Automotive customer saves $15,000

Some of our aerospace and automotive customers insist we offer a RTV (Return To Vendor) repair programme to reduce the overall cost of ownership of laser equipment. It saves time, money and valuable materials, and is well worth doing.  The reworked mirrors are as good as new so there is no loss of quality or productivity. It can also contribute to ISO 14001 Environmental Management Here’s a great case study…

One of our customers, a European automotive manufacturer, sent us a collection of used mirrors from their production line that had accumulated minor burns and scratches, and had been swapped out.  They were large, complex water cooled beam delivery mirrors which we repolished and recoated to a condition that was as good as new. The mirrors were repaired and returned in under 3 weeks.

The customer was delighted and told us the mirrors were working perfectly, and had saved them $15,000 on the cost of new mirrors!. They have since had them reworked three more times.

Here’s an example of another customer’s mirrors that we reworked to a ‘good as new’ condition. These were from a gas sensing cell made by a company who stopped supporting their equipment. You can find out more on our website.

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Laser World of Photonics New Delhi 9-11 September 2015

We’re busy preparing for the next Laser World of Photonics show in India. We were G21_5impressed with the show last year in Bangalore so we’re hoping it will be just as good this year in New Delhi.

If you’re visiting come and visit us in the UK pavillion, Booth number G21. We’ll be showing a range of our products including gold coated copper and aluminium mirrors with a range of optical coatings and sizes from as small as 5mm diameter.

Resistant to harsh environments our mirrors have high laser damage thresholds and are used in many applications including gas sensing, medical and dental lasers, fiber lasers, high power pulsed and CO2 laser cutting and infra red counter measures.

LBP manufacture a wide range of standard and bespoke parts with a range of optical coatings covering the spectrum from UV to THz as well as infrared. Full details are available on our website.

Laser Beam Products exhibiting at Laser World of Photonics Munich, June 22-25

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We will be in Munich again this year showcasing our range of all-metal mirrors for science and research, as well as our now well-established mirror reworking service.

We’ll be showing a wide range of our mirrors including Gold coated Copper, Aluminium, Molybdenum, Stainless Steel and Tungsten. Most of these materials have excellent broad reflectivity across the mid infra red, and are ideal for many infra red applications. They are highly durable and resistant to harsh environments such as those found in gas sensing and infrared spectroscopy.

With an excellent range of reflective coatings covering the spectrum from UV to THz, we have an unrivalled range of products which can be seen, and handled, at this years show. Suitable for CO2 laser cutting and welding, fiber laser applications, Dental and Medical Er:YAG lasers, QCL sources, fiber lasers and even Terahertz applications our mirrors are regularly supplied for both low volume prototype and high volume production parts. Customers include industrial laser users, OEMs, Academics and Research Institutes around the world.

LBP’s customers worldwide are also regularly saving thousands by repairing mirrors back to operational condition after damage by exposure to chemicals and harsh environments. Examples of ‘before’ and ‘after’ mirrors will be on display.

Diagonal Mirrors

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60 degree gold coated copper mirrors

We seem to have had a bit of a surge in demand for diagonal, or elliptical flat mirrors recently. We have just made some diagonal mirrors from gold coated copper with a diagonal angle of 60 degrees. When viewed at 60 degrees they have a circular profile. We have also made similar all metal mirrors from Stainless Steel for Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy. Stainless Steel is generally used uncoated. Last, but not  least as it is a great application for our laser mirrors, some small gold coated copper mirrors for Er:YAG surgical laser handpieces.

With surgical lasers, left-handed surgeons can have great difficulty using surgical equipment designed for right-handed surgeons, or when being trained by right-handed instructors. With lasers at least, it’s possible to use a mirror to “flip” the beam paths and allow right handed and left handed use.

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Gold coated copper mirrors for Er:YAG laser

Stainless steel diagonal lipstick mirrors

Stainless steel diagonal lipstick mirrors

The first diagonal metal mirror was probably made by Isaac Newton in 1668, juts a few miles from our factory here near Cambridge. It was the secondary mirror in the worlds first telescope to use reflective optics.

 

 

Gold coating for metal mirrors

Did you know that our chemically deposited Gold coating has a reflectivity that is almost invariant with small changes in angle of incidence? This means for scanning applications, where the mirror operates at a varying angle of incidence, the reflected power is quite consistent across all scan angles. Dielectric mirror coatings can change reflectivity with incident angle dramatically, and have to be specified carefully

The Gold coating also has consistent reflectivity from face to face for multi faceted mirrors, reducing variations in power during scanning.

No tooling or batch charges are made for our Gold coating, even when coating a single mirror. We offer Gold coating on mirrors made from Copper, Aluminium, Nickel, Brass, Beryllium/Copper, Stainless Steel and other metals and alloys.

See our web page laser gold mirror

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Pyramidal mirror

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Lightweight Aluminium Mirror