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Automobile manufacturer counts on 100% inspection with Ophir BeamWatch Integrated systems

Battery modules are the beating heart of every electric car. They ensure mobility and security, and their reliability determines whether a vehicle is accepted or not. The BMW Group launched the i3, the first fully electric production vehicle, back in 2013 – so the company is well aware of the pitfalls of battery production, which grow in complexity with every uptick in capacity. Up to...

John McCauley, Sr. Business Development Manager, MKS Ophir

Products to measure the performance of lasers were first employed by sophisticated laser users who had a strong understanding of the behavior of light and what to expect from the measurements that were produced. These users were typically PhD level researchers and scientists who devoted their careers to understanding a laser's characteristics and applications. As a result, early laser measurement products were mostly suitable for laboratory environments and not necessarily designed to withstand harsh industrial environments. As laser...

Nicolas Meunier, Business Development Manager MKS Ophir

Increasingly higher laser powers are being used in material processing. Laser systems in the kW range have become the rule in laser cutting, welding and grinding. In many of the automated laser systems developed for this purpose, data is obtained to ensure the quality and efficiency of the processes. Sensors are constantly checking the material properties or visually scanning the machined part. However, the parameters of the — usually invisible — laser beams are not so easy to measure, especially in the higher power ranges. Many...

Lichtblock relies on comparable measurements of intensity

Light has an impact on our well-being — this conclusion has been drawn by numerous studies across the globe. In particular, positive effects can be achieved with light in the red and infrared wavelengths. With this in mind, Lichtblock GmbH has developed a compact light system that radiates red light in wavelengths of 630, 660 and 850 nm. In order to test the quality of the systems and document their effectiveness with...

Jürgen Reingruber

The continuous development of laser technology has revolutionized many areas of our lives in the past decades. The most direct influence on the individual is thanks to advancements in laser technology for medical or cosmetic applications. If you want to ensure optimal results, you have to know – and measure – critical laser parameters.

The range of laser applications in the field of medicine and aesthetics in medicine and aesthetics is vast and varied. This diversity is made...

Yoni Groisman

Innovative attenuation device under test at Laser Zentrum Hannover (LZH)

Laser power and the applied laser densities are constantly rising. These high-power lasers are more likely to be used in materials processing applications such as welding, cutting, cladding, or additive manufacturing. Many of those applications are demanding: The laser's focal spot and beam profile need to be kept within the specification to achieve the required part quality and establish a reproducible...

laserfabrik relies on high-performance measurement technology

What would live concerts, festivals and TV shows be without breathtaking laser shows and stunning special effects? laserfabrik GmbH is active in this field worldwide and has more than 20 years of experience. One area that has become increasingly important in recent years is stage marking. The aim here is to indicate the positions of actors and technical crew on stage by using laser projections. But the safe usage of the lasers remains the...

Kristen Winterton, Calibration Manger, Ophir

At its core, calibration is about ensuring that your equipment is working properly and in the way it is intended. Returning your equipment for periodic calibration allows for several things to take place including evaluation of your equipment for damage, opportunities for us to provide education, and upgrades to your firmware, as well as the sensor-to-sensor comparison to our NIST-traceable masters.

When we receive your equipment our technicians first conduct an evaluation. This...

Nicolas Meunier, Ophir Business Development Manager

MKS Instruments recognized early on that measuring the laser beam in laser-based AM processes would become the key to efficient production. Four years ago, the company introduced the first measuring device that could assess – without any contact – the caustics of the laser beam on the building plane. This was followed by the launch of Ophir Ariel, an innovative power meter for AM applications. Then at Laser World of Photonics 2022 in Munich, the manufacturer introduced Ophir BeamPeek ™, an integrated measuring system...

By Asher Izsak, R&D, Ophir

This article explains why choosing the right heat control method is one of the most important considerations when choosing a suitable laser power measurement sensor for your needs. It will review the different cooling technologies used in high-power laser measurement sensors. It will also examine the changing requirements of the cooling system as the power levels of the laser increase, and consider how these are met by fan and water cooling methods. In addition, this article will compare the different cooling requirements of a pulsed laser...

Kevin Kirkham, Senior Business Development Manager Ophir

Die Entwicklung laserbasierender Anwendungen hängt wesentlich mit der Verfügbarkeit geeigneter und genauer Messtechnik zusammen. Häufig werden technische Innovationen erst durch neue, präzisere Messverfahren ermöglicht. Umgekehrt steigen die Anforderungen an die Messtechnik mit neuen Prozessen. Der Artikel gibt einen Überblick über historische Ursprünge und aktuelle Entwicklungen der Laserstrahlanalyse.

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Nicolas Meunier and Luca Porcelluzzi

Laser-based additive manufacturing is transforming industrial processes and opening up new horizons in a variety of application areas. In the aerospace and automotive industries, for example, it makes it efficient to manufacture intricate parts according to lightweight construction principles; in medical technology, it has expanded the range of prostheses and orthoses; and in toolmaking, it shortens the time it takes to implement new requirements. Long since AM applications have attained a level of maturity that allows for series production...

OLED and microLED are emissive technologies where each pixel is a small light source. OLED pixels are based on light emitting organic molecules and microLED pixels are semiconductor LEDs
Kevin Kirkham, Sr. Manager for New Business Development, MKS / Ophir

We introduce three techniques for monitoring the critical characteristics of the beam as the laser is used in three very different applications: (a) VSCEL / Laser Diode Mode and beam divergence, (b) Additive Manufacturing lasers used is 3D SLM / SLS, and (c) Fiber welding / heat treating / cleaning lasers.

This article will introduce three techniques that monitor the critical characteristics of the beam as the laser is used in three very different applications.

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Assaf Halevy

The laser industry has revolutionized many domains of modern life in the past half century. At first, it opened new ways to perform basic research by enabling a variety of scientific techniques that improved our understanding of the universe – from probing the atomic structure of molecules to measuring the distance to the moon. Later, it had changed the telecommunication industry by allowing vast transmission of data at the speed of light, promoting the internet revolution. In between, it also modified and significantly improved...

A new measurement procedure allows for the fast and contact-free measurement of the focused laser beam. At the same time, modern measuring devices have Profinet interfaces and allow the processes to be documented. These are enormous advantages, especially in times of just-in-time production

Automated laser welding is a big topic in modern production and more and more new applications are being developed. Be it pairing materials that were previously considered to be non-weldable, complex...

John McCauley, Business Development Manager
Measuring the performance of your laser is vital to understanding its behavior and maintaining the processes that involve it. But familiarizing yourself with the products which perform the measurements can be a little overwhelming at first. This article discusses some tips to remember when setting up these products on your laser for the first time.

Optimizing quality processes with the Ophir Near Field Analyzer

Introduction
VCSELs are used in diverse commercial, industrial and consumer device applications. The latest developments of the technology have paved the way to state-of-the-art 3D sensing applications. Combining different testing techniques for optical quality control and characterization – such as VCSEL optical power and energy output measurement, as well as far- and near-field beam analysis...

Introduction
The development of remote material processing techniques requires increasing the accuracy of the process to permit creating smaller features. Laser systems, used for various industrial applications like material processing and micromachining, require small focal spots and at the same time, greater focal lengths. To achieve that, lasers systems combining larger beams, and lower M2, combined with longer focal length lenses are used. This results in smaller focal spots at longer distances from the laser and Rayleigh...

More than 400 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes. For them, the ability to measure blood glucose levels non-invasively (without piercing the skin) would be an enormous relief. Thanks to a patented development by DiaMonTech AG, this dream could soon come true for many people. The technology, which uses an infrared quantum cascade laser, is already available as a desktop device. But a smartphonesized instrument is soon to follow. In order to achieve this miniaturization without loss of quality, it is necessary to detect even minute...

Over the past several years, the fields of aesthetic medicine, surgery and cosmetics have been revolutionized by laser technology. With the development of their innovative laser systems, Asclepion Laser Technologies contributes greatly to patient well-being and faster healing. A consistent measurement strategy, effective testing processes and first-class measuring devices guarantee the high quality of the company's manufacturing at all times. For decades, Asclepion has relied on Ophir measuring technology from MKS Instruments to check...

Why does an individual calibration pay off?
Measurement devices for lasers are used in many different applications and industries, which means a vast amount of calibration regulations. While regular calibrations are mandatory in the medical sector, they tend to be neglected in other industries. It's important to understand that calibration not only ensures the quality of the measurement in terms of repeatability; the individual calibration of a measurement device can also increase its absolute measurement accuracy. Let us...

Christian Dini and Sven Schipper

The laser is a very powerful and universal tool. It has found its way into many processes across all industries, including medical applications where the number of use cases continues to grow. Reliability and safety demands are placing high levels of responsibility on manufacturers of laser systems. To ensure the high quality of each laser system, thorough end-of-line testing is mandatory before a laser system is delivered. Nevertheless, as with many industries today, competition is high and manufacturers are seeking to more cost-effectively...

Know Your Laser Beam – Achieve Reproducibility

Laser-based additive manufacturing has transformed many industrial processes. But still, one of the most challenging tasks associated with the technology is to ensure reproducibility from one layer to another, between multiple laser sources within the same machine, and from one machine to the next.

The good news is that MKS Instruments has developed a variety of devices especially for additive manufacturing,...

Assaf Halevy, Efi Rotem, and Simon Rankel

As the development of new UV LED sources continues at an ever-growing pace, so do the industrial applications that utilize them. UV LEDs are being put to work in various industrial processes, medical applications, and – especially due to COVID-19 – increasingly used to develop solutions for disinfection purposes. Efficient utilization of the UV radiation requires good measurement tools. However, accurate light measurement in this spectral range presents challenges, such as how to accurately measure the irradiance if the...

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