Ophir-Spiricon’s BeamWatch® Non-Contact Beam Monitoring System Adds 3D Views, Time Charts, and Dynamic Measurements of Industrial Laser Spot Sizes Down to 55μm
November 30, 2015 - North Logan, Utah – Ophir Photonics, global leader in precision laser measurement equipment and a Newport Corporation company, today announced the newest version of BeamWatch®, the only non-contact beam monitoring system for high power YAG, fiber, and diode lasers used in industrial material processing applications. The new version features 3D views of laser beam caustic and ellipticity for a quick and realistic initial display. BeamWatch charts all beam measurements over time. This allows users to trace waist width and location during setup to more easily determine when the beam is aligned and in focus. An industry first, the time charts feature is also useful for high power laser users who can now monitor how beam characteristics change as the laser is used over long periods of time. BeamWatch features high magnification optics that dynamically measure beams with spot sizes down to 55μm. This allows for instant readings and, therefore, rapid correction of large area cosine changes. This means smaller, higher accuracy welds and cuts, and reduced variability across parts.