MINNEAPOLIS -- CyberOptics' second-quarter sales increased 82% to $18.6 million and the inspection equipment maker swung to a net profit.

Net income was $2 million for the June period, compared to a loss of $761,000 a year earlier.

Dr. Subodh Kulkarni, president and chief executive officer, said in a press release: “The continuation of strong operating results in this year’s second quarter was generated by robust performances across all of our product lines. We are particularly encouraged by the growing adoption of our 3D MRS technology platform, which is enabling us to win major new customers. An expanding portion of our business is being driven by complex applications in the manufacturing of smartphone and other high-end electronics markets where our 3D MRS technology gives us a clear competitive advantage."

Second-quarter system sales increased 67% year-over-year, reflecting demand for SQ3000 3D AOI systems and MX600 memory module inspection systems.

Sensor revenues rose 81% year-over-year in the quarter, boosted by long-term supply agreements with KLA-Tencor and Nordson YesTech. Sales to KLA are expected to grow as the company incorporates CyberOptics’ 3D sensors into an increasing portion of its back-end semiconductor packaging inspection systems. The Nordson supply agreement also should be a positive contributor to future sales growth. During the second quarter, CyberOptics received an $800,000 order for 3D MRS-enabled sensors from a new customer for general purpose metrology related to the inspection of finished goods. This order is forecasted to revenue in the third quarter, and CyberOptics believes this customer could generate significant sales going forward.

CyberOptics ended the quarter with backlogs of $14.7 million, and is forecasting third quarter sales of $13 million to $15 million.

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