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Imaging Lens

The Harsh Environment Optics (HEOTM) micro video-imaging lenses from Edmund Optics, Inc. (Barrington, NJ) incorporate optical components inside a sealed, water-resistant optical assembly. Intended for automotive and industrial applications, the device also is designed for wash-down and other wet surroundings. In 1/2" and 1/3" sensor formats, the lenses are offered in four focal lengths and feature M12 × 0.5 mounting threads. Coating options allow for visible light or near-infrared infinite conjugate imaging applications.

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System Control Software

J P Sercel Associates (JPSA, Manchester, NH) released the JSPAControls32 System Control Software, a Windows-based, engineer-level user interface providing control of system devices and software components for system setup and programming. Features include CAD file translation capability of .dxf files and a system configuration editor.. The software provides project management utilities that permit system software to "remember" settings for an unlimited number of production tasks. The program provides setup and control of all stages of motion and laser fire mechanisms.

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Diode Laser Modules

DILAS Diode Laser Inc. (Tucson, AZ) introduced a line of fiber-coupled diode-laser modules delivering up to 40 W continuous-wave output power at wavelengths of 808nm, 915nm, 940nm,and 980nm via a 400μm-diameter, single-core, multi-mode fiber. Measuring less than100 × 31 × 20 mm and having a wall-plug efficiency of less than 35%, the spectral width is less than 3 mm, FWHM. The laser power from the module is delivered via the fiber, which is terminated with a standard SMA 905 connector. The unit is available in an overall height of less than 30 mm including optional features such as power monitor and temperature sensor.

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Semiconductor Laser Modules

QPC Lasers, Inc. (Sylmar, CA) offers fiber-coupled semiconductor laser modules for fiber-laser pumping and spectroscopy applications.

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Optical Fiber Backlighting

Lumitex, Inc. (Strongsville, OH) released a family of products — BendiGloTM, HoloGloTM, CircleGloTM, and Selective LightingTM — based on their existing UniGloTM technology to backlight shapes such as rectangles, ovals, circles, semi-circles, holes, and other unusually shaped geometries. Optical fiber is mounted on a back reflector to create lighting panels of 0.33 mm. BendiGlo is for hard-to-reach areas in membrane switches; HoloGlo follows paths around/between shapes and die-cut holes; CircleGlo is used in one to three layers for circular areas with a hole; and Selective Lighting creates selective area panel lighting.

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LED Drivers

Endicott Research Group (Endicott, NY) released the Smart ForceTM family of LED driver solutions for high-bright LEDs (HBLEDs) used in LCD backlighting applications. Available as a LED driver board or a complete kit including driver board and LED rails, the product has input voltages of 12 V, 24 V, or 48 V (measuring 33 × 60 mm) in single-, dual-, or three-channel versions. Employing a DC-DC boost to provide voltage to a constant current driver and LED rail, the driver boards’ input voltages range from 5 V to 48 V. Standard features include separate enable/disable and PWM dimming controls.

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Michelson Interferometer

The portable FiBOTM 300 true phase shifting Michelson interferometers from PROMET International, Inc. (Shoreview, MN) are designed for 3D surface mapping and visual defect evaluation capability. Features include calibrated objectives ranging from 1.8× to 20× of actual optical magnification; photonic crystal fiber; micro-lens arrays; 3D image viewer; USB 2.0 interface; and calibration targets for 2D, 3D, phase shift, and apex offset with optional NIST traceability. Test parameters may be modified for surface-defect detection and mapping zones.

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