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The Welsh Opto-Electronics Forum

The Forum is a consortium of Welsh companies, University research groups, users and support organisations, formed following the impetus of activities in North Wales, and is dedicated to the development and profitability of the optoelectronics and photonics sector in Wales and internationally.

Our objectives are to bring together people and organisations thereby facilitating the processes or research, technology transfer and generating business opportunities. Optoelectronics is all around and part of everyone's daily life, and probably those who will gain most from the Forum are the people and companies for whom the technology currently forms a small part of their work.

Aims of the Forum

  • To stimulate the growth and competitiveness of the Opto-electronics/photonics business sector in North Wales.
  • To act as a catalyst to encourage the application of the Optoelectronic/photonic technology in the local, national and international economy.
  • To encourage the interaction of industry, academia and research organisations in the region, in order to facilitate the research, development and application of new technology appropriate to the industry, eg. by assisting with access to European Funding.
  • To provide information, advice and support on appropriate financial, manufacturing and marketing activities that could offer opportunities or enhance the performance and profitability of members.
  • To act on behalf of the members collectively on subjects relevant to their business operation, and to discuss such subjects with third parties.
  • To liaise with the Welsh Government, the Technology Strategy Board, Knowledge Transfer Networks and other appropriate organisations for the benefit of members.
  • To present a high profile for the business sector, publicising its achievements, and acting as a centre of expertise in the region to attract and assist with inward investment.
  • To promote the technology in education, via the Photonics Academy, based in Bangor University to encourage specific skills training related to the requirements of the industry.

Who will be Interested?

Optoelectronics/photonics embraces any combination of light or images functioning with, or being processed by electronics, or vice versa, and includes the components that bring this about. It can be as simple as a LED display or as complex as a satellite telescope system.

Typical examples include

  • Optical sensors: eg. an optical smoke alarm or an infra red detector used to control a light.
  • Photocopiers and Laser Printers
  • Displays: from simple alphanumeric eg. on a calculator, video recorder or measuring instrument to avionic head-up or head-down displays.
  • Lasers: eg. for theatrical lighting, medical applications, chemical analysis, industrial cutting, defence, communications, pollution monitoring, screen pointers, barcode readers, optical range finding etc.
  • CD players for music and photo-CD.
  • Automatic focus and exposure, movement compensation, and computerised image modification in photography.
  • Closed circuit TV & communication via fibre-optic cable.
  • Surveying using laser theodolite, multi waveband photography and mapping. Photovoltaic solar panels: eg. for remote phone systems.
  • Spectroscopic analysis.
  • High precision non contact measurement, tracking, pattern and shape recognition including Robotics.
  • Parallel computing using optical neural networks.
  • Military and civil imaging systems using image intensification and thermal imaging.

Can you find an application where your business would benefit from the technology in any of these similar examples?

If so please contact Susan Sheridan on telephone number: +44 (0)7807 263184