The application of laser based materials processing for precision micro scale manufacturing in the electronics and fiber
optic industry is becoming increasingly widespread and accepted. This presentation will review latest laser technologies
available and discuss the issues to be considered in choosing the most appropriate laser and processing parameters. High
repetition rate, short duration pulsed lasers have improved rapidly in recent years in terms of both performance and
reliability enabling flexible, cost effective processing of many material types including metal, silicon, plastic, ceramic
Demonstrating the relevance of laser micromachining, application examples where laser processing is in use for
production will be presented, including miniaturization of surface mount capacitors by applying a laser technique for
demetalization of tracks in the capacitor manufacturing process and high quality laser machining of fiber optics
including stripping, cleaving and lensing, resulting in optical quality finishes without the need for traditional polishing.
Applications include telecoms, biomedical and sensing.
OpTek Systems was formed in 2000 and provide fully integrated systems and sub contract services for laser processes.
They are headquartered in the UK and are establishing a presence in North America through a laser processing facility in
South Carolina and sales office in the North East.