Power Technology Expands U.S. Capabilities in Response to Thailand Floodingpowertechno
By Lee Mather
Associate Editor, Laser Focus World
Little Rock, AR – Laser manufacturer Power Technology, Inc. (PTI) is expanding its U.S. production capabilities for machine vision laser modules in direct response to the Thailand flooding. PTI plans to add experienced design engineers and production personnel, as well as expand laser diode inventories to support affected customers.
Unknown to many customers, a large percentage of machine vision laser modules and diode-pumped solid-state lasers are manufactured in Bangkok, Thailand, by contract manufacturers. Those manufacturers are now reporting 3.5 ft of water in their factories. Thai government officials project that the flood waters will not recede for six weeks. Disruptions in the supply chain are partially due to the fact that up to 650,000 employees can’t make it to work.