Ophir® BeamWatch® Integrated 500 Industrial Beam Characterization System Measures Critical Laser Parameters in Real-Time for Production Environments Using Long Focal Length Lasers

Andover, MA – June 14, 2021 – MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, has announced the Ophir® BeamWatch® Integrated 500 industrial beam characterization system, a fully automated, non-contact laser measurement system designed for automotive and battery welding applications that works with single mode lasers using long focal lengths, up to 500mm from focal point to power meter. The system integrates both beam profiling and power measurements into a compact, rugged, self-contained device that measures critical laser parameters in real-time, including focal shift, focus spot size, beam caustic, and absolute power. It can accommodate different types of welding heads as well as a variety of industrial interfaces (PROFINET, Ethernet/IP, and CC-Link) for integration into production networks and automated manufacturing lines to facilitate direct transfer of measurement data.

The BeamWatch Integrated 500 industrial beam characterization system is part of the Ophir BeamWatch family of products, a series of patented, non-contact beam profiling systems that accurately capture and analyze industrial lasers for wavelengths from 980nm - 1080nm and laser powers from 500 W to 10 kW (up to 30 kW, on request). The system provides real-time beam measurements of lasers that are typically too powerful for direct readings, as they would damage the equipment. Instead, BeamWatch systems are the industry’s first to measure Rayleigh Scattering using a pass-through beam measurement technique that involves no contact between the instrument and the beam. Beam parameters measured include focal shift, focus spot width and location, centroid, M2, divergence, beam parameter product, Rayleigh length, beam tilt angle, and absolute power. Because there is no contact with the beam, there is no wear on the instrument, minimizing the need for maintenance, thereby ensuring high up-time.

“The lasers employed for cutting and welding equipment on production lines are becoming more powerful, but due to time constraints and/or complexity, the quality of the laser beam often goes unchecked,” said Reuven Silverman, General Manager, Ophir Photonics. “As laser process quality is directly related to laser quality, this can lead to large batches of defective parts in high- throughput production lines. The BeamWatch Integrated 500 industrial beam characterization system provides simultaneous, non-contact measurements of multiple profiles along the beam caustic at video rates. This produces data for all key beam parameters in real-time, allowing for the detection of dynamic focal shift and NIST-traceable power readings for long focal length lenses.”

The BeamWatch Integrated 500 industrial beam characterization system monitors high power YAG, fiber, and diode lasers in the 980-1080nm range. It charts all beam measurements over time in industrial material processing applications, such as welding and cutting operations in automotive, heavy equipment, and appliance manufacturing. Fast measurement times allow the laser beam to be checked automatically during the loading / unloading phase, as frequently as once every unit produced. All parameters are displayed and stored. Trend diagrams based on this data deliver useful insights for predictive maintenance, and tolerances and limit values can be set to trigger corrective actions and go/no go decisions. For example, as protective glass becomes dirtier, there is an increase in focus shift; this reduces the power density at the workpiece, resulting in defective welds. The trending function can monitor focus evolution and trigger an alarm should the focal point move beyond the defined limit. The protective glass can then be cleaned or replaced before producing bad parts. This maximizes quality, improves throughput, reduces waste, and lowers costs.

Availability & Pricing

The Ophir BeamWatch Integrated 500 industrial beam characterization system is available now. OEM prices available on request.

About MKS Instruments

MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI), is a global provider of instruments, systems, subsystems and process control solutions that measure, monitor, deliver, analyze, power and control critical parameters of advanced manufacturing processes to improve process performance and productivity for our customers. Our products are derived from our core competencies in pressure measurement and control, flow measurement and control, gas and vapor delivery, gas composition analysis, electronic control technology, reactive gas generation and delivery, power generation and delivery, vacuum technology, lasers, photonics, optics, precision motion control, vibration control and laser-based manufacturing systems solutions. We also provide services relating to the maintenance and repair of our products, installation services and training. Our primary served markets include semiconductor, industrial technologies, life and health sciences, research and defense. Additional information can be found at www.mksinst.com.

About the Ophir Brand

Ophir is a brand within the MKS Instruments Light & Motion division. The Ophir product portfolio consists of laser and LED measurement products, including laser power and energy meters, laser beam profilers measuring femto-watt to hundred-kilowatt lasers, high-performance IR and visible optical elements, IR thermal imaging lenses and zoom lenses for defense and commercial applications, OEM and replacement high-quality optics and sub-assemblies for CO2 and high-power fiber laser material processing applications. Ophir products enhance our customers’ capabilities and productivity in the semiconductor, industrial technologies, life and health sciences, research and defense markets. For more information, visit www.ophiropt.com.

For more information
Reuven Silverman, General Manager Ophir Business Unit (U.S.)
3050 North 300 West, North Logan, UT 84341
Tel: +1 435-753-3729
E-mail: reuven.silverman@mksinst.com
Web: www.ophiropt.com/photonics

Shari Worthington, PR Telesian Technology
49 Midgley Lane, Worcester, MA 01604
Tel: +1 508-397-6345
E-mail: sharilee@telesian.com

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