MKS Announces Ophir® BeamWatch AM, Non-Contact Laser Beam Monitoring System for Additive Manufacturing

Andover, MA – November 20, 2017 – MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, has announced the Ophir® BeamWatch® AM, the industry’s first non-contact laser beam monitoring system for additive manufacturing.

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Beam Profiling 101: Intro to laser measurement

One of the most common questions Mark S. Szorik, Pacific Northwest Regional Sales Manager at Ophir Photonics is being asked, is “Why do I need a beam profiler and what tools and methods do I need to profile my beam?”

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Increase Production Quality and Efficiency by Measuring with Ophir’s Helios Laser Power Meter

Ophir’s Helios industrial laser power meter is a compact instrument for measuring high power lasers.
Designed with factory automation in mind,

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StarLab 3.30 screen capture feature – Simple, quick and ‘on the go’

Let’s say it’s just another working day at the office – you’re working with StarLab (Ophir Laser Measurement PC Software) and you just realized that the graph on the screen indicating the laser Power over the last few minutes needs to be saved because there was some unforeseen event and the Power changed, and you hadn’t had a chance set up and record this with the Logging feature.

Well, not to worry! We’re here for you.

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Reducing Production Waste with Laser Profiling and Characterization

A laser profiling system can characterize and identify which variables affect product quality and waste.
But many laser users have never evaluated the quality of the beam beyond the initial delivery. This leads to frequent process adjustments to try to get back to “normal” and frantic calls to outside laser services.

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Meet the Optical Vortex

What would it take to fully characterize a general beam of light?

To begin we would probably specify its color or, more accurately, its spectral distribution.
We would also need to describe its spatial distribution, i.e. the intensity versus position in a cross section of the beam. But light, of course, is a vector phenomenon so our characterization would also need to include the direction of the electric and magnetic fields (polarization).

And we are not done yet.

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Wireless Laser Measurements: No Strings Attached

Remember how Pinocchio achieved his dream of becoming “real” when he was finally freed from his strings?

If you need to measure your laser beam’s power or energy, but the usual cable connection between the sensor and the meter is not practical, Ophir’s Quasar may be the right solution for you.

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StarLab 3.30 Pass/Fail limits feature – A closer look

User-defined pass/fail limits allow setting the upper and lower bounds of an acceptable measurement, and getting a clear indication when the measurement deviates from these bounds.

In case you weren’t aware -The ‘pass/fail’ feature can be used as a tool to perform QA final inspection on the laser. Developers can use this to demonstrate the results of a prototype laser to Management (or even VC’s!) as part of the pitch for funding.

How?

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Can a Simple Sensor Really Replace a Laser Beam Profiler?

So you need to profile your laser beam but are worried about the cost of a beam profiler? Or maybe you just think it will be too complex for your technicians?
BeamTrack is a laser power sensor that also measures beam size (PPS version only) and position (all versions).
My question: Can you use BeamTrack as an alternative to a full laser beam profiler?

Sort of.

It really depends on what you need to measure.

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Finding the center of the NanoScan

Finding the mechanical location of your laser beam can be important in some applications.

Using a NanoScan (Scanning Slit Beam Profiling) you can find a mechanical location of the center of your beam by following these steps:

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