Introducing the FS Series Shutters
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Introducing the FS Series Shutters

Vincent Associates is proud to announce our exciting new product: the FS Series shutter. The new FS25 and FS35 Uni-stable Optical Shutters are designed and optimized to operate directly from +5VDC and do not require a separate driver. The New UNIBLITZ FS series shutter provides the flexibility and low-cost to fit into numerous customer requirements,…

Vincent Associates Celebrates 50 Years
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Vincent Associates Celebrates 50 Years

Rochester, New York – March 14, 2019 – Vincent Associates®, the manufacturer of Uniblitz® Shutter Systems, announces that 2019 is the company’s 50th year in business. The company’s commitment to providing quality state-of-the-art electronic shutter products to the photonics, health science, photography, film, robotics, defense, and aerospace industries has made reaching this milestone possible. Founded…

What Drives Optical Shutters?
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What Drives Optical Shutters?

Behind every good electromechanical shutter is a good actuator; here, novel actuators with uniform force throughout their stroke are described. From laser scanning mirrors to micropositioning slides, electromechanical actuators are used in many areas of optical design. In the case of optical shutters, actuator technology is often shrouded by other features and specifications. As the…

The MS150B 150mm Optical Shutter – The Next Big Idea
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The MS150B 150mm Optical Shutter – The Next Big Idea

Vincent Associates is proud to announce the Uniblitz MS150B – A bi-stable 150mm aperture optical shutter. This patent pending design is a bi-stable optical shutter featuring our largest aperture to date. The Uniblitz MS150B is suitable for large-scale imagers or where a large optical path needs to be reduced to zero transmittance. The shutter’s lifetime…

Vincent Associates Launches Industry First 25-Million-Cycle Guarantee Shutter
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Vincent Associates Launches Industry First 25-Million-Cycle Guarantee Shutter

April 25, 2018 – Vincent Associates is proud to announce the official launch of their new product, the ES6B series shutter. The Uniblitz ES6B is a 6mm bi-stable laser shutter with a very low-profile construction and guaranteed lifetime of 25,000,000 cycles. Its lack of an external protruding actuator makes it very slim and flexible for…

Imaging at the Speed of Light
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Imaging at the Speed of Light

Researchers at the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics developed a technique that uses lasers to render materials hydrophobic—extremely water repellent. (Photo above courtesy of Matthew Mann) Article courtesy of Opli: The Photonics Magazine. Tiny micro and nanoscale structures within a material’s surface are invisible to the naked eye, but play a big role in…

Uniblitz On-board the PICARD Satellite
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Uniblitz On-board the PICARD Satellite

Launched out of Yasny, Russia in June 2010, PICARD is a satellite designed to provide absolute measurements of the total solar irradiance (TSI) and spectral solar irradiance (SSI), the diameter and shape of the sun, as well as the distance to the sun’s interior using helioseismology. In addition, measurements and images captured by PICARD during its…

Optical Shutters: Asking the Right Questions Leads to the Best Shutter Design
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Optical Shutters: Asking the Right Questions Leads to the Best Shutter Design

The need for a shutter in an optical system sometimes becomes clear late in the development process. Answering some specific questions can help detect this need as early as possible. Electromechanical shutters are vital components in a broad spectrum of optical assemblies and systems. Shutter requirements are sometimes not apparent nor considered during optical system…