As Published in Novus Light
Lee Laser (now part of Coherent
) built a successful business featuring lamp-pumped and then diode-pumped (i.e., DPSS) solid state lasers, with powers up to 100 watts. In a field with multiple low-cost competitors, Lee Laser was able to effectively differentiate their brand as a supplier of affordable industrial lasers featuring “workhorse” reliability. Prior to the company’s acquisition by Coherent, Lee saw this brand image threatened when some of their side-pumped DPSS lasers failed to work to specification when received by the customer. Because of the importance of reliability to their industrial customers and to Lee’s market leadership, the company set out to identify and eradicate the source(s) of these failures. (read more ....