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Industrial Photonics: July 2014

Laser-Power Measurement Solves Challenges for Materials Processing
The days of finicky, unstable, high-maintenance laser systems are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Legacy laser systems are being replaced with better sources, components and total systems, bringing more robust laser processes to production environments. It’s an amazing time to be alive when technology rapidly changes and enhances our lives in so many ways. The digitalization of...
John McCauley, Ophir Photonics
Lasers Power Improved Materials Processing
For lasers, materials can present a manufacturing challenge. Polymers may be best processed with light of a particular wavelength, while metals may respond best to a specific power density. No matter...
Hank Hogan, Contributing Editor,
Not All Beams Are Created Equal
The first feature article in this series (“Selecting Industrial Laser Optics,” January 2014, pp. 11-13) discussed a variety of extracavity optical laser components and their importance to...
Ra’ef, Mikhail, Edmund Optics
Ultrashort-Pulse Lasers Take the Heat Out of Materials Processing
Ultrashort-pulse (USP) lasers have, since the late 1990s, been an exciting technology looking for opportunities to gain mass market application in industrial materials processing. In recent years, a...
Andrew May, Rofin-Baasel UK Ltd.
CMOS Sensors Boost High-End Industrial Vision
Image capture of real-world scenes – and blending it with virtual information represented as visual patterns – is vital in a growing number of industrial and consumer applications. It is...
Peter Willems, CMOSIS
Vision-Enabled Robots Improve Automation
Thanks to falling prices, better hardware and improved software, vision-enabled robots are increasingly found in smaller and smaller automation and manufacturing operations, where they improve...
Greg Raciti, Faber Industrial Technologies, and Steve Zhu, Teledyne Dalsa
Test Your Industrial LCD/LED User-Interface IQ
LCD and LED technologies have grown rapidly in popularity for industrial control applications over the past five years. Although many of the benefits of LCD and LED technologies – energy...
Yasoob Ahmed, Lumex

Photonics groups awarded $1M for manufacturing
Two initiatives dedicated to expanding the use of photonics in U.S. manufacturing have received grants totaling more than $1 million from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The Consortium for Integrated Photonic Systems Manufacturing, a project of the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative, received a $539,990 NIST grant to address hardware and technology...
LME shines spotlight on industrial lasers
The Laser Institute of America will hold its fourth annual Lasers for Manufacturing Event (LME) Sept. 23-24 at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Illinois. New names will join familiar faces...
Display Sales Buoy Coherent in Q2
Coherent Inc. reported a nearly 31 percent increase in earnings to $15.3 million from its first fiscal quarter to its second, citing demand for flat-panel displays. The company had net sales of...
Newport: Almost 11 Percent Sales Increase in Q1
Newport Corp. closed the first quarter of 2014 with sales at $146.9 million, an increase of 10.8 percent over the same quarter last year. The advanced technology firm’s quarterly earnings were...
Molecular Spectroscopy Market Expected to Hit $5.9B by 2018
The molecular spectroscopy market is expected to grow to $5.9 billion by 2018, according to the research firm MarketsandMarkets. The industry was valued at $4.3 billion in 2013, and is in a...
Dramatic Growth Projected for IC Market
The photonic integrated circuit (PIC) market should see significant growth over the next five years at an annual rate of 31.3 percent, according to a new report by Transparency Market Research. ...
Flir, ING to Create Aerial IR Inspection Methods
Flir Systems Canada is partnering with ING Robotic Aviation to develop robotic aircraft and new techniques for infrared inspections. The new technology will allow for aerial industrial infrared...
Ghent University Offers Silicon Photonics Summer School
Silicon photonics is an increasingly important area of research and technology, making ongoing education crucial for those in the industry. A Silicon Photonics Summer School will bring together...
Ametek Set to Acquire Zygo Corp.
Ametek Inc. is poised to acquire Zygo Corp. for roughly $280 million. The deal was unanimously approved by Zygo’s board of directors but must still be approved by regulators and Zygo's...
Teledyne Technologies Acquires Photon Machines
Teledyne Technologies Inc. and its subsidiary, Teledyne Instruments Inc., have acquired Photon Machines Inc. (PMI). Specific terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition will...
ON Semiconductor to Purchase Truesense Imaging
ON Semiconductor will acquire Truesense Imaging Inc. for $92 million. Truesense Imaging will be incorporated into ON Semiconductor’s Application Products Group. The merger will expand...

Mobile Robots to Support Plane Manufacturing
Man and machine will soon be working in tandem to safely manufacture airplanes. The Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation has developed a mobile robot that moves...
Solid-State UV Lamp Offers Sterilization Alternative
A new solid-state UV lamp could provide a cheaper and safer option for surface sterilization. Developed by a team from the Nagoya Institute of Technology, the lamp is said to achieve the...
High-Speed Optics Enable Inline Strip Product Inspections
A new optical inspection system examines strip products like wire, pipe and rail much faster than any human ever could. The Wire-AOI wire inspection system uses four cameras collectively to...
Laser Vision Keeps Eye on Industrial Fluids
New laser machine vision systems can monitor the condition of lubricating and hydraulic oils, as well as other fluids in industrial installations without interrupting operations. “A great...

Building an Ecosystem
Getting a gadget in hand may be only the first step in solving a problem. A further requirement could be a whole supporting ecosystem, including other products with unique capabilities. A case in point turned up recently in Industrial Photonics’ online forum, where a user going by the handle “werdna” sought help in making a projector. When contacted about the request,...
Hank Hogan, Contributing Editor,

Building a Community
It has long been a goal of business-to-business publishers, including Photonics Media, to serve as a resource to the industries they serve. As part of our continuing mission, we launched Industrial Photonics to support an important segment that is working to understand, develop and integrate lasers and other photonic technologies into a variety of manufacturing and other processes. We continue to...
Karen A. Newman, Group Publisher,

Continuous Position Sensor
Released by Opto Diode Corp., the ODD-SXUV-DLPSD duolateral UV/EUV (extreme UV) submicron position resolution sensor is suited for advanced lithography applications. The device provides a stable...
Opto Diode Corporation
Acousto-Optic Modulators
A range of visible wavelength fiber coupled acousto-optic modulators from Gooch & Housego offer performance in microscopy and instrumentation applications. The devices demonstrate high PER...
Gooch & Housego (UK) Ltd.
Fiber Laser Isolator
With a monolithic design for beam pointing stability, the SLC 30W Fiber Laser Isolators from Electro-Optics Technology protect pulsed fiber lasers from back reflections during marking and engraving...
Electro-Optics Technology, Inc.
Infrared Camera
Made for high temperature applications in the metal industry, the Pyroview 512N infrared camera from Dias Infrared allows for non-contact temperature measurement at temperatures up to 1500 °C. ...
DIAS Infrared Corp.
Frame Grabber
The Karbon CL4-SP frame grabber by BitFlow is designed to work with 80-bit, 85 MHz cameras on machine vision and medical imaging applications. Featuring a highly configurable acquisition...
BitFlow, Inc.
Shutter Sensor
The OV6211 global shutter sensor by OmniVision Technologies Inc. is suited for space-constrained machine and computer vision applications. It is designed for applications such as laptops,...
Omnivision Technologies, Inc.
Optical Coatings
Thin film solderable coatings and face metallization coatings from Deposition Sciences Inc. are available on a wide variety of substrates with wafer-scale patterning. The coatings are enabled...
Deposition Sciences Inc. (DSI), Aeronautics
UV Boards
LumiBright UV Boards from Innovations in Optics offer maximized heat, current spreading and open platform flexibility for high-power UV LED applications. LumiBright UV Boards feature a...
Innovations in Optics, Inc.
High-Speed Strobe Lights
Smart Vision Lights has introduced the XR256 Series high-speed strobe light for industrial and machine vision applications. The light is capable of up to 5000 strobes per second and has a...
Smart Vision Lights
Galvo Scanner Option
Laser Mechanisms has introduced a galvo scanner option for laser applications. It offers high speed and accuracy in a compact package. Available for up to 20-mm diameter beams, the unit...
Laser Mechanisms, Inc.
Fiber Optic Sensor
Micronor introduces the MR-330 series fiber optic system for applications in automation. The fiber optic absolute position sensor system features 14-bit single-turn resolution. It offers...
Micronor Inc.
Direct Diode Lasers
TeraDiode has announced the TeraBlade series, a line of multi-kilowatt, ultra-high brightness, direct diode lasers for metal cutting and welding. The TeraBlade platform pairs semiconductor...
TeraDiode, Inc.
CO2 Lasers
Coherent Inc. has introduced a range of CO2 lasers in its Diamond J-Series for applications in system integration. The lasers feature a common mechanical, electrical, optical, software and...
Coherent Inc.
Micromachining System
IPG Photonics Corp. has introduced the IX-200-F, a fiber laser micromachining system for general-purpose, R&D and batch-scale production applications. The multifunction system can be...
IPG Photonics Corporation
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.
UV Laser
Photonics Industries has released the DSH-355-25 high-power UV laser for micromachining applications such as flexible printed circuit board cutting and wafer scribing. The laser delivers up to...
Photonics Industries International, Inc.
DPSS Laser
RPMC Lasers has introduced Bright Solutions’ SOL diode-dumped solid-state (DPSS) laser for applications including plastics and metals marking and machining, lidar and rangefinding, and...
RPMC Lasers Inc.
CO2 Lasers
Kern Technologies LLC has announced its LightWave line of pulsed CO2 lasers for industrial applications. The 100-, 150- and 200-W lasers offer a rise/fall time of 50 µs or less and...
Kern Technologies LLC, Industrial CO2 Lasers
Terahertz Spectrometer
Menlo Systems has introduced the Tera K15 Mark II fiber-coupled terahertz time-domain spectrometer for applications such as materials analysis and inspection in the plastics, paper, food processing,...
Menlo Systems Inc.
Optical Micrometer
The LS-9000 multiaxis optical micrometer by Keyence Corp. is dedicated to diameter inspection in high-throughput industrial applications. Featuring a newly designed LED system and CMOS, it...
KEYENCE Microscopes
UV, Green DPSS Lasers
Spectra-Physics, a Newport company, has introduced the Talon family of UV and green Q-switched diode-pumped solid-state (DPSS) lasers for micromachining applications. The lasers provide 24/7...
Beam Monitoring System
Ophir Photonics has announced the newest version of BeamWatch, a noncontact focus-spot size and position monitor for high-power YAG and fiber lasers used in materials processing applications such as...
Ophir - Spiricon LLC, Photonics
Imaging Colorimeter
The ProMetric I2 imaging colorimeter by Radiant Zemax is suitable for color and luminance uniformity testing in flat panel displays, light measurement and characterization of LED products, and other...
Radiant Vision Systems, Test and Measurement
UV Laser Marker
The V.0020-uv UV laser marker from FOBA achieves high-contrast marks on various plastics and highly sensitive materials and substrates, such as aircraft cables, translucent or colored tubes, medical...
FOBA Laser Marking & Engraving
Settings Calculator
The LaserU Settings Calculator by LaserBits Inc. helps users determine the correct settings needed to engrave a job. After the name of the laser manufacturer, the wattage and the substrate are...
Microhole Drilling Service
Advanced Laser Technologies now offers a custom laser drilling service specializing in the fabrication of components requiring microholes. The process produces distortion- and stress-free holes...
Advanced Laser Technologies

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