Micron Optics Powers New National Instruments Optical Sensor Interrogator

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Integration Addresses Increasing Market Demand for Optical Sensing

Micron Optics Powered Optical Sensor Module PXIe-4844

FBG optical sensors are an emerging technology, and this new NI product offering represents a significant step forward,”said Jeff Miller, CEO of Micron Optics.

Micron Optics, Inc., a leading provider of innovative equipment for fiber optic sensing and laser imaging, today announces a new OEM module which will power the new National Instruments (NI) PXIe-4844 optical sensor interrogator. The NI product combines Micron Optics core optical sensing technologies within the industry leading PXIe platform. This equips LabVIEW users with a high-performance instrument to address the expanding number of applications where traditional sensors either fail or simply cannot be used.

Micron Optics’ Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensor systems include instruments and sensors that reliably measure strain, temperature, displacement and acceleration. These optical sensors are designed to go in areas susceptible to lightning, electro-magnetic interference, radiation and explosive or corrosive environments. FBG sensor systems are also the preferred technology for high sensor count, high strain range or weight sensitive applications.

“National Instruments has seen increased demand for optical sensing technology from our global customer base in applications such as structural health monitoring, energy production and transmission, and transportation monitoring. Micron Optics has been a key pioneer of optical sensing technology, and we believe that the combination of their optoelectronics technology with the power of PXI and LabVIEW software has resulted in significant improvements in performance, flexibility, and ease-of-use for optical sensing,” said Brian Betts, Senior Group Manager for Data Acquisition at NI.

“FBG optical sensors are an emerging technology, and this new NI product offering represents a significant step forward,”said Jeff Miller, CEO of Micron Optics. “Most of our customers have struggled using electrical sensors due to the inherent limitations and immediately realize the benefits of optical solutions. The National Instruments entry into this technology will further accelerate market acceptance of optical sensing, ultimately benefiting sensing customers.”

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.

About National Instruments
National Instruments (http://www.ni.com) is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 30,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 15 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 5,000 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries. For the past 11 years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

Micron Optics is a trademark of Micron Optics Incorporated. LabVIEW, National Instruments and NI are trademarks of National Instruments Corporation.

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