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Technology

LIMO abides by the following principle: Every photon, in the right place, at the right time. That means that LIMO customizes laser beams to deliver an optimal fit for customer applications.
LIMO laboratory workstations are designed for process development and feasibility studies.

Lab workstations for process development and feasibility studies.

Look inside the processing chamber of a LIMO laboratory process development workstation.

Lab facility for process development.

Shown here in a LIMO laboratory workstation is LIMO L3 Line Laser Technology® in action

Laser beam shaping combined with innovative process development: Lab workstation with L³ LIMO Line Lasers® technology in action.

LIMO direct diode laser welding creates smooth and uniform weld seams.

Laser beam welding: Smooth and even weld seams with direct diode laser solutions from LIMO.

LIMO is a pioneer of direct diode kilowatt laser metal cutting.

LIMO sets new standards for metal cutting with direct diode laser solutions in the kilowatt range.

LIMO L3 Line Laser Technology® dramatically improves the performance of glass coatings.

L³ LIMO Line Lasers® technology significantly improves the performance of glass coatings.

LIMO L3 Line Laser Technology® dramatically improves the performance and reduces the costs of hard metal coatings.

L³ LIMO Line Laser® technology improves the performance of cemented carbide coatings and reduces costs.

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Technology Services


    Feasibility studies

  • LIMO's 60 scientists and engineers develop sophisticated optics and laser solutions that are specially customized for customer application – from idea creation to on-site implementation.

  • R&D collaborations

  • LIMO looks for fair collaborative arrangements based on shared interests and full commitment from both sides. Structured, goal-oriented cooperation, the consolidated use of resources, and risk sharing between partners mean that all sides can achieve mutual success in the market.

  • Technology licensing & know-how transfers

  • We see considerable potential for growth and the spread of knowledge in the photonics industry and its related application sectors, and we can tap into this potential by licensing selected LIMO patents and technologies and pursuing targeted know-how transfers. We are willing to enter into appropriate agreements on the basis of a business model that benefits both sides.

Facts Technology


  • 283 patents
  • 500 m2 of space in the Application Center for process development
  • New products (≤ 3 years) account for 80% of our revenues
cooperation with:
  • Helmholtz centers
  • Members of the Fraunhofer Society
  • Local and international universities
  • Other R&D institutions

Development

LIMO develops complete optics and laser solutions customized to fit the requirements profiles of its customers.
LIMO table top laboratory beam shaping module developer kit.

LIMO development toolkit for developing laser beam shaping modules.

Alignment of a LIMO L3 Line Laser Technology® green line for flexible display manufacturing.

Adjustment of a "Green Line" equipped with L³ LIMO Line Lasers® technology for manufacturing flexible flat panel displays.

Alignment of a motorized programmable LIMO high power laser attenuator.

Alignment of a motorized programmable LIMO attenuator for high-power lasers.

LIMO´s Applications Center includes a number of equipment for process development and sample tests, including a gantry workstation.

LIMO's Application Center includes a number of systems for process and application development and also for feasibility tests.

LIMO´s R&D team positions a LIMO pump laser using a 6-axis precision mount.

Positioning of a LIMO pump laser with a 6-axis precision holder.

Fine alignment of a LIMO L3 Line Laser Technology® multi-kilowatt direct diode laser line.

Precision alignment of a production tool equipped with L³ LIMO Line Lasers® technology and featuring a direct multi-kilowatt diode laser solution with a line focus.

LIMO monolithic 350 mm diameter micro-optic lens array.

Monolithic microlens array from LIMO with a diameter of 350 mm.

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Development Services


    Customer-specific solutions

  • At LIMO, in addition to proven solutions, we also offer the capability to develop and produce components and systems for individual solutions. The advantage here is that products are optimized in terms of performance- and cost-effectiveness while the technical and economic constraints of their use are taken into account.

  • Contract assembly

  • Aside from developing our own products, we offer LIMO's development expertise to external customers. An exclusive development collaboration with LIMO covers the full package – from the creation of ideas to the implementation of ready-to-use solutions according to customer specifications.

  • Project planning and design

  • With our knowledgeable LIMO product management and design team, we support our partners to ensure that requirements are implemented in a goal-oriented and timely manner in all areas, from planning and technical documentation to execution in production.

  • Process development

  • Technology development is in LIMO's genes. But we aren't as focused on pure technological ideas as we are on using our knowledge of the processes of interaction between laser radiation and materials to create added economic value for our customers.

Development Facts


  • 2,000 m2 of clean room space
  • 2,500 m2 of production space
  • Annual R & D investment equal to more than 10% of revenue
  • 60 scientists & engineers
  • Portion of revenue generated by customer-specific solutions: 80%

Production

LIMO produces laser and micro-optics components and systems for integration in customer equipment and production lines.
LIMO employs automated pick and place systems for precision alignment of optics.

LIMO uses automatic pick-and-place systems for precision optics alignment.

LIMO has produced and delivered approximately 100 beam shaping modules for plasma display production

LIMO has produced approximately 100 beam shaping modules for use in the production of flat panel plasma displays.

LIMO operates two metal machine shops with programmable precision CNC and SPS control.

In-house metal fabrication with programmable high-precision machines featuring CNC and PLC controls.

LIMO operates two partially automated  precision nano-metrology laboratories.

LIMO operates two partially automated nano-precision measurement labs.

LIMO industrial laser systems and laboratory processing machine

Portfolio of LIMO industrial laser systems and LIMO lab facilities for process development.

LIMO cleans new optics using an automated in-line cleaning machine.

Cleaning optics with an automated in-line cleaning machine.


LIMO beam transformation optics are precisely arranged in front of laser facets in diode laser module production.

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Production Services


    Products

  • At LIMO, we produce laser and micro-optics components and systems for integration in the products, equipment and production lines of our customers.

  • Contract manufacturing

  • We develop and produce LIMO laser and optics modules according to customer-specific requirements. On request, we can integrate customer components into our laser and optics solutions.

  • Quality assurance

  • LIMO tailors its ISO 9001-based quality assurance methods and measuring tools to fit customer-specific requirements.

Production facts


  • 2,000 m2 of clean room space for production
  • 800 m2 of metal fabrication space
  • 10,000 m2 development, production and application center
  • Continuous increase in production quantities since 2009
  • Over 50,000 products produced annuall