Technical Articles

  1. Engineered Precision Motion Systems – From Laser Machining To Photonics Alignment Benefits From Holistic Approach
    1/19/2018

    A multi-axis precision motion system with higher dynamics and throughput targets must have a more holistic design approach to achieve success. There are many obvious advantages to the user when the mechanics, control electronics, and software of a system are designed by the same team.

  2. Motion Control Advances For Laser Micromachining And Microprocessing
    1/19/2018

    Many laser micromachining and micro processing engineers face challenges of delivering laser pulses to a workpiece with a high degree of accuracy and repeatability, among other attributes. This article discusses how these issues can now be solved with PI’s motion/CNC controller technologies.

  3. Advanced Camera Manufacturing And Lens Alignment Enabled By Compact 6-Axis Micro-Robotic Hexapod Systems
    1/19/2018

    Hexapod micro-motion robot technologies provide all six degrees of freedom in a stiff, compact, and high-precision structure. This app note discusses how the functionality enabled by a compact 6-axis micro-robotic hexapod system provides precise manufacturing and lens alignment in advanced cameras.

  4. New Tool Measures 4 Surface Appearance Quality Conditions Simultaneously
    1/18/2018

    If surface appearance quality is critical to your product, learn about a new manufacturing-friendly tool that allows you to establish numerical standards for and measure four conditions of surface quality: gloss, haze, image clarity, and BRDF including Canon’s new parameter “Scattering C20, C60.” 

  5. Optical Interconnects For Data Centers — Lighting The Cloud
    1/16/2018

    The demand for storage and data transfer capacity has increased dramatically over the last decade. The need to constantly access and transfer data to and from, as well as within, data centers has placed a huge load on the interconnects connecting the backplanes of data servers. 

  6. Glass-Sealed Connectors Help Increase The Longevity And Reliability Of Medical Devices
    1/9/2018

    Glass-to-metal sealing technology, already used in other harsh-environment applications - such as aviation, aerospace, and automotive safety - has emerged as an ideal solution in the development and manufacture of medical connectors. 

  7. Visualizing Growth In Hyperspectral Imaging: A Q&A With TruTag CTO Hod Finkelstein
    12/11/2017

    Dr. Finkelstein discussed with Photonics Online how his experience in the medtech and RF industries helped inform decisions when creating new HSI technologies. He offered insight into maintaining balance in the growth of both optical and data processing technologies for HSI, and discussed development of TruTag’s Prism Award-winning hyperspectral imaging solution.

  8. Frequently Asked Questions: Optical Thin Film Filters
    12/11/2017

    This article answers an array of frequently asked questions about optical thin film filters. It provides in-depth information on what they are, how they are created, how they perform, and what to look for when selecting an optical thin film filter supplier.

  9. Revealing Cotton’s Fiber Quality With Hyperspectral Imaging
    12/5/2017

    Traditionally, hyperspectral imaging systems or cameras have been bulky, heavy, and costly. However, recent technological advances are changing that and opening the door to new opportunities in hyperspectral imaging.

  10. Understanding A Camera’s Resolution
    12/4/2017

    The resolution of an image sensor describes the total number of pixels that can be used to detect an image. From the standpoint of the image sensor, it is sufficient to count the number and describe it usually as the product of the horizontal number of pixels times the vertical number of pixels.