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CIOE 2015

Sep 2015 - CIOE 2015, Shenzhen, China

31st Aug - 2nd Sept 2015, Shenzhen Convention Center, Shenzhen, China

Featured products will be the "ModCon" Mode Controller and the MPX-1 Encircled Flux meter

Laser India 2015

Sep 2015 - Laser World of Photonics India 2015

9th - 11th September 2015, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India

Booth no. 7G/G21

Featured product will be the BQM-50 Beam Propagation Analyzer


Knowle fun run

May 2015 - Team Arden Gets Running

A team of runners from Arden took part in the popular Knowle Fun Run. The Knowle Fun Run is a major event on the local calendar with over 1200 people taking on the 5 mile course through the village. Team Arden Photonics performed admirably, coming in 8th out of nearly 50 competing teams by aggregate time.

Linpu and Arden at CIOE 2014 in Shenzhen, China

Sep 2014 - Arden and Linpu at CIOE in Shenzhen, China

This month we were pleased to support our Chinese distributor Linpu Instruments at the CIOE trade fair in Shenzhen, China. On the Linpu booth we featured the MPX Encircled Flux meter, the ModCon Mode controller. We also introduced our new FGC fiber geometry measurement system for measuring core and cladding geometry of singlemode and multimode fibers. Featured in the photograph are ( from left to right ) Mr Wang Tao and Mr Tang Yan Fa of Linpu, and Mr David Robinson and Dr Yang Hui of Arden Photonics.

David Robinson outside Royston House

Aug 2014 - Arden Photonics buys Royston House

This month we completed the purchase of Royston House, the building which Arden Photonics has occupied for the last 5 years. This gives us room for expansion, removes some uncertainy about the future and gives us more flexibility to configure our work-space to meet not only increased order levels but different product mix. Over all its a positive commitment to grow Arden's manufacturing capability in Solihull, UK.

MP Lorely Burt with Tracy Turner

Aug 2014 - Visit from Lorely Burt, our local MP

We had a visit from Lorely Burt, our local Member of Parliament, this month. During the visit she learned about some of the processes which we undertake on a routine basis such as UPC and APC connector polishing. Tracy Turner showed her some of her work, and the skills she has developed since joining Arden just over a year ago.

TSB funded food safety project

Apr 2014 - Arden helps to improve food safety

In an exciting new £600,000 project funded by the Technology Strategy Board, Arden Photonics has teamed up with Branscan Ltd, Aston University and Warburtons Bakery, to use innovative photonic technology to develop a sensing solution for characterising and inspecting food products.

Near Infra-Red (NIR) spectroscopy technology developed by the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies ( AIST ) will be used to determine the physical properties and quality of powdered food products such as flour. In this project we plan to develop multiple wavelength, factory deployable sensors which will enable fast, low cost, portable operation.

Benefits which could accrue from this new development in the milling industry include a reduction in the the level of non-compliant or contaminated products; reduced processing time;  increased yields through better product consistency; reduced wastage and waste disposal costs.

Aug 2013 - Workshop on Specialty Optical Fibers and Their Applications

OCT phantom model

Arden Photonics, represented by David Robinson, was pleased to take part in the Workshop on Specialty Optical Fibers and Their Applications. The event was hosted by ACREO, and organised by ACREO in conjunction with the OSA. It took place in the historic town of Sigtuna, not far from Stockholm in Sweden. The Workshop attracted around 180 delegates from all over the world. There were three tutorial speakers namely John Ballato from Clemson University, USA, Yoel Fink from MIT, USA and Philip Russell from the Max Planck Institute in Germany. Many attendees commented on the quality and variety of the work taking place currently on specialty fibers at the moment. The talks and posters covered topics including Photonic Crystal Fibers, Fiber Sensors, Nonlinear optics, and Fiber lasers.

Arden's VFI-1200 was available in the exhibition area for delegates to bring their own fiber samples so they could have a look at the structure with both a high magnification inspection mode and interferometrically.

OCT phantom model

Jul 2013 - NEW Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Validation Phantom

We are pleased to announce the release of the OCT phantom.. The APL-OP01 Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) phantom is a device to qualitatively and quantitatively characterize the performance of an OCT system, including spatially varying resolution, sensitivity, distortion and scan linearity. The phantom contains four geometrical patterns inscribed within a substrate to form localized refractive index changes.

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a noninvasive optical imaging modality that provides real-time, 3D images with micron-level resolution and millimeters of imaging depth. OCT images consist of structural information from a sample based on light backscattered from different layers of material within the sample. The noninvasive nature of OCT makes it well suited for imaging samples such as biological tissue e.g. retinal scanning but it is also used to produce high resolution 3D images of materials.

Download Press Release here

ALS 85/85% aerospace LED light source

Jun 2013 - LED Light Source with 85/85 launch condition

We are pleased to announce the release of the ALS LED Light Source with 85/85% launch conditions. Aimed at companies working within or supplying to the European aircraft industry, this product is designed to meet the 85/85% launch condition called for by Airbus. The ALS light source combines a highly stable LED light source with the well-proven "ModCon" mode controller to give a convenient hand-held light source for factory or site use. Test kits containing lightsource/ powermeter and test cords in waterproof "Peli" case are also availble.

BQM-50 Laser Beam Propagation Analyzer

May 2013 - NPL collaboration results in new product launch

Arden Photonics is pleased to announce the release of the BQM-50 Laser Beam Propagation Analyzer. This product has been developed using NPL technology.


and will be shown for the first time at Laser World of Photonics in Munich on 13th - 16th May 2013.

Lesley Allison and David Robinson at ECOC 2012

Sep 2012 - ECOC 2012

Arden took part in the annual ECOC exhibition in Amsterdam this month. We took the opportunity to meet with customers, sales partners and business associates from Europe and around the world. As always our visitors appreciated live demos of the MPX Encircled Flux meter and the VFI cleave inspection interferometer. We also showcased our new 1300nm LED light source which produces 85/85 launch conditions suitable for Aerospace applications and a novel In-Fiber Polarizer which has high power handling capability ( >10W ) and high Extinction Ratio.


Richard Penzer

Jul 2012 - Arden welcomes new staff member

This month it is our pleasure to welcome Richard Penzer to the Arden team. Richard joined us at the beginning of July after completing an honours degree in geology at the University of Birmingham, just a few miles from Arden's facility in Solihull. As well as studying science at University, Richard has a keen interest in electronics and software.

Nitanai, Oide and Nosaka at Laser Expo 2012

Apr 2012 - Arden Photonics supports OptoScience Inc at LaserExpo 2012

OptoScience Inc, Arden Photonics' distributor in Japan, had one of the largest ( if not the largest ) booth at the recent LaserExpo show in Yokohama, Japan. The MPX-1, Modcon and the VFI-1200 were shown on the booth, and we enjoyed the support of Susumu Nitanai, Naoki Oide and Taizo Nosaka, shown in the picture. Arden Photonics Ltd was represented at the show by David Robinson. We are pleased to say that Japan was Arden's fastest growing market in Q1 of 2012, which is reward for two years of consistent effort shown by the OptoScience team during difficult times.