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When fibers burn: Quick window replacement instead of laser failure

08-24-2011 09:29 AM CET | Industry, Real Estate & Construction

Press release from: LIMO Lissotschenko Mikrooptik GmbH

Window of opportunity: L-Mount replaceable window function protects the actual fixed window from the effects of fiber destruction

Window of opportunity: L-Mount replaceable window function protects the actual fixed window from the effects of fiber destruction

Medical laser with replaceable window: "Window of opportunity" for protection from laser failure

LIMO Lissotschenko Mikrooptik GmbH of Dortmund have opened up a special "window of opportunity" for their compact medical lasers. The Westphalian company has given its L-Mount type fiber-coupled diode laser modules an additional replaceable window which saves the user both time and money. The L-Mount modules have a very compact, hermetically sealed housing. The laser (output: 30 to 60 watts) generates a beam with a wavelength of 808 to 980 nanometers which is directed at its location by a glass window and a fiber connection with razor-thin fibers (diameter: 200 and 400 micrometers). Medical technology predominantly uses lower priced disposable fibers which should be replaced after every operation.

The frequent replacing of fibers increases the risk of laser failure, for instance, as a result of accidental fiber soiling or damage. Plastic droplets and smoke residue are deposited on the window, soiling it or even damaging it. Users then have to replace the complete laser module or send it for repairs. "LIMO has something which can minimize downtimes caused by destroyed fibers and the resultant negative effects", explains Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Andre Grütz, Director of Medical Solutions. "We now fit our L-Mount laser housings with an additional replaceable window which protects the actual fixed window from soiling and damage". Now, if the fibers are destroyed, the user only has to replace the replaceable window. LIMO will be presenting this exclusive solution, which is otherwise only to be found on larger systems, in January 2012 at BIOS and at Photonics West in San Francisco (USA).

LIMO Lissotschenko Mikrooptik GmbH
Bookenburgweg 4-8
44319 Dortmund, Germany
Tel.: +49 - 231 - 22241 - 0
Fax: +49 - 231 - 22241 - 140
E-Mail: kontakt@limo.de
Web: www.limo.de
Kontakt für weitere Informationen: Andre Gruetz, a.gruetz@limo.de
Kontakt PR & Marketing: Nicole Krebs, n.krebs@limo.de

Founded in 1992 - 200 employees - 24 nations - more than 300 patents

At LIMOs headquarters in Dortmund, Germany, an international team of more than 200 engineers, physicists, technicians and many other specialized staff develops, manufactures & distributes micro optics, optical systems, diode lasers & laser systems. LIMO was founded near Paderborn in 1992, relocated to the “Technologiezentrum Dortmund” in 1995 and operates today from industrial park “Dortmund Wickede”, located in the direct neighborhood of the Dortmund airport. On 10,000 m² floor space, LIMO runs approximately 2000 m² of clean room and 800 m² of in-house metal machine shops. At present LIMO holds more than 300 patents.

We regard ourselves as strategic partner to leading companies using laser photons. Our mission is to make business partners in the materials processing & photonic industries more successful with our cutting edge technologies. We are world-market leader in diode laser optics and have been awarded for this technology with the “world’s first innovation award 2007”. (Innovationspreis der deutschen Wirtschaft 2007) A laser beam can be effectively shaped and directed by the use of this award-winning technique – therefore, it is possible to create, e.g., linear or rectangular beam shapes. The following industries benefit from our customized solutions: Microlithography, medical equipment, photonics (solid-state and fiber lasers), flat panel display- and photovoltaic production, automotive manufacturing and all other industries that use high power lasers.

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