StarBright ֲƱ Power Meter & Energy Meter Ophir
StarBright ֲƱ Power Meter & Energy Meter Ophir
StarBright ֲƱ Power Meter & Energy Meter Ophir

StarBright

7Z01580
Feature Rich ֲƱ Power/Energy Meter
Description: 
  • Compatible with all standard Ophir thermal, BeamTrack, pyroelectric (PE-C series) and photodiode sensors
  • Brilliant color large size TFT 320x240 display
  • Choose between Digital with Bargraph, Analog Needle, Line Plot (for laser tuning), Pulse Chart, Pass/Fail, Position, Stability, Real Time Statistics displays
  • Sophisticated power and energy logging, including logging every point at up to 5000Hz with Pyro sensors
  • Math functions for advanced processing such as Density, Scale Factor, Normalize against base line, etc.
  • Can mix functions together and display the results graphically. Function results can also be logged.
  • USB Disk on Key (Thumb Drive) for nearly unlimited data storage.
  • USB and RS232 interfaces with StarLab PC applications and User Commands document
  • LabVIEW driver and COM Object Interface
  • Pulsed Power measurements with Thermopile sensors
  • Exposure measurement (Energy Summing) with Photodiode sensors
  • New: Low Frequency Power on Photodiode sensors - power measurement based on pulse cycle (for VCSEL)
  • Select between English, Japanese, Russian, and Chinese interfaces
  • Soft keys and menu driven functions with context sensitive help
  • Compact handheld design with rubberized bumpers and optimized kickstand
  • Backlighting and rechargeable battery
  • Scalable Analog Output

Specification

  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • 1V,2V,5V,10V
  • RS232, USB
  • No
  • N/A
  • 15Hz
  • N/A
  • 5000Hz
  • N/A
  • As per USB Flash Drive used
  • Yes for USB
  • Yes
  • CE, China RoHS
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FAQ

I don't see my exact wavelength in the wavelength option for my Ophir sensor. I only see several wavelength ranges. What should I do?

Select the range that contains your wavelength. The sensors have coatings on them that have been characterized and for any wavelength within that range the sensor will be within calibration tolderance including variations in sensitivity within that range. When there is a difference in sensitivity that exceeds the allowable tolerances, a new wavelength range is created and a calibrated for.

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I can understand why a power meter sensor needs to be recalibrated, but why do I have to have my Power and Energy Meters recalibrated?

Think of it like a voltmeter or ammeter, these have to be recertified/recalibrated as well like most other pieces of test equipment. In general, our instruments are unlikely to drift or fail over time like a sensor might that is constantly exposed to laser energy. But the possibility exists. So the general practice in our industry is to have Power and Energy Meterss recalibrated and recertified as well. ISO standards and FDA, as well as other agencies, require both be recalibrated and recertified.

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What is the Ophir meter zeroing and when should it be performed?

In all Ophir instruments, all adjustments, including zeroing internal circuits, are done from the software. This ensures simple and accurate realignment. The zeroing process helps eliminate internal biases in the unit which could affect accuracy of measurements. It is recommended to re-zero the instrument every 2 months for best performance. Specific instructions for doing this are found in the relevant User Manual for each instrument.

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Ive upgraded to the latest version of StarLab and my meter no longer is supported. What happened?

Whenever we release a new version of StarLab we add support or deal with various other meter-specific issues. This may necessitate upgrading the meter firmware to the latest release. This release is included in the StarLab package and simply enter the Field Upgrade dialog in order to upgrade your meter to be up to date.

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Do I need to recalibrate my instrument? How often must it be recalibrated?

Unless otherwise indicated, Ophir sensors and meters should be recalibrated within 18 months after initial purchase, and then once a year after that.

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How do I use the Analog Output of a meter to get a reading of power? And how accurate is it?

The analog output of the meter - using the mating connector provided C gives a voltage signal proportional to the actual reading (it is in fact just a D/A translation of what is being displayed), so it represents a fully calibrated reading. The full scale value is a function of the meter being used and the power range it is on. With the StarBright, Vega and Nova II, for example, the user can select full scale analog output voltage ranges of 1v, 2v, 5v or 10v, and the 100% level of the chosen power scale is scaled to the full scale voltage. For example: if you choose 5V full scale analog voltage range, and your sensor is set to a 50W full scale power range, then you will have 5V = 50W or 0.1 V/W. It will vary according to the chosen power range and chosen full scale voltage range. The electrical accuracy is stated in the specification (see the User manual) as 0.2% (of reading) 0.3% of full scale volts (in addition to the calibration accuracy of the sensors reading itself).

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What is Ophir Statement of Volatility of Memory for StarLite StarBright

See attached

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Will the StarBright and StarLite meters work with old pyroelectic sensors that are not the C style?

No. The pyroelectric sensors must be the PE-C type sensors to work with the StarBright and StarLite meters.

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How often should I zero my power meter?

For the best accuracy and repeatability, each Ophir meter should be zeroed with no sensor connected periodically. It would not hurt to zero the meter each time it is used, but we recommend to zero the meter at least once a month. See your meter User Guide for the zeroing procedure particular to your meter. To view or download a copy of the meter User Guides, follow this link: /laser-measurement-instruments/laser-power-energy-meters/services/manuals.

 

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Why wasnt the firmware upgraded to the latest version when the meter was sent in for recalibration?

Our recalibration process is to not automatically upgrade the firmware in meters when they are sent in for recalibration, unless specifically requested to upgrade it. The reason for this is that we support many companies, such as medical companies, that have equipment validation processes that dont allow changing the firmware version from the currently validated version. If you do want the latest firmware version installed, we will do that at no additional charge (for meters which are upgraded electronically) if it is specifically requested on the RMA request checklist form. For older meters (such as the Nova) that are upgraded through changing the EEPROM, a nominal fee is added, if firmware upgrade is requested. Note; upgrading the firmware does not affect the calibration.

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Can I buy a universal power adapter/charger for my Ophir display?

Yes. We now offer a switching universal power adapter/charger for the Ophir displays. It is part number 7E05029.

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My meter seems to be charging normally, but it lasts for less than an hour on battery power. Does the battery need to be replaced?

Yes, the battery needs to be replaced. A new battery should last 8 hours per charge. We recommend that you send the meter back for battery replacement and recalibration. User battery replacement is possible. For battery part numbers and ordering information, go to /laser--measurement/spare-parts.

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  • PC Software & Drivers

    This section describes various ways to interface the Ophir meter to your PC as well as the software options available.


     

  • StarLab

    The StarLab application together with an Ophir meter turns your PC or laptop into a full-fledged laser power/energy meter. Supports most Ophir laser power/energy sensors. Up to 8 sensors can be displayed at once on one PC. By using the Ophir COM Object, you can control the device from your own application. Supports the  Centauri, StarBright, StarLite, Juno, Juno+, Nova II, Vega, Pulsar-1/2/4, Quasar, EA-1 devices.

  • LabVIEW

    Library supplied for a complete measurement interface with most of our USB speaking devices (Centauri, StarBright, StarLite, Juno, Juno+, Nova-II, Pulsar, Vega). Makes use of our new COM object.

     

  • Firmware - StarBright

    Embedded s/w for StarBright ֲƱ Power / Energy Meter
    Latest StarBright firmware (version 1.41)

    Notes
    : Firmware update is performed by downloading the installer from Ophir website (see link above).
    The firmware can't be updated via StarLab.

System Integrators

Besides their use as stand-alone, fully featured laser power/energy meters, Ophir devices are easily incorporated into larger end-user applications. This allows system integrators to leverage Ophir’s excellence in measurement capabilities with legacy analysis packages.
 
RS232
RS232 communication is the simplest to integrate into your OEM application. Integrated Development Environments (IDE’s) such as Microsoft Visual Studio provide functions and methods for accessing the PC’s com port.
 
The following is all that you need to get your RS232 applications up and running

  • User Commands contains an alphabetical listing and detailed description of all commands available with the Juno, Juno+, Pulsar, Centauri, Nova-II, Vega, StarLite, and StarBright devices.
  • StarBright RS232 cable (P/N 7E01213). Included with the StarBright.

USB
Ophir provides a common interface for communication and control of all of our USB speaking devices. OphirLMMeasurement is a COM Object that is included as part of the StarLab installation (StarLab 2.10 and higher) that allows the system integrator to take control of the Juno, Juno+, Nova-II, Pulsar, Vega, Centauri, StarBright and StarLite devices; integrating them into his in-house measurement and analysis package.
 

System Integrators will need the following components:

  • OphirLMMeasurement COM Object.pdf lists and describes the methods and events available for configuring, controlling and uploading measurements from Ophir devices.
  • OphirLMMeasurement.dll. COM object component developed and supplied by Ophir for communication with the Juno, Juno+, Nova-II, Pulsar, Vega, Centauri, StarBright and StarLite devices. The COM object is registered when the application is installed.
  • OphirLMMeasurement COM Object.pdf describes how to register it on another PC where the Ophir application has not been installed.
  • Standard micro-B USB cable (P/N 7E01279) for use with the StarBright device (included).
  • Ophir provides example projects of COM Object clients in VC#, VB.NET and LabVIEW. These are found in the Automation Examples subdirectory of our StarLab PC Application.
  • For direct control of the device, refer to User Commands.

Videos

Firmware Upgrade of StarLite and StarBright Firmware Upgrade of StarLite and StarBright
Product Feature: How to Use the StarBright Meter Product Feature: How to Use the StarBright Meter Product Feature: How to Use the StarBright Meter

The new Ophir StarBright is the most advanced of Ophir’s family of handheld laser power meters. This video was also separated into 12 short segments that can be found here. Each segment walks you through one of StarBright's capabilities, and shows you how to use it.

Tech Tip: Measuring Kilowatt ֲƱ Beams with 50W Sensors? Tech Tip: Measuring Kilowatt ֲƱ Beams with 50W Sensors? Tech Tip: Measuring Kilowatt ֲƱ Beams with 50W Sensors?

For measuring high average powers, you need to use a high average power sensor (read: big, heavy, water-cooled, expensive). Right?
Well, partly right.
There are ways to get away with using lower power sensors to measure high power beams, using short exposure times. This video shows you 3 practical solutions.

Calibration Factors Calibration Factors Calibration Factors

When a power/energy meter is in "Calibrate" mode, various "Factors" are displayed to the user. This video explains the meaning of each of these factors.

Field upgrade of the firmware for the StarLite and StarBright meters is very simple. In this video, well walk through the process, step by step

Tutorials

Tutorials and Articles

Ophir Power/Energy Meter Calibration Procedure and Traceability/Error Analysis

This document discusses the interpretation and basis for stated measurement accuracy of Ophir ֲƱ Power/Energy meters.
1. General Discussion
2. Combination of Errors and Total Error
3. Analysis of Power and Energy Calibration Errors
4. Detailed Analysis of Power and Energy Calibration Errors

 Read more...

ֲƱ Measurements in Materials Processing: How and When They Absolutely, Positively Must Be Made

19th century British physicist and engineer William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, was the first to say, If you cant measure it, you cant improve it. When applying this principle to improving laser-based processes, there are a variety of parameters that must be measured. Given the continuously rising power of laser systems in material processing, the requirements for measurement systems are more challenging than ever. Which technologies are available to measure high-power lasers? How often should they be measured? What measurements should be tracked? When this data is collected, what should be done with it? Read more...

How do I know what range, or scale, to set my power/energy meter to? And what happens if I go over range?

Each given range represents one level of gain of an internal amplifier. The electronics, as always, have a limited Dynamic Range. If the measured signal is too low, in other words near the bottom of the range, then it may be lost in the noise and the reading will be inaccurate and noisy. If it’s too high – there may be saturation issues. To give an instrument a usefully wide dynamic range, multiple scales or ranges are used. Switching from range to range can be automatic (“Autorange”), or manual. Autoranging simply starts automatically at the least sensitive range and works its way down the ranges, sampling the signal as it goes, till it finds a range at which the signal is properly detected. Note, by the way, that only in POWER mode is Autoranging available. If we are working in Single Shot Energy mode, there is no Autoranging – simply because when we are measuring a single pulse, the instrument has no opportunity to work its way down the ranges as in Power mode.

 Read more...

White Paper C Low Frequency Power Mode

AbstractThis document describes the inherent problems involved with measuring average power for low frequency pulsed laser sources, and describes the new “Low Freq. Power Mode” being offered on many Ophir devices and meters to solve these problems. It describes how to use the new mode and mentions some tips for obtaining best results. Read more...

Pulse Power Measurement: Measuring Instantaneous Power of a Short Pulse

You can now measure high average powers using moderate power sensors, using a new feature in the StarBright meter called “Pulse Power Measurement”. Thermopile sensors are often used to measure single shot pulse energy; the instrument can easily calculate instantaneous pulse power from this if it knows the pulse width (since power = pulse energy / pulse width). With the StarBright set to “Pulse Power” mode (supported from StarBright firmware version 1.30), the user enters the length of the pulse, fires the pulse, and StarBright then displays the instantaneous power Read more...

5 Situations Where ֲƱ Performance Measurement is Necessary

Measuring the performance of a laser has possible for a number of years and is accomplished with a variety of techniques. These electronic laser measurement solutions give the laser user more relevant, time-based data that shows trends in laser performance rather than single data points. While these solutions have provided laser users with the ability to present data in a simple and easy to understand manner, the application of the data still seems to be unclear to many laser users. Read more...

Power and Energy Meters: From Sensors to PC

From the time of its invention, more than 30 years ago, the laser power meter was generally comprised of two parts: a measurement sensor and a display meter. It was always considered better to have such an arrangement with a cable connecting the two because of the hazardous nature of the laser beam. As the display of the results is separated from the measurement sensor, so are the eyes of the operator separated from the laser beam. Read more...

Accessories

Customers that purchase the above items also consider the following items. Ophir-Spiricon meters and sensors include a standard manufacturers warranty for one year. Add a one year Extended Warranty to your meter or sensor, which includes one recalibration.
  • 1J02079

    Carrying case 38x30x11cm. For laser power / energy meter and up to three sensors

  • 7E01279

    USB-A to MICRO-B cable (1 unit supplied with StarLite, StarBright & Centauri)

  • 7E01213

    D9 to 3.5mm plug cable (1 unit supplied with StarBright & Centauri)

  • StarBright Battery Pack

    StarBright Battery Pack

    7E14008

    Replacement battery pack for StarBright

  • 7E05047

    Power Supply/Charger for StarLite, StarBright and RM9 Chopper (1 unit supplied with these products)

  • 7E02008

    Used as analog output plug for Centauri, StarBright, StarLite, Vega, Nova II, Nova, and Juno+ (1 unit supplied with these products).
    For Centauri Only C 2 additional units are supplied to be used for external trigger and TTL output.

  • Extended Warranty for Power Meter

    XWAR-METER

    Ophir-Spiricon meters and sensors include a standard manufacturers warranty for one year. Add a one year Extended Warranty to your meter or sensor, which includes one recalibration. More info