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Konica Minolta Eyes Automated Inspection Market with Acquisition of Radiant Vision Systems
TOKYO, June 24, 2015 — Konica Minolta Inc. said it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Radiant Vision Systems LLC of Redmond, Wash., a provider of test and measurement equipment for the flat panel display industry. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. It is expected to be finalized in August, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval. Radiant offers custom test and measurement systems and provides turnkey systems that combine CCD-based colorimeters or photometers with...

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Aicon 3D Completes Acquisition of Breuckmann
BRAUNSCHWEIG, Germany, June 4, 2015 — Optical metrology firm Aicon 3D Systems GmbH has completed the acquisition of scanner manufacturer Breuckmann GmbH of Meersburg. Aicon acquired 100 percent of Breuckmann's shares in 2012 and first continued it as wholly owned subsidiary. Since...
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Weiss Named General Manager of Gooch & Housego's Orlando Facility
ORLANDO, Fla., June 4, 2015 — Frank Weiss has been named general manager for Gooch & Housego PLC's operations in Orlando. Previously Weiss was vice president of advanced systems at Emcore Corp., with business responsibility for R&D, operations and marketing of...

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Mitutoyo Opens Massachusetts Facility
AURORA, Ill., May 7, 2015 — Mitutoyo America Corp. has opened a new M3 Solution Center in Marlborough, Mass. The new 7600-square-foot facility is designed for metrology product demonstrations and customer assistance, as well as product and educational training seminars....
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Faro Acquires Kubit, Opens New Manufacturing Plant
LAKE MARY, Fla., March 9, 2015 — Laser-scanning company Faro has acquired another software firm and opened a new manufacturing plant. Faro acquired Kubit GmbH of Dresden, Germany, and U.S. distributor Kubit USA Inc. for an undisclosed price.  Kubit’s...

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CyberOptics Looks to Break Even in 2015
MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 19, 2015 — Optical metrology firm CyberOptics Corp. said it expects sales growth of at least 10 percent and a break-even operating result in the year ahead after introducing new products and cutting losses in 2014. Full-year revenues totaled $46.5...
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Prism Award Winners Recognized at Photonics West
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 12, 2015 — From 3-D-printed optics to novel laser systems to mobile medical diagnostics and chemical sensors, nine cutting-edge products were recognized Wednesday during the Photonics West trade show with Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. Sponsored...

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Spectroscopic Test Improves Photonic Chips
SOUTHAMPTON, England, Nov. 26, 2014 — A technique called ultrafast photomodulation spectroscopy (UPMS) could help not only with testing and characterization of photonic chips, but in making them more reliable and robust. Made from silicon, photonic chips are a key component in the...
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Radiant Zemax Sells Optical Design Software Business
REDMOND, Washington, Oct. 29, 2014 — Radiant Zemax has sold its Zemax optical design software business unit to Arlington Capital Partners. The sale price was not disclosed. Vice President Dr. Mark Nicholson has been named CEO of the stand-alone Zemax business. The Radiant...

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German Photonics Forum Adds New Leaders
FRANKFURT, Germany, Oct. 14, 2014 — The Photonics Forum of the German Engineering Association (VDMA) recently added four new members to its steering committee. The new members are: Bernd Lange of LPKF Laser & Electronics AG, Dr. Armin Renneisen of Rofin-Sinar Laser GmbH, Dr....
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LightPath Caps ‘Year of Investment’
ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 3, 2014 — LightPath Technologies Inc. closed the books June 30 on fiscal 2014 with a net loss of $313,000 following what it called “a year of investment in our future.” The loss compared with net income of $215,000 in fiscal 2013....

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Yenista Opens US Office
LANNION, France, Aug. 12, 2014 — Yenista Optics has opened a sales support and repair center in Newbury Park, Calif. The office will support Yenista’s test equipment for semiconductor manufacturers developing silicon photonic and dense wavelength division multiplexing...
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Faro Reports Profits, Acquires Software Firm
LAKE MARY, Fla., July 31, 2014 — Faro Technologies Inc. recently announced strong earnings and sales results, as well as a new acquisition. The 3-D measurement and imaging firm’s net income increased 74.3 percent to $6.3 million in the second quarter of 2014 from $3.6...

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Army Develops Multiwavelength Laser, Countermeasure
ADELPHI, Md., July 29, 2014 — A new optical system aims to protect soldiers using magnification optics against eye-damaging multiwavelength lasers. Developed by a team from the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), the device is...
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Hexagon Acquires Vero Software
STOCKHOLM, July 22, 2014 — Hexagon AB, a provider of design, measurement and visualization technologies, has acquired Vero Software. Vero, of Cheltenham, England, produces computer-aided manufacturing software that will be integrated into Hexagon’s new metrology...

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Fluorescence Sensor Diagnoses Diabetes
STANFORD, Calif., July 17, 2014 — A microchip that detects fluorescent signatures of antibodies associated with Type 1 diabetes could aid in prevention and early intervention. Created by a team from the Stanford University School of Medicine, the portable gold plasmonic...
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Labsphere Inc. Opens Stratosphere Software
NORTH SUTTON, N.H., July 16, 2014 — Labsphere Inc. has created the spinoff Stratosphere Software to cater to test and measurement hardware companies. Dr. Peter Weitzman has been named general manager. Stratosphere will build off of Labsphere’s Integral software platform...

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LMI Acquires GFMesstechnik
VANCOUVER, June 23, 2014 — 3-D scanning and inspection firm LMI Technologies has acquired GFMesstechnik GmbH of Berlin, a supplier of 3-D metrology products. The purchase price was not disclosed. LMI said it will absorb GFM’s 30 employees. The acquisition...
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Brain-Mapping Device Aids PTSD Study
ARLINGTON, Texas, June 20, 2014 — A portable brain-mapping device based on NIR spectroscopy could help advance understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Further study of the disorder, which can greatly hinder sufferers’ memory and learning abilities,...

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Eagleyard Consolidates North American Distribution with TeraComm
BERLIN, June 4, 2014 — Eagleyard Photonics GmbH has severed ties with distributor Market Tech Inc., awarding North American sales and distribution contracts to TeraComm LLC and its spinoff XSoptix LLC. Market Tech has been eagleyard’s distributor in the...
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PhotoScribe Patents Diamond Assessment System
NEW YORK, June 3, 2014 — A newly patented technology claims to quantify the beauty of diamonds by registering how they interact with light. An enlarged, sectional view of an annular support for light sources facing a table of a gemstone. PhotoScribe...

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Waterloo Professor Wins Award for Optics Research
WATERLOO, Ontario, Canada, June 3, 2014 — The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) and the National Optics Institute have awarded Melanie Campbell the 2014 Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics. The award recognizes Campbell’s numerous contributions to the...
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Optogenetic Method Erases, Reactivates Memories
SAN DIEGO, June 2, 2014 — A new light-based technique could essentially control memories, showing potential for treating brain-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. A team from the University of California, San Diego, has discovered how to use...

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Report: Solar Panels from China Not So Green
EVANSTON, Ill., and LEMONT, Ill., May 30, 2014 — With fewer environmental standards for factories and more electricity generated from non-renewable sources, China’s carbon footprint is about twice as large as Europe’s. This makes China’s manufacturing of energy-saving tools, such...
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Rotational Sensor Exploits Polarization
ERLANGEN, Germany, May 29, 2014 — A rotational angle sensor that measures light polarization aims to be less finicky than its optical and magnetic counterparts. Magnetic sensors are durable but not as precise as optical sensors. Optical sensors, meanwhile, must be precisely...






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