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Industrial Laser Solutions

11/01/2014
Volume 29, Issue 6
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  • Departments

    • Update

      • Laser-welded pipes for deep sea deployment

        In its production facility, Vallourec Umbilicals demonstrates how to use laser welding to produce pipes with high mechanical characteristics to reduce the wall thickness. With an 8kW Rofin CO2 laser, this factory produces approx. 10m of laser-welded pipes per minute.

      • Joining ultra-high-strength reliably with laser technology

        Incredibly light and holds up in collisions, but often impossible to weld: this characterizes ultra-high-strength chromium steels that, thanks to their high carbon content, could not be reliably bonded together by laser until now.

    • My View

      • It's the holiday season

        Shortly after you read this, the holiday season will begin in most of the English-speaking world.

  • Features

    • Hot stamping and laser processing: A hot topic in automotive

      The terms hot stamping and press hardening are commonly known and used within the automotive industry. The benefits of using ultra-high-strength steels, such as 22MnB5, allow car manufacturers to build lighter, yet stronger and safer vehicles.

    • Laser welding in tube production

      Laser welding in the automotive sector is popular for car body joining or smaller parts assembly. This article discusses Plimet's investment in a new automated line for producing continuously welded tubes.

    • Hybrid welding and cutting for thin-tank production

      Hybrid laser arc welding (HLAW) using an automated seam welder, a high-power solid-state laser, and innovative adaptive process control technology, combined with conventional CO2 laser cutting, provides productivity, quality, and cost efficiency gains for thin-tank fabrication.

    • Commercially available ultrafast-pulse lasers: An update

      The field of ultrafast-pulse (UFP) lasers has seen a lot of activity in the past year since ILS first published the tables in the July/August 2013 issue.

    • UV lasers fuel precision micromachining

      Lasers with shorter wavelength, shorter pulse width, and low M2 (beam quality) enhance micromachining processes by creating a tightly focused spot and minimizing heat-affected zone (HAZ).

    • Finding focus in high-power industrial laser processes

      In today's economic climate, those working with industrial high-power lasers should be doing everything they can to maintain one of their most valuable tools at its peak performance and optimize the processes for which they are used.

    • Laser marking joins the Industrial Internet of Things

      The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), a term coined by Richard Nass of Automation World, is transforming how manufacturers do business.

    • Manufacturing specimens made by direct powder deposition

      While equipment for laser cladding itself is comparatively inexpensive and hence also affordable for small and medium enterprises, turnkey systems for 3D printing are much more expensive. The current work describes the way of using cladding hardware for additive manufacturing.

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