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Gooch and Housego acquires Constelex

Gooch and Housego (G&H) has acquired the issued share capital of the Greek producer of low-noise lasers and fibre optic amplifiers, Constelex Technology Enablers. The acquisition is in part a strategy to increase company value by bettering its performance at the sub-systems and system levels. The objective was to build a multi- disciplinary team with expertise in mechanical, electronic, and software design and modelling. G&H is an integrated supplier of critical photonic solutions: optical components, assemblies and sub-systems to the aerospace, defence, industrial, life science and scientific research sectors. It has six manufacturing sites in the USA and three in the United Kingdom in addition to sales offices in China, France, Germany and Japan. G&H has announced this on the back of establishing the Systems Technology Group (STG) at its Torquay, UK, facility to function as a separate business unit with a remit to design, develop and prototype systems-level products, which happened earlier this year. Constelex designs and manufactures high-power, low- noise optical and laser systems for use in the defence, sensing and telecom industries and is also involved in testing and modelling prototype photonic components. The company became part of the Corallia innovation cluster in 2010. G&H said that the acquisition represents a significant expansion of the capabilities of the STG and will enable it to make an invaluable contribution to the European Space Agency Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) European Component Initiative. As a result, G&H is well positioned to fulfil its objective of becoming a global leader in space photonics, with design and manufacturing of space qualified hardware in the USA and EU.


Laser scanning centre first of its kind in UK

The UK’s first robot mounted laser vibrometry facility to open in early 2014


3D laser scanning centre offering large-area measurement capabilities for analysing car and aircraft components

is underway as part of a joint project between the University of Leicester and Polytec UK. When it opens in May, the Advanced

Structural Dynamics Evaluation Collaborative (ASDEC) research centre will be the UK’s first commercial 3D non-contact laser vibration scanning measurement and modal-analysis centre. Located in Nuneaton, UK, it was developed to service the automotive, aerospace and space sectors. ASDEC will be the only such facility in the UK providing 3D full- field scanning measurement, modal analysis, modelling and certification services. This capability will be provided by the range and spatial resolution of Polytec’s laser Doppler systems, enabling automatic 3D scans of structures at the centre as well as vibration field scans at end-user sites. This non-contact technology enables large-area dynamic measurements to be

performed in hours, compared with the longer turn-around times of traditional multi-channel accelerometery.

‘ The advanced vibration

measurement and analysis will cut the time to market’

ASDEC is initially funded by a £1 million grant from the UK Government’s Regional Growth Fund and by an ERDF structured grant to support small and medium enterprise (SME) access to the centre. It is expected to create 250 jobs in the UK. The advanced vibration measurement and analysis will cut the time required for product development, testing, analysis and, ultimately, time to market. For product development, this approach also allows an enhanced upfront pre-test diagnostics, improved Mac

address comparison data, early product de- risking, and greatly reduced development time and costs.

ASDEC is expected to act as a catalyst and

an entry point for businesses to access the resources of the University of Leicester and its broad range of additional services, expertise, R&D, facilities, and technologies.

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