New Products

July 1, 2003
Connectable LED modules; Laser system; Laser-welding station; MORE...

Connectable LED modules

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Each StripLED connectable LED module contains four bright, wide-angle (85º) LEDtronics SpiderLEDs, one 3-in. double-ended connector harness for daisy-chain assembly, and a pre-applied strip of 3M double-side foam tape for "peel and stick" placement. The LEDs are available in green (525 nm), red (636 nm), yellow (592 nm), blue (470 nm), and white (7000 K). They are designed for channel letter applications.
LEDtronics, Torrance, CA

Laser system

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The Lightning High Dynamic Laser System utilizes a limited divergence Rofin SLAB series laser to provide cutting speeds up to 11,800 ipm with 3-g acceleration in x-y axes. The system uses a MICROMach controller. The system cuts a maximum sheet size of 120 in. × 60 in. × 1600 lb and a maximum sheet thickness of 3/4-in. mild steel.
Salvagnini America, Hamilton, OH

Laser-welding station

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A new generation of the StarWeld manual/performance series laser-welding stations includes microwelding and a material-specific pulse-shaping option. The microwelding option can weld thin foils or wires in the 10-µm range or copper with a thickness of up to 1 mm. The system is designed for the industrial manufacturing of medical devices, sensors, electronics, molds and tools, dental implants, fine mechanics, and jewelry
Rofin Baasel Lasertech, Starnberg, Germany

Evaluation module

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The TCS230EVM evaluation module enables designers to evaluate the company's TCS230 programmable color light-to-frequency converter. The module consists of a lens module with a white-LED illuminator, a Parallax Board of Education (BOE) module and programmed BASIC Stamp, and PC host software. The converter integrates RGB filters on a single die.
Texas Advanced Optoelectronics Solutions, Plano, TX


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Both solid and air-spaced etalons are available. An advanced process provides a thickness accuracy that can be controlled down to ±0.3 µm. Using IBS coating, the etalons can be used in high-power-density applications such as wavelength locking in high-power laser systems. The etalons can also be used in interleaver, dispersion compensation, interferometry, and Fabry-Perot applications, and can be built according to customer specifications.
O-Net Communications, Shenzhen, China

Nonlinear crystal

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BIBO is a newly developed borate nonlinear optical crystal with a large nonlinear coefficient (1.5 to 2 times that of BBO and 3.5 to 4 times that of LBO). It is insensitive to moisture and has a wide transmission range of 286 to 2500 nm. It is an ideal crystal for blue lasers and THG for 1064 nm. It is being offered for OEM requirements.
Qingdao Crystech E&O, Qingdao, China

Integrating spheres

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Integrating sphere designs for precision radiometric and photometric ..measurements are available in sizes ranging from 1 to 75 in. in diameter. The spheres include a choice of high-reflectance BaS04 coating, Optowhite, or Zenith PTFE reflectance material.
Sphere Optics-Hoffman, Contoocook, NH

Wafer measurement system

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The MicroLine300 system provides manual critical dimension measurements for semiconductor wafers and photomasks. It measures features from 0.5 to 40 µm in size using a 100× objective lens and up to 800 µm at 5×. The system includes a microscope, computer, imaging components, and software for image analysis, auto-focus, and auto-illumination.
Micro-Metric, San Jose, CA

Megapixel digital cameras

The PL-A650 and PL-A660 are a new series of PixeLINK high-resolution CMOS cameras. Available in color and monochrome versions, the cameras are based on Kodak 1/2-in. 1.3-megapixel sensors. The sensors have a 1280 × 1024 pixel array with square 6-µm pixels. The PL-A660 is intended for bright-field microscopy and microscopic image documentation.
Kane Computing, Chesire, England

IR polarizers

Infrared polarizers are available with substrates including calcium fluoride, barium fluoride, zinc selenide, KRS-5, and polyethylene. The polarizers range from 1 to 250 µm. Holographic polarizers have high extinction and contrast ratios. With optional A/R coatings, greater transmission and polarization efficiencies are achieved. The laser-controlled ruled polarizers have typical laser-damage thresholds of 100-W/cm2 continuous wave.
Medway Optics, Kent, England

Trace-gas-impurity analyzers

The MultiGas Purity trace-impurity analyzer can now detect low levels of various contaminants in high-purity bulk nitrous oxide (N2O). These analyzers are designed for use in semiconductor-device and flat-panel-display manufacturing. The fully automated analyzer can also provide detection in other bulk-process gases, including ammonia, nitrogen trifluoride, and hydrogen.
MKS Instruments, Andover, MA

Vacuum preload bearings

Vacuum Preloaded (VPL) Air Bearings provide machine designers with the potential to combine x and y linear motion and theta rotation all on one flat surface. This eliminates the need to stack several separate stages. The bearings are designed to float on a thin film of air while simultaneously being sucked down by vacuum.
New Way Machine Components, Aston, PA

Monochrome machine-vision cameras

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The IK-53N and IK-52N are two new monochrome, high-resolution (768 × 494) cameras designed for machine vision applications. Both cameras measure 29-mm square and weigh 1.59 oz. The IK-52N has a 1/2-in. CCD, while the IK-53N has a 1/3-in. CCD. The cameras are compatible with most standard frame grabbers and use off-the-shelf C-mount lenses.
Toshiba, Irvine, CA

Tunable THz laser source

The new tunable terahertz (THz) laser source delivers narrow band, broadly tunable CW output around 800 µm. The desktop-sized device delivers from 100 to 1,000 µm, often referred to as the "terahertz gap." The source is designed for use by scientists in the fields of nanotechnology, biophysics, phonons, polymers, water structure, superconductors, chemistry, and drug discovery.
Vermont Photonics, Brattleboro, VT

Extinction-ratio monitor

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The extinction-ratio monitor measures polarization extinction ratios of laser modules with connectorized PM fiber. It also measures the incidence angle between laser polarization and the eigenaxis of PMF in a nondestructive manner, and the offset angle between the connector key and the eigenaxis of PMF. The monitor can be used in laser-module assembly.
Optoquest, Aego-shi, Japan

Swept-laser spectral analyzer

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The tunable laser TSL-500 uses an external-cavity design that provides SNR of >60 dB, >10-mW output power over the full 100-nm tuning range, and a wavelength accuracy of <3 pm. The laser can perform rapid wavelength sweeps (100 nm/2s) and has built-in power meters to enable transmission and return losses to be measured simultaneously. A removable LCD touch screen provides clear display and control. The TSL-500 is a versatile test and measurement tool for applications in optical research, development, and manufacture.Santec, Komaki, Japan


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Direct- current >10-GHz GaAs and InGaAs battery-biased photodetectors are now available. The GaAs photodetectors have a spectral bandwidth of 450 to 870 nm. The InGaAs photodetectors have a spectral bandwidth of 1000 to 1650 nm. Models are available with 9/125-um SMF or free-space input.
Electro-Optics Technology, Traverse City, MI

Collimation Testers

Shear-plate collimation testers examine the collimation of laser light or measure wavefront curvature and divergence/convergence magnitude. Each tester is optimized for use from 200 to 2500 nm, depending on aperture size. Standard aperture sizes vary from 10 to 200 mm; custom sizes are available.
Ocean Optics, Dunedin, FL


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The Shamrock 303i boasts a number of unique benefits for spectroscopy applications, including user-friendly operation, a unique USB interface, optics optimized for imaging, intuitive graphical software user interface, and an extensive range of accessories. The user benefits from plug and play convenience, simply connecting the spectrograph to the user's PC.
Andor Technolgoy, Hartford, CN


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Ever-Guard partitions are patented, lightweight, portable, metal multipanel partitions. The partitions come with standard "pivot-and-lock" roller braces for portability and "quick-connect" light-blocking hinges for building large containment areas or for ease of panel storage. The partitions provide all-metal coverage for total protection up to 1200 W/cm2.
Kentek, Pittsfield, NH

Beamsplitters and polarizing optics

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A full line of beamsplitter cubes and plates (laser line, broadband) includes nonpolarizing beamsplitter cubes and plates (laser line, broadband, hybrid); high-power UV polarizing cubes; high-power polarizing cubes for YAG and harmonic (optically contacted); optical isolator cubes; and calcite polarizers. All are offered with quality services from fabrication to coating to assembly.
Lambda Research Optics, Costa Mesa, CA

Fiberoptic connectors

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The 8308 SC and 8208 FC ultra-high-temperature hot-melt fiberoptic connectors are designed for use in central office, head end, premises, or outside plant environments. They have been tested to 100ºC. The connectors contain a proprietary, factory-loaded red adhesive and have a field yield approaching 100%.
3M, Austin, Texas


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The EP21ANHT two-component, room-temperature curing epoxy adhesive has a thermal conductivity of more than 22 BTU/in./ft2/h/°F. It has a 1:1 mix ratio by weight or volume and has electrical insulation properties. Service operating temperature range is from -60ºF to +400ºF, shore D hardness is greater than 85, and volume resistivity is greater than 1013 ohm-cm.
Master Bond, Hackensack, NJ

Laser cutting system

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A "super-size" version of the CL-707 high-speed laser cutting system offers a combination of a linear motor drive with an 8 × 20-ft cutting-table size. The table allows up to five 4 × 8-ft sheets or two standard 5 × 10-ft sheets to be processed at once. A proprietary linear-motor axis drive provides acceleration of more than 2.0 G with head positioning speeds of up to 10,000 in./min.
Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Digital cameras

The AxioCam HRm is a digital camera with 14-bit digitization and a microscanning feature. The AxioCam MRm is a scientific digital camera with 12-bit digitization. Both are designed for photomicrography in biomedical research. The cameras utilize new technology to permit short exposure times, which protects living biological objects and decreases the bleaching of fluorescent specimens.
Carl Ziess, Jena, Germany

Electrical enclosure

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An electrical enclosure can cool its contents below ambient temperatures while protecting them from harsh environments. A built-in thermoelectrical air conditioner provides the cooling needed to maintain safe temperatures within the small enclosure. The enclosures are designed to house and cool electrical components, instruments, terminals, telecommunications equipment, and other electronics.
EIC Solutions, Warminster, PA

Pluggable optical links

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Multi-Form Pluggables (MFPs) are high-volume, multichannel optical links over single-mode fiber with a reach of more than 20 km. The MFP's MEG-array configuration allows for system expansion and additional bandwidth. The modules are available in OC-3 (STM-1) eight-channel TX/RX and OC-12 (STM-4) eight-channel TX/RX.
Interintelligence, Torrance, CA

Laser railhead cleaner

The Laser Railhead Cleaner uses an Nd:YAG laser to deliver 5 KW of pulsed energy via a thin fiberoptic, which delivers a round beam in a straight line across the rail. The pulsed beam hits the rail 25,000 times per second. The contaminant absorbs each 5000ºC pulse of light, causing it to rapidly heat, expand, and lift off the rails. Typical contaminants include leaf residue, oil, grease, water, ice, hydraulic fluid, diesel, gas, rubber, rust, and coal slurry.
LaserThor, Hampshire, England

Part-sensing light screen

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The new LX Series high-speed, part-sensing light screen is designed as a sensor for part-ejection and conveying applications. Each diode of the electronics system becomes a part of up to 11 light beams to generate a nearly solid crosshatch pattern and achieve detection of objects as small as 0.025 in. The screen also provides response speeds as low as 0.8 ms.
Banner Engineering, Minneapolis, MN

IR camera software

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The Rtools software toolkit is designed to acquire, radiometrically calibrate, process, analyze, and archive data from digital IR-imaging systems. It allows the user to realize spatial, temporal and spectral radiometric data in units of absolute or contrast radiance, irradiance, radiant intensity, and temperature.
Indigo Systems, Goleta, CA

Adhesive Technology

Two new adhesive technologies have been developed for display assembly. One is for encapsulation of OLEDs and flexible LCDs. The other enables touch screens to be bonded directly onto LCDs and permits clean removal of the touch screen at some later date for repair and replacement.
Adhesive Research, Glen Rock, PA

CCD detector

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The new liquid-nitrogen cooled, back-illuminated, deep-depleted CCD detector is designed for low-light-level applications in the NIR region, including Raman, photoluminescence, and fluorescence spectroscopy. The deep-depletion architecture eliminates etaloning effects. Features include a 1024 × 256-pixel format, an NIR- coated CCD chip with 26 × 26-µm pixel size, and an overall format of 26.6 × 6.7 mm.
Jobin Yvon, Edison, NJ

Cleanroom bench

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The Series 301 horizontal-flow clean benches provide a Class 100 or Class 10 clean-air environment suited for laboratory work, testing, manufacturing, inspection, and pharmaceutical operations. The benches utilize a HEPA filtration system that is 99.99% effective on particles 0.3 µm or larger. The filtered air flows outward toward ..the cabinet to wash out particles and prevent contaminants from entering the clean work zone.
Clean Air Products, Minneapolis, MN


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The patented, precision Laser Nano Sensor is designed for small work ..envelopes to quantify surface roughness of highly reflective materials including glass, micropositioning or polished components, and for semiconductor production. The sensor utilizes autofocus principles with a resolution as fine as 4 nm at speeds up to 250 kHz.
LMI Technologies, Detroit, MI

X-ray inspection systems

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The Feinfocus 0.20 x-ray inspection series has integrated ergonomic, proprietary x-ray-tube technology and image-processing improvements into their systems. Designed for use in the semiconductor component industry, the series offers numerous options that increase system manipulation, image chain and image process functionality.
Feinfocus, Stamford, CT

UV flood-lamp systems

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The Cure Zone HO2 flood-lamp system has a 5 × 5-in. curing area, emits 120 mW/cm2 of power and is designed for curing UV adhesives, coatings, and potting materials.
The Cure Zone 2 has an 8 × 8-in. curing area, emits 80 mW/cm2, provides cooler cures for sensitive substrates, and is suited for curing adhesive between mating glass and plastic parts.
Dymax, Torrington, CT

Miniature copper heat sinks

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Miniature UltraCool IV copper-fin heat sinks provide cooling for small-sized devices or for applications in which space is limited. Footprints range from 0.25 to 0.75 in2 and an overall height range from 0.15 to 0.8 in. The use of oxygen-free copper provides a conductivity premium of more than 100% when compared to identically structured aluminum heat sinks.
Cool Innovations, Concord, Ontario, Canada

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