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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CNC touchscreen enables easy setup, operation

February 7, 2006

Bystronic has introduced its ByVision Control CNC operating platform with a 15-in. touchscreen that allows users to maneuver through screen selections quickly for easy setup and operation.The user is...

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Preco opens contract facility in China

February 7, 2006

Preco Inc., Somerset, Wis., has opened Preco-Miwa Laser Industries Ltd., a contract manufacturing facility in Tianjin, China.Preco is represented globally in 32 countries with service-support offices...

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Bystronic names distributor

February 7, 2006

Bystronic Inc., Hauppauge, N.Y., has signed on ACC Machinery Co. Inc., Phoenix, as a distributor for the Arizona region.Systems offered include Byspeed Bysprint, and Bystar laser cutting systems; the...

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Praxair acquires Constar LLC

February 7, 2006

Praxair Distribution Inc., Danbury, Conn., a subsidiary of Praxair Inc., has acquired the packaged gas business and facilities of Constar LLC, Norcross, Ga., and its affiliates, Airstar Carolina,...

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Selecting equipment for maximum productivity

February 7, 2006

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H. Meeuwsen B.V., a fabricator in Yerseke, Netherlands, found that purchasing a laser that could handle parts up to 12 m long greatly enhanced its capabilities. It augmented this purchase with a tandem press brake. One side of the brake has an 8-m capacity; the other has a 4-m capacity. This gives the company the ability to bend 12-m parts, if necessary, or to run the two brakes simultaneously for smaller items. Subsequent growth in customer demand led the company to consider purchasing a second laser. A careful analysis revealed that the company could do just fine with a smaller laser, so it purchased a laser with a 3-m capacity.

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TRUMPF announces management changes

January 16, 2006

TRUMPF Inc. has appointed Peter Grollmann as the new product manager for laser marking. He is responsible for managing TRUMPF's laser marking products in North America.An electronics and optical...

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Software theater demonstrates pipe cut programming

January 10, 2006

Mazak Optonics, Schaumburg, Ill., hosted a real-time software theater at FABTECH Intl./AWS that demonstrated the use of FG CAD/CAM software for programming of pipe parts. Spectators interacted with...

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Laser system has combined axes speed of 5,900 IPM

January 10, 2006

Prima Laser Tools' new Domino HS 1530 multiaxis 2-D/3-D high-speed laser system has a combined X-Y-Z axes speed of 5,900 IPM.The laser has direct-drive cutting and welding heads. According to the...

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Waterjet system works with laser, robotic, oxyfuel, and plasma cutters

January 10, 2006

The M-Series of waterjets from WARDJet Inc. enables operators to use a laser, robotic arm, oxyfuel cutter, or plasma cutter as a waterjet and drive the intensifier off compressed air in the shop.A...

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Laser cutter has automated material handling option

January 10, 2006

TRUMPF Inc. offers a material handling option on the TC L 2510 laser cutting machine that increases its capacity to run unattended. The new hydraulic transport cart loads and unloads different...

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Gas delivery system works with 12-packs, liquid cylinders

January 10, 2006

The 622 gas delivery system from CONCOA has a single-body design suited for start-up of 12 packs or liquid cylinders. The dome-loaded seat enables to system to transition into a point-of-use regulator...

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Laser cutting technology designed for quick, clean piercing in various materials

January 10, 2006

Bystronic's Controlled Pulse Pierce (CPP) technology for laser cutting systems is designed to generate fast, clean piercing in a range of material types and thicknesses.The two-stage pulse piercing...

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Harris Calorific, Airgas form agreement

January 10, 2006

Harris Calorific Inc., Gainesville, Ga., and Airgas Inc., Radnor, Pa., have announced an agreement to jointly market gases and gas control equipment for CO2lasers used in materials processing.With the...

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BOC adds Merriam-Graves to distributor network

January 10, 2006

The BOC Group, Murray Hill, N.J., has added Merriam-Graves, Charlestown, N.H., to its network of independent distributors.Merriam-Graves is a privately held distributor of industrial, medical, and...

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Optimizing CO2 laser use: Part I

January 10, 2006

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Many factors can affect laser processing efficiency. This article, Part I of a two-part series, stresses laser system maintenance and discusses factors that can affect beam quality and efficiency—namely, impurities introduced by laser gases and gas supply systems and how to prevent them. It also has a supply system requirements list.

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