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Cobalt Light Systems’ Insight100 Raman spectroscopy system, designed to identify the chemical composition of sealed liquids in airport screening, has been nominated for the UK engineering prize, the MacRobert Award.

Edmund Optics has launched its 2014 Education Award. One of the finalists will also be presented with the Norman Edmund Inspiration Award, which has a prize worth $5,000 in Edmund Optics product donations.

LightPath Technologies has been awarded a multi-year contract to supply precision moulded aspheric lenses for UK-based Renishaw through its European master distributor AMS Technologies. The lenses will be used in Renishaw’s optical encoder product line.

Dr Markus Ehbrecht has been appointed CEO of Instrument Systems. He will replace Richard Distl, who, 28 years after establishing Instrument Systems, will be leaving the company.

Photonics roadmap projects awarded $1m grants to boost US manufacturing


wo photonics institutes have been awarded $500,000 by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia programme (AMTech) in order to strengthen US manufacturing. The University of Rochester’s Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences (CEIS) and the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) were among the 19 grant winners, with CEIS given funding to lead the development of a national roadmap for photonics, while iNEMI is addressing hardware challenges of integrated photonics manufacturing. NIST announced $9 million in

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awards for industry-driven consortia ‘to develop technology roadmaps aimed at strengthening US manufacturing and innovation performance across industries’. CEIS will work with its partners and with the National Photonics Initiative (NPI) to forecast the introduction of new technologies and identify manufacturing challenges, which, if solved, can strengthen the competitiveness of domestic

photonics companies and expand photonics manufacturing to the United States. The US has been the world leader in

‘ The US has been the world leader in developing photonics technologies’

developing photonics technologies, including fibre optics, lasers, digital imaging and flat panel displays. However, the US’s share of photonics manufacturing has dropped to less than 10 per cent of photonics components sold worldwide. The CEIS roadmap will identify key priorities and lay out a plan for addressing this. ‘The roadmap will address critical gaps to increase our nation’s [USA] competitiveness in photonics manufacturing,’ said Robert Clark, senior vice president for research at the University of Rochester and dean of the Hajim School of Engineering

and Applied Sciences. Meanwhile, the Consortium for Integrated Photonic Systems Manufacturing (CIPSM), led by iNEMI, will also put together a roadmap, in this case to address the technology gaps and challenges that are limiting the advance of hardware technology for use in integrated photonic system manufacturing.

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