Focus on Imaging and Sensors:
End-to-end Monitoring of Industrial Processes and
Profound Insights Into Nature
Imaging systems and sensors are the nerve system of the Internet of things (IoT). Optical measurement techniques enable contactless 100 per cent industrial quality controls. In the research field, they confer high resolution insights into nano worlds and the universe. Hyperspectral analysis fast tracks laboratory discoveries. Single photon counters pave the way for quantum imaging. LASER World of PHOTONICS, taking place from June 24 to 27, 2019 in Munich, will be showcasing modern imaging and sensors, the leading international drivers in this key focus area-together with a substantial congress and supporting program.
The human eye's capabilities are limited. It is no more capable of perceiving nanostructures than it is meteorite impacts on the Moon or individual details of high-speed industrial processes. It is also restricted to a very narrow band of the light spectrum in which many material differences are not apparent.
Imaging and sensor systems offer solutions. For example, since February 2017 sCMOS cameras made by Andor/Oxford Instruments have been recording object impacts on the Moon's surface. Filmetrics/KLA measuring instruments can detect layer thicknesses down to one nanometer.
From component to system and from start-up to traditional company
More than 100 international exhibitors will be showcasing solutions in the key focus area of imaging and sensors at LASER World of PHOTONICS 2019. Presenting this technological diversity will be not just traditional companies and established SMEs but start-ups as well. They include Moscow-based DEPHAN with highly advanced silicon-based photo multipliers, the Finnish Nokia spin-off Emberion Oy with its imaging and sensor solutions based on graphene and nano materials or Braunschweig-based FiSens, which makes fiber-optic sensors using high quality Fiber Bragg Gratings. The new providers include Single Quantum from Delft, which develops superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors or XARION, offering optical microphones for industrial process control and machine monitoring. Also among the newcomers is the ELI-Alps laser research center (Attosecond Light Pulse Source) in Szeged/Hungary, set up at the initiative of Gérard Mourou, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Imaging systems and sensors are the nerve system of the Internet of things
Imaging systems and dense sensor networks also pave the way both for a seamless, quality-monitored Industry 4.0, as well as smart cities and autonomous vehicles. Imaging specialist PCO AG and system manufacturer EOS have recently teamed up with user MTU to create fully-monitored, additive laser melting processes. Processes such as optical coherence tomography (OCT) and heat flow thermography are being employed to look for defects inside lightweight construction components. Providers are thus systematically expanding the range of applications by means of innovative approaches such as hyperspectral imaging and by ever greater camera system bandwidths.
No sensors, no Industry 4.0-which entails manufacturers transferring ever more intelligence and computing power into the sensors themselves to pave the way for comprehensive, decentralized monitoring of manufacturing processes, smart buildings or semi-automated, medical procedures.
Comprehensive supporting program expands on imaging know-how
While exhibitors will be focusing on product and application trends from June 24 to 27, 2019, the trade fair's visitors will be able to find out all about the latest research and ground-breaking applications in the imaging and sensor arena at various application panels in the trade fair halls and at the accompanying World of Photonics Congress 2019.
Three of the seven Congress sub-conferences have an imaging theme. The nOSA conference "Imaging and Applied Optics" deals with computer-aided noptical sensors and imaging, mathematical principles and environmental ninfluences on imaging processes. "Digital Optical Technologies" by SPIE nEurope is concerned with the hot topic of mixed, virtual and augmented nreality. And the SPIE "Optical metrology" conference will address the nuse of Artificial Intelligence and multimodal sensors, as well as nautomated inline inspection and biomaterials' imaging.
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Source: Messe München