Bright Solutions Srl (Pavia, Italy) has acquired the inventory and technology assets of Concepts Research Corporation (CRC), a leading US manufacturer of microchip lasers, used in many industries for a variety of tasks including spectroscopy, MALDI, lidar, ranging, marking, very small feature micromachining, and many specialty applications.
Bright Solutions personnel spent time with CRC collaborating on a comprehensive technology transfer process, which was successfully completed at the end of November 2015.
CRC’s principals decided, after a long successful run, to move on to new adventures. CRC had locations in Wisconsin and in North Carolina, and both are being closed.
Bright Solutions will offer all of the standard CRC products. There is also an intensive product review ongoing at Bright Solutions to look at ways to redesign the units, in order to make them more compact and cost effective and to introduce customer requested enhancements.
Bright Solutions main location is in Pavia, Italy, where it employs approximately 40 employees. Historically, Bright Solutions products have been air-cooled short nanosecond lasers and more recently picosecond lasers down to 100 ps.
Bright Solutions offers the second, third, and fourth harmonics of their lasers, as well as at times the fifth harmonic, and 1.5 um and 3.3 um versions of some of its lasers. Bright Solutions has in excess of 4,000 lasers in use in the field.
The addition of the microchip laser fits well with the Bright Solutions products, completing the current product range with smaller, lower power and SLM laser units. The microchip lasers generally have pulses that are 500 ps – 3 ns and will be manufactured and sold as stand-alone products or integrated as SLM seeders in Bright Solution’s powerful MOPA lasers.
In addition to the usual 1,064 wavelength and its harmonics, the 946 nm line of the Nd:YAG is also used to produce lasers at 946, 473, 315, and 236 nm.