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R&D and Process Development Services

SQS offers Research and Development including Process Development services based on:

  • Strong R&D Department developing fiber-optic components and assemblies, incl. custom products, for wide range of applications in automotive, telecom, health, chemical and aircraft industries, including government, military and other highly demanding industrial applications.
  • Development laboratories specifically committed to the support of particular processes or production lines.
  • Test laboratories for monitoring the quality of output products, material and environmental testing, long-term reliability testing, measurement of mechanical, thermal and electrical properties of developed and manufactured components and products.
  • Compliance with quality standards and regulatory requirements by ISO, IEC, Telcordia, and ITU organizations.

Technical development, applied research, process development, mechanical design

 SQS manufacture standard fiber-optic components for telecommunication industry, however, its manufacturing share of specialty products and solutions for telecommunications, and mostly non-telecommunication fiber-optic applications in automotive, aerospace and chemical industries as well as in health care, government or military establishments is steadily increasing.

Strong research and development department enables SQS to keep abreast with the leading world technologies and thus to maintain competitiveness of our products in the current markets. It is also a prerequisite for meeting high customer’s expectations in finding complex solutions for their applications in variety of industrial sectors. Many of our current state of the art products emerged as a byproduct of SQS’s driven effort in finding solutions to specific customer’s requirements.

Development platform at SQS consists of free-space/fiber-optic designing, precise mechanical/laser micromachining/dicing and functional validation/measurement/testing sectors. These three-pronged developmental pillars provide for state of the art manufacturing processes and ensure that final products will serve to the utmost customer’s satisfaction. Our broad product spectrum span from large variety of customized opto-mechanical modules to special measuring instruments and sensor systems. The combination of strong development and versatile product spectrum perpetuates quick response to the new market trends and entrance into variety of regional or EU level research projects.

CZ VE M MSQS has completed the "Prototyping" project supported by the program Potential of the Operational Program Enterprice and Innovation for Competitiveness. The company's research and development capability was expanded by cutting-edge machining technology to develop highly accurate, often demanding shape mechanical parts for various optical and optoelectronic components. In accordance with the terms of the project, SQS offers the acquired technology and related development services to other entities. Below there is a list of acquired technology and a list of development tests.

IR Femtosecond laser (including high precision workpiece positioning)

  • glass machining tests by femtosecond laser
  • direct waveguide enrollment tests on glasses
  • LIDT (Laser Induced Damage Threshold) test for IR femtosecond laser

Multifunction CNC machining center

  • tests for the machinability of mechanical parts in high precision (including materials difficult to process, e.g. titanium, duplex steel or materials of the super-alloy category, e.g. inconel)
  • rotational component machining tests which, in addition to lathe operations, often involve a large proportion of milling and drilling operations at various angles, including freeform surfaces,
  • finding a functional and factory-optimized design solution

High precision CNC milling center

  • micron and sub-micron precision machining tests (both for traditional metallic materials, e.g. stainless steel and hard-to-machinable glass and ceramic materials)
  • tests of machinability of the shape-complicated parts
  • Coordinate measuring machine for optical measurement of roughness and profile

Workpiece optical measurements

  • measurements of precise mechanical parts
  • surface quality measurements

Optical measurement of tooling

  • measurement of geometry and quality of cutting edge of tooling
  • defect detection on tooling

Note: Especially in the tasks of achieving polished surfaces and machining in micron precision, it is necessary to pay maximum attention not only to the machine and the used technology, but also to the machining tools. With high machining precision, inspection of machining tools is necessary before being machined.

 

Overview of major development projects SQS:

In 2004 SQS founded Technology center in order to strengthen translation of technological innovation and project’s results into sales and thus serial production into many of company’s manufacturing divisions. Technology center is a comprehensive working cell, which combines all research in the company with specific market needs. Technology center also, via many projects, closely cooperates with other industry-specific companies and institutional partners such as The Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Technical University in Prague, Brno University of Technology and Technical University of Ostrava. Many regional and especially international level projects, in which we take part, are highly prestigious and in many cases represent a spring board for further innovative undertaking of our company.

DAPHNE

DAPHNE SQS Vlaknova optika a.s. EU/FP7 Daphne (Development of Aircraft PHotonic NEtvowk, 2010-2013). This project was dealing with introduction of fiber-optic network on the aircraft as well as setting up qualification procedures for fiber-optic components (like harsh environment HE PLCs) and opto-electorinc modules (like miniMRPs) representing aircraft network’s distribution nodes. Among 15 participants in this project were the most prestigious European companies and universities presided by Airbus/EADS. SQS was mainly responsible for development of avionic grade HE PLCs and their multifaceted applications in pure fiber optic network called AirPON (AIRcraft Passive Optical Network), in structural health monitoring via continuous or pulse HE PLC method and in structural stress monitoring via the use of HE PLC. The end products of this project can be applied not only in the avionic industry but also in many other industries (ship’s, construction’s, military’s network and sensing applications) where there’s a need for harsh environment components such as SQS’s developed and tested HE PLC. First planned airborne HE PLC application is envisioned onboard A-380 aircraft.

POLYPLAN

roject by Ministry of Industry and Trade/FR-TIP TI3/797, Polyplan (2011-2013) was engaged in the development of hybrid optical components based on Na + Ag + ion exchange method and polymer optical structures. The main goal was to bring this technology to manufacture of polymer micro- and nano-gratings (Bragg gratings and long-period gratings) for entirely new optical components, designed for information technology as well as sensors. The project took place in cooperation with Czech Technical University in Prague and University of Chemistry and Technology Prague.

PAPREP

PAPREP SQS Vláknová optikaIn this project , by Technology agency of the CR (TA CR)/ALFA TA01011105, PAPREP (2011-2013), was SQS developing an optical router for data packets. The core building part of this optical router was highly nonlinear optical element, which was the main output product from project MOFIC. Its development took place in cooperation with the Czech Technical University in Prague and Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the CAS.

FOGS

FOGS SQS Vláknová optika In this project by Ministry of Education Youth and Sports /EUREKA LF11001, FOGS (2011-2014) was SQS engaged in development of fiber-optic gas sensors with the main focus on the detection of CO2 concentrations. This project emerged as a response to the newly created demand for this kind of optical detectors in medical, avionic and aerospace industries. In this project we worked with Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the CAS, IPHT DE and CIS DE.

 

EYESAFE2U

Project by Ministry of Industry and Trade/FR-TIP TI4 /734, EYESAFE2U (2012-2015) is aimed at completely new area of ??photonic components for the wavelengths at about 2?m which are produced by fibers doped with rare earth elements such as Tu. The advantage of these wavelengths is their interactivity with polymeric and organic materials (e.g. for labeling) while their penetration level through these materials is high. This aspect is utilized by human eye surgeries. This project runs in cooperation with Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the CAS and Gooch&Housego GB.

AAWG multiplexor/demultiplexor

AAWG project deals with the development of athermal cyclical wavelengs multiplexer and demultiplexer in bidirectional rendition based on planar waveguide technology AWG (arrayed waveguide Grating). The aim of this project is mastering production of entirely passive optical component which doesn’t require any electrical input and provide for bidirectional transmission of an optical signals under temperature range from -40 to + 80°C. To ensure athermal behavior of this quite complex component within such a huge temperature range is the key challenge of this project.

MOFIC

MOFIC SQS Vláknová optika SQS was involved in project of Ministry of Education Youth and Sports/EUREKA OE08021 MOFIC, (2008- 2011). It was aimed at development of instrument with microstructural and highly nonlinear optical fibers for optical communication. SQS’s challenge in this project was to come up with technological process for manufacture and for prototypes delivery of this instrument. The project was dealt with in cooperation with Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the CAS and Gooch&Housego, GB.

SMATECH

SMATECH SQS Vláknová optikaSQS’s another project with Ministry of Education Youth and Sports/EUREKA was project OE08020 SMATECH, (2007-2010). It was focused on development of the so called mechanical fiber-optic interconnecting joints made of shape memory alloys formed by CNC machining and fine-tuned by laser micromachining. The main task was to come up with complete technological process for manufacture of these joints for interconnection of optical fibers as well as assembly and installation tools, which would guarantee their proper functionality. At the end SQS was to measure optical transmission properties of these properly assembled and installed joints.

MEMS

In the optoelectronic department since 2010 take place development of a an entirely new production process for the manufacture and the encapsulation of ultrasonic MEMS sensor. This component is designed primarily for applications in printers.