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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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When does a punch/laser make sense? - TheFabricator.com

When does a punch/laser make sense?

August 26, 2008 | By Michael Bishop

Hawkeye Industries Inc., Tupelo, Miss., was getting more and more orders for parts that required both punching and laser cutting. To meet the growing demand, the company purchased a combination punch/laser machine. Some shops are more suited than others to this technology—combination machines can increase profits for some companies, and costs for others. Shop owners should keep five key things in mind when evaluating and purchasing a combination punch/laser machine.

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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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