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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alabama laser hot wire

Two processes sometimes are better than one

February 9, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Alabama Laser ramps up its development efforts in hot-wire laser cladding, a new process that may have big potential, particularly in the oil and gas sector.

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LIA's Arthur L. Schawlow award presented to Valentin Gapontsev

January 12, 2010

Valentin Gapontsev, founder, chairman, and CEO of IPG Photonics Corp., Oxford, Mass., has received the Laser Institute of America's 2009 Arthur L. Schawlow award.The award honors individuals who have made distinguished contributions to applications of lasers in science, industry, education, or...

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Air dryer for laser purge helps protect system's mirrors

December 15, 2009

Parker Hannifin has introduced a line of Balston— air dryers for purging of industrial laser plenums, which protect the laser system's mirrors from dirt and moisture.The dryers use membrane technology, require no electricity, and have no moving parts. Shop compressed air is filtered to remove...

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Cleaning kit helps extend laser optics life

November 10, 2009

The LRO CO2 laser optics cleaning kit is available from Laser Research Optics. It includes 24 surgical-grade cotton balls, 24 cotton swabs, 24 surgical-grade finger cots, 24 lens mats, distilled water, polishing compound, reagent-grade isopropyl alcohol, reagent-grade acetone, and an air bulb for...

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disk lasers

Laser welding update

November 4, 2009 | By David Havrilla

The number of global laser welding applications has increased over the years thanks to steady technology advancements. One of those advancements, the disk laser—a combination of a solid-state laser and a semiconductor laser—has opened the door to several new or improved joining applications.

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KUKA Systems launches research center in U.S.

October 23, 2009

KUKA North America has opened the KUKA Development Center (KDC) at its headquarters in Sterling Heights, Mich., near Detroit.Specializing in joining technologies like laser welding, the KDC becomes the second dedicated research center within the KUKA Systems Group, along with the KUKA TechCenter...

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Miyachi Unitek opens Laser Applications Lab in the Midwest

September 9, 2009

Miyachi Unitek has announced the opening of its new Midwest Laser Applications Lab. The new facility enables the company to work with customers and prospects to conduct sample evaluations and produce applications reports outlining results attained by using its range of Nd:YAG and fiber laser...

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TRUMPF presents award to distributor

September 9, 2009

TRUMPF Inc. presented a 2009 award of sales achievement to ICON Machine Tool Inc. at its annual distributor meeting held in July at the company's North American headquarters in Farmington, Conn.ICON, of St. Louis, Mo., received the Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its consistent...

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ICALEO to be held in November

July 14, 2009

The International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro-Optics (ICALEO®) will be held Nov. 2-5 in Orlando. The conference brings together end users, scientists, engineers, and technicians engaged in developing laser technology to review that state of the art in laser materials processing...

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Getting close to remote laser welding

June 26, 2009 | By Robert Mueller

Remote laser welding is a fairly new kid on the block in terms of joining metal in North America. But it makes complete sense for those high-volume applications where resistance spot welding is used commonly.

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Cy Laser to distribute Italian laser systems in North America

April 14, 2009

Cy Laser LLC, Chicago, and Campana Livio S.r.l. and Finsomac S.r.l., both located in Schio, Italy, have reached an agreement for the exclusive distribution of Cy Laser high-brilliance laser cutting systems, manufactured by the Italian companies, in North America. The agreement also includes an...

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TRUMPF Inc. names West Coast sales representative

April 14, 2009

Larry Johnson has been named a district sales representative for TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn. In this role, he is responsible for sales activity on the West Coast, specifically in Southern California and Nevada.Johnson has 33 years of experience in the sheet metal industry and began his career...

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TRUMPF receives Innovation award from Daimler

March 24, 2009

Daimler AG honored TRUMPF with its Key Supplier Award in the Innovation category on March 12, 2009, in Stuttgart, Germany as part of its Key Supplier Meeting and the 2009 Daimler Supplier Awards Ceremony. In doing so, the automobile manufacturer acknowledged TRUMPF's contribution to the development...

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c02 copper laser weld

Laser welding basics

March 24, 2009 | By Dan Robinson

Laser welding doesn't have to be complicated. It can be performed on the most basic of machines, including an everyday cutting system. This article presents an overview of laser welding, including the basic process, the types of lasers, and how to calculate costs associated with the process.

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Laser beam analysis system designed for enhanced data baseline accuracy

March 10, 2009

Ophir-Spiricon has introduced the BeamGage™ laser beam analysis system. It is based on UltraCal™, the company's patented baseline correction algorithm that helped establish the ISO 11146-3 standard for beam measurement accuracy. The system guarantees the data baseline (zero-point...

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