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Manufacturing technology for optics

The growing optical technologies market is constantly creating innovations, and new demands with it. Competition is increasing, requiring expansion of quantity as well as lower cost production.
New acoustic cabin for electronic raster microscopes
TMC has introduced introduced SEM-Closure, an acoustic enclosure designed specifically for scanning electron microscopes (SEMs). TMC’s STACIS iX SEM-Base active piezoelectric vibration cancellation floor platform cancels vibration at very low frequencies. Its Mag-NetX cancels magnetic field interference. SEM-Closure houses the SEM supported by SEM-Base and Mag-NetX in a sealed and temperature-controlled acoustical chamber, protecting the SEM from vibration, magnetic field disturbances, and acoustic noise. SEM-Closure provides multiple access points, a heat dissipation system, and provisions for tool plumbing and cabling within the system. The modular architecture of the standard enclosure allows ample space for Mag-NetX, the SEM-Base floor platform and most commercial SEMs with various configurations. Custom enclosure designs also are available. 

AMETEK, Inc., Hall B2 Stand 425

The acoustic cabin’s active piezo-electric, vibration-damping base platform operates at very low frequencies.
Functional and abrasion-proof 3D nano-coating
COTEC develops and produces special coatings for interface modification. COTEC’s ultra-hydrophobic coating materials from the DURALON product family generate an abrasion-proof, water-repellent layer with easy-to-clean properties. This layer, only a few nanometers thick, is optically neutral and affords long-lasting protection against water marks, grease and dust. This creates a major field of application, including the optics, automotive and plastics industry but also in medical and display technology as well as the high-end consumer goods market.

COTEC GmbH, Hall B2 Stand 366

Ultra-hydrophobic coating materials create an abrasion-proof, water repellent layer with easy-to-clean properties.
Photo: COTEC
Safely handle the tiniest lenses
The vacuum tweezers exhibited by CRTM CleanRoomProducts enable you to handle the tiniest lenses or components from 0.13 mm to 12.7 mm in size. Vacuum tweezers are also available for 300 mm diameter wafers. For cleaning ever smaller lenses or plug connections, CRTM is proposing special rods, tipped with very tightly wrapped heads made of very clean cotton. The heads are pointed, with diameters down to around 2 mm. CRTM is also exhibiting ionization systems capable of boosting production quality and yield, for example by maintaining an electrically neutral local environment and reducing the risk of electrostatic discharges. 

CRTM CleanRoomProducts GmbH, Hall B2 Stand 223

For delicate work: these vacuum tweezers will safely grip even the smallest components from 0.13 to 12.7 mm in size.
Photo: Virtual Industries
Wire saw minimizes material loss
The Takatori WSD-K2 is the latest wire saw from the world leader in slicing hard materials. Takatori has taken their almost 25 years of experience with multi-wire slicing and created a small but very capable machine for R&D, process development, and pilot production. The WSD-K2 uses diamond wire to slice almost any material with either a single wire or multiple wires, and can use very fine wire to minimize material loss and maximize surface quality. The standard machine can slice up to 156mm diameter materials, with an option to increase the work envelope to 200mm. With robust construction and a full-featured touch-screen control, the WSD-K2 is the perfect machine for new applications, ready to scale from R&D to pilot production.  

JTA Equipment Technology, Hall B2 Stand 154

Developed for R&D, process development and pilot production: The Takatori WSD-K2 wire saw.
Photo: JTA Equipment
Silent series of laminar flow systems
For Septec’s new product line of laminar flow modules, the company optimized the air-flow characteristics and used quieter fans. The name “SuSi” stands for “super silent”. The modules make it possible to equip a workstation with clean-room conditions easily and affordably. The hanging module uses a radial fan to extract ambient air and presses it through the filter. Then it streams down in parallel flow lines and moves particles away. The SuSi models are extremely quiet. The main filter is in a filter cassette on the bottom of the module, which makes it very easy to replace. 

Spetec GmbH, Hall B2 Stand 258

Improved flow characteristics and less noise: The SuSi line of laminar flow modules.
Photo: Spetec
Splitter Boxes for the Application in Rough Environment
SQS Harsh Environment Splitter Boxes including Minibox 1×8 and RMbox feature improved mechanical properties while in case of Splitter Minibox maintaining minimal external dimensions, and in case of RMbox (that has been used in Daphne project on components, modules, and fiber optic networks for aircrafts) maintaining functionality in extreme range of temperatures and vibrations. SQS Vlaknova optika combines various technologies to design and manufacture special custom-made solutions of fiber optic components. Using physical vapor deposition for application of thin-film antireflection coating (ARC), SQS offers various fiber optic components e.g. connectors, fiber arrays, or splitters.

SQS Vlaknova optika a.s., Hall B2 Stand 546

Splitter boxes for rough environments provide improved mechanical properties.
Photo: SQS Vlaknova optika


Lasers and optical components form the basis for all optical technologies and their applications. From the information and communications technologies via micro- and macro manufacturing engineering up to medical engineering, diagnostics and therapy methods.
Monolithic Array with Different Micro Structures
Advanced Microoptic Systems GmbH will present, for example, a special monolithic array in fused silica which has two different microstructures (microlens arrays) on the common surface. The microlenses have a different pitch, but also have the same effective focal length. Pitches are possible within a 15 μm to 4000 μm range. Lenslet positioning is within +-0.1 μm. Radius tolerance is within 1% from nominal. The company will also exhibit an AµS multi-spot generator, which is an array of refractive positive orthogonal microlenses in fused silica for generating regularly positioned spots in the target area, and the AµS pihole array, a monolithic array of refractive hexagonal microlenses with the opaque blocking mask on both surfaces and with, for example, 12 μm-sized pinholes on the back surface.

Advanced Microoptic Systems GmbH, Hall B2 Stand 149

Monolithic quartz glass array: The microlenses are positioned at different distances, however, show the same effective focal length.
Photo: Advanced Microoptic Systems
Fixed Focussed Lenses for Advanced Standards
Archer OpTx will bring three fixed focus assemblies which we call the SIVA Series (System Imaging Vision Assembly). Custom SIVA Series camera lenses are designed for the sophisticated demands of today’s optical systems and the understanding that precision necessarily drives decision. Ultra-precision lens elements and mechanics allow the completed assembly to function very near the computer design model with SIVA I & II at FOV of 70° and SIVA III at FOV at 11°. SIVA I delivers 250 lp/mm and SIVA II 300 lp/mm for resolution matching to a 10 MP sensor. If 15 MP matched optical and electronic resolution is your goal, SIVA III is the answer. The matched resolution enables the highest quality image from your high resolution sensor.

Archer OpTx, Inc., Hall B2 Stand 166 und Stand 168

For sensors with up to 15 megapixels the fixed focussed lenses of the SIVA series are adequate.
Photo: Archer OpTx
A New Generation of Angle-Tolerant Colour Splitters
DELTA Optical Thin Film exhibits a new series of improved colour splitters. They combine broad transmission, reflexion bands as well as steep edges with a design that minimizes the angular dependence (from 33° to 58°) and the polarisation split – this is ideal for biomedical measuring technology including compact point-of-care systems with a large incidence angle. DELTA has – moreover – extended his family from linear variable filters by a seventh type – according to the company’s information provided – this would be a Linear Variable Order Sorting Filter (LVOSF). According to DELTA these supersede other products with their broad transmission and reflexion bands and boost the performance of lattice-based spectrometers considerably.  

DELTA Optical Thin Film, Hall B2 Stand 538

Broad transmission and reflexion bands as well as steep edges combine the new colour splitters with a design minimizing the angle dependence and the polarisation split.
Photo: DELTA Optical Thin Film
Small Laser Module for Flexible Use
In the illumination module FISBA RGBeam, three wavelengths are precisely coupled and may be displayed either via a fibre or directly in a spot. The circa 20.5 x 12.2 x 5 mm large laser module in life sciences applications, in the automotive area as well as in the production and measurement engineering. In automobiles it may be applied as a light source for head-up displays. The advantages vis-à-vis the LED-application are found in its brilliance, the efficiency of the laser diode, high brightness and higher contrast. In the life sciences area simple white laser-based light may be mixed in the three colour frequencies, a light that is possibly used for fibre-coupled illumination purposes. 

FISBA OPTIK AG, Hall B2 Stand 179

Three wavelengths are coupled in the FISBA RGBeam and are displayed via a fibre or directly in a spot.
IR Lenses Made of Silicon and Germanium
New lenses will be presented by Fuzhou Alpha Optics. The infrared lens is used on a wide scale in image sensor, medical and detector applications. Silicon and germanium are our favorite materials in this production line. Alpha Optics can also provide AR coating for this IR application. Alpha Optics engineers can design special focusing systems based on your requirements. Sapphire Windows has a Sapphire Suit for scratch-resistant application with better transmission over the wide range spectrum. It can be made much thinner. Based on a customized design, Fuzhou Alpha Optics manufactures different kinds of spherical lenses such as plano-convex lenses, plano-concave lenses, bi-convex lenses, bi-concave lenses, meniscus lenses, achromatic lenses & spherical series.

Fuzhou Alpha Optics Co., Ltd., Hall B2 Stand 134

The new infrared lenses are adequate for image sensor, medical and detector applications.
Photo: Fuzhou Alpha Optics
New Laser Crystals with High Fluorescence Life Span
Hellma Materials presents laser crystals based on highly pure synthetic calcium fluoride crystals. These are doped with the rare earth Ytterbium. This innovative laser material with an adsorption wavelength of 980 nm is for the first time available in application relevant sizes of up to 150 mm diameter. Its main characteristics in contrast to conventional materials are a clearly higher fluorescence life span of 2.4 ms, and a high refractive index homogeneity. Hellma Optics delivers optics with surface finishes for highest standards with flat optics until size 1200. Highly precise surface finishes are achieved for cylinder lenses up to 1500. 

Hellma Materials GmbH, Hellma Optik GmbH, Hall B2 Stand 225

Hellma Optics exhibits highly precise optics in new dimensions.
Photo: Hellma Optics
Multi Element Lenses for High-Calibre Performance Laser
LAMBDA offers a wide variety of F-theta lenses for 1064nm, 532nm, and 355nm high power lasers. The multi-element lenses are built with high quality optical materials and high power low absorption coating to produce large uniform scan field with high precision spot size. Commonly used in high power laser marking, engraving & cutting applications with galvo mirrors and beam expanders.

Lambda Research Optics, Inc., Hall B1 Stand 177

Generate a large even scanning field with highly accurate dot size: the F-Theta lenses.
Photo: Lambda Research Optics
IBS Coatings Even for the UV Area
IBS (Ion Beam Sputtering) is considered a highly developed coating process, which is now available with LASEROPTIK for coatings in the UV from 355 nm to 200 nm. This constitutes particular requirements to lowest absorption and optimized coating materials. State-of-the-art results are presented on the trade fair LASER World of PHOTONICS. The company LASEROPTIK GmbH from Garbsen develops and produces chirped broadband mirrors and dispersion adjusted mirror pairs. These dispersive mirrors are used for the compensation of the GDD (group delay dispersion) to evade a pulse broadening of ultra short pulses. 

LASEROPTIK GmbH, Hall B2 Stand 111

Per Ion beam, coatings in the UV area from 355 to 200 nm may be generated.
Adaptive polymer-based optics lower complexity
The new Tachyon series of uncooled MWIR imaging detectors feature monolithically integrated ROIC (readout integrated circuit) and a digital interface for control and data readout. Two formats are available – 80 x 80 pixel (allowing image acquisition frame rates of 2 kHz) and 32 x 32 pixel (10 kHz). The sensors are made from polycrystalline PbSe using the Vapor Phase Deposition manufacturing method exclusive to supplier New Infrared Technologies (NIT). Adaptive, polymer based optics from Optotune can significantly reduce the size and complexity of optical systems used in imaging, lighting and laser delivery applications. The range of electrically or manually tunable lenses uses soft, polymer-based materials to overcome the limits of hard glass and plastic components.

Pacer International, Hall C1 Stand 625

Adaptive polymer-based optics from Optotune can reduce the size and complexity of optical systems.
Photo: Pacer International
High Performance Mirrors Offer Boosted Rigidity
New high performance mirrors by optoSiC-MERSEN for the scanner and laser industry in SiC optoSiC+ material in the standard frame size 10 mm–100 mm, compared to conventional mirrors, offer several advantages: high rigidity, low moment of inertia, thermic stability, low CTE alpha, stress-free material, nontoxic. Available ex warehouse in all standard coatings and with a sticky mount. This results in considerable performance advantages for the application areas high performance lasers UV-IR, air-born scanning, medical engineering, high-speed cameras, security, as well as LIDAR. In the space technology area the range comprises component parts and telescopes of 100mm–3500mm diameter in SiC (silicon carbide).

optoSiC-MERSEN Deutschland Holding GmbH & Co. KG, Hall B2 Stand 271

Compared to conventional products, higher rigidities and a low moment of inertia are offered by new high performance mirrors for the scanner and laser industry in SiC optoSiC+ material.
Photo: optoSiC
Development Software for Exact Laser Beam Modelling
Photon Engineering will be presenting their latest version of their FRED Optimum Optical Engineering Software – a major version release which offers new features designed to make optical system engineering in FRED even more efficient. Highlights of the many new features and enhancements in this release include accurate modeling of M-squared Laser Beams allowing users to create a coherent Gaussian beam with designated M-squared values in X and Y. The source is created by linearly combining several TEMmn modes to give the requested M2 value. Spectral Analysis – allows the user to analyze the spectral power distribution for a filtered rayset. FRED Optimum Optical Engineering Software is capable of simulating the propagation of light through any optomechanical system by raytracing.
Photon Engineering LLC, Hall B2 Stand 523

Improved development possibilities by FRED Optimum Optical Engineering Software.
Photo: Photon Engineering
Structured OLED Provides Active Illuminating Patterns
Illuminated graticules for optical instruments have been realised up to the present through indirect illumination of the pattern by means of an external light source (LED). The OLED-light graticule by POG Präzisionsoptik is based on a structured OLED, directly applied on the graticule substrate; it has the capacity to illuminate itself. For this operation a 3V round cell battery is required. On the basis of this technology complex active illuminating patterns may be implemented, with individual elements of the graticule being separately triggered. The actively illuminating OLED-structures may be offered in different colours. 

POG Präzisionsoptik Gera GmbH, Hall B2 Stand 240

The new OLED-light graticule facilitates the separate triggering of individual pattern elements.
Photo: POG Präzisionsoptik
Optical Converter Generates High-End Laser Light
They may tremendously “jazz up” laser beam sources: The three different optical converters from the German Federal Physical-Technical Institute (Physikalisch-Technischen Bundesanstalt, PTB) provide for emission parameters with unique features. The first one, a pulsed-to-Cw converter, generates continuous light from pulsed light resulting from beam sources with a sufficiently high repetition rate. The second one, the single-frequency long-term heat stabilizer, is a maser AOM-module, which makes available a long-term stabile reference laser with sub-Hertz line-width. And the third, a self-referential AOM-based system, allows measuring even the lowest phase noise of frequency combs and fibre lasers without any supplementary source.

Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Hall 2 Stand 361

The pulsed-to-Cw converter for spectroscopic applications generates continuous light from pulsed light resulting from beam sources with a sufficiently high repetition rate.
Photo: PTB
Optimized Mirrors and Windows for High-Performance Lasers
Shimadzu presents Laser Mirrors and Laser Windows optimized for use with high power lasers. The company has developed Laser Mirrors with a high damage threshold and high reflectance, and Laser Windows with a high damage threshold and high transmittance, for use with high power YAG lasers and Ti-sapphire lasers. By adopting amorphous coating techniques, at YAG laser wavelengths Shimadzu has obtained Laser Mirrors with 1.4 times the conventional damage threshold, a globally top-level value, and Laser Windows with 1.6 times the conventional damage threshold. In addition, these products provide high level performance, with reflectance values of 99.9% or higher for the Laser Mirrors and transmittance values of 99.5% or higher for the Laser Windows. 

SHIMADZU Corporation, Hall B2 Stand 165
Diffractive Optics for Terahertz Applications
Beam handling is required in many THz applications. Diffractive optics opens up new opportunities of beam handling since it allows realizing spatial transformation of THz beam. To satisfy needs in diffractive optics for THz range Tydex has developed calculation methods and manufacturing technology of the following diffractive optical elements (DOE): THz Fresnel lenses, THz beam dividers. Other DOEs are under construction. THz monochromatic waveplates can be used only at single wavelength since phase retardation strongly depends on the wavelength. Sometimes it's necessary to have nearly constant retardation at the specified wavelength range. For that case Tydex has developed THz achromatic polarization converter (APC) that is a special case of THz broad-band phase transformer. Three models of L/4 APC cover the full range within the wide interval from 60 um to 3000 um: 60-300 um, 300-900 um, 900-3000 um. The other sub ranges are also possible.

TYDEX, J.S.Co., Hall B1 Stand 116

Tydex presents an achromatic polarisation converter (APC) for the THz area.
Photo: TYDEX
Vacuum Viewports with High Precision Optics
The number of highly complex optical applications is permanently on the increase. With the product line vacuum optics VACOM professionalizes the interface between optics and vacuum technology and facilitates solutions for users with highest optical quality requirements. Vacuum viewports of the series “High Precision Optics Series” with integrated high precision optics are optimized for the application in high vacuum and are adequate for many applications in ultra high vacuum (He-leak rate <1,0  10–10 mbar l/s). The inexpensive viewports are available for different flange systems (KF, ISO, CF, QCF) and may be configured with specific optics. 

VACOM Vakuum Komponenten & Messtechnik GmbH, Hall B2 Stand 139

Vacuum viewports of the “High Precision Optics Series” with integrated high precision optics are optimized for the application in high vacuum.
Photo: VACOM
High Focussing Speed and Robustness Combined
Varioptic, a Business Unit of Parrot SA, announces a new addition to its Caspian family of Auto Focus lens modules. Caspian M12-316-7.5, based on an Arctic 316 liquid lens and a Sunex DSL944 fix-focus lens, is compatible with M12x0.5 mounts (S-Mount) and off-the-shelf FPC connectors. With a 7.5 mm focal length and compatibility with up to 1/2.5” sensors, this module is the perfect choice for highly demanding applications where speed of focus and industrial-grade robustness are a must. An optional IR-cut filter is available. Based on Varioptic's breakthrough electrowetting technology, Caspian is a family of Auto Focus Lens Modules that combine a fix objective lens, a Varioptic liquid lens and a flex cable in a single lens barrel. 

Varioptic, a BU of Parrot SA, Hall B2 Stand 468

The Caspian autofocus lens module combines solid objective lenses, Varioptic liquid lenses and a flexible cable in one single lens tube.
Photo: Varioptic


Industrial image processing and photonics are considered important key technologies because they help to improve efficiency and quality. They are used in a diverse range of sectors, e.g. in measuring and testing technology, optics, medical and photo technology, electronics and material processing. 
Rapid and Precise 3D-Scans at Worthwhile Price
The new 3D scanner DAVID-SLS-1 is geared to the innovative “structured light” technology, which facilitates 3D-scans within seconds. The scanner is mobile and may be easily placed in front of the object to be scanned. One click in the proven DAVID software starts the scan, and a few seconds later the 3D model appears on the screen – optionally with colour texture. This way, one after the other, all the sides of the object may be gathered and are then automatically combined in the software to a final standard model. The modular setup provides room for a flexible adjustment of the scanner to the object size – from token coin to furniture everything is possible.

DAVID Vision Systems GmbH, Hall C1 Stand 140/1

Precise 3D scans within seconds are made possible by 3D scanner DAVID-SLS-1 on the basis of the “structured light” technology.
Photo: DAVID Vision Systems
CCD spectroscope camera covers UV to NIR
HORIBA Scientific is presenting the new Syncerity 1024 x 256 CCD camera for the UV-VIS-NIR range (200-1050 nm). This camera is particularly suitable for spectroscopic applications with little light as long as no extremely cold temperatures are required. The deep TE cooled (to -60°C) Open Electrode CCD detector offer the lowest noise and the highest dynamic range in its class. The new ShapeShifter non-linear spectrometer can be used in a number of applications in non-linear spectroscopy in basic and applied research. The system is based on a tried-and-tested femtosecound laser that covers a broad range of wavelengths from UV (200 nm) to the MIR range (10 µm).

HORIBA Jobin Yvon GmbH, Hall B1 Stand 483

Particularly suitable for spectroscopy applications with little light: The new Syncerity 1024 x 256 CCD camera for the UV-VIS-NIR range.
More than 900 images per second in Full HD resolution
To meet the growing demands being placed on modern high-speed camera technology in manufacturing, research, development, medicine and bionics, Miktrotron developed the new, compact digital EoSens 4CXP 4 MP high-speed camera, which is equipped with a powerful CoaXPress realtime data interface. It uses a single cable for data transfer, communication and control to the PC (up to 2.4 Gbyte/s) and as a power supply (up to 40 m). Those are key advantages for simple system integration and operation. The camera can capture 500 frames per second with a resolution of 4 megapixels (2,336 x 1,728 pixels), and more than 900 frames per second in Full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels). 

Mikrotron Mikrocomputer, Digital- und Analogtechnik GmbH, Hall B2 Stand 201

Data transfer rates of up to 2.4 Gbyte/s and more than 900 frames per second in Full HD resolution: the new EoSens 4CXP high-speed camera.
Photo: Mikrotron
New highly integrated TOF imager chips
Polytec is presenting the new Time-of-Flight imager chips manufactured by its Swiss partner Espros Photonics. The highly integrated systems make sensors possible that can reliably measure distances from a few centimeters to several meters and render 3D volumes. They work with millimeter precision and measurements take just a few milliseconds. They will begin by introducing the epc600 TOF Range Finder for measuring individual distances and the epc610 TOF Imager with an 8x8 pixel field for 3D information. The camera-on-chip systems contain all of the system functions needed to build a TOF camera. Even the driver stage for the illumination LEDs is monolithically integrated.

Polytec GmbH, Hall B1 Stand 447

The new Time-of-Flight sensors measure distances of a few millimeters to several meters with millimeter precision in just a few milliseconds.
Photo: Polytec
The latest sensor technology and high data throughput rates
Point Grey shows the new Grasshopper3 scientific imaging camera line. This line leverages the latest in Sony EXview HAD CCD II technology with the ICX674, ICX694, and ICX687 sensors and combines these with the affordability and data throughput of USB 3.0. The Grasshopper 3 is ideal for applications requiring the exceptional imaging quality of CCD from a wide range of USB 3.0-enabled desktop, laptop, and embedded computers where other digital interfaces, such as Camera Link, are not an option. Visitors will also see the Blackfly  camera line – the world’s smallest and lightest Power over Ethernet camera.  This line combines highly sensitive sensors, industry-leading affordability and a host of unique features for uncompromising value. 

Point Grey Research, Inc., Hall B2 Stand 467

They combine the superior image quality of CCD sensors with the data-throughput rates of USB 3.0 systems: Grasshopper 3 cameras.
Photo: Point Grey Research
LED-Light Source for Machine Vision Use
The new LED high performance light source ZLED CLS 9000 MV by Zett Optics with its compact design in a robust metal casing was developed in particular for the domain Industry/Machine Vision. The variant MV-W generates daylight similar light with up to 900 lumens at the fibre output. The CLS 9000 MV-R supplies red light (625 nm). The new small LED surgical light ZLED Medical Light 1000 is used for examinations, diagnosis and smaller surgical procedures. The low-glare lighting with neutral white light of the colour temperature 4500 K, a maximal luminance level of 100.000 lx and simultaneously a homogeneous light field as well as a CRI > 94 result in optimal light conditions.

ZETT Optics GmbH, Hall B2 Stand 171

The two variants of the LED-high performance light source ZLED CLS 9000 MV supply daylight- similar or red light.
Photo: Zett Optics

Laser and Laser systems for production engineering

Lasers and laser systems are considered driving forces behind innovations in manufacturing, and they help to increase efficiency, optimize processes and improve productivity. LASER World of PHOTONICS is the only trade fair to have specialized in this sector since 1973.
Helical drilling optics with no mechanical bearings
3D-Micromac AG is introducing a new helical drilling optics solution that has no mechanical bearings. It developed the concept together with Feinmess Dresden. Aerostatic guideways were used for all elements that are constantly in motion. This contact-free bearing concept promises to considerably reduce friction loss at the same time that it increases guidance accuracy. This simplifies the process of drilling highly precise, reproducible holes by laser. It also reduces wear and the amount of drive energy needed, which considerably increases the reliability and life expectancy of the drilling optics. 

3D-Micromac AG, Hall C2 Stand 454

A drill head with aerostatic guideways: This contact-free bearing concept promises to considerably reduce friction loss at the same time that its increases guidance accuracy.
Photo: 3D Micromag
ATR probes for harsh industrial environments
FlexiSpec probes from art photonics include a new type of Attenuated Total Reflection (ATR-) probes designed for tough application conditions. They feature the following impressive characteristics: High throughput in selected parts of near & mid infrared spectra, ATR-tip shaped for immersion in liquid flow without dead zone, robustness for industrial applications in a harsh environment up to 250 °C, resistance to high pressure, compatible with all spectrometers and automated process-interfaces. HT-ATR immersion IR-fiber probes can be used for process spectroscopy in the near & mid IR range to monitor reactions in-line in a broad temperature range from -100 ° to + 50 °C. They can resist high pressures up to 200 bar and can be used with FTIR or any other IR-spectrometers and spectral sensors in automated process control with process interfaces.

art photonics GmbH, Hall C1 Stand 149

Monitor reactions in-line in the near and mid IR range: FlexiSpec probes.
Photo: art photonics
Laser-fume extraction more user friendly
Bofa will present new laser fume extraction systems and the new iQ Operating System which performs at two distinct levels. Where operators benefit from the ease of operation and clarity of real time information, the system also provides a cache of analytical data enabling users to download performance and operating parameters for evaluation purposes. The iQ operating system incorporates a method for monitoring the status of both the pre filter and combined (main) filter. Preblockage warnings provide operators with ample time to prepare for a change and uniquely when a filter change is needed, the system is able to indicate exactly which filter requires changing, thus significantly reducing uncertainty and the time taken to undertake a filter replacement. The iQ also provides the facility to download operation data which can either be evaluated (via the Internet) either locally or remotely.

BOFA International Ltd., Hall C2 Stand 304

The laser-fume extraction system with the new iQ operating system provides transparent information in real time.
Photo: Bofa
Programming software with optimized functions
CAM-Service is presenting its new CAGILA 3D Software. Besides neutral data formats such as STEP, IGES and VDAFS, it can also import native 3D data from all known CAD systems. For easy editing of 3D CAD data, CAM-Service provides the powerful 3DSync software from Siemens PLM as a CAD option. NC programming of laser paths is performed in CAGILA 3D based on the 3D CAD solid model, and the user can define any cutting angle of the laser head for 4- and 5-axis simultaneous processing. To ensure that the surface speed of the laser on the workpiece remains constant, the intelligent NC post-processor supports NC control systems with and without kinematic transformation. 

CAM-Service GmbH, Hall C2 Stand 557

NC of the laser paths is performed in CAGILA 3D based on the 3D CAD solid model, and the user can define any cutting angle of the laser head for 4- and 5-axis simultaneous processing.
Photo: CAM-Service
Fiber lasers for high-precision processing and flexibility
The new H-LASE series provides customers with unique freedom to design the most ideal electronics and control software for their specific high-power welding cutting or drilling application. This superior flexibility results in increased total performance, lower costs and a smaller size. The H-LASE fiber laser module is based on a single oscillator up to 1.5 kW. Scalable output powers up to 4.5 kW with the best-in-class power range (1–100%) provide functionality and flexibility which are needed in high-precision processing with a wide range of materials. A modular design produces an intelligent and cost-effective solution. The new OEM series ensures high beam quality (BPP < 0.4 single mode) throughout the entire dynamic operating range. Industry leading optical to optical conversion efficiency (typical > 75%) enables high wall plug efficiency for the system. 

Corelase Oy, Hall C1 Stand 267

Scalable output power up to 4.5 kW ensures functionality and flexibility in material processing.
Photo: Corelase
Compact diode lasers with exceptional beam quality
DirectPhotonics is introducing DirectLight and DirectPump, two compact, turnkey diode lasers. Due to their patented technology, they feature exceptional beam quality for diode lasers that can compete with fiber and disk lasers in many applications. Microwelding and cutting, structuring and efficient optical pumping of solid-state lasers are tasks that DirectLight and DirectPump can perform without a problem. DirectPhotonics is also introducing an OEM diode laser, an industrial laser-beam source with excellent beam quality. It can be integrated into material-processing systems and medical equipment or be used as an optical pump for diode-pumped lasers. 

DirectPhotonics Industries GmbH, Hall C2 Stand 161

Turnkey diode lasers that can compete with fiber and disk lasers in many applications: DirectLight and DirectPump.
Photo: DirectPhotonics
Laser-welding cell with maximum productivity
ERLAS Erlanger Lasertechnik is presenting new solutions for laser welding complex weld assemblies. The ERLASER WELD ROBOT welding cell features hybrid kinematics for creating complicated seams with various orientations. Two welding stations on a round table and the ability to feed the component during actual welding increase productivity. The ERLASER WELD SCAN laser-welding cell was designed for the mass production of weld assemblies. Integrating the scanner technology into a completely new machine concept with highly dynamic axes of motion for the clamped assembly and the scanner allow production times that were unachievable until now. 

ERLAS - Erlanger Lasertechnik GmbH, Hall C2 Stand 101

The redesigned operator interface of the ERLASER WELD ROBOT laser-welding cell simplifies system operation and shortens setup times.
Photo: ERLAS
Cutting different sheet thicknesses automatically
Among other things, HIGHYAG is presenting its BIMO-FSC laser cutting head. It features machine-controlled adjustment of the focus position and focus diameter that makes it possible to flexibly cut various sheet thicknesses without manual intervention in the production process. Combined with the fastest focus movement on the workpiece, this guarantees maximum productivity in production. The RLSK remove laser welding head allows free focus positioning in the three-dimensional work area and permits “welding-on-the-fly” while the robot is moving. This makes it possible to minimize the time between seams and improve the welding robot’s utilization rate. 

HIGHYAG Lasertechnologie GmbH, Hall C2 Stand C2.453

The BIMO-FSC laser cutting head features machine-controlled adjustment of focus position and focus diameter.
New single emitters allow more efficient processing 
According to Jenoptic, its new semiconductor lasers are the perfect laser pumping source for fiber and disk lasers. Due to their high efficiency rate of more than 70 percent and very low beam divergence, they guarantee high output power and high brilliance combined with a long lifespan and low costs. The 9xx nanometer single emitters with an aperture of 90 micrometers have an output power of 12 watts. The 9xx nanometer mini bars combine the high brilliance of the single emitters with the low assembly costs of the bars. With an output power of 55 watts and mounted on a passive heat sink, maximum efficiency is 69 percent. 

JENOPTIK Lasers & Material Processing, Hall C1 Stand 320

The new semiconductor lasers guarantee high output power and high brilliance combined with a long service life and low costs.
Photo: Jenoptik
Using 50 watts to rapidly mark plastics and metals
Keyence is introducing its new 50W fiber laser with three-axis control for laser marking from its MD-F5100 product line. The laser’s compact and fanless design conforms to protection class IP64 (head unit). The internal components of the MD-F laser’s marking head are protected against dangerous substances. Thanks to its output power of 50 W, it can be used to rapidly mark and engrave a variety of metal and plastic materials. Thanks to new functions such as “Scratch Control” and “Deep Engraving” and the use of fiber-laser technology, considerable improvements were made in marking time, production efficiency and quality.  

Keyence Deutschland GmbH, Hall C2 Stand 261

Thanks to fiber-laser technology and new functions, the MD-F5100 is more efficient and marks with better quality.
Photo: Keyence
Cooling with more power
KKT chillers is introducing its new Compact Line of cooling systems. They feature a user-friendly interface and a plain-text display that indicates temperature, pressure, tank levels and all status messages as well as a number of communication interfaces including RS-485, Ethernet and Modbus/IP. Remote maintenance and updates via the Web, App and USB are also possible. Due to a 20% reduction in electricity consumption due to the use of efficient scroll compressor technology, operating costs have also been reduced. The cooling systems also feature a steplessly regulated electronic expansion valve that closes completely, resulting in increased efficiency and optimized load distribution. 

Alpha-Inno Tec GmbH business unit KKT chillers, Hall C2 Stand 381

The Compact Line’s strengths include high performance, a user-friendly interface and reduced operating costs.
Photo: KKT chillers
New application fields for diode lasers
Among other things, Laserline is introducing a new class of diode lasers and expanding the maximum laser power from 15 to 20 kW. The increase in power is possible due to the use of actively cooled diode bars and coupling technology for the individual diodes. The beam quality behind the fiber-optic cable is 220 mm mrad. xpanding the LDF (Laserline diode laser, fiber coupled) product line by adding a 2 kW, 3 kW and 4 kW laser with a beam quality of 8 mm mrad is opening up new application fields for the diode laser. Given an optical-to-optical efficiency level of more than 70%, a fiber serves as a converter and produces a laser beam with considerably improved focus.  

Laserline GmbH, Hall C1 Stand 369

Laserline has expanded its LDF product line to include variants with 2, 3 and 4 kW of power, opening up new application fields for the diode laser.
Photo: Laserline
High precision and fast cutting
LLT Applikation is presenting precicut 50/35-3D and microcut stent UKP, new machine concepts for laser-based precision and micro processing. Their base machine is designed for optimum rigidity and vibration stability. Highly dynamic direct drives, measuring systems with a resolution of 0.1 µm, and efficient CNC control systems allow processing speeds of up to 20 m/min and manufacturing accuracy in the micrometer range. THE precicut 50/35-3D’s 5-axis interpolation makes it possible to cut and weld complicated pipe geometries. For the first time ever, a fs laser has been integrated into the microcut stent UKP precision cutting system for pipe machining for making stents and processing delicate tubes.

LLT Applikation GmbH, Hall C2 Stand 559

The base machine of the new systems being introduced by LLT Applikation features optimum rigidity and vibration stability.
Photo: LLT Applikation
Fingerprints quickly disappearing from displays
Merck has expanded its WR Patinal product line for hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings to meet the high requirements to be met by touchscreens in the Smartphone and tablet market and in the automotive industry. They ensure wear resistance, a supple feel and easy-to-clean surfaces. The new hydrophobic and oleophobic coating material WR6 Patinal is used to create extremely smooth and clean user interfaces on touchscreens and makes it possible to clean fingerprints quickly and easily. WR Patinal coatings are known for their consistent and particularly low glide and contact angle, which creates smooth, clean and extremely responsive user interfaces.

Merck KGaA PM-Pigments, Hall C2 Stand 52

The new hydrophobic and oleophobic coating material WR6 Patinal creates display interfaces that are easy to keep clean.
Photo: Merck
Micro- and nanostructures from a fast 3D printer
The latest generation of devices in Nanoscribe’s family of 3D laser lithography systems, the Photonic Professional GT, features high speeds and performance for micro- and nano-fabrication up to the third dimension. Two-photon polymerization makes it possible to produce polymer structures of nearly any complexity and with the tiniest dimensions (into the submicron range). The use of ultraprecise galvo technology, which laterally deflects the laser-focus position using a galvanic mirror system, made it possible to increase printing speeds by a factor of up to one hundred. As a result, it is now possible to produce large 3D micro and nanostructures very quickly.  

Nanoscribe GmbH, Hall C.2 Stand 208, Internet

The Photonic Professional GT 3D printer increases printing speeds by a factor of up to one hundred.
Photo: Nanoscribe
Maintenance-free welding with diode lasers
The new Diode Line product family from O.R. Lasertechnologie GmbH has a number of convincing advantages compared to conventional laser systems that use high-maintenance flash lamps: Since laser diodes have a lifespan of more than 200,000 hours, diode-pumped laser systems are practically maintenance free. They are more efficient by a factor of 15 and can get by with a 230V electrical connection. They feature high beam quality and spot sizes as small as 50 µm in the laser focus. All systems in the new Diode Line product family are equipped with a motor-driven beam expander and automatic lens recognition so that optimum welding results are achieved.

O.R. Lasertechnologie GmbH, Hall C1 Stand 366

Working practically maintenance free and more efficiently that a system with flash lamps: the Diode Line lasers.
Photo: O.R. Lasertechnologie
Laser now also makes color markings possible
The marSolid laser-marking technique now also makes color markings possible. As a result, now a technique is available that can simultaneously increase results for contrast, shelf life and marking speed. As an additive laser-based marking technique, markSolid combines excellent contrast with maximum durability against mechanical and chemical forces as well as UV light and high temperatures (> 1,000°C). The products work regardless of the laser’s wavelength. They can be used with a Nd:YAG-Laser to create color glass markings or with CO2 lasers to quickly mark metals with high contrast. The products can be used to mark metals, glass, ceramics, porcelain, enamel and many other materials.

PIGMENTUM GmbH, Hall C2 Stand 644

Faster, higher contrast, longer shelf life and in color: markSolid offers improved techniques in laser marking.
Photo: Pigmentum
Femtosecond lasers with higher output power
Raydiance has announced that its R-200 industrial grade femtosecond laser platform is now available with higher average output power, up to 10 W, without the need for additional optical amplifiers. The game-changing R-200 laser platform allows pulse repetition rates up to 1 MHz, high pulse energies up to 80 uJ and ultra-short pulses of < 800 fs. Operating at a eye-safe wavelength of 1552nm, the R-200 industrial laser is fully software controlled and packaged in a compact, ruggedized all-fiber architecture. Raydiance systems are displacing earlier generation lasers, electronic and mechanical micro machining solutions by delivering unmatched precision, industrial-grade reliability and a even better value proposition – to customers in the medical, industrial and consumer markets.  

Raydiance, Hall C2 Stand 120

The R-200 laser platform allows pulse repetition rates of up to 1 MHz, high pulse energies of up to 80 µJ and ultrashort pulses of <800 fs.
Photo: Raydiance
Hybrid welding optics that flexibly adapt to robots
Reis Lasertec developed its new MWO54 hybrid welding optic for laser hybrid welding. It is based on the idea of a consistent, integrated design and features an even larger free aperture. In addition, all mirrors and optical elements are water cooled and designed for the highest laser capacities up to 20 kW. The hybrid welding optic can be adapted to all robot kinematics and to the RV60-26FT laser robot and the new RLP60-26FT laser gantry.  Both systems feature the integrated beam guidance system that was recently developed and patented by Reis Robotics.

Reis GmbH & Co. KG Maschinenfabrik, Hall C2 Stand 638

The new welding optics for laser hybrid welding is designed for laser powers up to 20 kW.
Photo: Reis
High pulse frequency allows rapid processing
Smaller, more compact and easier to operate – that is the best way to describe the new ROFIN FL020 laser. The 2 kW fiber laser can be equipped with up to 4 fiber outputs. It features a compact housing, improved fiber handling and requires less water. With a pulse length of 800 ps and a maximum pulse energy of 40 µJ, the new ROFIN PowerLine Pico picosecond laser is predestined for marking, engraving, thin-film ablation and structuring. The extremely high, variable pulse frequency of 200 to 800 kHz ensures rapid processing and allows pulse-to-pulse overlap.

ROFIN-SINAR Laser GmbH, Hall C2 Stand 327

The ROFIN PowerLine Pico’s extremely high, variable pulse frequency of 200 to 800 kHz ensures rapid processing and allows pulse-to-pulse overlap.
Photo: Rofin-Sinar
New scan heads with low-drift galvanometers
SCANLAB has expanded it product portfolio to include galvanometer scan heads in its SCANcube III, hurrySCAN III and intelliSCAN III series. The systems are ideal for industrial applications such as inscribing, marking, material processing and micro-processing. The new scan heads are based on low-drift galvanometers in the dynAXIS 3 series. These galvanometers feature built-in temperature control, and according to SCANLAB, they have the world’s lowest drift values for analog angle sensors. Thanks to the new galvanometers and updated electronics, the scan heads set standards for precision and speed among systems with analog detectors.  

SCANLAB AG, Hall C2 Stand 461

Scanlab equipped its new scan heads with low-drift galvanometers and improved electronics.
High-power multi-kilowatt fiber lasers
SPI Lasers shows a new range of high power multi kW fiber lasers. The redPOWER K1 1000 is available as either a high beam quality single mode 1kW laser source or as a multimode laser which together with the redPOWER K1 2000 and redPOWER K1 3000 products  can be configured with output fibers from 50µm to 600µm diameter. The lasers have novel approaches in field serviceability and configuration and offer excellent stability even when processing highly reflective materials given the novel optical architecture. A new EP series of 20W pulsed lasers offers significantly extended performance over its existing range. These represent the most versatile fiber laser sources with 40 optimized pulse waveforms in the 3-500ns range with enhanced pulse energy and peak power performance. 

SPI Lasers, Hall C2 Stand 406

Available as a single-mode 1-kW laser source with high beam quality or a multi-mode laser: redPOWER K1 1000.
Photo: SPI Lasers
Compact and fast for cutting 3,000 mm/min
Swisstec Micromachining, which specializes in modular micro laser machines, is introducing the new “Multi Flexi Tube MFT” platform. According to the company, it is currently the fastest and most compact modular laser system on the world market. It boasts cutting speeds of up to 3,000 mm/min = 50 mm/sec. with a resolution of 0.1 μm and can produce kerf widths of 8 to 50 microns (with fiber lasers) and 5 to 25 microns (with USP lasers). The laser systems used are FIBER or FEMTO lasers in the IR to UV range. Laser-cutting systems with multi-cut heads are possible and available as an option. The platform systems can be optimized to meet customer needs, so they are ideal for a wide range of applications.

Swisstec Micromachining AG, Hall C2 Stand 265

The Multi Flexi Tube platform features cutting speeds of up to 3,000 mm/min with a resolution of 0.1 μm.
Photo: Swisstec Micromachining
Laser vacuum unit: New control system for added convenience
TEKA is presenting a new version of its LFE laser vacuum unit with a new ControlUnit3 digital control system. The mobile mid vacuum cartridge filtration unit is intended for uses such as laser engraving, laser cleaning and laser cutting. It is ideal for continuous use in applications that generate large quantities of particles. The system extracts air that contains fumes and particles, filters it and returns the clean air to the room. A high-pressure turbine guarantees strong suction. The new control system offers added convenience and improved service. For the first time ever, it is equipped with a secure digital memory card that protocols all of the machine’s warning messages during operation.  

TEKA Absaug- und Entsorgungstechnologie GmbH, Hall C2 Stand 571

The LFE laser vacuum unit has a new control system that gives the user added convenience.
Photo: TEKA
New compact ultra-fine cleaning system
Whether it comes to glass wafers, precision optics or semiconductors – UCM AG has developed a compact system that meets cleanroom standards for the challenging task of cleaning parts of this kind. The system consists of four cleaning and rinsing tanks, and individual programming and control makes it possible to achieve extremely high levels of cleanliness. It also features an ultrasonic unit that perfectly suits the cleaning tasks, continuous particle removal by two-sided tank overflow and high-grade reconditioning of the cleaning fluid with ultrafine filtration. All tanks have an inclined bottom to facilitate drainage and cleaning.

UCM AG, Hall C2 Stand 507,

UCM AG has developed a compact system that meets cleanroom standards for cleaning glass wafers, precision optics and semiconductors.
Photo: UCM
Top performance for precision applications
V-Gen's VPFL-G and VCFL-G series of visible lasers (532nm) incorporate cutting edge technology to provide top performance in such precision-intensive applications as solar cell, micro-machining, silicon scribing, fine processing, thin film cutting and more. The VPFL-G lasers are comprised of short-pulse, linearly polarized Ytterbium fiber lasers in MOPA configuration along with SHG (second harmonic generation) module, providing output power of up to 10W. The VCFL-G lasers are comprised of a CW Ytterbium fiber laser configuration in conjunction with an SHG module, providing up to 5W output power for cost-effective operation.

V-gen Ltd., Hall C2 Stand 322,

Among other things, the new lasers are suitable for micro-machining, silicon scribing, fine processing and thin-film cutting.
Photo: V-gen
Versatile marking systems with closed dust-control system
Yueming Lasers is showing the MC150-DB, a newly developed versatile marking machine with radiation protection design. It features a closed upper and lower ventilation dust control system for keeping both the lens and the work area clean. The system has an electric lifting platform with a measuring scale and LED digital display. The MC150-DB uses German-made CO2 lasers, and the world's leading technology automatically focuses the triaxial dynamic marking head. The largest one-time processing area is 600 mm x 600 mm in size. The optional work platform satisfies different uses in different industries, and a mobile workbench can deliver large-format seamless processing on a maximum processing area of 1200 mm x 600 mm. Professional light guide plate design software is also available.

GD Han`s Yueming Laser Tech Co. Ltd, Hall C2 Stand 551,

Yueming Laser is presenting various systems for laser cutting, engraving and marking.
Photo: GD Han`s Yueming Laser

Job Shops

Micro-structures: Quickly and from a single source
LaserJob cuts, welds, drills and structures precision parts with micro detail and tolerances of ±3 µm. Focusing on extremely thin stainless steel materials, and working with foils between 0.01 mm and 2 mm thick, the company produces microstructures, from prototypes to entire series. Short delivery times and solutions from a single source including mechanical processing are standard. Ablation lasers are also used to remove materials such as ceramics, glass, plastics, sapphire, copper and diamond. The company also produces precision watch hands and gear wheels made of aluminum, brass and copper alloys as well as other micro-components such as stop second springs for the precision mechanics and watch industries.

LaserJob GmbH, Hall C1 Stand 371

LaserJob manufactures precision parts with micro detail and tolerances of ±3 µm, e.g. for the watch industry.
Bild: LaserJob
Special-purpose optics for laser material processing
NUTECH’s Laser System Technology division has been developing and manufacturing special-purpose optics for laser material processing for 25 years. NUTECH GmbH has special expertise and a diverse range of experience manufacturing laser optics for processing the insides of tubes and pipes, or so-called ID optics. Depending on the beam quality of the laser source, they can process tubes with diameters starting at 50 mm and with a penetration depth of up to 1500 mm. The optics are equipped with the following standard features: pyrometer, camera, adjustment devices and processing heads for coating and hardening. Inert-gas and powder nozzles can be added to meet customer requirements.

NUTECH GmbH Gesellschaft für Lasertechnik, Materialprüfung und Messtechnik, Hall C2 Stand 121
Short-pulse processing as new service
The Competence Center for Optical Technologies and Systems at the Technical University of Central Hesse has increased its range of services. It is adding short-pulse processing and analysis to its laser-technology services. It has a picosecond laser system (IR-VIS-UV) with a repeater amplifier (EPmax ≥ 100 mJ) available. The Laser Technology division also provides plastic-processing services, for which it uses a diode laser system with a linear profile. In Fiber Technology, the university now also offers quality control and characterization of UV fibers, product-safety analyses, characterization of fiber bundles and the analysis of bundle problems.

Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen, Hall B2, Stand 466

Beam profile of the picosecond laser that the Technical University of Central Hesse uses for short-pulse processing. 
Bild: Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen

Lasers and optoelectronics

Innovative beam sources and system components increase manufacturing capabilities and set new standards in precision, quality, effectiveness and cost efficiency. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs/OLEDs), for example, are revolutionizing the sector for illumination and display-technology.
Laser-diode driver supplies high-pulsed current
Analog Modules will present its high current pulsed laser diode driver, Model 773. The Model 773 is a low-cost, highly compact low voltage DC input power converter/laser diode driver designed to supply high pulsed current for laser diode-stack loads. Pulsed output current is 100 A with a 25 s rise time into diode-stacks of 2-5 V (up to 3 ms pulse width for Er:glass) (18-24 V load version under development) at an average power to the load of 1.0 W. Performance over temperature is guaranteed from -32 °C to +55 °C. The driver only weighs 2.1 oz. and is ideally suited for range finding applications. The unit does not require a heat sink and offers open circuit and short circuit protection.

Analog Modules Inc., Hall C1 Stand 145

The compact, low-voltage DC laser-diode driver supplies a pulsed output current of 100 A.
Photo: Analog Modules
Measuring beam quantity in less than 20 seconds
Arden Photonics is launching the new BQM-50 beam propagation analyzer. Compact, easy to align and adjust, it measures M² in less than 20 seconds, with a wavelength range of 400 to 1100 nm. The BQM-50 is designed to facilitate complete measurement of laser beam propagation characteristics. It applies patented NPL technology, which means it has no moving parts. This means there is no need for a translation stage which is normally required to allow beam widths to be sampled as the camera moves through the laser caustic. The BQM-50 is therefore one of the most compact and capable beam quality systems available. The clear and easy-to-use software allows complete control of the measurement which can be controlled via a USB 2.0 interface from a laptop computer. This makes the entire system both portable and convenient, which means you can make M² measurements whenever and wherever you want to. 

Arden Photonics LTD, Hall B1 Stand 163

The new beam-propagation analyzer has no moving parts and can be used for mobile applications.
Photo: Arden Photonics
Characterizing laser diodes is optimized
Artifex Engineering is presenting an expanded range of laser-diode characterization systems. According to Artifex, the expanded series can be used to measure all services and models that are available on the market. The LIV Series offers full LIV characterization and analysis, high throughput (typically <1s/diode), integrated spectral analysis, and software packages for use as a stand-alone or for OEM integration. The devices are designed to be integrated into production cells. The stand-alone measuring routine frees up the control PC during the measuring process.

Artifex Engineering, Hall B1.Stand 501

Equipped to meet all market requirements: The LIV Series laser-diode characterization systems.
Photo: Artifex Engineering
New high-performance pulsed lasers
Cobolt will be showcasing a new family of nanosecond pulsed lasers and tunable mid-IR lasers. The highly successful proprietary manufacturing technique, HTCure, has enabled the company to readily turn complicated laser designs into compact and cost efficient industrial laser solutions. The new mid-IR optical parametric oscillator (OPO) is no exception. The most compact OPO about to hit the market has a footprint of 125x70x45mm, contains both the ns pump source and the OPO and is tunable up to 50nm around a selected center wavelength between 2-5µm with up to 80mW average powers. The passively Q-switched ns pump lasers are also available at 355nm, 532nm and 1064nm with <5ns pulse widths at 7kHz pulse frequency and <1.0W average power.
Cobolt AB, Hall B1 Stand 320

Cobolt is introducing a new family of pulsed nanosecond lasers and tunable mid-IR lasers.
Photo: Cobolt
Pulsed lasers for reliability in continuous operation
CryLaS Crystal Laser Systems is introducing new passively Q-switched DUV lasers that emit a wavelength of 213 nm. Three different models of the FQSS213 series deliver pulse rates of up to 1 kHz and pulse energies of up to 50 µJ. The pulse widths are from 0.9 to 1.3 ns. The beam has a nearly gauss-shaped profile (TEM00) with a beam divergence of < 2.5 mrad. The double encapsulated DPSS laser head, high output stability, long service intervals and long lifespan ensure reliability in continuous operation. The new FQCW-266-200 DUV continuous wave laser has a higher output power of 200 mW in continuous operation. Due to a resonant stage to quadruple the frequency, this compact and sturdy cw laser emits a wavelength of 266 nm. 

CryLaS Crystal Laser Systems GmbH Stand B1.106

Delivers pulse rates up to 1 kHz and pulse energies up to 50 µJ: The new passively Q-switched DUV laser at 213 nm.
Photo: CryLaS Crystal Laser Systems
Universal solutions for laser marking
For the first time ever in the laser-marking sector, Datalogic is presenting its FILOS pulsed fiber laser, which covers a variety of industrial applications. Among other things, FILOS features an extended temperature range of up to 55°C, higher output power, a maintenance-free design and an I/O interface. It boasts low operating costs, high operational reliability and a long service life. FILOS is suitable for marking, engraving and scribing as well as for material processing and micro-machining. The AREX ultra-compact fiber laser can mark metal and plastic materials at high speeds. The ULYXE DPSS laser marker weighs only 7.5 kg and features a plug-and-play function via USB.  

Datalogic Automation S.r.l., Hall C2 Stand 465

Low operating costs, high operational reliability and a long service life: The FILOS pulsed fiber laser is suitable for marketing and other type of surface processing.
Photo: Datalogic Automation
Affordable and has a long service life: laser safety shutter
Electro-Optical Products is launching a RoHS-compliant, high reliability, low cost and long life laser safety (interlock) shutter that jumps to the “OFF” position if the power fails. A 13 mm aperture and a 25 mm aperture are fitted as standard, larger apertures are optional. It offers 5 V, 12 V or 24 V dc operation with a simple low power drive circuit for TTL input. The shutter is a stock item and easy to operate. It has magnetic switches (sensors) to identify the position of the blade. Also shown is the smallest non-MEMS optical scanner available. Scan angle to 50 deg PTP optical and mirror sizes (6 mm diameter, 7 x 6 mm and 10 x 6mm - compared to a 1x1 mm MEMS mirror). The high reliability fixed frequency scanner (from the range of 100 Hz to 1 KHz), mounted horizontally or vertically has a position output signal. It deflects a laser beam, from X-ray to FIR, with continuous sinusoidal motion. The rugged device withstands shock and vibration, and can be used in cryo, vacuum and high temperatures.

Electro-Optical Products Corp., Hall B1 Stand 421

Electro-Optical Products is introducing an RoHS-compliant laser safety shutter.
Photo: Electro-Optical Products
Industrial ps laser: Compact, reliable and low maintenance
The new HYLASE 1064nm picosecond laser from Fianium, based on state of the art fiber laser technology, provides high stability and long lifetime making it ideal for 24/7 industrial use. The remote laser head, with small foot-print and low weight, offers easy integration yet gives class-leading power and pulse energy performance. With a pulse-width of less than 20ps, the HYLASE-25 system produces a maximum pulse energy of 125μJ and an average output power of greater than 25W. The Gaussian (TEM00) beam profile, with an M2 <1.3, allows small feature sizes for high-precision material processing applications. The excellent beam-quality, picosecond pulse-width and high pulse energy, enables focused intensities of the order of GW/cm2 and fluence in the kJ/cm2 range.
Fianium Ltd., Hall B1 Stand 325

The HYLASE 1064 nm picosecond laser combines high power and pulse energy with a long service life.
Photo: Fianium
Nanosecond fiber laser for optimized processing
FiberLAST will present new products from the FLAST-Nano family – ytterbium nanosecond pulsed fiber lasers, specifically the FLAST-Nano 50W nanosecond pulsed fiber laser module and the FLAST-NanoMark 50W nanosecond marking system. The proprietary features of the FLAST-Nano 50W and FLAST-NanoMark 50W comprise electronically generated pulses, MOPA architecture, an independently adjustable pulse width (50 – 500 ns) and frequency (100 – 500 kHz) which allows the user to precisely optimize laser-material processing, as well as high peak intensity , owing to high peak power (> 10kW) and excellent beam quality (M² < 1,2). The FLAST-Nano 50W fiber laser module was designed for OEM applications and is suitable for various material processing applications including marking, trimming, engraving and scribing. The FLAST-NanoMark 50W marking system is effective with a wide range of materials.

FiberLAST INC., Hall C2 Stand 462

The FLAST Nano 50W features independently adjustable pulse width and frequency.
Photo: FiberLAST
Compact, sturdy and ultra-broadband
The SpectraChrome laser from NP Photonics delivers a supercontinuum with a spectrum from < 1000 nm to > 4500 nm. This compact laser features a sturdy design and can be used as an independent ultra-broadband IR beam source. The new high-power isolators from CASTECH feature low loss and very good isolation properties, are suitable for high-power applications, are extremely stable against environmental influences and are reliable. They are ideal for use with high-power fiber amplifiers and fiber lasers.

GWU Lasertechnik Vertriebsges. mbH, Hall B1 Stand 459

Among other things, the new high-power isolators feature low loss and very good isolation properties.
Photo: Castech
High-power peltier control with an output power of 250 W
Thanks to the TEC16-24, head electronic has finally managed to develop the first high-power TECC driver with an output power of up to 250 W and up to 97% efficiency. TEC16-24 matches its control characteristic to the actual situation using an elaborate software-based control algorithm, which makes it particularly suitable for temperature-critical applications such as in laser and medical technology. The TEC16-24 can be driven with both NTC thermistors as well as RTD elements. Output currents of up to 16 A are possible without an additional heat sink. The driver can be operated either as a stand-alone device via a potentiometer or via a USB or RS-485-interface.  

head electronic GmbH, Hall C1 Stand 634

Particularly suitable for temperature-critical applications: The TEC16-24 high-power TEC driver.
Photo: head electronic
Two colors with one laser driver
The new iC-HT laser diode driver permits microcontroller-based activation of laser diodes in CW mode. It allows laser diodes to be driven either by the optical output power, the laser diode current, or an entirely controller-based power control unit. The maximum laser diode current per channel is 750 mA, and both channels can be switched in parallel. Thanks to the high integration level of the analog functions for activating the laser diodes with the microcontroller interface, multichannel laser diode control units can be implemented directly. The iC-HT laser diode driver works on supply voltages of 2.8 V to 8 V and can thus drive both blue and green laser diodes.

iC-Haus GmbH, Hall B1 Stand 308

The iC-HT laser diode driver works on supply voltages of 2.8 V to 8 V and can thus drive both blue and green laser diodes.
Photo: iC-Haus
Extra-long miniature linear guides
IKO – Nippon Thompson is presenting its expanded line of linear guides. For example, the MLL15 – a long-term maintenance-free (20,000 km or 5 years without external lubrication) miniature linear guide with recirculating bearings – is an extra-long variant of previous carriage designs. Besides being more rigid than the other three lengths, this model has a larger surface area and six tapped blind holes, which simplifies assembly compared to the other models and makes it suitable to replace a larger number of shorter carriages. The CRWG2H cross roller guide is now also available with a plastic cage (as an alternative to the standard design with the steel cage).  

IKO – Nippon Thompson Europe B.V., Hall C1 Stand 302

Now available as an extra-long variant: The MLL miniature linear guide.
Photo: IKO-Nippon
UV LEDs in new SMD modular designs
UV LEDs from Seoul Optodevice are now available in compact Z5 and Z7 SMD housings. One chip is integrated into the Z5 housing, and the Z7 contains 4 chips. The basic dimensions of the Z5 are 2.5 mm x 3.5 mm, and those of the Z7 are 9 mm x 7 mm. The optical power varies between 200 mW to 400 mW per chip, depending on the wavelength. As such, up to 2 mW is possible in the Z7 casing. The ilumCURE UV handheld exposure unit from IMM Photonics is a UV light source iwht a central wavelength of 365 nm. The mobile light source uses this powerful UV LED to harden UV adhesives in just a few seconds. The unit was developed specifically for use in the field and features a sturdy aluminum housing. 

IMM Photonics GmbH, Hall B1 Stand 400

Hardens UV adhesives in a few seconds: The ilumCURE UV handheld exposure unit.
Photo: IMM Photonics
Diode laser as pump source for O-band Raman amplification
The new generation of the LD-12xx-series, a diode laser platform primarily designed as a pump source for O-band Raman amplification, provides a single mode kink-free output power of > 500 mW at 1500 mA, e.g. centered at 1240 nm. The 14-pin butterfly packaged laser is equipped with a polarization maintaining fiber (PMF) and a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) to achieve high stability in regard to the output power and spectrum. All custom wavelengths in the range 1170 nm – 1270 nm are available on request.

INNOLUME GmbH, Hall C1 Stand 122

The new laser is housed in a 14-pin butterfly package.
Diode laser for medicine
The diode-laser products in the FocusMed series was developed to meet the specific demands of medical applications. Besides tried-and-tested standard products, Focuslight Technologies offers its customers – specifically, manufacturers of medical equipment – ideal light sources for medical and cosmetic treatment systems. The ready-to-install modules feature Focuslight’s well-known quality and reliability. Semiconductors made in Germany are the centerpiece among the light sources. The light sources in the FocusMed series are available with long pulse duration, high pulse power and water cooling. 

Laser 2000 GmbH, Hall B1 Stand 421

Laser 2000 and Focuslight are presenting light sources for medical and cosmetic applications.
Photo: LASER 2000
Photon counter for quantum cryptography
LASER COMPONENTS is presenting two new single photon counting modules that are optimized for long wavelengths. The COUNT NIR is equipped with an APD that has an above average detection efficiency at a wavelength of 810 nm, which is important for quantum cryptography. The InGaAs APD in the COUNT Q covers the spectral range from 900 to 1600 nm. For best performance, the APD is thermoelectrically cooled. Just like the silicon APD-based COUNT® modules, the focus during the development of the COUNT® Q was on high detection efficiency and low dark current.

LASER COMPONENTS GmbH, Hall B1 Stand 442

The COUNT Q photon counter uses an InGaAs APD and covers the spectral range from 900 to 1600 nm.
Finesse pure CEP – Developed for CEP stabilization
With recent advances in 532nm pump laser noise reduction technology, a number of manufacturers are capable of supporting noise sensitive applications such as CEP stabilisation. The finesse pure CEP (patent pending) has amongst the lowest noise available, and is the only one allowing direct modulation of the pump diode. This eliminates the need for an AOM normally required as part of the stabilisation process, reducing the cost and complexity of the CEP stabilised oscillator. The ventus solo uses cavity technology to reduce the emitted bandwidth. Designed specifically for Raman spectroscopy and microscopy, the ventus solo has a bandwidth of <9GHz, offering greatly improved resolution with no loss in robustness, power or stability.

Laser Quantum Ltd., Hall B1 Stand 466

One of the lowest-noise 532-nm pump lasers: The finesse pure CEP.
Photo: Laser Quantum
More comfortable laser-safety glasses
LASERVISION is presenting two versions of its PROTECTOR safety glasses. Unlike the previous model, which featured individually glued foam pads, now the user can choose between two types of padded frames. The frames that the user puts on serve as a base for the padding, which is either a thick, multi-layer foam like a ski mask or a lip seal like a diving mask. Since the PROTECTOR is frequently worn over corrective lenses, the foam version is considerably more comfortable when worn for long periods of time yet providing undiminished safety.

LASERVISION GmbH & Co.KG, Hall B1 Stand 605

With the Protector laser safety glass, now the user can choose between two different padded frames.
Laser-diode driver for high repetition rates
Lastronics’ LDD 1312 HDLC microprocessor-controlled laser diode driver addresses applications with high repetition rates and high relative activation times. The LDD 1312 HDLC was designed as a power source for operating laser diode bars and stacks and is configurable in a wide range of parameters: On/off ratios of a few percent are just as possible as a DC solution with an output power of max. 3 kW. The driver supplies a forward voltage of up to 76 V and is capable of driving up to 40 laser diodes in series. The maximum operating current is variable in 1-A steps up to 500 A.

Lastronics GmbH, Hall C2 Stand 640

The LDD 1312 HDLC microprocessor-controlled laser diode driver addresses applications with high repetition rates and high relative activation times.
Photo: Lastronics
Ceramics with increased thermal conductivity
Materion Ceramics Inc. new BW3250 is according to the manufacturer the highest thermally conductive beryllium oxide ceramics available in the industry today, with a TC of 325w/mk compared to the standard 285W/mk.  The heat generated due to ever increasing technological demand of today’s high power lasers has resulted in a need for a higher thermally conductive beryllium oxide ceramic to closer bridge the gap between beryllium oxide and diamond. Materion’s Durox new product line of high purity alumina ceramics are used in numerous industries to solve many engineering problems. Materion’s combination of experienced technical knowledge and manufacturing capabilities enables us to provide cost effective high quality engineered materials for the most demanding laser application needs.

Materion Ceramics, Inc., Hall C1 Stand 645

Beryllium oxide ceramics with the highest thermal conductivity: BW3250 from Materion Ceramics.
Photo: Materion Ceramics
Positioning stage features accuracy of 1 nm
In closed-loop operation, the new high-precision DSP50 micro positioning stage has a positioning accuracy of up to 1 nm with 10 mm travel. Adjustment forces of up to 15 N are possible both in open- and closed-loop operation. Its dimensions are very compact – only 50 x 50 x 16 mm. The new NOVA Controller (NC 2 or NC 6) makes it possible to activate drives with different drive concepts such as piezo inertial motors, dynamic piezo motors, stepper motors and switching modules. The control concept is server/client-based and allows a very modular upgrade in the number of driven axes.

mechOnics AG, Hall B1 Stand 481

In closed-loop operation, the DSP50 micropositioning stage has a positioning accuracy of up to 1 nm with 10 mm travel.
Photo: mechOnics
DFB lasers for gas-sensing applications in the 3 to 6 μm range
Nanoplus is presenting DFB lasers for gas-sensing applications in the wavelength range of 3 μm to 6 μm that the company claims are unique the world over. The new single-mode lasers are used in continuous wave (cw) operation at room temperature. Given their low operating current, they are predestined for use in portable measuring devices. The laser housing has an integrated thermo-electric cooler and is hermetically sealed using an antireflection-coated cover. The middle infrared range from 3 μm to 6 μm is very interesting, particularly for detecting hydrocarbons and a number of other spectroscopic applications. 

nanoplus Nanosystems and Technologies GmbH, Hall B1 Stand 671

The new DFB lasers for gas sensing applications cover a large wavelength range from 3 to 6 μm.
Photo: Nanoplus
Laser safety glasses that people like to wear
NoIR LaserShields stellt das neueste Gestell #52 vor, eine moderne Wrap-around- NoIR LaserShields  introduces the newest frame #52, a modern wrap-around with comfort fit temples and a contemporary look and feel that users will like to wear. And while Function is critical, Form cannot be ignored; after all, laser eye protection is only safe if it’s on the face, and users will wear what’s necessary if it’s comfortable and good-looking. NoIR LaserShields provide industry-defining protection and visibility for the world of laser applications. Made in the USA and CE-Certified, LaserShields afford high damage threshold ratings, even for femtosecond and high energy pulses. With more than 125 filters—over 75 CE-certified— and a frame to fit any face, LaserShields are the point where safety and comfort converge.  

NoIR LaserShield, Hall C1 Stand 110

The new safety glasses have a modern wrap-around design, a modern look and are comfortable to wear.
Photo: NoIR LaserShield
New laser-diode chip optimizes beam formation
With a new generation laser diode chip, optical beam shaping enhancements and automated manufacturing, Oclaro upgrades the power and efficiency of the 25W fiber laser pump module to 30W.  At 900-990nm, the light is launched into a 105um 0.15NA fiber with controlled fiber under-filling, allowing customers to minimize losses in the combiner. The BMU30 enables fiber laser manufacturers to generate higher pump power levels with higher efficiency. 

Oclaro, Inc., Hall C1 Stand 370

The new laser-diode chip from Oclaro increases the power of the 25-W fiber laser pump module to 30 W.
Photo: Oclaro
Integrated solution for pulsed MOPA fiber lasers
The OPM-LDa series seed laser assembly is an integrated solution for the seed (oscillator) part of pulsed MOPA fiber lasers systems. The assembly includes all the key functions needed in a high performance seeder, including an adjustable pulse generator, laser driver, TEC controller and an integrated laser diode. It offers a wide range of alternatives and options. The OPM-LD-ps series seed laser assembly is an integrated solution for the seed (oscillator) part of pulsed MOPA fiber lasers systems. The assembly includes all the key functions needed in a high performance seeder, including an arbitrary waveform generator, laser driver, TEC controller and an integrated laser diode. The product is designed to operate in a wide temperature range and in maintenance-free conditions.

Optical Pulse Machines, Hall C2 Stand 645

The new seed laser assembly contains all the important key functions.
Photo: Optical Pulse Machines
New adapter plates provide added flexibility
The ADP-S40-S25-10 adapter plates from OWIS provide even more flexibility. They are used to integrate SYS 25 components into SYS 40 systems. The new ADP-S40-S25-10 adapter plates are used to mount SYS 25 components to RT40 slides and – using two plates – to adjust the optical height of a complete SYS 25 rail-slide-components combination to the beam height of the SYS 40. Naturally, the screws that are needed are included in the delivery. The plates close the gap, making it possible to combine the SYS 25, the smallest OWIS beam handling system, with other systems.

OWIS GmbH, Hall B1 Stand 422

The new adapter plate is used to integrate SYS 25 components into SYS 40 systems.
Photo: OWIS
Flexibles device concept for specific adaptations
The new C-884 motion controller from Physik Instrumente (PI) permits four-axis vectorial movement for positioning systems with DC motors. The four motor axes are addressed synchronously; the axes start simultaneously and reach their target position simultaneously. The controller features a USB and a TCP/IP interface for commands. PI is also presenting a modular concept for six-axis positioning systems. The six identical legs of the hexapod are designed so that their length can be scaled. They contain the electronics for reference and end switches, positioning sensors and electronic commutation for the brushless DC motors. 

Physik Instrumente (PI) GmbH & Co.KG, Hall B1 Stand 438

The C-884 motion controller permits four-axis vectorial movement for positioning systems with DC motors.
Photo: Physik Instrumente
Direct emitting green laser modules
When ORSAM introduced its direct emitting green laser diodes at the end of 2012, it led to a small revolution on the market for green laser-light sources. Now PICOTRONIC is one of the first companies to offer these green laser diodes as complete laser modules. The advantages of the new systems include a larger temperature range and absolute impact resistance with minimal power and space requirements. The new green single-mode semiconductor lasers with 520 nm have an optical output of 1 – 50 mW and the highest beam quality. 

Picotronic GmbH, Hall C1 Stand 140

No crystal and no detours: Now the first lasers modules with direct emitting green laser diodes are available.
Photo: Picotronic
Replacement lasers for holography and spectroscopy
According to Klastech, it is introducing the world’s first true solid state 442nm He-Cd replacement laser. Naturally the laser is low noise, conductively cooled and inherently produces single frequency performance. Typical applications include holography, spectroscopy, thin film analysis, flow visualization and optical data storage. This company is also presenting the Symphony laser. This new product is inherently single frequency and can produce 1.5 W of 532 nm laser light in a small compact package with no water cooling. This in turn leads to highly stable long-term power stability and beam pointing.

Power Technology Inc., Hall C1 Stand 471,

Low noise: The 442 nm He-Cd replacement laser is named “Concerto”.
New range of Green laser diode modules
ProPhotonix will be exhibiting its new range of green laser diode modules. The new range includes the Green Photon module, a compact module ideal for OEM applications, the Green 3D PRO Laser, a compact structured light laser designed to industry standard dimensions and the 3D PRO Laser Mini, a 10mm diameter structured light laser. These 520nm, direct emission lasers offer significant benefits over traditional DPSS solutions including compactness, improved power stability over a wide range of ambient temperatures and reduced operating currents. They are available in a range of power levels (up to 35mW) and a range of optical configurations including uniform lines with excellent uniformity. 

ProPhotonix Ltd., Hall C1 Stand 256,

The directly emitting 520-nm lasers combine compact size with improved power stability and low operating currents.
Photo: ProPhotonix
High-speed modulation and narrow line width
The QLD0593 series of QD Laser is a compact visible laser module based on frequency doubling of near-infrared DFB laser with characteristics like high-speed modulation and narrow linewidth. It is suitable for applications like fluorescence microscope and spectral measurement. QLF0x3x series is a high power red and near-infrared laser. The laser is mounted in a TO-CAN package with a monitor photodiode. The models is ideal for markers of factory automations, particle counting and various sensing applications. QLD1x6x series is a single mode DFB laser butterfly module with high power capabilities in a 1000 to 1180nm wavelength range. It shows excellent single mode stability and is suitable for both CW and short pulsed operations.  

QD Laser, Inc., Hall B1 Stand 140 und 142,

The QLD0593 modules are suitable for applications such as fluorescence microscopy and spectral measurements.
Photo: QD Laser
New Lenses for Lasers with High Standards
In the area of LINOS F-Theta-Ronar lenses Qioptiq extends the product portfolio with this new series for the wavelength range of 940–980 nm. This lens class is optimized for demanding applications in laser systems, for example plastic welding. A laser damage threshold is implemented through the use of an especially developed broadband antireflective coating. With kineFLEX-ULTRATM, Qioptiq presents a single-mode polarisation conserving fibre system that transmits wavelengths in the area of 400–800 nm in a single fibre core, for example with the latest microscopic applications, where-ever several wavelengths have to be combined in one microscopic system.

Qioptiq Photonics GmbH & Co. KG, Hall B1 Stand 107

The new lens series LINOS F-Theta-Ronar is designed for the wavelength range of 940–980 nm.
Photo: Qioptiq
DC-coupled Phase Modifiers Generate Rapid Feedback
Qubig GmbH extends its product range from high-class electro-optical modulators (EOMs) for high-performance scientific and industrial lasers from UV to IR. Besides the common resonant types of electro-optical phase modulators with customer-specific resonance frequencies from 0.1 MHz–3.2 GHz, equally DC-coupled phase modifiers (with AR-coating or in Brewster angle) form part of the range. In contrast to the small-band, resonant EOMs, that are predominantly used for efficient sideband generation for laser cooling (rear pump frequencies), laser frequency stabilisation (Pound Drever Hall locking), and laser spectroscopy (“FM- and modulation transfer spectroscopy“), phase modifiers provide a rapid feedback from DC - 100MHz.

Qubig GmbH, Hall B1 Stand 517

Qubig Qubig presents new electro-optical modulators (EOMs) for high-performance, scientific and industrial lasers.
Photo: Qubig
Very Robust, Narrow-band and Adjustable
Radiant Dyes completes its cw-laser program. The new laser beyond cw-Dye- and Ti-Sa lasers is the narrow-band, adjustable diode laser “NarrowDiode”. Its innovative design is based on the wavelength separation by interference filters. This provides the laser with extreme robustness against mechanic and thermic deformation, so that external cavities of 70 mm length may be realized. The resulting line-width with standard wavelengths (780, 798, 854 etc.) ranges down to 20 kHz. A further advantage is the fixed output beam the position of which is independent of the wavelength and remains unaffected during the adjustment.

Radiant Dyes Laser & Acc. GmbH, Hall B1 Stand 374

The innovative design of the narrow-band, adjustable diode lasers is based on the wavelength separation by means of interference filters.
Photo: Radiant Dyes
Material Analysis with Terahertz Radiation
Rainbow Photonics presents TeraTUNE, a new Instrument for materials analysis with Terahertz radiation. The adjustable THz analysis device complements the TeraIMAGE which can scan 3-dimensional images of objects with Terahertz waves in a wide frequency range of 0,3–12 THz. TeraTUNE generates THz pulses with high intensity with a bandwidth of 70 GHz in a tuning range from 1–20 THz. The frequency tuning is fully electronic and computer-controlled. With this new THz source materials may be examined selectively with characterized THz absorption lines or in in the areas with good THz-transmission in this wide spectral area.

Rainbow Photonics AG, Hall C1 Stand 120

With this new THz source materials may be examined selectively with characteristic THz-absorption lines or in the areas with good THz transmission.
Photo: Rainbow Photonics
Low-Noise Line Lasers with Reduced Coherence Length
The new laser line generators by Schäfter+Kirchhoff with internal RF modulation qualify through their low noise performance, reduced coherence length and Speckle contrast (dependent on the measuring configuration). By means of a specific modulation, many modes start tuning simultaneously with the result of a stable emission conduct with decreased noise performance (<0,1% RMS) and reduced coherence (typical <300 µm). The laser line generators are “mode-hopping free”. The laser diode beam sources cover the area from 370 to 2750 nm. The integrated regulation- and performance electronics with modulation input provides digital as well as simultaneous analogue modulation of 100 kHz each.

Schäfter+Kirchhoff GmbH, Hall B1 Stand 102
New Laser System Controller with Additional Functions
Schulz-Electronic displays the new Laser System Controller (LSC) 1650 of the US manufacturer Quantum Composers. The practical device is based on the Laser Diode Driver Controller (LDDC) 1550, offering additional functionality. The programming resolution of 12bit, Jitter of 1 ns and 100 ns pulse resolution are suitable for industrial as well as for scientific applications. With the 1650 LSC, it is equally easy to adjust and control the primary parameters of the connected laser diode driver. An additional auxiliary-I/O interface facilitates the reading of photo diodes and thermistors as well as the triggering and reading of diverse analogue and digital I/Os.

Schulz-Electronic GmbH, Hall B1 Stand 676

With the 1650 LSC it is possible to easily adjust and monitor the primary parameters of the connected laser diode driver.
Photo: Schulz-Electronic
Development Support for Optical Systems
CODE V 10.5 offers new and improved optimization and tolerancing capabilities for the design of high-performance optical systems with reduced sensitivity to manufacturing and alignment errors. This helps designers create systems in CODE V that not only perform as specified, but are also less expensive to manufacture and can be assembled faster. LightTools 8.0 introduces multi-CPU support, which can dramatically improve the speed of simulations, analyses and optimizations. This built-in feature is used whenever you run a forward simulation. Other productivity-enhancing features include new 3D objects for designing state-of-the-art lighting components and parametric control improvements for simplified data management.

Synopsys, Optical Solutions Group, Hall B1 Stand 409

Provides new opportunities for developers of optical systems: Tool CODE V 10.5.
Photo: Synopsys Optical Solutions
Large Power Output with High Repetition Rate
With the Nd:YAG-Laser Gaia-I Thales Optronique wants to extend the boundaries of what is possible for the achieved power output with high repetition rates, high reliability and a unique pulse stability. The laser delivers 8 J with a wavelength of 532 nm and up to 5 Hz, combined with a top-hat beam profile for high-class industry applications. Gaia-I is now equally disposable in a version for high beam quality M2 and thus it is best suited to refractive or diffractive beam shaping optics. Due to the very low spatial coherence the formed beam may attain an unusually low spatial modulation.

Thales Optronique SA Laser Solutions, Hall C1 Stand 234

Offers a beam profile for high-class industrial applications: The Nd:YAG-Laser Gaia-I.
Photo: Thales Optronique
Compact and Inexpensive Femto-Second Laser
TOPAG presents its new femto-second laser CARBIDE of the Lithuanian manufacturer Light Conversion. Particular features: very compact laser with integrated power adaptor (24 VDC), purely room cooled with 4 Watts medium performance. Due to its variable pulse length (300 fs–10 ps) as well as the variable repetition rate (1–500 kHz) the laser may be flexibly adapted to the different requirements. The laser is predestined for applications in medical engineering and for micro-material processing.

Topag Lasertechnik GmbH, Hall B1 Stand 324

Due to variable pulse length and variable repetition rate the femto-second laser CARBIDE may be flexibly adapted.
Photo: Topag Lasertechnik
Ultra-Short Pulse-Amplifier offers High Repetition Rate
In the year 2012 VENTEON Laser Technologies – according to its own statements made – developed worldwide the first commercial parametric ultra short pulse-amplifier with a pulse duration below 8 fs and a stabilised Carrier-Enveloping-Phase (CEP). This item generates highly energetic pulses with more than 5 µJ with a very high repetition rate of 200 kHz and is therefore best suited for non-linear spectroscopy or for the generation of high harmonic radiation. Venteon equally displays new pre-amplifying modules that offer a compact opportunity to significantly amplify pulse energies of merely ~10 pJ (@ 80 MHz) and optionally reduce the fundamental repetition rate. 

VENTEON Laser Technologies GmbH, Hall B1 Stand 126

The ultra short pulse-amplifier by Venteon delivers at a pulse duration below 8 fs highly energetic pulses with more than 5 µJ.
Photo: Venteon
Fibre Coupled Laser for Highest Projection Quality
Z-LASER presents new fibre coupled laser modules. The ZFSM systems use – in comparison to plain laser diodes – better optical properties of the fibres with a view to the beam profile (M² ~ 1,05) and the geometry of the radiation. ZFSM separates the optics by an optical fibre cable from the laser source with its electronics involved. The thermal energy resulting from electronics and laser source has thus no direct impact on the optics (high stability of projection). The product novelty is geared to applications with highest requirements to project accuracy, as is the case in industrial image processing and in medical applications. 

Z-LASER Optoelektronik GmbH, Hall B2 Stand 101

On the basis of fibre coupling the new modules generate better beam profiles and radiation geometries than plain laser diodes.
Photo: Z-Laser

Laser and Optoelectronics: Research

Research with Pulses in the Attosecond Area
The Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) Project is an integral part of the European plan to build the next generation of large research facilities identified and selected by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). ELI will be the world’s first infrastructure to permit investigation of the interaction between light and matter with the highest intensity in the so called ultra-relativistic range. ELI-HU Non-Profit Ltd. (ELI-HU Research and Development Non-Profit Limited Liability Company) is coordinating  the project preparation and construction of ELI-ALPS, an international laser research center. ELI-ALPS is scheduled to be built in Szeged with the objective of producing a laser-based research infrastructure in which light pulses with a duration of a few tens of attoseconds (1 as = 10-18 s) are generated and used for basic and applied research.

ELI-ALPS, Hall C1 Stand 651/B

The international laser research centre ELI-ALPS is to generate light pulses in the attosecond area at the Hungarian location Szeged.

Sensor Technology, Measurement and Inspection Technology, and Optical Measuring Systems

For industry, trade, medical engineering and science optical sensors and laser-based measuring and inspection systems are indispensible – and crucial for the quality and profitability. For light is the ideal measuring tool: precise, rapid, non-contact and flexible. LASER World of PHOTONICS enlightens the application opportunities.
Displacement sensor for high precision and rugged environments
attocube systems is introducing the FPS3010, an ultra-sensitive interferometric position sensor. The award-winning, fiber-optic sensor can simultaneously record position changes of up to three objects that move at a rate of up to 1 m/s with working distances of up to 40 cm and resolutions in the picometer range. The FPS3010 is based on a holistic fiber-optic concept and minimizes the size of the sensor head to a few millimeters, allowing it to easily provide extremely precise results, even under extreme conditions. In keeping with the plug-and-play concept, the FPS3010 can be connected anywhere without a problem and put to immediate use.

attocube systems AG, Hall B1 Stand 123

Extremely precise, high range and very sturdy: The attocube FPS3010 interferometric three-channel real-time sensor with two fiber-optic based sensor heads and corresponding reflectors.
Photo: attocube Systems
Maximal Performance in Microformat
Avantes will exhibit our smallest instrument ever, the AvaSpec-Micro, as a world premiere at the trade fair. It only measures 38.5 ml, i.e. about the size of a matchbox. This latest addition to the CompactLine family of spectrometers comes very recently after the launch of the AvaSpec-Mini, one of the smallest spectrometers ever made. The new AvaSpec-Micro easily beats this record as it is only 30% of the size of the Mini. It boasts a resolution of up to 0.8 nm with a 2500 pixel detector. Available wavelength ranges are 370-750 nm for visible light and 225-850 nm for UV/VIS measurements. The AvaSpec-Micro is ideal for OEM applications and is powered by a standard USB 2.0 connection, which is also used for data transfer. For industry applications, four configurable digital I/O ports are available. It weighs only 58 grams, and comes with a 20 micrometer entrance slot as a standard feature.

Avantes BV, Hall B2 Stand 261

Small like a matchbox: The spectrometer AvaSpec-Micro has a volume of 38,5 ml.
Photo: Avantes
Handheld Unit for Mobile Raman Spectrometry
The NanoRam Handheld Raman Spectrometer is the state-of-the-art compact handheld Raman analyzer designed for use by non-specialists. It can easily be operated single-handedly. It permits rapid development of libraries and methods for material identification and verification within cGMP compliant facilities, whether in the lab, the warehouse, the loading dock or the field. The i-Raman High Resolution TE Cooled Raman Spectrometer is equipped with B&W Tek’s patented CleanLaze technology for exceptional laser stabilization and narrow line width. Other features include a spectral resolution as fine as 3 cm-1, wide Raman shift coverage up to 4000 cm-1 and a TE cooled 2048 pixel CCD array.

B&W Tek Inc., Hall B2 Stand 465

Easy to use even for non-professionals: the Raman hand spectrometer NanoRam.
Photo: B&W Tek
Linear Optical Device for the Detection of CEP Drifts
CE Optics now introduces the CEOLiT, an active optical path length stabilized multiple-beam interferometer for carrier-envelope phase drift measurement. Since this method is virtually requirement-free, it can be exceptionally useful for applications where octave-bandwidth spectrum or high intensity does not allow the use of the common f-to-2f techniques. While the CEOLiT can keep up with accuracy of f-to-2f interferometry (P. Jojart et. al. OL 37, 836), it has a demonstrated ability to measure CEP drift of ps pulses even under 0.3 nm spectral bandwidth (E. Cormier et al., PRL, 2013). The device is equipped with high-speed detectors to reach up multiple tens of kHz detection range.  

CE Optics Kft., Hall B2 Stand 144

The multi-beam interferometer attains a detection area up to several ten kHz.
Photo: CE Optics
Compact USB 3.0 Laser Beam Profiler
The success model CinCam CMOS was enlarged by the powerful Nano series. For the market introduction one 1/1.8" 1,3 MPixel (6,8 mm x 5,4 mm) and one 1" 4,2 MPixel (11,3 mm x 11,3 mm) sensors may be delivered. Modern, high-resolution CMOS sensors with high-speed-USB 3.0 interface form the basis. The usable spectral range lies between 240 and 320 nm. Optional are variants for the UV-area (150–350 nm) and for Telecom-IR-wavelengths (1495–1595 nm). The USB 3.0-interface provides room for frame rates of up to 60 Hz with full resolution. Minimal dimensions enable highest flexibility and provide room for laser beam analysis in very tiny spaces.  

CINOGY Technologies GmbH, Hall B2 Stand 370

The laser beam profiler CinCam CMOS was enlarged by the powerful Nano series.
Photo: CINOGY Technologies
Beam Analyzer Uses Knife-Edge Technology
The Beam Analyzer Touch features bridging technology, thus producing 3D intensity reconstruction of CCD cameras while being able to measure very small spots at high resolution and with a huge dynamic range. The measuring technique is based on multiple scanning knife-edge technology combined with tomographic image reconstruction for the creation of the 2D/3D display. When the drum spins, the knife-edges cut across the beam in an orthogonal plane to the direction of propagation. A stationary large detector inside the spinning drum measures light intensity. For attenuation, when needed, a built-in distortion-free optical filter is inserted between the spinning drum and the detector. This technique provides the required attenuation without affecting beam quality. Each scanning knife-edge is oriented at a different angle on the drum and moves across the beam path in a different direction as the drum rotates.

Duma Optronics Ltd, Hall B1 Stand 301; Hall B2 Stand 145

The Beam Analyzer Touch can measure very tiny dots at a high resolution.
Photo: Duma Optronics
High-Performance Impulse Meter and Lab Ratemeter
When combined with a PC or laptop via the USB 2.0 interface, the new Multi-Channel Scaler/Counter-Timer MCS-CT3 operates as a cost-effective, high-performance pulse counting instrument. On its own, it can be used as a laboratory rate meter or, when used with an ETEL AD6 amplifier/discriminator and suitable detector, it becomes a wide bandwidth photon counting system. The MCS-CT3 is a compact electronics module which records pulse counts as a function of time and stores the counts in channels, each of which has a user-selectable time window. There is a choice of three software configurable counting modes. At the end of a measurement cycle the results are automatically saved to an MS Excel compatible file for subsequent analysis and/or export to other programs.

ET Enterprises Ltd., Hall B2 Stand 500

Inexpensive high-performance impulse meter: the new multi-channel scaler/counter Timer MCS-CT3.
Photo: ET Enterprises
Spectrometer System for Laserblitz Photolysis
The flashSENS from Gilden Photonics is a versatile bench-top laser flash photolysis spectrometer system which features for the first time all the necessary components: probe lamp, sample chamber, analyzing monochromator / spectograph, high speed shutters and trigger controller, detectors and data acquisition system, and measurement software at a very economical system price. It offers superb delta OD performance with a unique intelli-∆ ODTM dynamic range and offset adjustment facility and ns time resolution. The system has a spectral range from 200 nm to 870 nm with excellent signal-to-noise and ∆ OD sensitivity better than ∆ OD=0.002.  

Gilden Photonics LTD, Hall B2 Stand 442
Image Sensors for Highly Precise Real-Time Distance Measurement
The new image sensors by Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. are distinguished by a high-speed charge transfer structure in each pixel. This meets well the requirements with highly precise TOF (time-of-flight) distance measurement. The S11961-01CR according to Hamamatsu is the first linear image sensor in the industry for TOF distance measurements. S11962-01CR and S11963-01CR are image sensors for 3D distance measurements. The detectors were developed for a large number of applications, such as automotive industry to recognize persons or obstacles, to capture objects in semiconductor wafer transfer systems, to capture formulas with industry robots or in the area of security.

Hamamatsu Photonics Deutschland GmbH, Hall B2 Stand 303

The new image sensors due their high-speed charge transfer structure in each pixel are very well suited for highly precise time-of-flight distance measurements.
Photo: Hamamatsu
Comfortable Measuring of Form, Contour and Roughness
In order to ensure the quality of spheres, aspheres and free forms as well as micro-lenses and LED illuminations in manufacturing, it is required to measure form and contour as well as the surface roughness of the workpieces in the different stages of production. Mahr shows a comfortable solution for the form and contour measuring at aspheres with the measuring unit MarSurf LD 130/260 Aspheric 3D. The measurement time per profile takes a few seconds and is followed by a rapid evaluation. This serves to optimize the manufacturing process. The “differentiation profile” may be used to readjust the grinding machine by transmitting the correction data via a data interface from the measuring unit to the processing unit.

Mahr GmbH, Hall B2 Stand 227

Comfortable solution for form and contour measurement at aspheres: the measuring unit MarSurf LD 130/260 Aspheric 3D.
Photo: Mahr
Piezo Actuators Combine Large Forces And Large Travel Ranges
The new 2-axial piezo tilting platform RXY3-276 by nPoint supplies beam deflections of up to 6 mrad – and this is extremely rapid and highly precise with piezo drives. The casing is made of temperature stable Invar 36, the resonance frequency amounts to 3.5 kHz, the position resolution is 0.4 µrad. Optics up to 3 inches diameter may be mounted. The new Diamond actuators by Noliac now combine a large travel range with high dynamics and large forces. This taps application fields that so far have not profited from the advantages of solid-state actuator engineering. As the first series product the NAC2643 provides a travel range of 550 µm with a resonance frequency of 1100 Hz.

nanoFaktur GmbH, Hall B2 Stand 441

The actuator NAC2643 combines a travel range of 550 µm with a resonance frequency of 1100 Hz.
Photo: nanoFaktur
Compact and Powerful OEM Spectrometer
Freedom spectrometers combine compactness with high performance and are the ideal OEM solution for portable systems where performance cannot be sacrificed to obtain compactness and/or low cost. Our spectrometers are perfect for analytical instrument integrators because of the flexibility in the choice of detector and electronics, as well as a robust and thermally stable operation. Ibsen’s Fused Silica Transmission Gratings provide high efficiency, high stability, high resolution, high flexibility, and the highest possible power/energy handling. Grating products include high power gratings for pulse compression/beam combining, telecom gratings for WSS/tunable filters, spectrometer gratings and phase masks for fiber and waveguide gratings.

Ibsen Photonics A/S, Hall B2 Stand 574

The freedom spectrometer combines compactness with high performance and is predestined for portable systems.
Photo: Ibsen Photonics
Direct Current Measurement with the Oscilloscope without Shunt
The new I-Prober 520 is a compact, portable measuring head, being used in combination with oscilloscopes. By placing the isolated test probe on a conducting path, currents with a measuring accuracy of 5 % can be metered galvanically isolated, without interrupting the circuit. Unlike the common current probes, during measurement with the I-Prober the live conductor does not even have to be enclosed. The I-Prober is applicable with any oscilloscope, conditionally even for multimeters, with a measuring range of 10 mA to 20A pk to pk and with a bandwidth of DC to 5 MHz.

Telemeter Electronic GmbH, Hall B2 Stand 532

Unlike the common current probes, during measurement with the I-Prober the live conductor does not have to be enclosed.
Photo: Telemeter
Spectrometers for high throughput
Ocean Optics has expanded its Elite Series of modular high-performance spectrometers by introducing the Ventana series to include spectrometers with high throughput rates. Ventana spectrometers combine an optical bench configuration with very high collection efficiency and a highly effective VPH (volume phase holographic) grating to ensure outstanding throughput and sensitivity for applications with low brightness. Three preconfigured Ventana spectrometers are available: Raman models with excitation wavelengths of 532 nm and 785 nm and a model for visible light to near infrared for universal fluorescence applications. 

Ocean Optics Germany GmbH, Hall B1 Stand 379

Ventana spectrometers combine an optical bench configuration with very high collection efficiency.
Photo: Ocean Optics
Several Unit Types Combined in One Goniometer
As a service provider for the development of optical systems and optical measuring technology opsira develops and optimizes optical systems with modern and efficient simulation and measuring technology. The company equally supplies inspection and test systems to measure optical features. The Robo goniometer by opsira for example ensures a flexible measuring of a number of angle-dependent photo- and radiometric parameters and combines the advantages of various conventional goniometer types in one device. The robust 6-axis mechanics of the goniometer is available for both, the positioning of the test specimen (light sources or lights) as well as angle manipulation.

opsira GmbH, Hall B2 Stand 464

Measurement with an automotive headlight: the Robo goniometer combines the advantages of different conventional goniometer types in one device.
Photo: opsira
USB-Stick Spectrometer in Miniature Design
According to the manufacturer, Qstick of RGB Lasersystems is the first USB-stick spectrometer in the world in a unique sub-miniature design. Qstick, only slightly larger than a customary USB stick, offers a for its size unique spectral dissolution of 1.2 nm above the overall visible wavelength range of 360 nm up to 740 nm. Qstick establishes a new standard in the area of mobile spectroscopy and it incorporates many new application and integration possibilities. A further particularity of Qsticks is an integrated flash memory. It comprises all the necessary unit drivers and the advanced spectroscopy software Waves.

RGB Lasersysteme GmbH, Hall B1 Stand 133

It is only slightly larger than a customary USB stick and it offers a spectral dissolution of 1.2 nm: the spectrometer Qstick.
Photo: RGB Lasersysteme
Short Pulse Processing as New Service
The competence centre for optical technologies and systems of the Technical University of Middle Hesse Kompetenzzentrum für Optische Technologien und Systeme der Technischen Hochschule Mittelhessen extended its range. In the laser technology the area short pulse processing and analysis is incorporated. For this purpose, a Piko second laser system (IR-VIS-UV) with post amplifier (EPmax ≥ 100 mJ) is offered in the portfolio. Furthermore in laser technology the main area of synthetic processing was complemented. In addition a diode laser system with line profile is used in the applications. In fibre technology the technical university of TH is offering additional features, such as quality control and characterisation of UV fibres, production safety inspections, characterisation of fibre bundles and examination of bundle problems.

Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen, Hall B2, Stand 466

Beam profile of Piko second laser that Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen uses in short pulse processing.
Photo: Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen
Time-Resolved Measurements with StrobeLock
With the new product StrobeLock for Time-Correlated Single Photon Counting, TCSPC WITec facilitates Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM) and time-resolved luminescence-measurements. StrobeLock was developed in particular for materials science and engineering technology to examine materials properties hidden in the time function of fluorescence or luminescence signals. Combinations with Raman Imaging, SNOM or AFM are possible. StrobeLock comprises a pulsed stimulation laser system in combination with a detector for Time-Correlated Single Photon Counting. The confocal alpha300- und alpha500 microscope may be extended with StrobeLock.

WITec GmbH, Hall B2 Stand 451

StrobeLock facilitates Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging and time-resolved luminescence-measurements.
Photo: WITec
Shortest Measurement Time and Pinpoint Accuracy
The new wavelength measuring instruments AQ6150 and AQ6151 by Yokogawa are quick, highly accurate and facilitate enhanced cost efficiency with the adjustment of lasers in the area of telecommunications. Now wavelength measuring accuracies of 1 pm are achieved with the AQ6150 as well as of 0.3 pm with the AQ6151. With the new instrument series both measuring types are possible, multichannel metering of up to 1024 lasers as well as simple single laser metering, with which a flexible display-partition facilitates a large depiction of wavelength level and drift. The measurement time of only 0.3 seconds for a metering across the complete wavelength area facilitates even the measuring of fibre lattices during the manufacturing process.

Yokogawa Deutschland GmbH Niederlassung Herrsching, Hall B2 Stand 172

The new wavelength measuring instruments may even measure fibre lattices during the manufacturing process.
Photo: Yokogawa

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