November 1, 2019, Vancouver, BC – LMI Technologies (LMI), the global leader in 3D inline scanning and inspection, is pleased to announce the acquisition of FocalSpec, an innovative optical metrology company based in Finland that designs and manufactures patented Line Confocal Imaging (LCI) products. LMI’s parent company - The TKH Group - will acquire 100% of the shares of FocalSpec. The company will be integrated into the LMI group of companies and the LCI products will continue to be sold under the FocalSpec product brand.
FocalSpec LCI sensors leverage a unique optical method based on lateral chromatic confocal scanning that is mounted off-axis to simultaneously capture 3D topography (surface geometry), 2D intensity (surface contrast), and 3D tomography (scanning multiple layers beneath a transparent surface) at sampling speeds up to 27M data points per second. No other vision solution on the market combines this level of speed, precision, and multi-modal, multi-layer imaging capability.
The acquisition of FocalSpec expands LMI Technologies’ smart sensor portfolio of laser profilers and structured light snapshots with patented confocal technologies. Together, our scanning and inspection solutions lead the industry in solving challenging applications across a variety of markets such as consumer electronics (CE), battery, pharma, semiconductor, and medical.
Off-axis, line confocal design uses a white light source, and reflection of “orange” and “blue” wavelengths from the high and low points of an object (top and bottom respectively) are mapped to specific pixels on a camera.
“Line confocal sensors offer a leap in technological performance for scanning opaque, transparent and curved materials, such as hybrid glass assemblies common in cell phone manufacturing. By combining this game changing optical approach with our proven Gocator inspection software and volume manufacturing know-how, customers will be able to solve challenging inline metrology applications at a price/performance and ease of use never seen in the market today.” said Terry Arden, CEO, LMI Technologies.
Said Sauli Törmälä, Chairman of FocalSpec: “The addition of LCI technology to the 3D product portfolio of LMI Technologies builds a highly complementary set of solutions for metrology applications in critical assembly processes. Along with their leading inspection software, we believe FocalSpec and LMI will be a power house of metrology in the years to come and we look forward to joining forces."
For more information on FocalSpec LCI products, please visit www.focalspec.com. Additional information will be communicated on lmi3D web site at www.lmi3D.com in the months to come upon the successful integration of FocalSpec with the LMI group.
About LMI Technologies
At LMI Technologies we work to advance 3D measurement with smart sensor technology. Our award-winning, FactorySmart® sensors improve the quality and efficiency of factory production by providing fast, accurate, and reliable inspection that leverages smart 3D technologies. Unlike contact based measurement or 2D vision, our non-contact solutions add 3D shape information that is critical to achieving 100% quality control.