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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FABTECH hosts 31,000 visitors, covers 461,627 sq. ft.

January 15, 2008

The 2007 FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show at McCormick Place in Chicago hosted more exhibiting companies and covered more exhibit space than any previous FABTECH. Filling 461,627 sq. ft. of booth space, the show attracted nearly 31,000 visitors from more than 75 countries, a 27 percent...

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AWS acquires Mexican welding tradeshow

January 15, 2008

The American Welding Society (AWS), Miami, has entered into an agreement with Trade Show Consulting (TSC) to purchase Weldmex, the largest welding tradeshow in Latin America.Under the terms of the agreement, the AWS maintains primary ownership of Weldmex and assumes the rights to organize, promote,...

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Bystronic receives product innovation award

January 15, 2008

Frost & Sullivan has presented Bystronic with the 2007 Award for Product Innovation of the Year in the European Laser Cutting Market for its laser cutting system, ByVention, which, according to Frost & Sullivan, "has helped serve nontraditional clients, such as niche job shops, as well as other...

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Laser cut brass

Shop perfects laser cutting brass, titanium

January 15, 2008 | By Tim Heston

Meeting a challenge sometimes requires out-of-the box thinking. One contract manufacturer employed a thorough knowledge of laser cutting, determination, ingenuity, and tenacity to successfully laser cut difficult-to-process materials.

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Laser welding applications

Laser safety in the industrial workplace

January 15, 2008 | By Rich Greene

Lasers are capable of cutting thin-gauge metal and plate at incredible speeds and with outstanding results. But a laser also is capable of great damage to operators if the proper safety steps are not followed. To keep everyone safe and the laser cutting machine operating, a fabricating operation should have a safety program in place.

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II-VI acquires majority interest in HIGHYAG Lasertechnologie GmbH

January 3, 2008

II-VI Inc., Saxonburg, Pa., has announced that it has completed its acquisition of a 74.9 percent equity interest in HIGHYAG Lasertechnologie GmbH in exchange for cash as previously announced in a press release dated Oct. 2,...

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High powered resonators

Getting into the thick of high-powered lasers

December 11, 2007 | By Rick Neff

The new high-powered lasers allow fab shops to serve a broader range of custom needs.

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Universal laser processing cell ships as complete module

December 11, 2007

The Flex Lase universal laser processing cell from Wayne Trail Technologies includes fiber laser technology, robot-based process articulation, and various fixture and tooling options. Fully automatic coupling and decoupling of multiple laser processing heads allows operators to change quickly...

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Open-table hybrid laser system simplifies operability, maintenance

December 11, 2007

Mitsubishi Laser's HV hybrid laser machines incorporate an open table for operability and simplified maintenance. The simple beam path is highly stable, and a long Z-axis stroke offers an expanded application range, reports the company.The new HVP model includes a pallet changer that acts as a...

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Motoman adds senior general manager for Canada plant

December 11, 2007

Motoman Inc., West Carrollton, Ohio, recently named Trevor Jones as senior general manager of Yaskawa Motoman Canada, Mississauga, Ont.Jones has more than 23 years of experience in the robotics industry. He was a founding member of CRS Robotics, which later was acquired by Thermo CRS Ltd., a Thermo...

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Clay Andrews Hype Manufacturing

Hyperactive fabrication

December 11, 2007

Hype Manufacturing invested in a horizontal machining center, two lathes, two vertical machining centers, a universal milling machine, tube bending equipment, a press brake, a laser cutting system, and a waterjet to support its racing effort.

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Laser-cutting center line expanded

November 6, 2007

Cincinnati Incorporated has added two models to its line of linear-motor-drive laser cutting centers. The CL-840 and CL-825 allow operators to tailor performance to specific cutting requirements. Both models feature FANUC fast-axial-flow resonators—4,000 W continuous power for the 840 and...

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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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Laser cutting cell

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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