Detect Small Amounts of Light Using a Single Fiber Avalanche Photodiodes with Fiber Pigtails

LASER COMPONENTS now manufactures avalanche photodiodes with fiber pigtails.

With a semiautomatic assembly unit, the fibers can be adjusted exactly to

within a few μm and thus achieve coupling efficiencies of almost 100%. The
pigtailing technology is very flexible - almost any combination of APD and
fiber can be implemented: all optical fibers with a core diameter of < 600 μm can be combined with our APDs in a TO-46 housing.

The advantages of fiber coupling are obvious: in medical technology or
analytical measurement technology, it is often not ideal to have the
detector close to the area of measurement; in photon-counting applications,
it is possible to shield disruptive signals with the help of an opaque fiber
jacket; in industry, data is transmitted across very long distances via
optical fibers.

On a standard basis LASER COMPONENTS offers the SAP-series Geiger-mode APDs and the particularly low-noise IAG-series InGaAs APDs. Hermetically sealed
and with high mechanical durability, these APDs exceed the requirements of
the Telcordia GR-468 standard. The development of APDs according to customer
specifications is inexpensive and possible at any time.

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Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots is a result of many years of intensive research in robotics. The product portfolio includes the UR5 and UR10 models that handle payloads of up to 11.3 lbs. and 22.6 lbs. respectively. The six-axis robot arms weigh as little as 40 lbs. with reach capabilities of up to 51 inches. Repeatability of +/- .004" allows quick precision handling of even microscopically small parts. After initial risk assessment, the collaborative Universal Robots can operate alongside human operators without cumbersome and expensive safety guarding. This makes it simple and easy to move the light-weight robot around the production, addressing the needs of agile manufacturing even within small- and medium sized companies regarding automation as costly and complex. If the robots come into contact with an employee, the built-in force control limits the forces at contact, adhering to the current safety requirements on force and torque limitations. Intuitively programmed by non-technical users, the robot arms go from box to operation in less than an hour, and typically pay for themselves within 195 days. Since the first UR robot entered the market in 2009, the company has seen substantial growth with the robotic arms now being sold in more than 50 countries worldwide.