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Apr 10 2012

Micron Optics Expands Global Network

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Micron Optics New SIs

Recently Micron Optics announced the expansion of the company’s global sales and system integrators network, adding seven new companies including CMIWS in Japan, Marmota in Switzerland, Dimense OY in Finland, Impulso Economico Digital Mexicano SA de CV in Mexico, Capris SA in Costa Rica and Imacu Ingenieria & Servicios and Geosinergia Ltda in Chile. Micron Optics is proud to be working with these new system integrators to provide customers with additional resources to find the best solution for their challenging civil, industrial, power, aerospace, and transportation applications.

To contact our system integrators, go to our contact page.

Read the full press release here

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Mar 20 2012

Fiber Optic vs Conventional Sensors

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Pipeline with Micron Optics Sensors

For years, Micron Optics has touted the benefits of fiber optic sensors – specifically fiber Bragg grating (FBG) based strain and temperature sensors. We have worked to make clear that we do not see FBG sensors as an across-the-board replacement for conventional foil strain gages or thermocouples. They’re not. FBG sensors make sense where there is a special challenge that is addressed by one of many inherent advantages of fiber optic sensors.

National Instruments has done a good job of highlighting some examples of this in a recent “NI Developer Zone” blog post. It focuses on FBG’s immunity to EMI, intrinsically safe operation, multiplexing capability and small size and how these attributes address needs in important fields of application. See the complete post here:

National Instruments recognizes how fiber optic sensors enhance their capability to address a much broader field of sensor applications. Kellis Garret, Product Marketing Engineer for NI’s fiber optic sensing instruments, says “Many of our customers are just learning about the power of FOS and are now making measurements that simply were not possible with conventional gages.” Look for more FOS information at, including NI-OSI (NI’s FOS interface), LabVIEW drivers for Micron Optics interrogators, and training tools to bring yourself and your team current on FOS technologies.

- Tom Graver

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Mar 14 2012

Sandia Leads the Way in Improving Wind Turbine Efficiency using Fiber Optic Sensors

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Wind turbines

For the 4th consecutive year, Micron Optics Inc.  has been invited to participate in the 2012 Wind Turbine Blade Workshop, sponsored by Sandia National Laboratory.  In 2008, Micron Optics and Sandia began collaborating to study the value, reliability and effectiveness of commercial Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) technologies for use on operational wind turbine blades. The goals, as well as sensor types and analyses methods to be utilized on the  Sblade Project, were presented in the 2009 workshop in a co-presentation between Mark Rumsey of Sandia National Laboratory, Jason Kiddy of Aither Engineering and Alan Turner of Micron Optics Inc. .

The focus at that time was to investigate the survivability of the various sensor types during the life cycle of a wind turbine blade – from sensor installation during blade manufacturing, to turbine construction during operation (i.e., power generation from fall 2009 to spring 2010), and finally through accelerated fatigue life cycle testing.

At the 2010 workshop, I summarized the performance of the fiber optic sensing system: The Sblade program demonstrated that fiber optic sensing (FOS) is a viable and reliable sensing technology for the next generation of wind turbines.   FOS out performed all other sensing technologies on SBlade to the extent that FOS became the primary technology used in the follow on phases.

The follow up programs 2010 to present, the Smart Blade and Smart Rotor programs, have used FOS for a total of 6 blades. In the 2011 workshop, Jon White shared his vision for how smart rotor technologies will improve  efficiencies of individual turbines and the plant as a whole

Going forward, FOS will play an integral part in wind turbine efficiency.

- Alan Turner

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Feb 29 2012

Micron Optics Expands Product Development Team

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Micron Optics, Inc, an established leader of innovative optical components and laser-based equipment, announced the promotion of Todd Haber to Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and the hiring of John Floyd as Director of Product Development.

“Both Todd and John bring technical depth, experience and most importantly, vigor and life to their new roles at Micron Optics. It is truly an exciting time for our team as we grow and prepare for larger corporate growth too.” said Jeff Miller, President and CEO of Micron Optics.

Please follow the link to the associated press release to learn more.

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- Andrew Peterson

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