New green laser diode from ams OSRAM offers ideal alternative to red lasers in industrial applications

• Green laser offers 4x higher perceived brightness than the red lasers traditionally used in industrial equipment
• New PLT5 522EA_Q green laser diode in grounded TO56 case configuration is compatible with preferred driver topologies used.
• Maximum operating temperature of 70°C, high reliability, and long lifetime make PLT5 522EA_Q the solution of choice for visualization with lasers in new designs

ams OSRAM (SIX: AMS), a global leader in optical solutions, has introduced a green laser diode which is a brighter, easier to use, more reliable and cost-competitive replacement for red lasers in applications such as levelling, scanning, biosciences and dot projection.

The new PLT5 522EA_Q for the first time enables product manufacturers to benefit from the 4x brighter appearance of a green laser compared to red without sacrificing any of the valuable features of red lasers. The green laser diode has been rigorously tested for lifetime and reliability at a maximum operating temperature of 70°C. Its lifetime ratings are compatible with the standard requirements of industrial equipment manufacturers.

The much better visibility of green laser beams compared to red means that they are preferred by users in industrial applications such as construction and surveying, and for long-range scanning. The introduction of the PLT5 522EA_Q enables manufacturers to finally replace red lasers with green without compromising on any aspect of their product design”, says Thomas Brandes, senior marketing manager at ams OSRAM.

The new laser diode is housed in a hermetically sealed and grounded TO56 metal can. It is compatible with the driver topologies commonly used with red lasers, and simplifies the use of green lasers, requiring minimal modification of existing product designs. Unlike a red laser diode, the PLT5 522EA_Q needs no burn-in. It includes a photodiode which is often required for eye-safe operation.

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