Ophir-Spiricon wins award for BeamWatch laser beam monitoring system

North Logan, UT - Precision laser measurement equipment maker Ophir-Spiricon has been honored with a 2015 Utah Innovation Award from the Utah Technology Council (Salt Lake City, UT), which recognizes significant innovations and the companies that created them. The awards were presented at the 13th annual Utah Innovation Awards luncheon, where more than 350 individuals attended.

The company won an award in the Mechanical Systems/Chemicals/Manufacturing category for its BeamWatch non-contact, focus spot size, and position monitor for very high-power YAG, fiber, and diode lasers. The system instantly and accurately measures laser parameters without requiring contact with the laser beam.

Ophir-Spiricon's BeamWatch team receives the 2015 Utah Innovation Award (L-R): Jeff Guttman, CTO; Rachael Taylor, mechanical engineer; Bruce Thorne, engineering director; Dan Ririe, mechanical engineer; and Jed Simmons, senior scientist.

Gary Wagner, Ophir-Spiricon's general manager, explains that because the system does not make contact with the laser beam, the system has no power restrictions and has been successfully tested on high-power lasers up to 100kW—previous contact-based systems have been limited to a maximum of 10kW. Therefore, the system has utility in laser-based material processing, such as in automotive and aerospace manufacturing, he says.

For more information, please visit www.ophiropt.com/laser-measurement.

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