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  1. The globalization of industrial laser processes

    My attention was attracted by the sponsor credit on a favorite public television program promotion by Fisher & Paykel, a manufacturer of major home appliances. Normally, my brain is wired to block these commercials, but this one connected—mainly because my wife and I had visited the New Zealand home plant of this company during a South Pacific lecture tour several years ago. Our host, the general manager, generously guided us around the plant, pausing to show us a clothes washing machine with a stainless steel drum. My wife admired the drum and complimented the company on its response to many women's complaints about chipped coated-steel washer drums, wishing the company distributed this washer in the US, where she was sure it would be a hit. As I recall, I asked how the washer drum was fabricated and was walked to the area where hand-built prototypes were being assembled. A lengthy discussion with several engineers revolved around laser welding the seam on the rolled-up stainless steel drum and laser cutting the holes instead of punching. I've always had a "warm place" for the company, for the way they enthusiastically welcomed two jet-lagged visitors from halfway around the world who unexpectedly dropped in on an otherwise-busy Monday morning, and how they graciously entertained my wife while I briefed a group of engineers on the latest advances in industrial laser technology. Along the lines of laser processing technology offshore from the US are four of this month's features: microfabrication process advances in Lithuania ( see page 22 ), airbag fabric cutting in France ( see page 12 ), internal tube welding in the UK ( see page 16 ), and laser sheet metal cutting in Italy ( see page 28 ). These are examples of ILS ' global outreach to bring readers the latest in industrial laser material processing. Also, the cover feature ( see page 5 ) revisits an application that has its roots in pioneering work done when I was director of applications at Avco Metal Working Lasers (AMWL), where our engineers, using a multi-kilowatt CO 2 laser, removed anti-fouling paint from submarine hull metal. Interestingly, the author of this feature—Stan Ream—was on the staff at Avco and had left just before this work was accomplished in the late 1970s at the time AWML tried to interest the aircraft industry in the idea, and even got fairly close to the proposal stage with one of the leading commercial airlines. It seems I have been involved, one way or another, with this laser process ever since that first lab work. In the 1980s, the process got very close to commercialization when some serious investors were prepared to fund a commercial barge-mounted laser paint removal system using a pulsed Nd:YAG laser that was being developed for a military application. I consulted with the team who proposed to use laser energy to remove protective paint from offshore oil drilling platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, and subsequently to develop a land-based mobile unit to remove paint from highway overpass bridges. That came to naught when the prototype laser failed to perform. Off and on thereafter, paint removal applications cropped up, getting my attention—but as I have said many times, promising laser applications are realized only when the right equipment convinces the using industries that it is ready. Stan Ream explains this in the case of paint stripping. David A. Belforte belforte@pennwell.com

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    Wed, 14 Sep 2016

  2. Laser microfabrication in Lithuania

    The Lithuanian laser industry has just celebrated its 30th birthday, and laser technologies started to be used in the country around the same time 30 years ago.

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    Wed, 14 Sep 2016

  3. Fiber laser cuts into sheet metal fabricating

    It is possible that this so-called niche fiber laser cutter may have a larger market than anticipated

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    Wed, 1 Sep 2010

  4. Trumpf automated fiber laser cutting

    Burke Doar, Trumpf VP of sales and marketing, describes the company's TruLaser 5030 and 3030 laser cutting machines, which both now offer BrightLine fiber functionality.

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    Tue, 1 Dec 2015

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  1. Industrial laser processing event moves to Atlanta

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    Tue, 8 Mar 2016

  2. 2012 Annual Economic Review and Forecast

    The dynamic world of industrial laser materials processing lived up to its reputation in 2012 as the world's economies fluctuated wildly with random news of ...

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    Tue, 1 Jan 2013

  3. Maybe the most flexible laser—ever!

    The initial justification for developing these lasers was to bring the benefits of fiber lasers to low-average-power, low-duty-cycle pulsed laser welds.

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    Tue, 14 Jul 2015

  4. Iran develops 600W fiber laser

    Researchers at the Iranian National Center for Laser Science and Technology have developed 600W fiber lasers for cutting steel up to 10mm thick.

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    Wed, 21 Jan 2015

  5. New 4kW laser enters fiber laser market

    Milpitas, Calif. – JDSU has announced that it has collaborated with Amada, a manufacturer of machine tools for metal fabrication, to develop a new high-power 4 kW fiber laser. The fiber laser has been integrated into a new sheet metal cutting system that Amada plans to start selling to the Japanese ...

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    Tue, 27 Jul 2010

  6. The industrial laser market in Turkey

    The history of laser processing in Turkey began with cutting applications in the 1990s, when imported cutting machines, specifically products from European machine manufacturers ...

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    Tue, 1 Jan 2013

  7. Metal service center company purchases titanium processor

    O'Neal, a major user of laser sheet metal cutting , acquires Vulcanium, an Illinois processor of titanium for aerospace, defense, and other applications.

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    Wed, 17 Jul 2013

  8. Milestones in industrial laser materials processing

    ILS recognizes the top ten industrial laser applications developed in the first 50 years of laser technology

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    Fri, 1 Jan 2010

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