Targeting: Lasers provide solultions from sighting applications to guidance systems.
Lasers are used in targeting applications to provide high precision and guidance. Lasers help to improve accuracy, ease system set-up and help minimize targeting time. They can provide a highly visible spot to identify targets or allow systems to hone in on reflected laser light to reach a target.
Laser targeting is widely used in industry, for aligning a drill or mining apparatus, or industrial machinery.
Bore sighting is a measure of how well the laser diode is aligned with the barrel of the module and is critical when selecting a laser system for targeting applications. It can limit the accuracy of targeting.
A rugged device is often necessary so there is no damage to the module while operating in the field. Red or green laser diodes may be selected for high visibility, or infra-red may be preferred so that the target point is invisible to the naked eye but can be seen with night-vision or camera systems.
We can work with you to select the best laser for your needs, helping select wavelength, power and focus and can provide a compact, low-power design or a rugged, high precision solution, to meet your requirements.
Industrial Alignment: Custom-designed laser modules meet and exceed the demands of precision alignment in industrial applications.
Laser modules provide a clear visual tool for easy alignment by using spot, lines or cross optics
Precision alignment is fundamental for many industrial applications. It helps to align textiles, position saw blades automatically in a timber mill or to align wheels in assembly and servicing in automotive manufacturing. Depending on what must be aligned and how the laser is visualized determines the wide range of requirements for this application.
Designing the laser to form a visual guide requires a highly visible laser, normally 635nm that provides a bright red laser beam, or 532nm that supplies a very clear green laser. In other applications, where a camera or similar detector monitors the alignment laser uses a higher wavelength, typically a red laser at 650nm or wavelengths in the near infra-red.
Optics are incorporated into a laser module giving it the clearest output which eases the alignment process.
For many applications, such as sawing timber or aligning paper in a mill, this will be a line output. Lenses are selected from a range of fan angles to give the best line length for set-up and design.
A cross is preferable in other applications, for example, aligning textiles. This allows an extra dimension in the alignment process giving more precision and improving accuracy.
For drilling applications and others similar to that, a spot output may be preferable. In these types of applications, you need to see exactly where you are drilling, and then ensure that you continue to follow a straight path. A laser module provides a clear guide throughout the process.