The patent pending device will be certified by ETL under the UL lab/industrial protocol, and will be CE certified. The unit will be manufactured at the company’s new electronic assembly facility in Pomfret CT beginning in April 2010. FTI began designing and manufacturing light source products in 2004.
Using a very simple but effective coupling strategy, engineers at FTI can couple the light from a monocolor single die into a fiber optic cable at high efficiency rates. The resulting output exceeds the power of a similarly coupled EKE halogen lamp in active diameter sizes up to 12mm.
The company plans to provide a product with true color balance, excellent uniformity, improved electrical efficiency, along with a measureable return on investment (ROI) in a small package compatible in size to existing halogen lighting technology, and can replace it without altering existing systems or components.
“After nearly 4 years of research and development, our team has made a second important breakthrough; an LED source capable of generating as much power as an EKE lamp at the full 12mm spot size. This will enable our customers to update their industrial process and vision systems with a long lived, bright, and dependable source, eliminating down time associated with lamp change. I believe the introduction of this unit signals the beginning of the end for the traditional 150W Quartz Halogen source.”, said Steve Giamundo, the company’s VP of Sales and Marketing.
FTI’s LED light engine technology provides the following features:
- More power than an EKE lamp within a 12mm focal spot.
- Long life (50000) hours – no lamp to change.
- Stable output throughout the usable life.
- Active heat management with integral cooling fan.
- Available in a white-only or Red, Green and Blue only versions.
- 6000K color temperature for the white only version.