Posted on 03.30.2021 by Gerald Fry

A Look Inside a Laser and Photonics Industry Hot Spot

Last Updated on Jun 7, 2023


The Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL) at the University of Central Florida has been one of the top optics, photonics and research centers in the world since 1987. Each year, CREOL graduates many engineers and scientists who work on optics, lasers, photonics and related applications. According to a report from the Florida Photonics Center, Central Florida is one of the world’s laser and photonics industry hot spots, with more than 270 companies in the photonics industry, thousands of optics and laser professionals and over $7.2 billion in annual sales.*

Since 1983, we have been investing in the optics and laser market, specializing in manufacturing laser systems and software. Our solutions cater to a wide range of industries dealing with materials such as metal, plastic, glass, semiconductor, organic, or coated surfaces. With the help of our world-class Applications Laboratory, we offer customized solutions for manufacturing problems, starting with diagnosing the issue, providing processed samples, and delivering a laser-based system or machine. Our innovative approach ensures that our customers receive a higher-quality product and boosted productivity.

We also serve industries such as medical, aerospace, electronics, pharmaceutical, medical, defense, automotive, industrial and robotics. Whether you need a marking, drilling cutting, degating, annealing or welding application, we have decades of experience and the talent to provide your business with Laser-Focused Engineering™. Our approach leverages software, mechanical, electrical, control design and manufacturing to deliver solutions that range in scale from a basic laser process to a complex laser system that includes machine vision, automation and validation.

CMS Laser is a member of the CREOL Industrial Affiliates (IA) program and has had strong ties with CREOL for many years. CREOL collaborates with its IAs in conducting research as well as growing the optics and photonics industry and Florida-based businesses.

Today, we’re part of the 600 Group PLC, a world-class diversified engineering group. As more engineers graduate from UCF’s CREOL program to CMS Laser, and more collaborations between the two organizations develop, the bond will strengthen and a greater diversity of talent will serve the laser industry. The 600 Group PLC is expanding CMS Laser and our other laser division, TYKMA/ELECTROX, to create one of the world’s largest industrial laser manufacturers.

*2009 Report on Florida’s Photonics Cluster

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