18 August 2010

II-VI has unveiled its new portable Lens Stress Analyzer (LSA)

Even the best of lenses can go bad. Thermal stress, mechanical stress, and contamination can all cause a lens to fail. When that happens, business can suffer from costly downtime or, in the event of catastrophic lens failure, even costlier laser system repairs. Conversely, you don’t want to discard a perfectly useable lens that may only need to be cleaned to return it to peak performance. The question, then, is how can you determine when a lens is truly in need of replacement?

The LSA allows you to spot lens stress before the point of catastrophic failure. It can also allow you to decide whether a lens needs discarding, or merely cleaning. Using a fluorescent base and cross polarizing film, the II-VI LSA will highlight thermal and mechanical stress, and contamination, which the naked eye cannot see.

The LSA can be powered via the AC adaptor included, or for greater portability, it also runs off 6x AAA batteries. This invaluable tool can help you keep your laser system running smoothly, by allowing you to see when a lens needs to cleaned, and when a lens needs to be replaced.

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