Micron Optics New Fiber Optic Displacement Gage Offers Unique Measurement Capabilities

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Another optical sensor that enhances structural health and geo-tech monitoring allowing optimum performance even where conventional sensors fail.

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os5100 Displacement Gage

Not only can the optical displacement gage outperform traditional vibrating wire gages, the all-optical design also ensures long life.

Micron Optics, Inc., the leading provider of innovative equipment for fiber optic sensing and laser imaging, today announces the new product release of the os5100 Displacement Gage. This fiber optic displacement gage addresses needs for long term monitoring of relative displacement up to 50 millimeters between two anchor points. Like all Micron Optics optical sensors, the os5100 displacement gage is immune to electromagnetic noise environments and offers reliable performance even under harsh environmental conditions. Not only can the optical displacement gage outperform traditional vibrating wire gages, the all-optical design also ensures long life. The rugged design and flexible mounting fixture allows for versatile installation of the gage in a variety of applications such as continuous monitoring of construction joints in buildings, fissure growth in concrete or other structural members, as well as long-term measurement across key expansion joints in bridges, buildings, and tunnels.

The os5100 displacement gage is based on fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor technology, a well proven and widely adopted technology originally used to measure strain and temperature. Unlike other fiber optic displacement gages, the unique engineering design utilizes the intrinsic characteristics of FBG sensor technology to make precise displacement measurements in real-time without the need for additional temperature compensation. The os5100 displacement gage can be used as a single sensing point or added in series with other FBG based sensors on the same optical fiber. The combination of displacement, strain, temperature, and acceleration measurements on a single fiber is another unmatched advantage of FBG sensing technology.

One of the many applications that utilize FBG measurement capabilities is structural health monitoring. For example, an optical sensing system on a bridge may include different types of sensors to monitor everything from cable strain during windy days to joint displacement throughout extreme temperatures or loading conditions. Real-time monitoring performed by optical sensing systems has emerged as a proven, reliable, and potentially life-saving technology. With the addition of Micron Optics’ os5100 displacement gage, a system can provide even more essential information to accurately monitor structural health.

About Micron Optics, Inc.:

Micron Optics, a leading provider of tunable optical technologies, offers a comprehensive portfolio of components and instruments for Optical Sensing, Biotech and Telecom markets. Built upon its solid technology foundation, Micron Optics' products span from simple tunable components to fast swept laser modules to fast and accurate optical instrumentation. Since 1990, Micron Optics has been a privately held company based in Atlanta.

Micron Optics is a trademark of Micron Optics Incorporated.

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