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Right and Wrong Ways to Manage Laser System Variables in Material Processing

One goal for anyone in material processing is to maintain consistency with the many variables that are introduced into the process.  When a laser is being used for the prod...

Editorial Digests

Lasers leave their mark

06/18/2015 Lasers for materials processing applications make up about 30% of the $9 billion dollar total laser market, and of that total, the laser marking/engraving in...


AFL's Enterprise Services Division Recognized for Safety

05/27/2015 AFL was honored and two locations received a Gold Award for safety.

AFL Associates Receive Patent Awards

05/27/2015 Two AFL associates receive Patent awards for their innovations which enhance technologies for cer...

AFL Acquires AFC Group

05/27/2015 AFC, a leading manufacturer, designer and integrator of fiber optic and copper communication solu...


Got industrial laser-related news items?

My last blog's call for feature articles was so successful that I am trying it again—this time with a call for news items for the website.

Ron's Laser Report

SEMICON West 2015 review

SEMICON West was, as usual, busy and a great venue to meet up with customers and see a lot of people in one place.

Financial News


High-power Nd:YAG laser mirrors

Edmund Optics has introduced its TECHSPEC high-power Nd:YAG laser mirrors, which feature all-diel...

Sheet and tube laser cutting system

The BLM Group has introduced its LC5 sheet and tube laser cutting system, which is equipped with ...

Laser fume extraction and filtration system

ULT has introduced its LAS 160 laser fume and dust extraction and filtration system.

High-power laser sensors

Ophir Photonics Group has debuted high-power laser sensors and scatter shields for measuring larg...

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Fiber laser has material manufacturer walking on air

Air-assist gas reduces laser operating cost while slashing part-processing time.

Laser cutting breaks new ground

For a while, there have been two possibilities for creating a laser cutting plan.

Ultrafast lasers for consumer electronics

Today, ultrafast lasers are an important part of many industrial processes.

High-power VCSELs for building planes and sequencing genes

Now that diode lasers have finally conquered cutting, the holy grail of material processing, a ne...

Magnets improve quality of high-power laser beam welding

Welding is one of the most critical operations for the construction of reliable metal structures ...

Laser tube cutting for agricultural machines

Italy was one of the first countries in the world to really follow the development of industrial ...

Battery welding: Selecting laser, microTIG, and resistance technologies

The following is an overview of laser, resistance, and microTIG welding technologies, along with ...

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