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Omron to Acquire Motion Control Firm Delta Tau
KYOTO, Japan, July 31, 2015 — Industrial automation firm Omron Corp. plans to a 100 percent stake in Delta Tau Data Systems Inc. of Chatsworth, Calif., maker of motion control systems used in semiconductor and LCD manufacturing. The deal is expected to close in early September. Established in 1976, Delta Tau has 178 employees and offices in China, India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland and the U.K. Omron develops image-processing sensors and other input devices, as well as servo drives and...

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Latest Research, Technologies Slated for SPIE Optics + Photonics 2015
Jul. 31, 2015 — SPIE Optics + Photonics 2015, to be held Aug. 9-13 in San Diego, is the largest international, multidisciplinary optical sciences and technology meeting in North America, featuring the latest research in optical engineering and applications,...
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Zimon Norlin Named Service Manager at Ocean Optics
DUNEDIN, Fla., July 31, 2015 — Ocean Optics Inc. has appointed Zimon Norlin as service and operations manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Norlin will lead manufacturing, service and logistics in the regional sales office in Ostfildern, Germany, and will be in...

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Chip-Scale Laser Produces White Light
TEMPE, Ariz., July 31, 2015 — Able to produce white light, a chip-scale semiconductor laser brings the technology one step closer to becoming a mainstream light source and potential alternative to LEDs. Brighter and more energy efficient than LEDs, the laser design could...
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Laura Murphy Named Chief Financial Officer at Faro
LAKE MARY, Fla., July 30, 2015 — Laura A. Murphy has been appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer at Faro Technologies Inc. Murphy previously served as vice president for finance and health care compliance solutions at Stericycle Inc. a medical waste...

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Laser Components Opens Pyro Group Facility
STUART, Fla., July 30, 2015 — Laser Components USA Inc., part of the international Laser Components Group, has announced the opening of its new pyroelectric detector production facility. One year after acquiring the manufacturing site and the staff of Microwatt...
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Labor Secretary, Legislators Visits LNA Laser Technology
PAWTUCKET, R.I., July 30, 2015 — U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez visited LNA Laser Technology LLC recently for discussions on paid leave, a tour of the facility and a demonstration of robotic laser marking. U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez with LNA Laser Technology...

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Gooch & Housego Wins £364 to Develop 'Freeze Ray'
TORQUAY, England, July 30, 2015 — Gooch & Housego PLC has been awarded £364,000 (about $569,000) in U.K. funding to lead development of a miniature, high-power fiber system for laser cooling in practical environments. The Freeze-Ray project also involves e2v...
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Physik Instrumente Expands to Silicon Valley
SAUSALITO, Calif., July 29, 2015 — PI (Physik Instrumente) LP has expanded its reach to Silicon Valley. The company, a subsidiary of Physik Instrumente (PI) GmbH & Co. KG of Germany, is headquartered in Auburn, Mass., and said its new facility in Sausalito, Calif., will be...

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Jenoptik Taps New Supervisory Board Members; Wierlacher Named Chairman
JENA, Germany, July 29, 2015 — The Jenoptik AG supervisory board has elected Matthias Wierlacher as chairman. He succeeds Rudolf Humer, who stepped down June 30. Meanwhile, the company added two new supervisor board members, Evert Dudok and Doreen Nowotne. Wierlacher,...
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New 'Smart Window' Materials Allow Faster Switching
AUSTIN, Texas, July 28, 2015 — Nanocrystal-based windows that selectively block different wavelengths of sunlight could help keep homes cool but still well lit — or warm but dark. The technology has taken a major step toward commercialization because it blocks up to...

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Lasers Transform Drug into More Useful Form
SUITA, Japan, July 28, 2015 — Exposure to laser light may make one type of anti-inflammatory drug more effective. Researchers at Osaka University used lasers to induce selective crystallization of the metastable form of indomethacin. The exposed drug remains in that form...
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Trumpf Sales, Orders Climb 5%
DITZINGEN, Germany, July 27, 2015 — Sales and orders increased by approximately 5 percent in the last fiscal year at Trumpf GmbH + Co. KG. The company said its preliminary calculations showed total sales of €2.723 billion (about $3.02 billion), compared to €2.584...

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Integrated Photonics Center to Spur US Competitiveness
ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 27, 2015 — From creating jobs locally to boosting America's technological competitiveness abroad, a national photonics institute to be established here already aspires to some lofty goals. Vice President Joe Biden visited "the optics capital of the...
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Plasmonic Device Achieves 90-GHz Switching
DURHAM, N.C., July 27, 2015 — Able to flip on and off 90 billion times a second, a new plasmonic light emitter could form the basis of optical computing. "This is something that the scientific community has wanted to do for a long time," said Duke University professor...

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Light Polarization Reveals Chiral Side of Silicon
PHILADELPHIA, July 24, 2015 — Polarized light can bring out an unexpected electrical property in silicon, potentially unlocking new possibilities for computing. University of Pennsylvania researchers examining a silicon device caused current to flow in one direction by...
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IDS, Stemmer Imaging to End Machine Vision Partnership
OBERSULM, Germany, July 24, 2015 — Industrial camera manufacturer IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH and Stemmer Imaging Ltd. of Tongham, England, have decided to end their partnership. The companies said the market landscape for industrial cameras has changed in recent years...

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Microlasers Track Cells from the Inside
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland, July 24, 2015 — Embedded microlasers could allow scientists to track and distinguish between large numbers of cells simultaneously. Two laboratories have published results independently, each showing that cells can absorb whispering gallery mode resonators...
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Fluorescent Mesh Aids Tissue Regrowth
LINKÖPING, Sweden, July 22, 2015 — Polymer fibers provide a mesh for tissue growth that can be monitored through near-infrared fluorescence imaging. Originally developed for solar cells, the material, called TQ1, exhibits fluorescent lifetimes in the subnanosecond range, which...

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Selective Laser Micromelting Creates Medical Implants
HANNOVER, Germany, July 22, 2015 — Selective laser micromelting enables processing of new materials that could be useful in medical implants. An electrode head coated with platinum-iridium using selective laser micromelting. Courtesy of Laser Zentrum Hannover. Researchers...
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Saki America Relocates from San Jose to Fremont
FREMONT, Calif., July 22, 2015 — Chip inspection firm Saki America Inc. has relocated from San Jose to Fremont. The new office will serve as a sales, training, service and applications support center for Saki's 2D and 3D automated optical, solder paste and x-ray inspection...

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Intevac Receives Deposition System Order from Display Manufacturer
SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 22, 2015 — Intevac Inc. says a new, Tier 1 display customer has ordered a VERTEX physical vapor deposition system, used to provide enhanced scratch protection on mobile device displays, camera lenses and glass covers. Scheduled to ship in the fourth...
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Microlens Array Spawns Massive Microscope Image
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 21, 2015 — A new multispectral device is said to have produced the largest microscope image ever, combining 13 color channels gathered by thousands of microlenses into a nearly 17-gigapixel picture. Able to rapidly process very large amounts of...

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NASA Awards $15M HSI Contract to Teledyne Brown Engineering
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., July 21, 2015 — Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc. will integrate a hyperspectral imaging (HSI) instrument into a new Earth observation platform for the International Space Station under a $15 million contract with NASA. The Multi-User System for Earth Sensing...
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Optical Glucose Sensor on Commercial Path
LEEDS, England, July 17, 2015 — A University of Leeds spin-off company is seeking to commercialize an optical glucose sensor that could make finger-prick blood tests unnecessary for people with diabetes. Glucosense Diagnostics Ltd. intends to make tabletop and wearable...






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