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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Laser cutting system includes a CV5000 resonator

February 10, 2009

Prima North America Inc. offers the Optimo five-axis, 3-D laser cutting system. It includes a CV5000 laser resonator, which the company says helps the system achieve high cutting speeds, process thick materials, and produce cuts with a reduced HAZ.The direct-drive head requires no gears or complex...

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Prima North America announces laser system sale to IPG

February 10, 2009

Prima North America, Champlin, Minn., has sold a LASERDYNE® 795 XS system to IPG Photonics Corp. of Oxford, Mass.Prima says the installation represents a new partnership that will further the technology of both companies and enhance IPG's ability to perform laser materials processing...

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TRUMPF names vice president, lasers

January 27, 2009

Dr. Christian Schmitz is joining TRUMPF Inc. as the vice president, lasers, effective February 1. He will be located at the company's North American headquarters in Farmington, Conn. The announcement was made by Rolf Biekert, president and CEO.In this role, Dr. Schmitz will have responsibility for...

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LIA to hold International Laser Safety Conference

January 13, 2009

Laser Institute of America (LIA), Orlando, Fla., will hold its International Laser Safety Conference (ILSC®) March 23-26 at John Ascuaga's Nugget Hotel in Reno, Nev.Topics covered at the conference will include practical laser safety, medical laser safety, laser safety training, hazard and risk...

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nLight acquires majority interest in Optotools

November 11, 2008

A supplier of high-power semiconductor lasers and fibers, nLIGHT Corp., Vancouver, Wash., has acquired a majority interest in Optotools GmbH, Heilbronn, Germany, a supplier of high-power semiconductor lasers for industrial customers.The established Optotools product line will remain, and integrated...

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Welding with diode lasers

October 14, 2008 | By Sri Venkat

High-power diode lasers are just beginning to make an impact on welding applications. They are also physically smaller than other lasers, and their initial capital cost is not as large as it might be for traditional welding lasers because diode lasers have fewer system components.

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LIA conference addresses laser safety

September 16, 2008

Laser Institute of America (LIA), Orlando, Fla., will present the International Laser Safety Conference (ILSC®), an event that addresses all aspects of laser safety, March 23-26, 2009, at John Ascuaga's Nugget Hotel in Reno, Nev. The event will include instruction on practical activities of...

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Laser welding system introduced

August 12, 2008

LaserStar Technologies Corp. has introduced its iWeld® advanced laser system. The system has a footprint 19 in. wide by 24.5 in. long and fits into any work environment, the company reports. It provides 60 joules/ 8.0 kW/15 Hz of power. Side entry panels provide simplified access for field...

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TRUMPF Canada names managing director

August 12, 2008

TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has appointed James Rogowski as managing director of TRUMPF Canada.The company recently acquired the remaining shares of Advanced Fabricating Machinery, which serves the Canadian market as a sales and spare parts facility for TRUMPF products. Rogowski is responsible...

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6 keys to laser welding

July 15, 2008 | By David Havrilla

When considering the keys to success of any laser welding manufacturing system, technical perfection isn't enough. Many variables are involved in successful laser welding. Knowing the technical as well as the leadership and managerial aspects will help ensure that the process is being maximized in your shop.

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Forum explores shipyard applications for lasers

July 15, 2008

The second international forum on Shipyard Applications of Industrial Lasers (SAIL 2008) will aim to provide the shipyard community and maintenance organizations with current, international laser processes, practices, and equipment. The event will include international trends for laser processing...

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TRUMPF combines operations in China

June 17, 2008

TRUMPF, Germany, recently broke ground on a new production building in Taicang, China.The building will bring the company's three existing production operations into one facility, starting in July 2009. In addition to combining machine tool and operating table production, the facility also will...

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LAI adds officers to senior management team

June 17, 2008

LAI Intl. Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz., a supplier of precision components and subassemblies for OEMs, has named two officers to its senior management team: Vinnie Caliendo as chief financial officer and Eric Nelson as vice president and chief technology officer.Caliendo previously was CFO at Rich...

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Making the right choices for laser welding

April 15, 2008 | By Geoff Shannon

Laser beam welding has evolved into a proven process, and like any proven manufacturing process, it should be matched with the application with the best-suited material and geometry.

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AWS seeks nominations for Image of Welding Awards

March 11, 2008

The American Welding Society (AWS), Miami, and its Welding Equipment Manufacturers Committee (WEMCO) seek nominations for the AWS sixth annual Image of Welding awards.Award winners will be announced during an awards ceremony at the FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show, which runs Oct. 6-8...

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