Custom molded UV glass optics

New Study Shows that Custom UV Glass Optics Increase UV LED Irradiance by 25% Compared to Quartz Rods

Maximizing a UV LED’s peak irradiance is imperative in many UV curing applications. More power can improve production speeds and increase throughput. In these applications, UV LEDs are often arranged into linear arrays, where they are placed side-by-side in a row, and are usually protected by a flat window or an optic. We wondered, is…

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RadTech UV+EB 2016 Expo

UV LEDs Take Center Stage at RadTech UV+EB 2016

RadTech UV+EB 2016 exceeded expectations for many. Attendance was at an all-time high with more than 1,400 attendees, including many attendees new to RadTech. The UV-curable market is growing and attracting new people to the conference. Much of this growth is being fueled by interest in UV LEDs, which have opened new applications for UV curable…

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UV Glass Optic Mixes Multi UV LED Wavelengths

New UV Glass Optic Mixes Wavelengths from Multi-UV LED Array

To help accelerate UV LED adoption within the UV curing market, we developed a new optical solution that utilizes LEDs of various UV wavelengths to produce a mixed, uniform light output. For decades, mercury (Hg) vapor lamps have been the most common light source used for UV curing applications. However, as UV LED technology improves, they’re…

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Batch Glass Melting

2 Common Glass Manufacturing Methods: Batch and Continuous Melting

Differences in individual glass melting practices are driven by the scale and scope of the manufacturing, the glass composition needed, the downstream processes involved, and the ultimate product quality required. In this article, we’ll review two common glass manufacturing methods: continuous and batch melting. As with any manufacturing process, glass melting can be broadly subdivided…

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SAE A20 Aircraft Lighting Committee Spring Meeting

SAE A20 Aircraft Lighting Committee Spring Meeting Highlights

From March 23 through March 24, I attended the SAE A20 Aircraft Lighting Committee’s spring meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Discussion amongst the 36 attendees focused on recently published SAE documents, identification of documents that will be sent out for ballot shortly, and status of the MIL-STD-3009 specification review. These meetings offer an excellent opportunity…

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Current State of UV LED Technology

Current State of UV LED Technology

Over the last decade, the ultraviolet (UV) LED market has grown substantially. Since 2008, there has been more than a fivefold increase in the number of companies manufacturing UV LEDs. Last year, we reviewed the current state of UV LED technology; a lot has changed since then, and UV LED adoption continues to accelerate. Much…

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Photonics West Highlights Market Growth

Photonics West Highlights Market Growth

Photonics West, the premier SPIE event for the optics and photonics industry, was held in San Francisco, California on February 15 through 18, 2016.  During the week, 22,000 people attended more than 4,900 technical presentations, panel discussions, courses, and an exhibition where approximately 1,300 companies showcased their latest product offerings. It is clear that Photonics…

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Photonics West 2016 Preview

Photonics West 2016 Preview

Next week, 20,000 people will converge on San Francisco, CA to attend SPIE Photonics West 2016. As the largest laser, photonics, and biomedical optics conference in North America, Photonics West is the place to learn about the latest research, innovations, and products available to the optics and photonics community. Photonics West kicks off with the…

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UV Longpass Filters for UV LEDs

3 New UV Transmitting Longpass Filter Glasses

Improvements to UV LED technology is accelerating their adoption into an increasing number of markets. They are being used and considered for many applications, such as UV curing, medical phototherapy, sensing, non-destructive testing, fluorescence microscopy, and even UV sterilization. In many of these applications, the light source needs to be protected or optimized with a…

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Aviation Glass Catalog

New Aviation Glass Digital Catalog and Spec Sheets

For more than 50 years, we have manufactured glasses to meet the changing needs of the aerospace lighting industry. As a result, we have one of the largest portfolios of aviation colored glasses available. We’re pleased to announce that you can view these glasses in a new digital format; our new aviation glass catalog is…

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