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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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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Hypertherm acquires manufacturer, supplier of laser consumables

August 12, 2008

Hypertherm, Hanover, N.H., recently acquired ESSE A Srl., Italy, a manufacturer and supplier of laser consumables and accessories.The acquisition adds to Hypertherm's manufacturing assets and customer base in laser cutting heads and consumables, while expanding its product offering to its global...

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Laserdyne schedules User Group Meeting

August 12, 2008

Prima North America's Laserdyne Systems division will hold its annual User Group Meeting Oct. 1-2 near its facility in Champlin, Minn.The first day will feature speakers from Laserdyne, as well as system users from around the world. The second day will include a tour of the Laserdyne facility. The...

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D&S Mfg. unveils expansion plan

August 12, 2008

Michael Dougherty, president of D&S Mfg. in Black River Falls, Wis., has announced the company's initiation of a $6.4 million expansion of its production facilities. The 12-month project commenced in June."As a result of the strong sales growth we have experienced during the past several years, D&S...

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High powered laser

Laser optics: Special delivery

July 15, 2008 | By Erin Chasse

Not only can today's laser optics handle more power, they also enhance beam quality, reduce maintenance, increase power delivered to the cutting head, and improve mode stability.

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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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Metal Cutting Tools

Making sense of metal cutting technologies

July 15, 2008

This article was developed from the Comparative Cutting Panel conducted at the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association's Metal Matters conference in Orlando, Fla., March 2008. The participants included Rick Neff (Cincinnati Incorporated), Chris Maier (Flow International), Jeff Hahn (MC Machinery Systems Inc./Mitsubishi Laser), Ron Schneider (Messer MG Systems & Welding Inc.), and Al Julian (W.A. Whitney Co., a division of MegaFab).

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ALAW 2008 conference

Lasers catch limelight at ALAW

June 17, 2008 | By Tim Heston

How can laser technology make metal fabrication more efficient? The efficiency comes not only from advances within the laser itself, but also in new ways to integrate those lasers for optimal part flow on the shop floor. Several presenters at ALAW 2008 hammered this point home.

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Laser slat cleaner introduced

June 17, 2008

TRUMPF has introduced the TSC 2 slat cleaner, which removes slag from the slats of laser cutting machines. It can be used on flatbed laser machines with pallet changers from any manufacturer.A result of changes to the TSC 1 slat cleaner, the new machine has three main differences: a new capacity...

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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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Salvagnini Group opens subsidiary in Brazil

June 17, 2008

Salvagnini, Italy, opened Salvagnini do Brasil Ltda., an operating company based in Jos dos Campos (SP), in March. The Brazilian subsidiary provides technical support, customer service, and spare parts.Salvagnini has installed many stand-alone machines, as well as automated sheet metal processing...

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Laser lens cleaning

The dirt on laser lenses

June 17, 2008 | By Dan Davis

This roundup of laser lens providers gives tips on extending the life of lenses used in laser cutting.

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Prima open house to feature laser cutting, bending technologies

May 15, 2008

Prima North America Inc., a manufacturer of 2-D and 3-D laser cutting and automation equipment, has announced plans to hold an open house/seminar June 4 and 5 at its Technology Center in Chicopee, Mass. The event will feature the company's laser cutting products and a new Finn-Power press...

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LAI names strategic products director

May 15, 2008

LAI Intl. Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz., a supplier of precision components and subassemblies for OEMs, has named Darcy Dodge as director of strategic products.Dodge is responsible for directing and coordinating the company's resources to achieve its objectives for strategic products, including turbine...

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