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Compact Electronic Autocollimator is optimized for sensitivity.

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October 26, 2012 - Portable CONEX-LDS offers 0.01 µrad angular measurement sensitivity and 2 kHz data refresh rate, enabling analysis of resonance modes of structures. Controller is integrated into optical head of autocollimator, occupying only 4 x 1.5 x 1.5 in., and other features include ±0.85° FOV eyepiece, PSD sensor, and RS-422 communications. Autocollimator is used for traditional metrology applications in production environments such as pitch, yaw, straightness, bearing eccentricity, and wobble.

Newport Corp.

1791 Deere Ave., Irvine, CA, 92606, USA

Original Press Release

Newport Introduces CONEX-LDS - Ultra Compact, High-Precision Electronic Autocollimator

Press release date: October 24, 2012

• New integrated controller features angular measurement sensitivity of 0.01 µrad

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:

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