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The FP1000 is a laser machining system from Process Photonics (Ottawa, Canada; www.processphotonics.com) for high-performance, high-volume manufacturing environments. It is capable of high-speed processing of rigid board and flex materials, as well as green ceramic tape. Programmable processes include via drilling, skiving, cutting, and routing. The FP1000 features include: APS (Active Pulse Shaping) for superior process quality, high-performance motion and laser beam control for rapid, accurate panel processing, Windows operator interface, fully automated self calibration and part alignment, optional automated material handling, fast job programming, and changeover for prototype work.
The EC1000 controller from Cambridge Technology Inc. (Lexington, MA; www.cambridgetechnology.com) for galvo-steered laser scanning applications is a compact, single-board embedded controller solution designed to be implemented directly into scan heads without requiring a controlling computer. It enables the user to create small custom Ethernet-based smart scanning nodes. The EC1000 can be driven either by industry-standard marking software packages or through an extensive library of control features supporting 3-axes of direct dynamic galvanometer servo driver control as well as controls for Nd:YAG, CO2, fiber lasers, and automation interfaces.
The CL-850 laser cutting system from Cincinnati Inc. (Cincinnati, OH; www.e-ci.com) features a 5000W GE Fanuc laser to process 18 ga. steel at 1000 imp. The Windows XP Professional PC-based control allows virtually anyone PC-familiar to run the CL-850 simply by following intuitive screen menus. The proprietary linear-motor drives make fast work of large parts or batch processing of smaller parts with accelerations exceeding 2.0G and head positioning speeds of up to 10,000 inches per minute. The cutting head features standard auto-focus. An improved breakaway feature keeps debris from entering the beam path and allows beam alignment checking without head removal. A new height sensor, insensitive to plasma, enables higher feed rates on thin metal using N2 or air assist gas.
The FH Series “Flyer” from Synrad Inc. (Mukilteo,WA; www.synrad.com) marks at speeds up to 450 characters per second in either static (index) or dynamic (tracking) laser marking applications. A simple mounting kit is all that is required to pair FH Flyer with any Synrad CO2 laser from 10 to 125W to accomplish a wide range of applications. The Flyer contains all-digital technology, and a USB connection eliminates the need for an interface card. Once configured, the head can then communicate with the computer, server, or network via Ethernet interface. It also provides additional Input/Output capability, as well as a user-accessible, fully isolated 15V power source for powering external I/O devices. There is a gas purge port that provides a connection point for customer-supplied purge gas.
Optics for engravers
OEM quality, replacement CO2 laser lenses and mirrors for all popular low-power engraving and marking lasers are available factory-direct and overnight from Laser Research Optics (Providence, RI; www.laserresearch.net). Lenses and mirrors in sizes from ½ to 1 ½ inch diameter are offered with focal lengths from 1 inch to 25 inches in ½-inch increments. Available with coatings to match specific phase and polarization requirements, they are compatible with Amada, Coherent, Cincinnati, Continuum, Epilog, Lambda Physik, Mazak, Synrad, and similar lasers. They are optimized for use at 10.0 µm where depth of field is critical.
Laserfront Technologies (Kanagawa, Japan; www.laserfront.com) has started production of the THG Nd:YAG lasers with a high output level of 50W called the SL188AT Oscillator. It is expected that it will be applied in not only the development of cutting, script for the processing of punching, and scribing of high transparent molecular material, glass, and semiconductors made from Si, sapphire and GaN, but also be applied in new processing fields that are yet to be discovered.
The USBI-4 Smart Head to PC Interface from Ophir Optronics (Evry, France; www.bfioptilas.com) enables users to turn a PC or laptop into a full-fledged multi-channel laser power/energy meter. Simply install the software and plug the head and power source into the interface box and the USB cable from the box to the PC USB port. Users can connect up to four heads to each box. The connection from there to the PC is via one USB cable. Record pulse energies at up to 20,000 Hz for all four channels simultaneously. An external trigger input enables measurement of missing pulses. The application allows tiling of up to eight heads on one screen.
Universal Laser Systems Inc. (Scottsdale, AZ; www.ulsinc.com) announced four new models in its Professional Laser Series (PLS) line of advanced, high-productivity computer-controlled CO2 laser cutting, marking, and engraving systems. The PLS line replaces the company’s M, V, and X laser systems. Features of the new models include a unique materials-based print driver called “Laser Interface +” that gives users a choice between automatic or manual control over power, speed, and other system settings. Also featured is an industrial design with built-in storage space, a new keypad/display interface, and bold graphics. Professional Laser Series models are available with optional, patented HPDFO optics, which allows for direct marking onto uncoated metals such as steel, chrome, iron, and titanium without the need for metal marking compounds.
Teahupoo Rider from Del Mar Photonics (San Diego, CA; www.dmphotonics.com) is a fully integrated all-in-one box system that includes Trestles Mini Ti: Sapphire oscillator or Buccaneer SHG diode-pumped fiber oscillator, pulse stretcher, regenerative amplifier pumped by multi-kHz Nd:YAG pump laser, and pulse compressor. The product has a factory preinstalled repetition rate of 2, 5, or 10 kHz and reportedly is ideal for low-cost femtosecond micromachining systems and a variety of other applications.