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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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Laser and waterjet: friends or foes?

January 27, 2009 | By Jeff Hahn, Steve Szczesniak

Knowing the capabilities and drawbacks of laser and waterjet machines is the key in determining which is best for a particular application.

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Next-generation laser cutting, welding system released

January 13, 2009

TRUMPF has released the next generation of the TruLaser Cell series 7000, which features overhauled laser system mechanics and software for processing 2-D and 3-D material.The laser system employs a piercing strategy designed for thin sheet metal processing combined with faster positioning speeds....

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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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FMA launches sheet metal operator certification program

December 16, 2008

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has announced a new certification program for precision sheet metal operators for testing and validating their skills in sheet metal forming and fabricating.The new Precision Sheet Metal Operator (PSMO) Level I Certification...

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Software drives laser cutting productivity gains

December 15, 2008

Mazak Optonics Corp. announces its next-level, network solution for driving productivity gains through its family of laser cutting systems. PC-based, e-Soft provides technical data and management tools, which are used to generation increased "green light" uptime and more efficient production...

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Mazak Optonics plans new HQ in Elgin, Ill.

December 3, 2008

Mazak Optonics Corp. plans to move into a new, $10 million North American Headquarters complex in Elgin, Ill., by the end of the first quarter, 2009.Construction of the new facility—located on a highly visible, eight-acre parcel of land on the northwest corner of Interstate 90 and Randall...

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Preco names VP of sales

November 11, 2008

Preco Inc., Somerset, Wis., has hired David Krattley as vice president of sales for the metals market within the laser equipment division.Krattley has more than 19 years of experience in the industrial laser market. His career started at LMI (currently Preco Inc.), and he most recently had been...

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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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Prima appoints European sales manager for Laserdyne systems

October 14, 2008

Prima North America Inc., the North American subsidiary of Prima Industrie S.p.A., Torino, Italy, has appointed Paolo Busti as European sales manager for Laserdyne Systems.Busti manages all Laserdyne Systems sales activities in western and eastern Europe.Busti has worked in a number of positions...

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Bystronic opens Canadian office

September 20, 2008

Laser cutting and press brakes manufacturer Bystronic Inc. held a grand opening for its newest company, Bystronic Canada Ltd. on September 17, 2008. General Manager of the new company, Peter Kyc explained, "Bystronic places a very high value on customer satisfaction, and it is clear that our...

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Next-generation 2-D/3-D laser cutting system introduced

September 16, 2008

Prima North America Inc. has introduced the next generation of its Domino laser cutting series. The system is designed to provide high acceleration on the X and Y axes for 2-D and 3-D cutting.The system incorporates a new CNC that provides enhanced graphics for simplified programming. A...

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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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Industrial Metal Supply launches 3-D laser cutting and fabrication division

September 16, 2008

Industrial Metal Supply Co., Sun Valley, Calif., has created a new business unit that will provide six-axis, 3-D laser cutting and fabrication services to the company's customer base of design and manufacturing firms, metal fabricators, welders, machine shops, and other businesses throughout...

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Fiber Laser

Are you getting enough fiber in your metal fabricating diet?

August 26, 2008 | By Mark Richmond

With sales forecasts predicting that fiber laser sales will increase by 16 percent, to $323 million, in 2008—$112 million of that in metal processing industries—this year is being called the year of the fiber laser. A closer look at the technology shows why this might be true.

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