PRLog - Oct. 24, 2012 - IRVINE, Calif. -- Newport Corporation, a worldwide leader in laser and photonic solutions that Make, Manage and Measure Light®, introduces CONEX-LDS, an ultra-compact, high-precision electronic autocollimator. The small and versatile controller is integrated into the optical head of the autocollimator, occupying only 4 in. x 1.5 in. x 1.5 in. (volume). Newport's new instrument will replace the legacy LDS1000 to offer the same powerful 2 kHz data refresh rate enabling the analysis of resonance modes of structures, in a much smaller package. The angular sensitivity of the high resolution controller is 0.01 µrad and is ideal for measuring very small angular variations and enabling extremely accurate alignment procedures. CONEX-LDS is used for traditional metrology applications in production environments such as pitch, yaw, straightness, bearing eccentricity and wobble. It is also well-suited for all high precision industrial applications that require non-contact alignment and angular measurement.
The compact and portable design, the integrated ±0.85 degree field of view (FOV) eyepiece, plus the included mounting accessories enable quick setup on site and/or on the production floor. The autocollimator is equipped with a PSD sensor, selected for its fast response time. The architecture supports, via the analog outputs, a sampling frequency of 2 kHz, making it possible to observe and analyze very rapid events such as structural vibrations. For added convenience, the embedded controller supports RS-422 communication, which is USB-compatible via the CONEX-USB-RS422 converter.
Each unit is individually tested and delivered with a calibration and certification report. The Class II laser device is safe to operate and comes with easy-to-use software. For more information about Newport’s new CONEX-LDS ultra-compact, high-precision electronic autocollimator, please visit: www.newport.com/