inc.
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Resistance Spot-Welding Gun Meets Fiber Laser
The high-volume production environment in the automotive industry is one where resistance spot welding and laser remote welding are well-established technologies. Both technologies have pros and...
Dr. Klaus Krastel and Holger Mamerow, IPG Laser GmbH
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Getting the Picture on Camera Selection
If seeing is believing, it’s easy to understand why industrial inspection needs vision. Imaging a part may be the only way to monitor production as it occurs and check final output quality....
Hank Hogan, Contributing Editor, hank.hogan@photonics.com


BUSINESS NEWS
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Gigaphoton, Mitsubishi Develop CO2 Drive Laser
Lithography light source manufacturer Gigaphoton Inc. has developed a high-power CO2 drive laser for extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) light sources with Mitsubishi Electric Corp., the company announced Monday. The laser demonstrated an average output level of 15 W, which is sufficient for production and represents another step toward realizing production-level EUV light sources, the companies said. ...
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Cascade Microtech Acquires ATT Systems
Semiconductor test equipment manufacturer Cascade Microtech Inc. has acquired thermal systems provider ATT Advanced Temperature Test Systems GmbH for €8.4 million in cash (about $11 million),...
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Sofradir, Onera Partner on IR Technology
A new partnership between IR detector maker Sofradir and an aerospace and defense research organization in France aims to develop disruptive technologies in IR detection. The five-year...
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e2v Appoints Blair as Chief Executive
Aerospace and defense company e2v has named Stephen Blair, formerly of Spectris, as its chief executive. He will join the company during the first quarter of 2014, with the exact date yet to be...
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Jenoptik Sells 200th Laser System for Airbags
Jenoptik’s Lasers & Material Processing Div. has sold its 200th laser perforating system, the company announced last week. The system will be used to create predetermined breaking points...
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CENSIS Appoints Interim CEO
CENSIS, a new innovation center for sensors and imaging systems based at the University of Glasgow, has named Dave Clark interim CEO, effective next month. Clark joins the center from Thales...
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PowerPhotonic Signs Distributor in Israel
PowerPhotonic has signed a deal with Lahat Technologies Ltd. to distribute its products in Israel, the precision laser micro-optics maker announced Friday. Founded in 2004 and headquartered...
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Zygo CEO Koliopoulos Steps Down
Zygo Corp. President, CEO and board chairman Dr. Chris L. Koliopoulos has left the company — effective immediately — Zygo announced this week. No reason was given for his...
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Newport Divesting Micro Robotics Systems Unit
Newport Corp. is selling its Micro Robotics Systems (MRSI) advanced packaging business for $6 million to a private investment group led by the local management team, the lasers and optical components...
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Ollivier Invited to Join EMVA Board
Michel Ollivier has been invited to join the board of the European Machine Vision Association (EMVA) as its seventh member, the organization announced recently. The invitation will be voted on by the...
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Camera Module Market to Reach $43B in 2019
Driven primarily by increasing application in smartphones and tablets, the global camera module market will grow nearly 20 percent a year for the next six years to reach $43 billion in 2019,...
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Potomac Photonics Adds UV Laser to Manufacturing Unit
Laser micromachining company Potomac Photonics has added another Coherent UV laser to its micromanufacturing unit, the company said this week. The laser will be optimized for laser micromachining...
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IDS Appoints UK Sales Director
IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH has named machine vision market veteran Steve Hearn as its new UK sales director, the industrial camera maker said this week. Hearn has more than 30...
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Photonics Innovators are Finalists for 2014 Prism Awards
Light-based products that detect hidden explosives or drugs, hyperspectrally image potential ground threats from the air, and push the boundaries of scientific exploration are among the finalists for...
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Adept Technology opens East Coast facility
Intelligent robots provider Adept Technology Inc. of Pleasanton, Calif., has officially opened its East Coast application and demonstration center in Amherst, N.H. The center allows its...


TECHNOLOGY NEWS
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Sensor-based system monitors component cleanliness
Manufacturers in a wide variety of industries have strict component cleanliness guidelines to follow, and a new camera-based measurement system called PuriCheck could help them live up to those...
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Laser sorting method can improve pepper seed quality
The high cost of vegetable crop seeds – especially hybrids – has led producers to seek out new precision seeding and transplant production systems. The quality of vegetable seed lots can...
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Laser process yields tougher dies for auto manufacturing
Making dies using deep drawing puts them under immense pressure, but using a laser to alloy their surfaces with filler material makes them more robust and resistant to wear – increasing their...
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Inspection validates additive-manufactured components
A series of systems that uses specially designed nondestructive testing techniques for rapid in-line inspection of laser-powder-deposited layers has important implications for the aerospace and...


PRODUCTS
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Leica Absolute Tracker AT402 Laser Tracker
The Leica Absolute Tracker AT402 from Hexagon Metrology is a portable 3-D laser tracking system suitable for large-volume, precision measurement applications in the aerospace, power generation, heavy equipment, and large components and assemblies manufacturing industries. The next-generation device features a simplified user interface with four predefined measurement profiles that adjust...
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Solar Cell Handling System
InnoLas Systems GmbH’s solar cell automatic handling system can load or unload one wafer per second, or 3600 per hour. Designed for the company’s ILS TT laser machines, the...
InnoLas Laser GmbH
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QS-7 OPD Optical Scanner
Nutfield Technology has introduced the QS-7 OPD galvanometer-based optical scanner for a variety of applications, including marking, imaging, microscopy and micromachining. The compact...
Nutfield Technology
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Suprema 1000M Grinding Machine
The Suprema 1000M cylindrical grinding machine from Jones and Shipman, a subsidiary of Hardinge Inc., features self-teach programming software for applications in tool-room, batch or high-volume...
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MagniStar Bi-Telecentric Lenses
The MagniStar line of C-mount bi-telecentric lenses from Navitar Inc. is suited for industrial measurement and inspection applications requiring improved precision and depth of field. The...
Navitar, Inc.
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Karbon-CXP2 Two-Link Frame Grabber
BitFlow Inc. has introduced the Karbon-CXP2 two-link frame grabber for one two-link camera or up to two single-link cameras in smaller vision systems. The device offers video acquisition...
BitFlow, Inc.
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EoSens CoaXPress Cameras
Mikrotron GmbH’s EoSens CoaXPress 3CXP, 4CXP, and 25CXP digital high-speed cameras enable new applications in quality assurance and process optimization, including laser triangulation, 3-D...
Mikrotron GmbH
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GEVA 3000 Vision System
Teledyne Dalsa, a Teledyne Technologies company, has added the GEVA 3000 to its line of vision systems for applications on the factory floor. The 0º to 45º fanless design reduces...
Teledyne DALSA, Machine Vision OEM Components
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Laser Damage Threshold Optical Coatings
Deposition Sciences Inc.’s new line of laser damage threshold (LDT) optical coatings features LDT levels up to 25 MW/cm2 for use with diode, diode-pumped solid-state and gas lasers. ...
Deposition Sciences Inc. (DSI), Aeronautics
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12-W PCB Depaneling Laser Source
LPKF Laser & Electronics has produced a higher-power laser source for its MicroLine family of UV laser circuit board depaneling systems. The new 12-W power source is suitable for thicker...
LPKF Laser & Electronics, Plastics Welding Div.
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Q-12A65 Quartz Camera
Adimec’s latest CMOS-based Quartz series camera, the Q-12A65, delivers 12 MP at 66 fps for demanding inspection and complex metrology systems. The image sensor provides uniform images...
Adimec Advanced Image Systems BV
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RFID Laser Cutting Sensor
Trumpf Inc. has enhanced its LensLine sensor system for 2-D laser cutting machines by combining it with a radio-frequency identification (RFID) lens for condition monitoring. The RFID lens is now a...
TRUMPF Inc.
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IQ1C75(505-80)G35 Laser Diode
The IQ1C75(505-80)G35 laser diode module from Power Technology Inc. is suitable for high-end OEM applications requiring output power stability and wavelength stability. The 505-nm instrument...
Power Technology, Inc.
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CO2 Laser Optics
Laser Research Optics is offering a line of direct field-replacement CO2 optics for lasers used in cutting high-temperature gaskets requiring clean edges. The components are compatible with various...
Laser Research Optics
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Diamond E-250 CO2 Laser
The Diamond E-250 CO2 laser from Coherent Inc. is suitable for a variety of materials processing applications, including converting, cutting, drilling, scribing, engraving and marking. The...
Coherent Inc.

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