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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Diffusion-cooled annular CO2 laser outputs 2 kW

July 13, 2004

TRUMPF will highlight its new diffusion-cooled CO2 laser at IMTS 2004. The TCF 1 has a unit volume of 12.4 ft.3, weighs 550 lbs., and outputs 2 kW.The laser has an annular arrangement of electrodes....

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Laser-gas delivery systems for all applications, including 24/7 operation

July 13, 2004

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When laser gases are used in significant volumes or in an around-the-clock operation, a centralized gas delivery system is a practical necessity. A well-conceived delivery system reduces operating costs, increases productivity, and enhances safety.

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Laser cutting systems enhanced with software

June 8, 2004

Prima Laser Tools has chosen to integrate Cenit North America Inc.’s v5/LaserCUT software into its 3-D laser cutting systems.The PC/Windows®-compatible software features advanced solids,...

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Spectrum Lasers relocates

May 4, 2004

Spectrum Lasers, a multiaxis industrial laser job shop, has relocated. The company's new address is 233 Matteson St., Dyer, IN 46311.The ISO 9001:2000- and WBE-certified company has acquired a...

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GSI Lumonics expands product line

May 4, 2004

GSI Lumonics Inc., a supplier of motion control components, lasers, and laser-based manufacturing systems, has expanded its product lines, which now include diode-pumped solid-state technologies...

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Fully integrated CO2 lasers introduced

April 8, 2004

Synrad Inc. has introduced the Firestar f400 and the Firestar f201 fully integrated laser systems for metal cutting, welding, and other industrial applications.The systems' footprints allow mounting...

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Regulators designed to provide accurate pressure control, ensure gas purity

April 8, 2004

Airgas Inc. offers the Smart Indicating Regulator (SIR™) series of regulators designed to provide accurate pressure control while ensuring gas purity.The regulators have a purifier built into...

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Laser pierce control now standard on cutting machines

April 8, 2004

TRUMPF's pierce control system (PCS) now is a standard feature on the company's TC L 3030 and TC L 4030 laser cutting machines.The system continuously monitors and adjusts pierce parameters in...

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Standard Iron & Wire Works opens new manufacturing facility

April 8, 2004

Standard Iron & Wire Works is opening a new manufacturing facility in Grand Island, Neb.The initial facility will have 20,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space. It will house a 4,000-W laser, a turret...

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Laser cell system gives job shop the home field advantage

February 12, 2004

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Contract manufacturer CGI Automated Manufacturing Inc., Cicero, Ill., fabricates parts as an outsource resource for vertical manufacturers. The company started out as a stamping operation, then added other fabrication technologies, including welding, press brake forming, drilling, punching, rolling, shearing, and cutting.

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Cutting through five myths about modern lasers

February 12, 2004

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Whether you're operating a 10-year-old laser machine or evaluating the purchase of a new one, staying up-to-date on current laser cutting technology and techniques can be the key to maintaining a competitive edge.

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Agriculture equipment manufacturer cultivates productivity improvements with laser technology

September 25, 2003

Bourgault Industries specializes in seeding and tillage equipment, and other agricultural products including sprayers, grain carts, and heavy harrows. The company performs all fabrication involved in manufacturing the equipment from sheet or plate to finished product. It examined its operating costs and found that setup times in several parts factored significantly in the overall cost of the part.

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The business of lasers

July 24, 2003

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As we all know, the laser industry has seen easier times. Economic and market pressures have changed the competitive landscape for laser cutting equipment, and the changes are likely to continue. Both lasermakers and laser users need to adapt to the changes in the laser market, and the companies that recognize and adapt first are likely to be those that succeed.

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Job shop reduces costs, improves laser's output

May 29, 2003

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Today's job shop market is characterized by unrelenting competitive pressure for laser processing services. Job shops are expanding into niche services such as multiaxis laser processing and thick plate applications to differentiate themselves from their competitors. Others are performing additional services such as forming, welding, painting, and assembly to add value.

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Will a robotic laser system cut it?

March 27, 2003

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Although robotic laser cutting systems have advanced over the years, you should know exactly what one can do before you decide if it's right for you. To find out whether you should choose robotics to laser-cut your parts, you first must consider several factors, starting with what is in a system.

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