Laserline selects Bookham Very High Brightness Bar for industrial direct diode systems

Laserline selects Bookham Very High Brightness Bar for industrial direct diode systems

Zurich, Switzerland – Bookham, Inc., a leading manufacturer of optical components for industrial applications, today announced that Laserline has selected its Very High Brightness (VHB) bar to support their high brightness direct diode laser systems.

Volker Krause, Managing Director and Cofounder of Laserline, a leading manufacturer of direct diode laser systems for industrial material processing, said, “Based on our experience of working with Bookham, with 120W bars, we chose to work with the company again on this demanding product because of their fast innovation cycles and responsiveness.

“The VHB bar, with its unique form factor, is the perfect match for our high brightness direct diode systems as it features the Bookham hard-solder technology to support the typical intermittent operation mode we find in industrial and automotive applications.”

The announcement of volume shipments of the VHB bar comes just six months after its launch at LASER 2007. The VHB bar, being shown for the first time in North America at Photonics West later this month (#1207), has a power output of 80W – up to four times the brightness of a typical 10mm bar – and measures only 3.2mm in width. The product supports direct industrial laser systems and enables fiber coupling without beam transformation optics by delivering high output power at a narrow emitting area.

“We are very proud to have brought this new product to volume production in such a short period of time,” added Christian Naumer, senior product line manager at Bookham. “The key to the speed of this deployment is the way that we have worked in close cooperation with the customer, and designed a product that exactly meets the needs of this cutting edge systems manufacturer.”