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.
July 13, 2004
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.
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...
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...
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...
February 12, 2004
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.
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.
July 24, 2003
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.
May 29, 2003
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.