Video: Why does measuring your laser beam help you maintain quality processes?

Why does measuring your laser beam help you maintain quality processes? In this week’s video, we explain the purpose of measuring your beam with three case studies that illustrate success:

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Tech tip: Finding The Right Tool for the Right Job

Each week our team in Ophir Optronics Solutions Ltd. receives requests to replace older or damaged laser power or energy meters and sensors. At the same time, we receive many items returned to us for re-calibration that we are unable to calibrate or repair.

Ophir has worked hard to educate our customers to reduce the laser damage caused by overheating or incorrect application to the wrong lasers; still, we realize that sometimes accidents happen.

In the article attached to this week’s blog post, we’ll discuss the best way to select the optimum power meter and sensor for your laser application using the Sensor Finder and Laser Fluence Calculator. In addition, you’ll be able to find a tutorial about how to avoid damaging your sensors:

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How much of my sensor’s aperture should I fill?

In many laser measurement applications, the beam size can be controlled.

In such cases, how large should you make your beam? How much of the sensor’s aperture should the beam ideally fill?

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The Importance of CO2 Laser Optimization

Every laser user, along with their superiors, wants the laser system to operate optimally. When these systems aren’t optimized, time and money is lost through lower cut speeds, increased dross on the edges of the cuts, and more frequent down-time due to maintenance.

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Tech Tip: Minimizing Corrosion in Water-Cooled Sensors

Historically, corrosion in our sensors manifests as pitting corrosion in the anodized aluminum.
There are a number of factors that contribute to pitting corrosion including dissolved oxygen, chloride ions, more “noble”/cathodic metallic ions in solution, and excessive pH values (less than 4 or higher than 9). This is why we recommend neutral DI water, which maintains a healthy pH and removes chloride and metallic ions.

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And the winner is – BeamWatch AM !!

We are honored that our Beam Profiler, BeamWatch AM received the Platinum award which is the highest possible award in the Laser Focus World Innovators Awards this year.

The BeamWatch® AM is an integrated laser measurement system designed to measure critical laser beam parameters for laser-based additive manufacturing systems. Watch the full video here:

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How can I communicate with an Ophir laser Power Meter using a Linux machine?

Let’s say the computers used in your laser environment happen to use Linux as an operating system, and you want to integrate the laser measurements from an Ophir laser power meter into your Linux computer system, preferably via USB communication. Here’s how you can make it happen quickly and easily:

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If you always wanted to learn how to measure the real pulse temporal shape of your laser – and use it to calculate the peak power – this is the perfect blog post for you.

Since power is a measure of how much energy is transferred in a unit of time, this is the prevalent parameter when it comes to lasers.  However, if the laser is pulsed, things start getting complicated.

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What’s M-Squared, again?

Here’s a surprising statistic: Nine out of ten laser technicians have no idea what M² is.

Most laser beam characteristics are easy to put your finger on:  laser beam width, position and divergence angle are generally known to those that work with lasers – and if not, can be learned quickly.

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Terahertz Measurement

THz radiation is being talked about more and more lately, because of its unique usefulness in a wide range of applications.
In this video you will learn about some of these applications, and about a range of solutions Ophir offers for measuring THz beams:

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