Micromachining Subsystem

SCANLAB GmbH (Puchheim, Germany) has introduced a new member of its precSYS product line. Five-axis precSYS subsystems enable industrial ultra-short-pulse (USP) laser micromachining of flexible, definable geometries with high aspect ratios. The availability of a subsystem optimized for 515-nm green lasers is particularly attractive in the electronics industry, where it allows creating probe cards with even finer lateral structures. That's exactly half the applied wavelength of a 1030-nm infrared laser, which leads to a much smaller spot size and enhanced lateral precision in processing challenging materials.

All precSYS scan solutions are galvo-based 5-axis subsystems for integration into laser machines. Thanks to their flexible laser beam positioning capabilities (in the x, y, z, α and β directions), these scan heads offer the highest freedom in developing new process strategies. Circular, elliptical or linear trajectories can be defined for processing in 2D or 3D.

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Raman and Photoluminescence Microspectroscopy

CRAIC Technologies (San Dimas, CA) announced the addition of Raman and Photoluminescence microspectroscopy to its flagship product: the 20/30 Perfect Vision™ microspectrophotometer. Users of the 20/30 PV™ now have the ability to acquire Raman and Photoluminescence spectra, with lasers from the blue to the near infrared, in addition to UV-visible-NIR absorbance, reflectance, fluorescence and emission microspectra™. The 20/30 PV™ is able to acquire all these types of spectra of even sub-micron samples rapidly and easily. Better yet, the 20/30 PV™ is able to acquire all these spectra from the same area because it features CRAIC Technologies proprietary optical aperturing technology. Additionally, the 20/30 PV™ features the ability to acquire images of these same microscopic samples in the UV, visible and NIR regions.

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Body Worn Camera

Edesix (Edinburgh, Scotland) has launched its latest VideoBadge body worn camera (BWC), the VB-400. This latest body worn camera from Edesix has been designed to be a simple, unobtrusive addition to any uniform. The VB-400 has an IP67 ingress protection rating, and delivers full 1080p HD recording capabilities to capture evidence-quality footage, Bluetooth sensor monitoring, and built-in GPS functionality which will greatly simplify camera asset management across large estates. Other features include a full-shift battery life, Wi-Fi streaming, 120-degree horizontal field of view and haptic and audio feedback alerts to show when recording has been activated.

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Connectors for PV Panels

TE Connectivity (TE) (Darmstadt, Germany) has introduced SOLARLOK 2.0 connectors. The new products enable photovoltaic system installers to make reliable connections easily. SOLARLOK 2.0 is a field-installable product that uses Insulation Displacement Contact (IDC) technology to create a connection between panels and cables without the need for any specialist tooling. The connectors incorporate a closed-spring-cage to ensure constant termination force. Cables do not have to be stripped prior to making a connection.

The new SOLARLOK 2.0 connectors incorporate the TE 1500V PV4-S solar interface; meet safety requirements specified in IEC 62852 / UL6703; are gel-filled and fully waterproof; achieve an IPX8 (1m/24hrs) rating under IEC standard 60529; are available in male (negative pole) and female (positive pole) versions; and can handle a wide range of double insulated solar wires according to EN50618 / IEC2630 (ZKLA), from AWG 14 to 10.

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3D Laser Scanner

Hexagon's Manufacturing Intelligence division (North Kingstown, RI) launched the RS6 laser scanner, a cutting-edge 3D laser scanner for the new generation of Absolute Arm portable measuring arm systems that was launched in 2018. This new scanner offers extremely high-density point-cloud data collection at high speeds and high accuracy. The RS6 now features SHINE - an advanced set of algorithms that allows RS6 to measure at the highest quality and accuracy setting with no reduction in laser scan line width or scanning frame rate.

The RS6 Laser Scanner boasts a scan line that is 150 millimeters wide at mid-range, representing a greater than 30 percent increase in surface area covered by each scan movement compared to the previous generation Absolute Arm laser scanner. The scanner also measures faster than its predecessor, with a threefold increase in frame rate to 300 Hertz.

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Fiber Tips with Ball Lenses

Laser Components (Bedford, NH) can now provide custom ball lens profiles on the end faces of silica fibers. The plasma-based CMS process with ring-of-fire technology supports fiber diameters of 200, 365, 400, 550 and 600 μm, including other diameters within the limits of the equipment. For fibers used in medical applications, end-face processing can be carried out in a clean room in accordance with ISO 13485. The entire process is also compliant to ISO 13485 hygiene requirements.

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Automatic Vision System

The L.S. Starrett Company (Athol, MA) has introduced its AV450 Automatic Vision System. Featuring a larger X,Y,Z measuring envelope of 18” × 14” × 8” (457 mm × 356 mm × 203 mm), the Starrett AV450 has high-resolution video zoom optics and it can be pre-programmed (CNC) for repetitive part inspection, or driven manually via a trackball for individual measurements. Throughput is enhanced by either QC5000 or MetLogix™ M3 software that controls video edge detection and multiple-channel fiber optic or LED illumination. Computer-controlled Quadrant (LED) ring lighting, sub-stage lighting, and optional through-the-lens lighting meet challenging illumination requirements.

Accuracy of the Starrett AV450 Automatic Vision System is 2.5 + 5L/1000 and reading resolution is 4 μin (0.1μm). Magnification on a 24” monitor, 1:1 pixel setting is 37× to 240 × 6.5:1 zoom and 25× to 300 × with a 12:1 zoom. The system has a 1.3 mega-pixel color digital video camera and a precision granite base. The AV450 has an external motion control unit and includes a Windows®-based operating system with an operator interface via a desktop PC with a 24” touchscreen monitor, as well as Wi-Fi network connectivity.

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