RSS Newshttp://en_ENThu, 24 Oct 2019 02:28:30 +0200Thu, 24 Oct 2019 02:28:30 +0200typo3news-1723Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:13:42 +0200Fraunhofer IZM is putting the electric car in the fast lanehttps://optecnet.de/http:///Silicon carbide has been undergoing testing for several years within the research sector as a promising alternative material in the semiconductor industry. In the SiC Modul project, the power semiconductor is now to be put on the road to industrial production. Skeptics of electromobility have raised critical questions, such as how fast an electric car can be driven and the maximum distances it can cover. That depends on the built-in power electronics – the heart of electromobility, if you will. Three factors are decisive when it comes to the installation of power electronics: space, weight, and efficiency. The semiconductor material silicon carbide (SiC) meets these conditions because it has a higher degree of efficiency and can or must be installed more compactly than conventional semiconductors made of silicon only.

Although some electric cars already run on SiC semiconductors, there is still considerable potential here to fully exploit the efficiency of the SiC semiconductor material. The key to the success of SiC lies in the packaging of the semiconductors. In order to be able to use the material for large-scale industrial production, the SiC Modul project will take industrial framework conditions into consideration right from the start. For example, the module being developed within the project is based on a traditional printed circuit board design that has already been established in industry and is easy to implement.

At the same time, the module will include the latest lessons learned from research: the semiconductor is not contacted with a wire bond connection, but is embedded directly into the circuit via a galvanically produced copper contact, meaning that the cable can be shortened and the power routing can be optimized. The potential customer is also involved in the development process: in the first year of the project, a requirement specification was drawn up in which the electrical, thermal, and performance requirements for the module and the semiconductors were defined. The specifications that the product must meet were drawn up and agreed in close collaboration with users such as automobile manufacturers, component suppliers, and component manufacturers.

Lars Böttcher is group manager at Fraunhofer IZM and subproject manager for the SiC project. He explains: “We are going beyond general feasibility,” because the intention is that the project should develop more than just a prototype. The aim is therefore to put both the new semiconductor material silicon carbide and the embedment technology towards series production.

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news-1702Mon, 16 Sep 2019 11:31:11 +0200Start-up support for hardware start-upshttps://optecnet.de/http:///Start-ups, partners and other interested parties from the industry and hardware sector came together this week for a special kind of workshop: a tech safari with various stand-alone stations allowing participants to experience the journey from idea to product.Start-A-Factory at the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM has already been compared to a range of existing start-up offers, including MakerSpace, coworking offices, and the Fraunhofer Accelerator. However, none of these comparisons does the concept justice. Start-A-Factory (SAF for short) combines device infrastructure with a working environment designed to meet the specific requirements of hardware start-ups. Embedded in a network of Fraunhofer IZM specialists and other partners, the SAF environment employs project-based partnerships and state-of-the-art systems, enabling development teams to go quickly from initial idea to professional prototype.

Now that all the elements are in place and ready for use, the creators have organised a walk-around event. In addition to workshops showcasing the individual stages of microelectronic hardware development, the key notes were a special highlight. Mike Richardson, Founder and Technical Advisor – but also a container user himself at SAF – explained to the audience what the nerds of the future will look like. “The special thing about a tech dork is the mix of a nerd and a communicative and social person.”

SAF also illustrates that conducting research and establishing a start-up in the hardware sector need not be boring. The six containers, which resemble an industrial production facility, will be made available as work spaces for teams of developers who wish to develop hardware and – most importantly – prototypes as part of a joint project. An impressive range of equipment, from pick-and-place machines to 3D printers, offers developers the opportunity to turn their ideas into products.

The guests and partners on site were thrilled with SAF. Participants enjoyed a lively exchange as part of a relaxed get-together at the grill, discussing their journey of technological discovery in addition to the versatility of this special infrastructure environment and the possibilities it will offer start-ups, SMEs and other teams of developers. New partners and container users are already lining up for future partnerships.

 

Research of practical utility lies at the heart of all activities pursued by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. At present, it maintains 72 institutes and research units. The majority of the 26,600 staff are qualified scientists and engineers, who work with an annual research budget of 2.6 billion euros. Of this sum, 2.2 billion euros is generated through contract research. More than 70 percent of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s contract research revenue is derived from contracts with industry and from publicly financed research projects. Almost 30 percent is contributed by the German federal and state governments in the form of base funding, enabling the institutes to work ahead on solutions to problems that will not become acutely relevant to industry and society until five or ten years from now.  
Fraunhofer IZM specializes in industry-oriented applied research. With four technology clusters, Fraunhofer IZM covers the entire spectrum of technologies and services necessary for developing reliable electronics and integrating new technology into applications. Our customers are as varied as the applications for electronics. We take on development projects for the automotive industry, healthcare and industrial electronics and even textile companies. Fraunhofer IZM has two sites in Germany. Apart from its headquarters near Berlin Mitte, the institute is also represented in Dresden, a strategically important centers for electronic development and manufacturing.  

Contact:
Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM
Alexandra Rydz
Phone +49 30 46403-203
Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25
13355 Berlin
www.izm.fraunhofer.de
alexandra.rydz(at)izm.fraunhofer.de   

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news-1697Thu, 05 Sep 2019 09:46:11 +0200Berliner Glas Group welcomes 22 apprentices - Training quality again confirmed with excellenthttps://optecnet.de/http:///16 dedicated junior employees have begun their dual study program and training at Berliner Glas in Berlin on September 2nd. The Group company SwissOptic AG in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, will be supported by six new trainees. An intensive induction process makes it easier for new talent to start working at this leading supplier of optical key components, assemblies, and systems.Of these professional beginners, four decided to pursue a dual study program in design and production as well as business administration/industry. Ten started their industrial and technical training as a precision optician and two as a machining technician. The Berliner Glas Group currently has 34 apprentices and dual program students on staff.

Training enjoys a special status, which is demonstrated by the repeat “Excellent Training Quality” award from the IHK. The Group’s excellent training quality was confirmed for the first time in 2017. This IHK seal is an acknowledgment and recognition of the extensive commitment of the Berliner Glas Group as an educational enterprise. However, the Group invests in much more than its young talent; in 2018 Berliner Glas created its own training and learning environment with its modern training center in Berlin.During their training, new employees will pass through many departments and acquire valuable practical experience. They learn the theoretical basis at vocational schools and university. In addition to professional qualification, the Berliner Glas Group is also focused on the personal development of the apprentices and dual program students.

“We place great emphasis on training our specialists ourselves, and that is what we are doing this year, too. This is of strategic importance to us in light of the company’s steady growth in recent years and the existing shortage of skilled workers,” says HR manager Dr. Regina Draheim-Krieg.

The application and selection phase for the 2020 training year has already begun at the Berliner Glas Group. Training spots will be provided in the coming year as well. More information on educational options at Berliner Glas and SwissOptic can be found on their respective career websites: https://www.berlinerglas.de/ausbildung and https://www.swissoptic.ag/ausbildung-swissoptic.

 

About the Berliner Glas Group: The Berliner Glas Group (www.berlinerglasgroup.com  is one of the world’s leading providers of optical key components, assemblies and systems, high-quality refined technical glass as well as glass touch assemblies. With more than 1,500 employees, the BERLINER GLAS GROUP develops, produces and integrates optics, mechanics and electronics into innovative system solutions for its customers. As OEM partners from concept to volume production, the Berliner Glas Group companies serve innovative customers in various market segments – semiconductor industry, laser and space technology, medical technology, metrology and the display industry.

 

Press contact:
Wencke Schulz
Marketing & Communications
Phone +49 30 60905-367
Fax +49 30 60905-100
Wencke.Schulz(at)berlinerglas.de

Berliner Glas KGaA
Herbert Kubatz GmbH & Co.
Waldkraiburger Straße 5
12347 Berlin, Germany
www.berlinerglas.com 

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news-1679Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:41:15 +0200Making small intestine endoscopy faster with a pill-sized high-tech camerahttps://optecnet.de/http:///Greater resolution, sharper images, and more efficient diagnostic processes – this is the promise of an endoscopy capsule developed by Fraunhofer IZM to allow more detailed small intestine diagnostics.2001 the first endoscopic capsule took its journey through the small intestine of a human patient. With its miniature camera, the capsule captured thousands of images of the small bowel. six meters of winding intestine had long prevented normal endoscopic diagnostics in this region of the digestive system. Since this breakthrough, capsule endoscopy has become the norm, made possible with a range of different capsule designs.

Traditional capsule endoscopy, however, suffers from one key limitation: Images are captured on a strictly timed sequence, whether the capsule has moved or not. This can create a glut of redundant images that needs to be sifted and filtered by hand. With image capture responding to actual movement, the amount of redundant data can be minimized, with up to a third fewer images to sort through.

The Endotrace research project has now developed a novel endoscopic capsule technology that promises to avoid redundant data. Supported with €1.2 million in funding from the German Ministry of Education and Research, the project was brought to a successful conclusion in November 2018, with the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM, Ocesco Endoscopy AG, and AMS presenting the fruits of their labor: a ‘treat-sized’ capsule whose unassuming exterior hides cutting-edge technology on the inside. With no fewer than five cameras, a tracer, and a memory module on board, the tiny capsule still has room for its battery pack and an LED light.

How does it know when and where to capture an image? The built-in controller responds to minute changes in the villi that line the intestinal walls and triggers the camera after the capsule has moved a tenth of an inch. Instead of several thousand repetitive images, the Endotrace capsule produces less than half, but far more meaningful data and helps speed up the diagnostic process. This promises a faster reaction to acute conditions like gastrointestinal bleeding. However, it will still take some time before the first capsule will go on its journey through an actual patient’s digestive system: While the technology is ready, the system still has to go through the long medical approval process.

Manuel Seckel, Project Leader at Fraunhofer IZM, explains: “Endotrace is a passion project for me! Endoscopic diagnostics helps save lives – and we are making it that little bit easier and better.”

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news-1663Thu, 25 Jul 2019 14:52:04 +0200Sensors Expo: LASER COMPONENTS Wins “Best of Sensors” 2019 Awardhttps://optecnet.de/http:///LASER COMPONENTS, specialized provider of components and services in the laser and optoelectronics industry, has been named a “Best of Sensors” 2019 Award winner in the Automotive/Autonomous category. The company’s QuickSwitch Pulsed Laser Diode (PLD) was recognized as one of the Innovative Products of the Year 2019 which highlights cutting-edge advancements and achievements that are moving the sensors industry forward. Across fourteen categories, the prestigious awards were presented by the Editor of Fierce-Electronics during Sensors Expo & Conference 2019, held June 25-27, 2019 in San Jose, California.Based on LASER COMPONENTS’ proprietary compact hybrid configuration that integrates a 905 nm laser diode, switch and capacitor inside a TO56 metal housing, QuickSwitch can generate in one second up to 200,000 laser pulses with a typical duration of 2.5 ns. This is currently the fastest hybrid PLD solution available on the market allowing to collect data faster and higher resolution in laser-based distance measurement (LiDAR) applications that are finding their way into passenger vehicles. In the race to safer driving, automotive LiDAR sensor manufacturers will benefit from QuickSwitch to design more sensitive systems that warn drivers of hazards earlier, avoid collision, and ultimately facilitate autonomous drive.

“Our engineers’ innovative approach to minimize the inductance loop and to optimize the circuit layout for driving PLDs with fast rise times and short pulses is setting us apart from conventional designs,” says Mr. Matt Robinson, Sales Director of LASER COMPONENTS USA. “We are honored to receive this award in recognition of their dedication to deliver a unique product that meets current and future market needs,” Robinson added.

“For more than three decades Sensors Expo has been bringing together the most exciting technological advancements and cutting-edge applications from across the industry. The winners of this year’s Best of Sensors Awards underscore just how far-reaching the impacts of these innovations have become. LASER COMPONENTS personifies the commitment to engineering excellence and overall ingenuity we look for and we are thrilled to recognize their efforts in an extremely competitive field,” noted Cal Groton, Event Director, Sensors Expo & Conference.

This is the second award for LASER COMPONENTS’ QuickSwitch PLD in recent months. A previous recognition includes the Autonomous Vehicle Technology ACES Award in December, 2018.

 

More Information:

www.lasercomponents.com/us/product/quickswitch-pulsed-laser-diodes/

The Company:

LASER COMPONENTS specializes in the development, manufacture, and sale of components and services in the laser and optoelectronics industry. At LASER COMPONENTS, we have been serving customers since 1982 with sales branches in five different countries. We have been producing in house since 1986 with production facilities in Germany, Canada, and the United States. In-house production makes up approximately half of our sales revenue. A family-run business, we have more than 230 employees worldwide.

Contact:
Claudia Michalke
Tel: +49 8142 2864 – 0
c.michalke(at)lasercomponents.com

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news-1605Tue, 28 May 2019 09:09:02 +0200Bavarian laser technology and photonics: technologies for the futurehttps://optecnet.de/http:///invest in bavaria: Laser technology has long been an innovation driver for various branches of industry and everyday applications and is expanding this role with a view to areas that will become more important in future, such as additive manufacturing and data transmission. Bavaria is well positioned for the future with its outstanding infrastructure in terms of laser technology. Laser sounds like the future – and rightly so. Laser technology has not only been directly linked to the technologies of the future since today. We have long been familiar with lasers from printers and barcode readers. They were once the technology of the future. On the other hand, the future is now with holography or data transmission using optical fibres. The same also applies to the promising additives manufacturing industry: a product is manufactured by applying a starting material layer by layer using a three-dimensional computer model. The material binds during the process and everyday objects or components for industry are ready.

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news-1537Wed, 27 Mar 2019 12:34:32 +0100bayern photonics welcomes the company LIGHT CONVERSION as a new member.https://optecnet.de/http:///Light Conversion is a pioneer and worldwide leader of wavelength tunable femtosecond laser sources based on TOPAS and ORPHEUS series of optical parametric amplifiers (OPA) as well as diode pumped solid state femtosecond lasers PHAROS and CARBIDE. Established in 1994, as a spin-off from Vilnius University Laser Research Center, the company has built its strength on profound knowledge in the field of optical parametric generation and amplification. With more than 3000 systems installed worldwide, Light Conversion has established itself as one of the leading providers in the scientific field as well as in the industrial sector. Over a decade femtosecond laser PHAROS stands for reliability operating in rough 24/7 mode. The product portfolio ranges from standard autocorrelator systems, powerful and flexible ultrafast laser systems to custom built OPCPAs. Further information LIGHT CONVERSION can be found at:www.lightcon.com

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news-1468Tue, 22 Jan 2019 11:39:57 +0100Autonomous System Measures the Smallest Signal Dropoutshttps://optecnet.de/http:///With the OP1100 discontinuity analyzer, LASER COMPONENTS presents an autonomous test system for detecting and recording dropouts in optical data transmission.The OptoTestdevice detects signal fluctuations of 0.5 dB and a duration of 0.8 μs. Up to 24 single-modeor multi-mode fibers can be monitored simultaneously.The events are recorded in a fast, high-resolution data logger. This allows experts to trackthe course of the dropout and draw conclusions about its cause.In addition to round-the-clock monitoring of fiber optic networks, the OP1100 is also suitablefor laboratory tests. Passive and active network components can be precisely checkedfor irregularities caused by temperature fluctuations, vibrations, and other shocks such assignal dropouts or temporary fluctuations in the output or transit signal.

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news-1240Fri, 06 Jul 2018 11:22:15 +020013th DLP(r) Technology Symposium - Save the Date / Call for Presentationshttps://optecnet.de/http:///The 13th International Symposium on Emerging and Industrial TI DLP® Technology Applications will be held at Congress Park CPH in Hanau (near Frankfurt, Germany) on October 23, 2018. The DLP Symposium is the established platform that aims to promote the dialogue and discussion between engineers, researchers, users and manufacturers/distributors in the field of innovative advanced light control optical solutions that can serve new markets. XIII International Symposium on Emerging and Industrial TI DLP® Technology Applications

We are glad to announce that the 13th International Symposium on Emerging and Industrial TI DLP® Technology Applications will be held at Congress Park CPH in Hanau (near Frankfurt, Germany) on October 23, 2018. The DLP symposium is the established platform that aims to promote the dialogue and discussion between engineers, researchers, users and manufacturers/distributors in the field of innovative advanced light control optical solutions that can serve new markets. The event is jointly organized by OpSys Project Consulting and the photonics innovation network Optence e.V.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS


DLP chips and associated development platforms are enabling many exciting new systems and applications beyond traditional display technologies. By bringing together scientists, technologists, and developers, the goal of this conference is to highlight new and interesting means of applying DLP technology to end applications within these emerging markets:

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • 3D machine vision (automated optical inspection (AOI), PCB quality inspection, robotics vision, factory automation, dental scanning, medical imaging and biometrics)
  • 3D printing (rapid prototyping, direct manufacturing, and tooling & casting)
  • Spectroscopy (oil & gas analysis, food & drug inspection, water & air quality, and chemical & material identification)
  • Lithography (printed circuit boards, flat panels, computer-to-plate printing, and laser marking)
  • DLP Pico™ video and data display (including smartphones & tablets, pico projectors, wearable displays, smart home displays, aftermarket head-up display, commercial gaming displays, and mobile smart TVs)
  • Technical aspects on subsystems and components comprised in DLP Systems (including light sources, optics, electronics, new product introductions)

Why submit a paper?

Get a large impact in the advanced light control community: Some 120 attendees and contributors from all over Europe, USA and Asia made the DLP symposium a huge success in 2015!

Please submit your contribution prior to August 15, 2018
to OpSys Project Consulting | Alfred Jacobsen |office(at)opsysconsult.com

Exhibition Space Offer

Seize the opportunity and register now for a table top presentation booth at the DLP Symposium exhibition area. Please find here information for the exhibition conditions including an application form. Please return order form by scanned copy to machemer(at)optence.de. Or confirm your requirements and preferences directly by e-mail.

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