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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Air Liquide appoints distributor network director

January 9, 2007

Air Liquide America L.P., which provides packaged and specialty gases in the U.S., has appointed Michael (Mike) Stoddard as director of its ALNET distributor network, effective Jan. 1.Stoddard reports to President Kim Denney and is responsible for leading a team of sales managers, business...

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Prima names regional sales managers

January 9, 2007

Prima North America Inc. has announced that Ted Oviatt and Robert Lauer have joined its sales organization as regional sales managers for the company's 2-D and 3-D laser cutting systems.Oviatt works with customers and distributors in North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa,...

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Mitsubishi Laser, Ncell form partnership

January 9, 2007

Mitsubishi Laser has announced its exclusive partnership with Ncell Automation, a provider of automation integration software for precision fabrication.According to Mitsubishi, the integration of Ncell software with its flexible manufacturing systems enables true lights-out unattended...

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Bystronic names president, North American operations

January 5, 2007

Bystronic Inc. has announced the promotion of Michael Zakrzewski to president of Bystronic Inc., the North American subsidiary of the Bystronic Group. Effective Jan. 1, 2007, Zakrzewski is responsible for all of the company's activities in Canada, Mexico, and the United States.Zakrzewski joined the...

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Laser cutting system features three-lens cutting head

December 12, 2006

The Platino 1530 2-D laser cutting system from Prima North America now features a new three-lens cutting head that helps expand the system's cutting capabilities.The cutting head gives users a choice of a 10-in. focal length in addition to the standard 5- and 7.5-in. lenses. The 10-in. lens...

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Laser cutting system designed for 2-D steel parts up to 1 in. thick

December 12, 2006

Mazak Optonics Corp. has introduced the Hyper Turbo-X 2-D laser cutting system for 2-D steel parts up to 1 in. thick.The system's Takumi(Japanese for "craftsmanship") bed is an enclosed box-frame design. Tabbed laser-cut sides and cross members, connected with a series of tie rods, dampen vibration...

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Small-footprint laser cutting machine handles standard-size sheets

December 12, 2006

The ByVention laser cutting machine from Bystronic Inc., featuring a 20- by 20-ft. footprint, handles standard-size metal sheets.The control cabinet and the laser source are integrated into the machine frame to form a single unit. The cooling unit and dust collector are also combined. Because of...

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TRUMPF names machine tool distributor

December 12, 2006

Fabricating Equipment Co. has been named as a machine tool distributor in southern Texas for TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn.Lynn Moore continues as TRUMPF's regional manager serving...

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Hypertherm adds to staff

December 12, 2006

Hypertherm Inc., Hanover, N.H., has named John Brennan as national distribution manager for North America and Jenny Levy as North American marketing director.Brennan develops and directs long-term strategy for national distribution accounts and manages corporate relationships, communications, and...

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Preco, PaR form sales/integration partnership

December 12, 2006

Preco Inc., Lenexa, Kan., and PaR Systems Inc., St. Paul, Minn., have partnered in the sales and integration of industrial-based laser processing technology and PaR's gantry, motion, and robotic systems technologies.The partnership focuses on applications for laser paint removal, laser cutting and...

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CO2 lasers

High-powered lasers take a bite out of plate

December 12, 2006 | By Jason Hillenbrand

CO2 lasers are available in wattages that can cut plate more than 1 in. thick. The wattage, however, isn't the only factor that affects total speed and power. The assist gas chosen and the mode of the laser also influence final results.

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TRUMPF breaks ground on new facility

November 22, 2006

TRUMPF Inc. broke ground Nov. 21 on a new laser building being built on its Farmington, Conn., campus. The new research and manufacturing facility will be used to develop new lasers and expand the company's production of laser resonators.The high-tech facility, which adds 83,000 square feet to the...

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MC Machinery hosts open house

November 7, 2006

More than 350 fabricators attended the M.I.T.S. open house hosted by MC Machinery Systems, Wood Dale, Ill., to view demonstrations and learn more about Mitsubishi equipment.The Mitsubishi Laser showroom, where the open house was held, houses new technologies from Mitsubishi Laser, Toyokoki press...

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Prima North America expands facility

October 23, 2006

Prima North America Inc. recently completed a 20,000-sq.-ft.-expansion at its Manufacturing and Technology Center in Chicopee, Mass. This location also is the site of the company's headquarters.The facility is located in the new Chicopee River Technology Park. The expansion brings Prima North...

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Praxair acquires Hobart Industrial Gases

October 17, 2006

Praxair Distribution Inc., a subsidiary of Praxair Inc., has acquired Hobart Industrial Gases of Fort Wayne, Ind. Since 1956, Hobart Industrial Gases has supplied packaged industrial, medical, and specialty gases; welding equipment, supplies, and services to Indiana and Ohio.Praxair also has made...

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