Laser Cutting

The laser cutting technology area has information on 2-D and 3-D cutting machines, optics, resonators, cutting gases, and automated material handling systems. In addition to conventional CO2 systems, it has information on solid-state fiber and disk lasers.

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PRIMA North America promotes sales/marketing manager

April 6, 2010

PRIMA North America Inc., Chicopee, Mass., the North American subsidiary of PRIMA Industrie S.p.A., Torino, Italy, has promoted Carl Bryant to the position of sales and marketing manager for PRIMA 3D Laser Systems and to the newly created position of automotive market manager for North America....

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Prima Industrie named best-performing Italian industrial machinery company

March 30, 2010

Prima Industrie S.p.A. has been named best-performing Italian public company in the industrial machinery sector, and second of all large companies, according to an independent study by A.T. Kearney, a global management consulting firm. The results have been reported in Italian media sources La...

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Sominn expands work force, machine offerings

March 30, 2010

Southern Minnesota Machinery Sales (Sominn), Dodge Center, Minn., has added Matt Helfenstein as territory manager, Rocky Drinkwine as territory manager, and Jim Anderson as inside service technician. Along with the staff expansion, the company has added to its new machine lineup with Han-Kwang...

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Gladwin expands representation of Mazak Optonics laser products in Midwest

March 30, 2010

Mazak Optonics Corp., Elgin, Ill., has announced that in addition to Minnesota, the Dakotas, and northern Wisconsin, Gladwin Machinery and Supply Co. will now represent Mazak laser products in Illinois, all of Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. Gladwin has four facilities and major...

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Rofin-Baasel receives supplier award from Intel

March 23, 2010

Rofin-Baasel, Hamburg, Germany, has received Intel Corp.'s Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) Award for its performance in 2009 in providing Intel with laser marking equipment. This is the third consecutive year that Rofin has received the award. The award is part of Intel's Supplier Continuous...

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Laser cutting machine enhanced with 6000 W resonator

March 23, 2010

Bystronic has introduced an enhanced version of its BySpeed 3015 laser cutting machine, which features the ByLaser 6000 W resonator, a power package designed to deliver up to a steady 6 kilowatts to the cutting head for consistent high-quality cutting across a broad range of materials. Among the...

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Upgrading your laser cutting equipment - TheFabricator.com

Upgrading your laser cutting equipment

March 1, 2010 | By Robert Kloczkowski

Upgrading the laser resonator or undertaking full laser cutting renovation represents an alternative to the expensive proposition of purchasing a new laser cutting machine.

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Blended laser-assist gases: Recipe for successful materials processing

February 23, 2010 | By David Bell

Now processing a greater variety of materials with their lasers, fabricators are exploring new assist gas blends of up to four gases. What's the best way to blend and deliver these gases? For some, on-site blending systems can help optimize cost savings and improve quality.

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Automated tube cutting system combines material handling, software, and single CNC workstation

January 12, 2010

Han-Kwang offers the series TL automated tube cutting system. It combines tube cutting technology with material handling, tubing software, and a single CNC workstation for nearly nonstop production of round, square, and rectangular tubes and shapes.The TL6015 system comprises four major parts: an...

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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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The importance of focal positions in laser cutting

January 8, 2010 | By Frank J. Arteaga

If the proper laser beam focal position and projection shapes are maintained within the material to be processed, the balance of the requirements necessary to producing a consistent, high-quality laser-cut are kept to a minimum. That's why it's important for laser cutting equipment operators to know the rules of laser beam focusing.

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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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Durable Mecco partners with Manufacturing Solutions

December 15, 2009

Durable Mecco, a provider of marking systems in Franklin Park, Ill., has formed a strategic partnership with Manufacturing Solutions Inc. based in Beaumont, Texas.The partnership allows Durable Mecco to integrate marking equipment into custom applications by using the technical staff and experience...

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Laser marking software helps optimize parameters for different processes, materials

November 10, 2009

TRUMPF's TruTops Mark Navigator is an interactive software used in conjunction with the company's TruTop laser markers to help optimize laser parameters for different laser marking processes and materials.No specific laser marking knowledge is required to use the software. The menu directs the...

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Laser system tower designed for optimal material flow, unattended operation

November 10, 2009

LVD Strippit has introduced a compact material storage and retrieval tower for select models of its CO2 laser cutting systems. According to the company, the space-saving system allows optimal material flow and unattended operation with uninterrupted processing of laser-cut parts.The CT tower system...

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