Category : Laser Power & Energy Meters

MKS’ Ophir® Business Unit Announces StarLab 3.30, Laser Power/Energy Measurement Software

Andover, MA – June 13, 2017 – MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, has announced Ophir® StarLab 3.30, easy-to-use laser measurement software that turns a PC into a multi-channel laser power / energy display station.

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Going to Munich for Laser World of Photonics 2017?

Going to Munich for Laser World of Photonics2017?
We’ve prepared many things for you to see!

We’ll be showing several exciting new products in Munich this year in addition to quite a few of our classics.
So if you…

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Monitor & Control Your Laser Power with Wi-Fi

You can now add any standard power sensor into your Wi-Fi network! Use the EA-1 Ethernet adapter with an off-the-shelf Ethernet to Wi-Fi adapter (not from Ophir).
That’s it.
Your sensor can now be controlled and measured remotely.
Now, at this point you might be wondering: “Why should I care if I can measure remotely with Wi-Fi?” Glad you asked. Here are 5 benefits to using Wi-Fi:

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MKS’ Ophir® Business Unit Announces Calibrated Sensor for Measuring Very Low Power THz Sources

Andover, MA, May 8, 2017 – MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, has announced the Ophir® RM9-THz Radiometer, a low noise, high sensitivity sensor for measuring low power levels of 50nW to 100mW from short pulse or CW lasers in the 0.7 to 10 THz wavelength range.

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Is Your CO2 Laser Cutting Slowly?

It might be time to measure your laser power.

Laser cutting speed is a function of the material type, thickness, and laser power.

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Measure Laser Spot Size & Power Density

If you read our article from last week, you’re already well aware that additive manufacturing can be used to create parts that are impossible to manufacture in any other way.

However, the quality and reliability of the additive manufacturing system depends on the spot size and power density of the laser.

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Assuring Correct Metallurgy in Direct Laser Melting

Additive manufacturing has restructured prototyping, development, and advanced design of mechanical components. Direct Metal Laser Melting, also known as Selective Laser Sintering or 3D Metal Printing, is quickly becoming the standard for designs that cannot be fabricated with traditional metal removal techniques. To create consistent, strong structures using laser-based additive manufacturing processes that meet flyable DOD standards or FDA requirements, the metallurgy must be consistent. In addition, a laser beam of known dimension, power density, and focal spot location is required.

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Laser Beam Optics Calculators

A laser is a complicated animal.

Whether you’re a lab researcher or an industrial worker, there are several parameters you might need to calculate, such as power density or ideal focus spot size.
We’ve recently added a few calculators to our website. I hope these calculators make your work just a little bit easier.
We have five laser optics calculators (so far):

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Recalibrating Your Laser Power Meter for Long-Term Accuracy and Reliability

We’d all like to imagine that our things will stay in mint condition forever.  But we know that’s not the case.  Just like laser degrade (and therefore must be measured), the measurement equipment itself will slowly drift away from its precise calibration.

This is why we recommend yearly calibration.  If you aren’t sure when your laser power or energy is due for recalibration, you can check by connecting it to a meter.  If it needs to be recalibrated, a notification will pop up on the first screen.

Here’s how the recalibration process works.

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Ophir’s 2017 Catalog Has Arrived!

If you have a laser, you need to measure it.

Whether you’re cutting metal, treating patients, or experimenting in the lab, you depend on your laser.  But lasers are made of matter, and all matter deteriorates.  So you measure it, to keep it under control.

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