Prism Electronics, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, UK, has used its engineering skills to assist GSI Group, a Rugby-based laser manufacturing company, to break into the growing fiber laser products market. Prism has helped design and manufacture a number of printed circuit boards (PCBs) that are central to GSI's new fiber laser, which is now being rolled out to selected GSI Group customers.
Fiber lasers are constructed differently to conventional lasers. Instead of using mirrors, laser rods, and optical surfaces, they are made from fibre devices.
One significant advantage of this type of laser is that there is no need for alignment, adjustment or cleaning of optical surfaces once the laser has been built, making the device easier to use and maintain in operation.
Peter Bennett, GSI's global sourcing manager, said: "The development approach has been a collaborative one and we are delighted with the amount of effort that Prism has put into the project. I think one of Prism's greatest attributes has been patience because this product has taken some time to develop."