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Tyco Electronics Corporation (Harrisburg, PA) has introduced the LMS6000 laser marking system. This marking system is fully functional and closed loop, capable of marking a variety of flat label materials and direct marking on specific metallic and plastic substrates.

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compiled by Laureen Belleville, laureenb@pennwell.com and Jaclyn Kinsman, jaclynk@pennwell.com

Laser marking system

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Tyco Electronics Corporation (Harrisburg, PA; www.tycoelectronics.com) has introduced the LMS6000 laser marking system. This marking system is fully functional and closed loop, capable of marking a variety of flat label materials and direct marking on specific metallic and plastic substrates. Also, the LMS6000 offers true closed-loop functionality, inclusive of an in-line mark grading system with error detection capability. Providing marking resolution up to 1000 dpi at a marking speed of 2000 mm per second, the marking system provides fast throughput for cutting, oxidizing, engraving, and anodizing.

The effective marking area of 130mm x 130mm can be expanded to 185mm x 185mm for continuous applications and with the optional direct part marking module, a 1m2 marking area is possible. Weighing in at 35Kg the small size of the LMS6000 allows for portability and can be relocated for sharing or on-site work. In addition, an integrated software package helps with label designs and connects with many production control software systems.

Laser-imageable tape

Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials(Marlborough, MA; www.electronicmaterials.rohmhaas.com) introduced RegiStar, a laser-imageable tape for laser marking. When this tape is exposed to light from “green”-type scanning lasers, the tape reproduces the laser image on its surface. Consisting of five layers, the tape has an outer opaque cover sheet, a polyester resin sheet coated with a proprietary light-sensitive “lacquer” layer, a low-tack adhesive layer and a backing release paper. The tape is available in 150-ft rolls in widths from 2 in to 6 ft and helps to increase manufacturing flexibility.

Solid-state laser mirrors

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A range of high reflectors for use with Q-switched Nd:YAG, Nd:YVO4, and Nd:YLF lasers are being offered from Alpine Research Optics(Boulder, CO; www.arocorp.com). These reflective mirrors deliver high damage threshold, maximum pulse count lifetime, and mechanical durability. These particular mirrors can be used for a variety of laser-based machine tools for semiconductor processing, flat-panel display production, micromachining, and marking, in addition to laboratory and research use.

Laser diode module

New from DILAS Diodenlaser GmbH(Mainz/Germany; www.optics.org), the fiber-coupled laser diode module series with the module H242 has been developed. The diode provides up to 200W into a 600µm fiber core with numerical aperture of 0.22. It is available at wavelengths of 808nm, 915nm, 940nm, and 980nm. Some optional features include pilot beam, temperature sensor, and fiber interlock or power sensors. This product is mainly used for the pumping of solid-state and fiber lasers.

Air bearing stage

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Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA; www.newport.com) released the HybrYX single plane hybrid stage. This air bearing system provides all the advantages of a single plan air bearing stage at a lower cost. It features ultra-low velocity ripple and following error; exceptional dynamic straightness and flatness; minimum step-and-settle times into very small and stable target windows; and reliable, long life operation.

UV laser

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The Tristar high-repetition rate UV laser series has been recently introduced by Spectra-Physics (Mountain View, CA; www.spectra-physics.com), and offers a combination of power and flexible repetition rates. It can be configured with more than 800 mW of 355nm power at 100 kHz with a pulsewidth of less than 25 ns and a peak power stability of less than five percent. The features that the Tristar offers allow for a wide range of applications including memory repair, flat panel tilting, stereolithography, and precision marking.

Diode-pumped switched laser

Powerlase Ltd.(Crawley, England; www.powerlase.com) has recently announced the Starlase A08 diode-pumped Acousto-Optic switched laser. The A08 is used for applications that require accurate laser pulses for companies that demand high-volume production, such as PCB production, microelectronics, electronics packaging, machine tools, and in particular plasma display panel manufacture. Offering 800 watts of average power in a high-pulsed regime, the A08 is the highest average power of any diode-pumped Acousto-Optic switched laser.

Laser-imageable tape

Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials(Marlborough, MA; www.electronicmaterials.rohmhaas.com) introduced RegiStar, a laser-imageable tape for laser marking. When this tape is exposed to light from “green”-type scanning lasers, the tape reproduces the laser image on its surface. Consisting of five layers, the tape has an outer opaque cover sheet, a polyester resin sheet coated with a proprietary light-sensitive “lacquer” layer, a low-tack adhesive layer and a backing release paper. The tape is available in 150-ft rolls in widths from 2 in to 6 ft and helps to increase manufacturing flexibility.

Solid-state laser mirrors

A range of high reflectors for use with Q-switched Nd:YAG, Nd:YVO4, and Nd:YLF lasers are being offered from Alpine Research Optics(Boulder, CO; www.arocorp.com). These reflective mirrors deliver high damage threshold, maximum pulse count lifetime, and mechanical durability. These particular mirrors can be used for a variety of laser-based machine tools for semiconductor processing, flat-panel display production, micromachining, and marking, in addition to laboratory and research use.

Laser diode module

New from DILAS Diodenlaser GmbH(Mainz/Germany; www.optics.org), the fiber-coupled laser diode module series with the module H242 has been developed. The diode provides up to 200W into a 600µm fiber core with numerical aperture of 0.22. It is available at wavelengths of 808nm, 915nm, 940nm, and 980nm. Some optional features include pilot beam, temperature sensor, and fiber interlock or power sensors. This product is mainly used for the pumping of solid-state and fiber lasers.

Air bearing stage

Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA; www.newport.com) released the HybrYX single plane hybrid stage. This air bearing system provides all the advantages of a single plan air bearing stage at a lower cost. It features ultra-low velocity ripple and following error; exceptional dynamic straightness and flatness; minimum step-and-settle times into very small and stable target windows; and reliable, long life operation.

UV laser

The Tristar high-repetition rate UV laser series has been recently introduced by Spectra-Physics (Mountain View, CA; www.spectra-physics.com), and offers a combination of power and flexible repetition rates. It can be configured with more than 800 mW of 355nm power at 100 kHz with a pulsewidth of less than 25 ns and a peak power stability of less than five percent. The features that the Tristar offers allow for a wide range of applications including memory repair, flat panel tilting, stereolithography, and precision marking.

Diode-pumped switched laser

Powerlase Ltd.(Crawley, England; www.powerlase.com) has recently announced the Starlase A08 diode-pumped Acousto-Optic switched laser. The A08 is used for applications that require accurate laser pulses for companies that demand high-volume production, such as PCB production, microelectronics, electronics packaging, machine tools, and in particular plasma display panel manufacture. Offering 800 watts of average power in a high-pulsed regime, the A08 is the highest average power of any diode-pumped Acousto-Optic switched laser.

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