Laser processing solutions provider II-VI Incorporated (Pittsburgh, PA) has opened its applications laboratory in Suzhou, China, to support the growing industrial laser market in the region.
Close collaboration between industrial laser specialists and automotive manufacturers is essential to explore the full range of capabilities afforded by the latest advances in industrial laser technology, especially now as manufacturers are retooling their production lines for the welding requirements of electric vehicles (EVs) and their batteries. II-VI’s new applications laboratory provides close customer support on laser materials processing with practical hands-on training, in-depth applications consulting, and detailed feasibility studies based on the expertise of the company’s applications engineers and the advanced capabilities of its laser processing heads.
The applications lab will enable customers to directly experience II-VI’s intelligent laser processing heads, explains Dr. Karlheinz Gulden, Senior Vice President, Laser Devices and Systems Business Unit. Together with its labs in Berlin, Germany, and Detroit, MI, the lab enhances its global ability to demonstrate manufacturing feasibility and develop optimized processes for its customers, he adds.
II-VI offers laser processing heads with vision systems for one-, two-, and three-dimensional processing applications such as terminal welding of batteries for EVs. The company also offers turnkey laser solutions cutting, drilling, and micromachining superhard materials such as polycrystalline and single-crystal diamond, as well as hard ceramics.