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Industrial Photonics: April 2014

Lasers Produce Bio-Inspired Surface Functions
Lasers can interact with matter in a variety of ways. Depending on the wavelength, the energy of the laser beam and a whole set of other parameters, such as pulse duration or repetition rate, laser photons have countless ways of mingling with the atoms, molecules and electrons weaving the fabric of matter. Scientists also have found countless ways to use these interactions, from spectroscopy to...
Arnaud Zoubir and Rainer Kling, Alphanov
Sensor Advances Help the Bottom Line
Industrial sensors expand spectral range, go 3-D, work better in harsh environments – and get cheaper, too. Getting a better sense of a situation can make cents – and even dollars....
Hank Hogan, Contributing Editor,
Vision Offers Control of a High-Power Laser Ablation Process
Using high-power lasers to remove coatings (paint) from aircraft surfaces offers a significant improvement in process efficiency and reduction of both consumables and waste streams. The ability of...
Dr. Michael Rigney, Southwest Research Institute
THz Technologies Offer Varied Options for Industry
Terahertz technologies – which use the band between 30 µm and 3 mm – are bulky and expensive systems, used mainly in R&D and lab applications, especially astrophysics. But great...
Thierry Robin and Clémentine Bouyé, Tematys
Fast Short-Pulse Lasers Enhance Surface Cleaning, Aluminum Welding Preparation
It is well-known within the laser community that the same technologies used for surface ablation and engraving can be applied for surface cleaning and coating removal of various types. However, the...
Sascha Weiler and Ramsey Cook, Trumpf Inc., and Jim Evangelista, Shiloh Industries Inc.

2014 Prism Awards recognize photonics innovation
Modernization and advancement were in the spotlight at the 2014 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation ceremony, which recognized nine companies from five countries on Feb. 5 at the SPIE Photonics West conference in San Francisco. Sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and Industrial Photonics publisher Photonics Media, the annual awards recognize photonic...
Development Pact to Enhance Semiconductor Packaging
A joint development agreement between SÜSS MicroTec and IBM Corp. has been extended to further develop technologies in advanced semiconductor packaging. SÜSS MicroTec Photonic Systems...
OSA Names New Chief Operating Officer
Sean Bagshaw has stepped into the role of chief operating officer for The Optical Society. He will continue on as chief information officer, a post he has held for the past five years. Since...
Cyros Receives 2014 AIA Achievement Award
Years of dedication to the vision and imaging industry have earned Michael Cyros, chief commercial officer of Allied Vision Technologies, the 2014 AIA Achievement award. Cyros received the...
Intevac Names Cho Executive VP
Intevac Inc. has appointed Jay C. Cho as executive vice president and general manager of its thin-film equipment division. Reporting directly to President and CEO Wendell Blonigan, Cho will...
Concept Laser Opens New Development Center
Concept Laser has opened a new development center at its headquarters, increasing its capacity for testing and advancement. The 600-m2 R&D lab facility enables further development of the...
Block Engineering Signs OEM Supply Agreement
Block Engineering has signed a long-term supply agreement with an unnamed provider of hardened, field-based systems in the oil and gas drilling industry. The agreement applies specifically to...
SPIE Hires Strategist
Photonics technology development veteran Bob Hainsey has joined the SPIE staff as science and technology strategist.  The former senior director of central research, development and...
CyberOptics Acquiring 3-D Metrology Firm
Sensors and inspection systems maker CyberOptics Inc. is acquiring Laser Design Inc. (LDI), a 3-D metrology company also based in Minneapolis, for $3 million in cash, CyberOptics said Tuesday. ...
Infinera Names Feller Senior VP of Finance
Photonic integrated circuit maker Infinera has appointed Brad Feller as senior vice president of finance. On March 1, he also will assume the position of chief financial officer, replacing Ita...
Laser Components Hires New Head of Optics Production
Laser Components GmbH has appointed Uwe Schallenberg as its new head of production for the optical technologies department. Schallenberg will lead feasibility studies for new designs and...
Ametek Signs Blue Scientific as UK Distributor
Ametek Inc. has signed Blue Scientific as its exclusive distributor of scientific instruments and software in the UK. Blue Scientific, a new UK-based distribution company that specializes in...
Laser Research Optics Offers Credit for Damaged Lenses
Laser Research Optics will offer a credit of up to 20 percent toward new CO2 lenses if purchasers return their damaged 1.5- and 2-in. zinc selenide lenses.  Laser Research Optics'...
Hamamatsu Factory in Beijing Completed
Construction of Building No. 2 at Hamamatsu Photonics KK’s Beijing subsidiary is now complete. Operations at the new facility, located at the Langfang factory, are scheduled to begin in...
LPKF Sole Owner of Slovenian Subsidiary
LPKF Laser & Electronics AG now owns 100 percent of the shares of its Naklo subsidiary, LPKF Laser & Elektronika d.o.o., having purchased the 25 percent still held by the company's...
Former Trumpf Exec to Lead Highyag
Highyag Laser Technology GmbH has appointed Dr. Ing. Holger Schlüter as its new managing director, the laser materials processing supplier said this week. Schlüter brings to his new...
Omega Engineering Opens Office in Brazil
Omega Engineering, a provider of process measurement and control products, held a grand opening Monday at its new office in the Campinas area of São Paulo, Brazil. Omega Engineering...
LightPath Forms Second China Subsidiary
Optical components manufacturer LightPath Technologies Inc. announced Tuesday that it has formed a second subsidiary in China. LightPath Optical Instrumentation (Zhenjiang) Co. Ltd. is located...
VDMA Photonics Forms Steering Committee
The German Engineering Association (VDMA) Photonics Forum has appointed high-ranking representatives from various sectors to a new, industry-led steering committee, the association announced this...
Iovis Selling Euresys Products in Korea
Machine vision components supplier Euresys expanded its distributor network in Korea with the appointment of Iovis Co. Ltd. earlier this year, the company said this week. Seoul-based Iovis...
OIPT Opens Office in India
To meet increased demand for its products, Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology (OIPT) has opened a direct sales and service office in India. The Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology India...
Aerotech Reaches $1B Shipping Milestone
Aerotech has surpassed the $1 billion mark in products shipped since the company’s inception in 1970, the motion control and positioning systems maker said recently. “We are...
Monroe Joins Vision Engineering
Scott Monroe has joined Vision Engineering Inc. as vice president of sales and marketing, the ergonomic microscope manufacturer announced recently. Monroe, who previously held sales positions...
Aussies Aim to Transform Manufacturing with Photonics
The University of Adelaide will work with local manufacturers to help them take advantage of emerging laser, sensor and other light-based technologies to transform their businesses under a two-year,...
Excelitas Technologies secures Lumen Dynamics
Optoelectronics maker Excelitas Technologies said it is strengthening its UV and LED capabilities by acquiring privately held Lumen Dynamics, the company announced Tuesday. Founded in 1984 and...

Vision, sensors to be applied to food industry
By the year 2030, food demand will grow by 40 percent. By 2050, that number will jump to 70 percent. Food security, sustainability and waste control are serious considerations when it comes to planning efficient food production to meet those needs. A new research group at the University of Lincoln intends to help in the cause. The Agri-Food Technology Research Group aims to develop new...
Improving food on the molecular scale
Making the lightest, most delicious birthday cake used to be a feat executed only by Grandma. Now, scientists are replacing culinary intuition with imaging techniques to improve the quality of...
Handheld mineral analyzer employs XRD and XRF
Efforts are under way to develop a handheld mineral analyzer for mining applications – the first of its kind. Allowing for rapid mineral identification and quantification in the field...
Machine vision offers glossy quality control
Machine vision has been widely used for quality control of industrial processes, but glossy-surface inspection has only been possible manually. Now, a new quality control system can analyze all kinds...
Sighted robots improve industrial productivity
Humans have often had to intervene in robotic assembly lines because of the technology’s inability to “see” certain objects that are not properly organized. A box of computer chair...

Optical Design Software
Zemax has introduced OpticStudio 14, the latest version of its software for designing 2-D and 3-D models of optical and illumination systems. Featuring a new graphics engine for design visualization and CAD-like control, the software features ribbon menus for finding tools and settings. OpticStudio 14 allows the user to create 2-D and 3-D models with dynamic cutting surfaces, and to view the...
Zemax LLC, Optical & Illumination Design Software
Ranging Laser Scanner
The TIM551 2-D ranging laser scanner from Sick sends information about surrounding contours via Ethernet using time-of-flight technology. Its applications include robotics, building automation,...
SICK, Inc.
X-Ray Detection
Teledyne Dalsa has added two new models to its Shad-o-Box x-ray detector line, the 3K and 6K HS. The sensors are suitable for applications such as industrial x-ray inspection, scientific imaging and...
Teledyne DALSA, Machine Vision OEM Components
Fiber Laser
NKT Photonics has released the Koheras Basik X15 ultralow-noise fiber laser for industrial applications such as seismic mapping for oil and gas, pipeline monitoring and security. The device...
NKT Photonics A/S
Laser Interferometer
4D Technology Corp. has introduced the AccuFiz 6-MP laser interferometer for measuring steep slopes, spheric and aspheric optics and molds, and small-diameter optics. The instrument has a 2400...
4D Technology Corporation
Picosecond Laser
Fianium has introduced the Hylase-25 high-energy picosecond laser for micromachining of semiconductors, dielectrics, metals and polymer materials. The device offers <20-ps pulse duration and...
Fianium UK Ltd.
Stereo Vision System
Hexagon Metrology’s WLS qFlash stereo vision system uses blue-light technology to capture 3-D measurements on the shop floor for industrial measurement applications. The portable system...
Hexagon Metrology Services Ltd.
Pulsed Lasers
A new family of pulsed lasers by Cobolt AB consists of two series: the Thor Q-switched diode-pumped solid-state (DPSS) laser series and the Odin compact, tunable mid-IR laser series. The Thor series...
Cobolt AB
Thin-Film Coatings
Precision Glass & Optics has released a line of optical thin-film coatings for imaging, display, projection, scanning, defense, biomedical, aerospace and other industrial instrumentation...
Precision Glass & Optics (PG&O)
CMOS Sensor
Point Grey Research Inc. has added Sony’s IMX174 2.3-MP global-shutter CMOS sensor to its Grasshopper3 line of USB3 Vision cameras, suitable for machine vision, industrial and scientific...
Point Grey Research Inc.
Inductive Sensor
Sick Inc. has launched the SAM inductive sensor for speed and acceleration monitoring in factory and logistics automation applications. The device gives both a raw pulse output and a...
SICK, Inc.
X-Y Stage
The KT230-EDLM linear positioning stage from Steinmeyer Inc. is driven by an ironless core three-phase linear motor and includes an electromagnetic brake as a safety feature in the event of a power...
Steinmeyer, Inc.
AC Servomotors
ElectroCraft’s EXC-Series AC servomotors, available from Ltd., incorporate electromagnetic components to create high continuous torques with low inertia for rapid acceleration in... Ltd.
Laser Fiber Packaging
OSI Laser Diode Inc. has introduced laser fiber packaging options for its CVD (chemical vapor deposition) high-power laser line. The packaging is suitable for use in optical sensors, cloud...
OSI Laser Diode Inc.
Compact Recorder
Mikrotron GmbH has released the MotionBlitz CVR compact versatile recorder for video capture in industrial and research applications. The device captures up to 12 s of 2336 × 1728-pixel...
Mikrotron GmbH
UV Laser Cutting Systems
LPKF Laser & Electronics has announced the MicroLine 2000 series UV laser cutting systems for printed circuit board depaneling, which will be available in early 2014. The series features a...
LPKF Laser & Electronics, Plastics Welding Div.
ID, Vision Products
Cognex Corp. has released Tire Solutions, a suite of products using proprietary machine vision, identification and bar-code-reading technologies for bar-code and low-contrast embossed character...
Cognex Corp.
Precision Laser
The LT-PLM-IRB series precision laser from Laser Components is suitable for applications requiring parallel beam alignment, including for machines or axes, for positioning machines in fixed mounts or...
Laser Components USA, Inc.
Fiber Laser
The Daytona-HE, a short-pulse, UV fiber laser from Coherent Inc., delivers 355-nm output with peak powers >45 kW (at repetition rates up to 525 kHz) and high pulse energies >70 µJ (at up...
Coherent Inc.
Brushless DC Servometers
Nanotec Electronic US Inc. has added the PD4-C/CB line of Plug & Drive integrated, brushless DC (BLDC) servomotors to its Nema 23 series. The devices provide field-oriented closed-loop...
Nanotec Electronic U.S., Inc.
Sapphire Optics
Meller Optics Inc. is offering sapphire in any configuration and grade, ranging from raw material to finished optics, for industrial applications. The sapphire is available in all material...
Meller Optics, Inc.

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