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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Tool aids alignment of multimode fibers used with lasers

February 17, 2014

FiberTool™ from Laser Mechanisms Inc. is a patent-pending device that aids in the alignment of standard multimode fibers used with Nd:YAG, fiber, and disk lasers. It produces a real-time output signal to the user that is a gauge of the alignment quality of the laser energy into the fiber...

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Okay Industries acquires Reliance Laser

February 10, 2014

Okay Industries Inc., New Britain, Conn., has expanded its laser cutting, welding, marking, and surface treatment capabilities with the acquisition of Reliance Laser, Agawam, Mass. The companies will integrate operations at Okay Medical Products Mfg. in Berlin, Conn. Reliance Laser brings Okay...

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Laser photonics meets shop floor pragmatism

February 10, 2014

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Pragmatism rules the day at Directed Light, a job shop focusing on a wide range of industrial laser applications, from UV to far-infrared.

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Creating art that inspires thought

February 3, 2014

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Las Vegas metal artist creates abstract contemporary pieces that make viewers think and let him sleep.

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Laser processing head made for harsh applications - TheFabricator.com

Laser processing head made for harsh applications

November 14, 2013

Laser Mechanisms offers the new FiberWELD™ laser processing head. Designed for harsh production welding applications with a fiber-coupled laser, the head contains all wiring and plumbing internally. Its accessible, protective cover glass helps extend the life of internal optics. The...

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Icon Machine Tool named exclusive Pacific Northwest distributor for TRUMPF

November 4, 2013

Icon Machine Tool Inc., Fenton, Mo., has been appointed as the exclusive distributor for TRUMPF® fabricating equipment and laser systems in the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. The company already is the exclusive TRUMPF distributor in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and...

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Laser cladding alloys protect critical industrial components - Laser Welding Tech Cell - TheFabricator.com

Laser cladding alloys protect critical industrial components

October 28, 2013

Wall Colmonoy's Colmonoy®, Colferoloy®, and Wallex™ surfacing powders and wire alloys for laser cladding are designed for the protection and renovation of critical industrial components. Applications include continuous-cast rolls in the steel industry; drill stabilizers, drill...

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Modular laser system cuts, welds small components - TheFabricator.com

Modular laser system cuts, welds small components

October 23, 2013

TRUMPF® offers the TruLaser Cell 3000, a 5-axis laser machine for fine cutting and precision welding of 2-D and 3-D small and medium-sized components. It processes applications from one-off prototypes to high-volume production. With its solid-state laser options, available with up to 8 kW...

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Kuka Systems acquires Utica Companies' plant engineering business

October 16, 2013

Kuka Systems Group, Sterling Heights, Mich., has acquired the plant engineering business of privately owned Utica Companies of Shelby Township, Mich., a welding equipment specialist and supplier to the automobile industry. Kuka Systems is a provider of production line automation, flexible...

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LIA's Laser U releases new applications, safety course modules for continuing education

October 9, 2013

The Laser Institute of America (LIA), Orlando, Fla., has added a dozen modules to Laser U, its online laser education portal. Seven of the new courses come from the institute's Laser Additive Manufacturing (LAM®) Workshop, while five more are from the biennial International Laser Safety Conference...

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Miyachi Unitek changes name to Miyachi America

October 7, 2013

Miyachi Unitek Corp., Monrovia, Calif., a manufacturer of welding equipment and laser processing systems, has changed its name to Miyachi America Corp. The name change aligns Miyachi Unitek with other Miyachi Corp. companies worldwide. The company will continue to use the Miyachi Unitek brand name....

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Commercial power sensor measures very high-power fiber lasers - TheFabricator.com

Commercial power sensor measures very high-power fiber lasers

October 4, 2013

Ophir Photonics, a Newport Corp. brand, has introduced the 100K-W laser power meter. According to the company, it is the first commercial sensor for measuring very high-power 100-kW lasers. Designed for fiber lasers used in industrial material processing, such as thermal ablation, heavy-section...

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YAG, fiber laser monitoring system requires no contact with beam - TheFabricator.com

YAG, fiber laser monitoring system requires no contact with beam

September 30, 2013

Ophir Photonics has introduced BeamWatch™, a noncontact focus-spot size and position monitor for high-power YAG and fiber lasers. Without contacting the laser beam, the system takes measurements every 60 ms, providing instant readings of focus-spot size and beam position, as well as...

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Robotic Laser Welding and Cutting 9-11-13

Date: September 11, 2013

Sponsored by ABB Inc.

Length: 60:00

Recent technological advancements in laser welding and cutting have brought a range of emerging manufacturing possibilities where the use of robots is becoming more popular and cost effective when compared to dedicated 5-axis laser machines and other metal fabrication processes.

Laser Institute of America releases new laser safety standard

September 11, 2013

The Laser Institute of America, Orlando, Fla., has unveiled the ANSI Z136.9 Safe Use of Lasers in Manufacturing Environments standard. The latest in the line of laser safety guidelines stemming from the parent ANSI Z136.1, the standard provides guidance for the safe use of lasers and laser systems...

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