Micron Optics’ Optical Strain Gage Offerings Continue to Grow

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New long-gage, rugged, os3610 optical strain sensor for surface mount applications is now commercially available.

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Micron Optics, Inc., the leading provider of innovative equipment for fiber optic sensing, today announces the new os3610 Optical Strain Sensor. This new long-gage, rugged, optical strain sensor represents the latest in fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor technology and is optimized exclusively for surface mount applications.

The os360, released in 2004, was the first in Micron Optics’ family of long gage, steel reinforced optical strain sensors. It revolutionized fiber packaging and FBG anchoring technology at a time when most fiber optic sensors were very basic, even crude.

The os360 was replaced in 2008 by the even more rugged, waterproof os3600 optical strain gage. The os3600 continues to be very popular and is active in hundreds of locations around the world measuring strain in bridges, tunnels, mines, and geo structures. Its 0.25 or 1.0 meter gage length is particularly useful for strain measurement in nonhomogeneous materials, such as concrete.

While the os3600 performs best as an embedded sensor, the new os3610 is a purpose-built, surface mount gage. The os3600 and os3610 share key characteristics; each type contains one FBG for strain measurement, and a second FBG for active temperature compensation. The new os3610 also has the unique capability of visually presetting an ideal zero-strain point, and hard stops protect the gage from over travel. Moreover, the IP67-rated os3610 sensor has steel tubes which seal out the environment and provide a very low resistance connection between end brackets. The result is stable, accurate, temperature-compensated sensor for long-term strain measurements.

Throughout the past decade, Micron Optics’ thorough testing procedures have continued to evolve. Now, each sensor design is not only tested in harsh, controlled laboratory conditions (e.g., extreme temperature variations in high humidity throughout a +/-2,000ue strain range over 100 million cycles), but also in outdoor test beds where conditions mimic the day-to-day and season-to-season environmental changes seen in real optical sensing applications. This new, rigorously-tested sensor will help users reach a whole new range of challenging applications.

About Micron Optics, Inc.

Micron Optics’ optical sensing and imaging products make impossible measurements possible, revealing new, critical information for Infrastructure, Energy, Transportation, Medical and Industrial sectors. Since 1990, Micron Optics has been expanding its core capabilities from tunable optical components and leading-edge instrumentation and software, to complete optical sensing systems. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Micron Optics is a privately held company. For more information, visit http://www.micronoptics.com.

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