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Green-Lase and V-Lase are two new product offerings from Laservall (Donnas AO, Italy; www.laservall.com). Green-Lase implements the “green” range and is characterized by its high pulse-to-pulse stability and spatial resolution. The green light emitted by the laser reduces the mechanical stress, compared with infrared, and ensures easy marking solutions, in particular, in the case of plastics. According to the company, V-Lase provides the answer to the needs of the industrial world in terms of reliability, connectivity, and diagnostics, including in remote mode. This compact platform has a self-testing system, which optimizes laser performance control, thanks to last-generation electronic technology, and facilitates integration even with complex systems.
3-axis Motion control laser marker
The ML-Z 9500 series high-speed, high-quality CO2 laser marker from Keyence (Woodcliff Lake, NJ; www.marking-central.com) has the ability to mark not only in the X and Y direction, but also in the Z direction. This 3-axis motion allows for a number of advantages, such as a 42mm variable focal length, a distortion-free 300 x 300mm marking area, and the ability to clearly mark on difficult shapes (cylinders, cones, inclined planes, and spheres). The 3-axis motion reportedly allows for outstanding visibility on deformed or curved surfaces. Marking on inclines, cylinders, or circular cones at speeds up to 12,000 mm/s is possible without compromising character clarity. Maximum spot position can be set at any focal length within a 42mm range. The shortened-wavelength version is ideal when marking on transparent or translucent products.
Laser inscription system
Topex (Charlotte, NC; www.bts-international.com) offers complete laser inscription systems, customized with different laser types for customer-specific needs. In addition to the standard inscription laser (Nd:YAG or CO2), the company offers handling systems like the roll handling system for laser inscription foils, anodized aluminum plates, or cables. The company also offers customized part supply systems such as rotary index tables. For safety, Topex offers standard workstations or customized work stations with safety housings. Inscription lasers are available from 5 to 120 watts. The laser systems can inscript areas from 60 x 60 mm to 500 x 500 mm.
The outstanding performance, high power, and small size of Synrad’s (Mukilteo, WA; www.synrad.com) firestar t100, 100W laser, make it appropriate for use in systems where high speeds and high accuracy are key, such as textile processing machinery, engravers, and high-speed marking systems. By combining the company’s t-series’ compact resonator design and its matched RF supply with the flexibility of air or water cooling, the product was created to minimize its footprint while maximizing power and performance. For the textile industry, high speeds, high accuracy, and consistency are crucial to the success of many cutting operations. For engraving applications, the near perfect beam guarantees optimal results in even the finest details.
Photovoltaic laser scribing system
New thin-film-on-glass solar panel alternatives are gaining popularity. JP Sercel Associates (JPSA; Manchester, NH; www.jpsalaser.com) introduces the PV series photovoltaic laser scribing systems. Built on the ChromaDice DPSS laser platform, the PV series is designed for isolation and series interconnection of thin film solar cells. The company employs high-peak-power, short-pulsed, diode-pumped solid-state (DPSS) laser sources to rapidly, selectively, and accurately remove a wide range of thin films from large glass, metal, or polymer substrates. A variety of wavelengths suitable for different layer materials are available, including 1064nm, 532nm, 355nm, and 266nm. These systems use advanced laser technology scribing to produce fine scribed lines with >30MOhm isolation. The range of applications includes thin film, P1 front contact, P2 semiconductor, P3 back contacts, border deletion, and bulk deletion of all three layers to provide an edge isolation border.
Fiber-coupled diode laser bar
A new fiber-coupled diode laser module from Dilas (Mainz, Germany; www.dilas.com) delivers up to 50W of CW power at 808nm and 976nm through a 400µm SMA-fiber with a numerical aperture of <0.22. The fiber-coupled diode laser module is primarily intended for end-pumping of solid-state laser materials for fiber lasers. Measuring less than 100 x 31 x 20 mm, this industry-standard package boasts a wall plug efficiency >35% and features a typical spectral width of less than 4nm, FWHM. The laser power from the module is delivered via a detachable single core fiber, which is terminated with a standard SMA 905 connector. The products are based on a single laser diode array and are available in an overall height of less than 30mm, including optional features such as integrated pilot beam, power monitor, fiber detection sensor, user-exchangeable protection window, and temperature sensor.
Label marking system
The fully integrated LabelMarker E, from Rofin-Baasel UK (Daventry, Northamptonshire, UK; www.rofin.co.uk) is manufactured to IP54 standards and is therefore suitable for use in tough industrial environments. All of the elements required to produce a wide range of labels are incorporated within the 800mm x 800mm footprint of this system. The system includes fully automatic foil feeding with sensors for the detection of foil jam, start and end of foil, together with splice recognition. The system also incorporates a pneumatically operated label cutting system to separate individual labels at the end of the marking process. The LabelMarker E can accept roll widths of 100mm or 120mm with a maximum diameter of 300mm, and foil between 0.1mm and 0.25mm in thickness can be processed.
The new LVPLUSII from Mitsubishi Laser (Wood Dale, IL; www.mitsubishi-world.com) combines several new performance-enhancing features. The machine’s new 40CF-R resonator technology reduces rise time/fall time of square wave pulse. This provides a more consistent beam power during the cutting process and delivers a more brilliant and consistent edge quality. New Brilliantcut technology can produce a cutting surface roughness equivalent to the typical machined finish. The new Jet Pierce technology decreases part time by allowing material to be pierced faster and more aggressively during small hole processing. Improved height sensor hardware gives the system twice the tracing ability of the original machine. A solid Dianite casting delivers ultimate stability with machine tool, resonator, and power supply incorporated onto a single platform.
100W laser bar at 808nm
The Micro Channel Cooled Package (Onyx) diode laser bar from Coherent (Santa Clara, CA; www.Coherent.com) delivers 100 W (CW) of output power at 808 nm with high reliability. The specified lifetime is more than 10,000 hours with an electrical-to-optical conversion efficiency approaching 60%. This water-cooled laser bar can be assembled into vertical stacks containing anywhere from 1 to 45 bars, with a pitch of 1.6mm. This diode laser bar can also be used to form compact horizontal arrays because each stack is only 11 mm wide and can be placed directly next to another stack with less than 1 mm gap. The primary application for the product is as a pump light source for use in solid-state lasers for industrial and medical applications.
Micromachining laser workstation
The 4-axis MWLS-1200 micromachining laser workstation from Haas Laser Technologies (Flanders, NJ; www.haaslti.com) is a modular benchtop CNC system that can be equipped with any laser source. Standard features include granite co-polymer one-piece base and column; precision-ground cast iron table; linear ball bearing guideways for rigidity and accuracy; 18-in X-axis, 7-in Y-axis, 9.5-in Z-axis; scaling, rotation, mirroring, and subroutines; and front operator panel for easy setups. The laser including the laser head, power supply, laser control, and chiller are integrated into the system.
Cost-effective laser marker
The LMV700 diode-pumped laser marker from Miyachi Unitek (Monrovia, CA; www.muc.miyachi.com) is configured with a single expander and a focus lens combination selected to cover most marking applications and two software options that offer basic alphanumeric marking as well as more advanced marking functions. Features include single-phase power 100 to 240 W, air cooled, small footprint, and workstations and accessories available. Marking styles of the new product include alphanumerics, logos, graphics, barcodes, and 2D codes; single stroke fonts; and TrueType fonts.
Fiber laser cylinder marking
A fully automatic fiber laser marking system from Lasit (Branford, CT; www.lasitusa.com) provides an automatic marking machine for round pens and barrels and small cylindrical parts. At full capacity, the machine can mark up to 3000–4000 units per hour with logos, graphics, text, designs, barcodes, data matrix, and measurement rings or marks. The system offers an automatic pen feeder or barrel feeder, which is hopper loaded and can orient them in the same direction, accepting parts from 1 to 7 inches long. An additional station can then locate a pocket clip (on pens) or other detail to orient the part in the right directions for marking. Built-in electronic sensors will determine if a part is in place to be marked, which in turn enables the laser to begin marking.
New from Laservision (Fuerth, Germany; www.lvg.com), an anti-fog goggle insert is coated with nano-particles, a plastic wafer with highest transparency, which absorbs humidity like a sponge avoiding a super saturation of air with water vapor. The anti-fog insert is available together with a new laser safety goggle, but also as an accessory for already existing goggles. It can be mounted in the All Star frame with hand grips and is also available for the reinforced version of the company’s Protector frame. Laservision also offers the Head Support System (HSS), a support system for laser goggles. It can be used with all of the company’s laser goggles with Duoflex temples. The HSS takes all the weight off the nose and the ears and allocates it on the entire head.
Industrial pulsed laser
The PyroFlex 2 laser platform from PyroPhotonics (Montreal, Canada; www.pyrophotonics.com) utilizes a unique software pulse control process. It combines the advantages of proven high-reliability fiber-coupled laser diode pumping technology with the benefits of programming control, and incorporates an optional optical isolator for superior pulse stability—all in a lower-power format. The patent-pending technology provides application developers and system integrators with complete, individual control of pulse parameters including width, height, and repetition rate. It also gives fine and detailed control over precise pulse shape and complex pulse trains, and access to pulse-on-demand operating regimes. The technology can be deployed in numerous OEM applications requiring ultra-fine and high-precision micromachining, including wafer and ceramic processing, memory repair, via drilling, and finesse ablative processes.
Fiber laser marker
New from Pryor Marking Technology (Sheffield, U.K.; www.pryormarking.com), the Fiber Laser Marker is a robust industrial marker capable of operating in the sometimes harsh environment of the shop floor. With a pump diode MTBF of greater than 100,000 hours, the company believes this product can be regarded as a ‘fit and forget’ element of the production process. Able to tolerate temperatures ranging from 0 to 42 °C, the air-cooled fiber laser has an operational stability of +/-1% and the cost per watt is less than the solid-state alternatives, according to the company.
The next generation of homogenization modules from LIMO (Dortmund, Germany; www.limo.de) is based on a modular mechanical and optical concept. In addition to the standard beam geometries, nearly all customized beam shaping solutions can be built using this concept. Designed for industrial applications, the modules are maintenance free and require no further adjustment in the application. Key is the patented beam shaping technology. Pointing errors and beam displacements of the laser source will be compensated. Thus, the production process can be stabilized resulting in uniform quality and reproducibility. The use of the company’s micro-optics with high surface quality guarantees best durability with high-power laser sources. The durability matches the durability of the raw materials.
A wide range of CO2 focusing lenses for Amada, Bystronic, Cincinnati, Mazak, Mitsubishi, Prima, Strippit, TRUMPF, and Universal lasers are in-stock for immediate delivery from Laser Research Optics (Providence, RI; www.laserresearch.net). The lenses are offered in 1.27 to 6.35 cm sizes in plano-convex, plano-concave, and meniscus configurations in focal lengths from 2.54 to 63.5 cm and 1.27cm increments. Designed for lasers from 20 watts to kilowatts in power, the lenses are optimized for 10.6 µm and provide <0.25% total absorption values.
Linear stepper motor
A low-cost, high-performance, 2-phase, linear stepper motor from H2W Technologies (Valencia, CA; www.h2wtech.com) with 1 micron resolution is designed for integration into new and existing applications. This compact, industry-standard, “5 lb. Linear Stepper” travels at 80 in/sec, can operate in any axis, and features 1G acceleration.
The Mini lasers from RPMC Lasers (O’Fallon, MO; www.rpmclasers.com) get their name from their compact size. All optical and electrical components are housed in one conductively cooled enclosure. These sealed, QCW diode-pumped lasers are available at 1064 nm and 532, 355, and 1.51 micron. The Mini is available with energy levels up to 7 mJ at 1.57 micron and 20 mJ at 1064 nm with 5 to 8ns pulsewidths at a repetition rate up to 50 Hz.