Optical Monitoring System

SpectraLock Optical Monitoring System
SpectraLock Optical Monitoring System
Eddy Company (Apple Valley, CA)

The SpectraLock Optical Monitoring System from Eddy Company (Apple Valley, CA) provides in-situ monitoring and deposition rate control to produce single- and multi-layered thin films with exacting accuracy, time after time, without iteration or error. Eddy Company's advanced system produces optical coatings to the precise specifications of the original optical design because of its index dispersion enhanced optical monitoring (IDEM) features. Using SpectraLock, a single test run can confirm that the coating matches its design, instead of the traditional method of performing multiple test runs until a coating iteration comes close to matching the design.

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3D Machine Vision Camera

3DPIXA dual 200 μm HR
3DPIXA dual 200 μm HR
Chromasens (Poway, CA)

Chromasens (Poway, CA) has extended its popular 3DPIXA family of high-performance 3D line scan cameras with a new model that provides a 55-inch FOV (field-of-view) for complete high-speed scans of large, complex and irregularly-shaped objects. The 3DPIXA dual 200 μm HR employs factory-calibrated stereo cameras that enable the simultaneous acquisition of 2D color images along with either a height map or 3D point cloud.

Other key features of the 3DPIXA dual 200 μm HR are: 5940 mm/s maximum speed for image acquisition (19.48 ft/s); height resolution up to 60 micron, range up to 400mm; 10 μm × 10 μm (10 μm pitch) pixel size; 7296 pixels per line (29.7 kHz line frequency); throughput up to 6.8 Gbit/s or 850 MB/s. Adding to its ease of use is support for libraries from HALCON (MVTec), MIL (Matrox), LabVIEW (National Instruments), and Coake (SAC), along with Chromasens' own 3D-API.

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Optical Design Software

VPIphotonics Design Suite
VPIphotonics Design Suite
VPIphotonics (Berlin, Germany)

VPIphotonics Design Suite from VPIphotonics (Berlin, Germany) provides access to professional application-specific simulation and design tools for optical components and transmission systems with common usability, design process and data analysis capabilities.

Version 9.9 comes with enhancements of the user interface and tools operation, as well as advances in simulation capabilities, such as new design and analysis tools for coherent M-QAM and direct-detection PAM-M systems, new and enhanced DSP and coding functionalities, extended library of PIC elements and instrumentations, to continuously support VPIphotonics’ existing applications and markets and addressing new ones.

The simulation tool suite provides access to over 850 ready-to-run demonstrations, including new ones illustrating the novel functions and applications available in Version 9.9, such as probabilistic shaping, PAM-4 for interconnects, multimode VCSEL transmission, nonlinear Volterra filtering.

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Wide-Field Hyperspectral Camera

SpectraLock Optical Monitoring System
Model 4200 Wide-Field Hyperspectral Camera
HinaLea Imaging (Emeryville, CA)

HinaLea Imaging (Emeryville, CA) announced the launch of a new Model 4200 Wide-Field Hyperspectral Camera suitable for a wide range of laboratory and industrial applications, ranging from basic scientific and biomedical research to industrial uses. The instrument can identify specific components and materials as well as verification of product quality/identification of defects (color matching, trueness and uniformity). Features of the Model 4200 include: contiguous, high-resolution imaging; wavelength selectivity; staring hyperspectral imaging; true hyperspectral imaging; and customizability.

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XY Alignment Stage

AU200-50 × 50-SC Alignment Stage
AU200-50 × 50-SC Alignment Stage
Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES) (Van Nuys, CA)

The AU200-50 × 50-SC Alignment Stage from Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES) (Van Nuys, CA) is a high-resolution, high-repeatability XY stage for such applications as: alignment, assembly, laser drilling, machining, medical, industrial, semiconductor handling, testing, scanning, and optical applications. The linear travel of the X and Y axes is 50 mm × 50 mm, and the resolution of each axis is 5 microns (non-micro-step) or 0.125 microns (with 20 micro-steps per step motor driver in use), repeatability is 1.5 microns, and positional accuracy is 5 microns. The 1 mm per-turn lead screws and preloaded V-groove and crossed roller bearings contribute to the high precision and stiffness of the AU200-50 × 50-SC Alignment Stage.

The XY table measures 155 mm × 155 mm and features a precision pattern of drilled and threaded mounting holes to facilitate the addition tooling or fixtures. A table with a large open aperture is also available. This low profile black anodized aluminum XY stage is easy to integrate into new or existing systems.

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Smart Line Scan Camera

RazerCam LS
RazerCam LS
EVT Eye Vision Technology (Karlsruhe, Germany)

The RazerCam LS from EVT Eye Vision Technology (Karlsruhe, Germany) is a smart line scan camera that is freely programmable under Linux OS. High data rates are supported by a powerful FPGA and the camera is optimized for high computing power and fast frame rates.

Resolutions of 2048 pixels with a line rate of up to 47 kHz can be reached. The whole application can be executed in the smart line scan camera RazerCam Z. The FPGA helps, in cases where the evaluation is getting complex. The evaluation is running only on the line scan camera and can be connected to the PC via remote access. The processor is based on the Xilinx Zynq (SoM) and transfers data at 400 MB per second between the programmable FPGA and the memory (RAM). In addition the camera has 4 inputs and 4 outputs as well as Power over Ethernet (PoE).

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Linear Measurement System

OptiCentric Linear
OptiCentric® Linear
TRIOPTICS (Wedel, Germany)

For two decades, the OptiCentric® measurement systems manufactured by TRIOPTICS (Wedel, Germany) required that the samples be measured on a precision rotation bearing. The use of such a rotation bearing typically necessitates a vertical measurement arrangement. Faced with this challenge, engineers at TRIOPTICS have now developed a centration inspection process that can perform a centration measurement without rotation and regardless of the sample position.

Called OptiCentric® Linear, the special feature of this inspection method lies in its use of the linear path of motion of the autocollimator focus – not the rotation axis – as the reference axis for measurement. The positions of the sample's centers of curvature are measured in relation to this focal position, making it possible to achieve accuracies of ≤ 1 micron during centration error measurement. This makes the orientation of the measurement setup freely selectable, and it can also be horizontal. The lack of rotation ensures the required speed for performing quality inspections in volume production.

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Industrial Diode Laser System

HighLight DL4000HPR
HighLight® DL4000HPR
Coherent (Santa Clara, CA)

The new Coherent (Santa Clara, CA) HighLight® DL4000HPR is a compact, high power, fiber delivered industrial diode laser system for metal processing applications such as cladding, heat treating and brazing.

The HighLight DL4000HPR features a small footprint and standard, 19" rack mount packaging. Additionally, the power supply and control electronics are contained in the system enclosure. Another significant advantage of the product is that its conduction-cooled diodes do not require deionized cooling water. Finally, its wall plug efficiency of 45% means low energy consumption.

The HighLight DL4000HPR delivers 4 kW at a wavelength between 920 nm and 1100 nm, through a detachable, 1000 μm diameter delivery fiber. A variety of output delivery fiber and beam shaping/ focusing optics and connectors are available.

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Photodetectors

AXUV100TF030 and AXUV100TF400 photodetectors
AXUV100TF030 and AXUV100TF400
Opto Diode Corporation (Camarillo, CA)

Opto Diode Corporation (Camarillo, CA), an ITW company, introduces two photodetectors, the AXUV100TF030 and AXUV100TF400, with 100 mm2 active areas and directly deposited thin-film filters for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) detection.

The AXUV100TF030 features typical responsivity of 0.16 A/W at 3 nm and has a detection range from 1 nm to 12 nm. The AXUV100TF400 features typical responsivity of 0.15 A/W at 40 nm with a detection range from 18 nm to 80 nm. Both devices are shipped with a temporary protective cover and have superior stability for robust operation in extreme ultraviolet environments. Operating and storage temperatures range from -10°C to +40°C in ambient environments and from -20°C to +80°C in nitrogen or vacuum environments.

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Laser Scanner

Artec Ray laser scanner
Artec Ray
Exact Metrology (Brookfield, WI)

Exact Metrology (Brookfield, WI) announced its new Artec Ray laser scanner. Ideal for scanning large objects like wind turbines, ship propellers, airplanes, and buildings, the Artec Ray offers ultra-high precision and speed. With the ability to scan up to 110 meters away, this scanner offers submillimeter distance accuracy, as well as angular accuracy. In addition, data capture is clean and noise levels are kept to an absolute minimum, reducing post-processing time.

To scan with Artec Ray, users need only place it on a tripod in front of the object they wish to scan and press the button. Once scanned, the scan is processed directly into the Artec Studio, then seamlessly exported to Geomagic Design X. There's no need to worry about finding a power source, since the internal battery lasts up to 4 hours. Artec Ray can be paired with Eva or Spider handheld Artec scanners to scan hard-to-reach areas such as the interiors of cars or add intricate detail to a large-scale 3D model.

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Integrating Sphere Source

ISS-50-LU-FE Integrating Sphere Source
ISS-50-LU-FE Integrating Sphere Source
Gigahertz-Optik (Amesbury, MA)

Fisheye lenses are used on cameras to create a hemispherical (panoramic) photographic image over a very wide angle >180°. Since these cameras map a hemispherical image in front of the objective lens on the image plane, reference calibration light sources with a hemispherical illumination field over this wide area are required for testing and matching uniformity.

Gigahertz-Optik's (Amesbury, MA) ISS-50-LU-FE Integrating Sphere Source provides a highly homogeneous luminance distribution and enables white balancing with three different light spectra adapted to different lighting conditions to suit the intended applications. Gigahertz-Optik's SC-05 System Controller with touch-screen display powers and controls the ISS-50-LU-FE using electronic modules that are specifically designed to meet the requirements of the uniform light source, its three lamps, the interchangeable filter wheel, variable apertures, and the RGB monitor detector.

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Chromatography Software

Clarity version 8.0
Clarity version 8.0
DataApex (Prague, Czech Republic)

DataApex (Prague, Czech Republic) recently introduced Clarity version 8.0 that features a graphically enhanced user interface. New functions and enhancements have been added to the GLP and MS options. The portfolio of controlled instruments has been expanded, resulting in more than 700 supported instruments in the Clarity 8.0 software platform. Existing users of Clarity Chromatography Software can update to the new version free of charge.

Among the enhancements included in version 8.0 are new Clarity file icons; a completely new look and feel for the Clarity main, Device Monitor, and Instrument windows; redesigned Method Setup dialog; redesigned Single Analysis dialog; improved security of password file; and numerous bug fixes to improve performance.

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Photonics & Imaging Technology Magazine

This article first appeared in the November, 2018 issue of Photonics & Imaging Technology Magazine.

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