Laser Welding

Its small spot size and extremely high energy density make laser welding ideal for many welding applications. Learn about the capabilities and limitations of the process in this technology area.

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Fiber laser system suitable for small lot size production

July 17, 2015

Prima Power has announced the introduction of its new Laserdyne 430 Versa 3-D fiber laser system with third-generation BeamDirector®. The system is designed for the typical laser processing needs of toolrooms, model shops, and manufacturing R&D centers. Equipped with an air-cooled, 3,000-W...

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Clamp, enclose, laser-weld

June 23, 2015

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Laser welding works extremely well, as long as you have the right enclosure, keep a clean environment, and make sure you have proper clamping to maintain a consistent gap between your base metals. One laser welding technology tackles all three of these challenges.

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How project management drives manufacturing success

June 23, 2015

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Manufacturing is no longer about making millions of this or that for years on end. It instead entails a team of experts who get together to tackle a project—or, in reality, many projects at once. This exemplifies modern metal manufacturing, and at Duggan Manufacturing, it happens every day.

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Speedy laser mirrors withstand high laser powers for welding

June 9, 2015

Fraunhofer has developed fast, durable microelectromechanical system (MEMS) mirrors that can perform laser cutting and welding tasks. They deflect the laser beam and guide it precisely over the workpiece while withstanding high laser powers, enabling them to process aluminum and sheet steel....

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Lincoln Electric acquires PECo

June 2, 2015

The Lincoln Electric Co., Cleveland, has acquired all intellectual property related to laser welding and marking systems produced by Process Equipment Co. (PECo), located in Tipp City, Ohio. Lincoln’s Wayne Trail subsidiary, which produces laser welding, cutting, ablation, cladding, and...

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Fabricator turns up the heat

June 1, 2015

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When A.O. Smith, the company known for developing the glass-lined residential water heater, had a bottleneck at its resistance welding station and sought an alternate welding method. It had been making a lap welding on galvanized steel by resistance welding, but this trapped vaporized zinc; escaping vapors weakened the weld. A new method, a butt weld performed by laser welding, doesn’t trap the vapors, leaving a visually appealing weld that is essentially free of defects.

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Heat it where you need it

May 5, 2015

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Before Thom Shelow founded Superior Joining Technologies Inc., he did quite a variety of welding, but his welding experience wasn’t the only asset he used to make the business a success. He keeps an open mind and is always ready to analyze new ideas, new concepts, and new technologies. “That’s the way we’ve always done it” doesn’t prevail at SJTI.

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Endpoint laser control helps produce uniform weld penetration

April 1, 2015

Prima Power Laserdyne’s newly developed SmartRamp™ provides consistent endpoint control during laser welding to help eliminate areas where potential weld failure can occur. This feature of the S94P control, which controls operation of the 795 and 430BD multiaxis fiber laser systems, produces...

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Prima Power Laserdyne to install system in new China technology center

March 27, 2015

Champlin, Minn.-based Prima Power Laserdyne, a manufacturer of multiaxis laser cutting, welding, and drilling systems, has announced plans to install a Laserdyne 430BD system at the new Prima Power Technology Center in Suzhou, China. The new facility will provide laser process development for Asian...

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Laser welding machine allows coil end welding on strip as thin as 0.003 in.

March 20, 2015

Guild Intl. has introduced the LHMA laser welding machine. It creates complete edge-to-edge welds, without the need for start and stop tabs, on strip as thin as 0.003 in. According to the company, this capability has been unavailable until now. Current technology employing GTAW machines allows for...

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Laser safety window offers improved visibility

January 26, 2015

Laservision offers the P5P10 blue polycarbonate laser safety window. According to the manufacturer, the window provides improved visibility and color recognition, higher protection, and better impact resistance compared to conventional green laser safety windows. The new window allows users to...

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Laser safety literature revised

January 26, 2015

The Laser Institute of America has updated its “Laser Safety Guide” for the first time since 2007. The literature has been revised to comply with the new terminology and guidelines of the 2014 edition of the ANSI Z136.1 Safe Use of Lasers standard. It can be used in conjunction with or as a...

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Global market for laser materials processing systems hit $11.6 billion in 2014

January 21, 2015

The global market for laser materials processing systems reached a volume of $11.6 billion in 2014, according to a preliminary analysis of 2014 data by Optech Consulting, Taegerwilen, Switzerland. That figure is up 8 percent from the $10.7 billion reached in 2013. The demand for industrial...

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TeraDiode signs purchase and supply agreement with Panasonic Welding Systems

December 19, 2014

TeraDiode, Wilmington, Mass., has announced the signing of a purchase and supply agreement with Panasonic Welding Systems (PWS), Osaka, Japan. Under the multiyear agreement, TeraDiode will supply PWS 4-kW, high-brightness TeraBlade™ laser engines, which will allow PWS’s robotic welding and...

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TeraDiode hires COO

December 19, 2014

Wilmington, Mass.-based TeraDiode, a supplier of high-power, direct-diode laser systems, has named Richard (Rick) Feldt as COO. Feldt has more than 20 years of operational experience at the executive level. Before joining the company, he was CEO at Advanced Electron Beams. Before that he was...

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