Exfo launches photonics alignment system

18 March 2003 -- Exfo Electro-Optical Engineering, Quebec, has introduced its TWS-1000 Photonics Alignment System.

Mar 18th, 2003

18 March 2003 -- Exfo Electro-Optical Engineering, Quebec, has introduced its TWS-1000 Photonics Alignment System.

The TWS-1000 is designed for precision photonics alignment applications, for R&D and low-volume production and in teaching institutions that require economical, state-of-the-art equipment.

The Photonics Alignment System will be demonstrated for the first time on 25 March at the Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Key features include:
- Accurate alignment over long distances with piezoelectric (PZT) technology
- 60nm resolution for maximum coupling efficiency
- Up to 12 degrees of freedom, depending on configuration, for maximum versatility.

The TWS-1000 was designed to be easy to use and adaptable to a wide range of assembly applications including PLCs, transceivers, ball lens, butterfly packages and a host of other optoelectronic components.

"Exfo offers broad-ranging expertise, including nanoalignment, testing and bonding, needed to translate customer requirements into solutions," said David Farrell, president of subsidiary Exfo Burleigh Products Group Inc.

"The alignment system meets a variety of customer requirements and budgets. It's the most cost-effective solution available today for high-precision, low-volume nanoalignment and suited to volume ramp-up and process optimisation of new optical components."

Spot curing system
Exfo has also released the Exfo Lite Ultraviolet/Visible Spot-Curing System for manual-precision assembly environments.

This is equipped with an iris adjustment feature that allows user-selectable intensity levels. The curing system has a small footprint and long lamp life. User-changeable optical filters allow spectral output to be tailored to specific applications, while protecting heat-sensitive substrates. Filter changes are made externally without having to turn the unit off.

The Exfo Lite System will also be displayed at booth 2341 during OFC 2003.

For more information visit www.exfo.com

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