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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.

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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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Laser cutting, drilling, and structuring of brittle materials

For the last couple of years, a more sophisticated way of surface or glass-inside marking became ...

Maybe the most flexible laser—ever!

The initial justification for developing these lasers was to bring the benefits of fiber lasers t...

Radiation monitoring of laser welding

A new Laser Process Control System (LPCS) enables on-line detection of laser welding process feat...

Laser seam stepper takes on conventional welding

The Laser Seam Stepper (LSS) combines the advantages of resistance spot welding and conventional ...

Innovative laser processes for lightweight constructions

Laser remote welding provides local strengthening of steel sheets and multi-material design.

Progress in the use of laser cutting for decommissioning

This article describes progress made since 2010 in the use of laser cutting for decommissioning.

Laser cutting transforms the diamond processing industry

Rough diamonds are sorted on the basis of their natural characteristics before being used as indu...

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