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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MTC Software expands Asia-Pacific operation

November 6, 2007

MTC Software Inc., Lockport, N.Y., a developer of software for CNC sheet and plate cutting, has opened a sales and applications support facility in Singapore. Working closely with the company's Australian operation, the new office supports MTC Software products in the Asia-Pacific region.The...

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Nitrogen assist gas delivery

Achieving efficiency with occasional high-pressure, high-flow nitrogen use

October 9, 2007 | By Richard Green

Several modes of nitrogen assist gas supply exist, but with choice comes the potential of saddling your business with overhead costs that make it difficult to compete. The best approach is to map out a growth strategy, using each option's performance and value, that coincides with monthly nitrogen usage.

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Successful automation isn't automatic

October 9, 2007 | By Michael Monaghan

As with so many other ventures in life, successfully implementing a laser automation system rests on one key practice: communication.

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Laser cutting system automatically changes beam to suit material

October 9, 2007

The TRUMPF TruLaser 5030 incorporates a single cutting head with a newly designed beam guide and cutting head interface to process all sheet thicknesses with the same cutting head. The machine automatically changes the laser beam depending on the material to reduce downtime.Integrated collision...

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LVD launches global branding initiative

October 9, 2007

LVD Co. n.v., Gullegem, Belgium, has launched a global branding initiative designed to unite all of the company's sales subsidiaries and products under the LVD brand name and the baseline "Sheet Metalworking: Our Passion, Your Solution."The initiative is designed to achieve a consistent brand image...

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LIA, OSHA renew alliance

October 9, 2007

The Laser Institute of America (LIA), Orlando, Fla., has renewed its alliance with the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to continue providing its members with important information to help prevent exposure to laser beam and nonbeam hazards in industrial and...

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FABTECH Intl. & AWS Welding Show returns to Chicago

October 9, 2007

The 2007 FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show, the largest North American showcase of metal forming, fabricating, stamping, tube and pipe, and welding equipment and technology, will return to McCormick Place in Chicago Nov. 11 to Nov. 14.Cosponsored by the American Welding Society (AWS),...

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LAI named on Inc.list of fastest-growing companies

October 9, 2007

Inc. Magazinenamed LAI Intl. Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz., a provider of contract manufacturing services, to its inaugural list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the country. The magazine ranks companies based on revenue growth from 2003 through 2006.LAI's revenue jumped more than 76...

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The evolution of scanners for remote welding applications

October 9, 2007 | By Dale A. Sabo

Remote laser welding operations, many of which rely on a laser scanner to deflect the beam to the weld area, require high-beam-quality lasers. Years ago this meant that they were used only with high-power CO2 lasers. As the beam quality of Nd:YAG, disk, and fiber-optic lasers have improved, these lasers also have become suitable for remote welding, allowing the scanners to be smaller and faster.

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TRUMPF acquires 100 percent of AFM, Canada

October 3, 2007

Sept. 6, 2007, TRUMPF Inc. acquired 100 percent of Advanced Fabricating Machinery (AFM), Canada. AFM was formed July 1, 1997 by TRUMPF Inc. and Robert Watson as an equal joint venture.AFM, under the continued leadership of Robert Watson, will serve the Canadian market as a sales and spare parts...

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Bystronic appoints managing director, Mexico

September 25, 2007

Bystronic has appointed Ferdinand Reyes as managing director of Bystronic Mexico, S.A. DE C.V., effective August 1, 2007.Reyes, who joined Bystronic in April 2005 as sales manager for the Mexico market, has extensive experience in manufacturing and in the management of sheet metal manufacturing...

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Laser Mechanisms restructures senior management

September 18, 2007

Laser Mechanisms Inc. President William Fredrick has named Mark Taggart as managing director North American operations. Taggart previously served as general manager medical operations. Fredrick also named Glenn Golightly as managing director Pacific Rim operations. Golightly previously held the...

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TRUMPF, Jenoptik form joint venture

September 11, 2007

TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., a manufacturer of fabricating machines and laser systems, has announced that the TRUMPF Group, Ditzingen, Germany, and Jenoptik AG, Jena, Germany, intend to bundle their new laser component activities, with each have a 50 percent share of JT Optical Engine GmbH + Co....

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Barnes Aerospace expands operations

September 11, 2007

Barnes Aerospace, Windsor, Conn., a division of Barnes Group Inc., has expanded its large fabrication operations in Ogden, Utah, with a 120,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility that will produce precision aerospace components for use in various aircraft engine and airframe applications. Construction...

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3 ways to get the most from your laser operation

August 8, 2007 | By James Rogowski

The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency.—Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft Corp.To say Mr. Gates lived his conviction successfully would be a vast understatement. To say following his path would be...

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