Valerie C. Bolhouse
Doing What Needs to Be Done
Power Technology Inc.
Iwork in an office, but I have a real fondness for the noise and commotion of a manufacturing plant – the energy and activity of things being made – so I was excited to attend the inaugural Lasers for Manufacturing Event (LME), produced
by the Laser Institute of America (LIA) in Illinois in September. The mission for
the show was “to provide a one-stop event for companies interested in integrating
laser technology into their production.”
Dr. Timothy Day
Dr. Anthony J. DeMaria
Dr. Donal Denvir
Andor Technology PLC
Of course, there wasn’t any manufacturing going on at LME – or any of the noise of
a factory floor – but there was plenty of energy and excitement about the technologies
being featured by speakers and exhibitors. Think lasers in automobile production
and airplane engine manufacturing – just two of the keynote topics presented to
underscore the point that lasers are critical tools in the making of things the world
needs and wants. Of course, people worldwide are talking about manufacturing and
jobs creation, something truly needed.
Patrick L. Edsell
Dr. Stephen D. Fantone
“What we’re doing right here at LME, with no taxpayer support, is what the president
and his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness have failed to do: creating well-paying
jobs, training people on technology and increasing US competitiveness,” LIA Executive
Director Peter Baker told me at the event.
Dr. Michael Houk
Bristol Instruments Inc.
Dr. Kenneth J. Kaufmann
LME is the latest effort by the organization in pursuit of its mission to “foster lasers,
laser applications and laser safety worldwide.” Baker believes that the LIA is doing
what needs to be done. “I’m very pleased and proud about that.”
PI (Physik Instrumente) LP
Shirat Enterprises Ltd., Israel
The next LME is scheduled for Oct. 23-24, 2012, and will be held at the Renaissance
Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill.
Coherent Japan Inc.
If lasers excite you, two articles in this issue may be of particular interest. REO’s Trey
Turner and Mark Damery contribute an overview of how high-precision aspheric lenses
for visible and near-infrared uses are fabricated, coated and tested, helping purchasers
properly specify aspheres while avoiding unnecessary costs. The article, “Specifying
Aspheric Optics for Transmissive Laser Applications,” begins on page 59.
Dr. Morio Onoe
professor emeritus, University of Tokyo
Dr. William Plummer
Dr. Richard C. Powell
University of Arizona
Contributing editor Hank Hogan offers a look at where extreme-UV laser technology
stands today, where it needs to be and when, and how it might get there. Read the
article, “Extreme UV Lasers,” beginning on page 54.
Dr. Ryszard S. Romaniuk
Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
After a trip to ICALEO in Florida at the end of October, I repacked my bag for Vision
2011 in Stuttgart, Germany. Look for our coverage of both events, and if you are at
Vision 2011, I hope you’ll stop by the Photonics Media booth to say hello.
Samuel P. Sadoulet
CVI Melles Griot
Dr. Steve Sheng
Telesis Technologies Inc.
William H. Shiner
IPG Photonics Corp.
John M. Stack
Dr. Albert J.P. Theuwissen
Harvest Imaging/Delft University
of Technology, Belgium
National Instruments Corp.