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Fiber Lasers Continue to Gain Market Share in Material Processing Applications

Bill Shiner, Vice President Industrial Lasers, IPG Photonics


The first kilowatt-class fiber laser for material processing was introduced by IPG Photonics in early 2002. Since that time, the adoption of fiber lasers for production applications has grown at a rapid rate. Today, fiber lasers are becoming the choice for most major production laser applications as well as converting traditional welding and cutting processes to fiber laser technologies. This is best evidenced by the double-digit year-over-year growth that IPG has experienced over the past several years. Full Article

EMAG's Laser Lab Support for Gear Welding Operations

Executive Editor James D. Sawyer


EMAG LLC (Farmington Hills, MI) is working to position itself so that no matter who—or what—drives a vehicle in the future or how vehicles are powered, the company will have a hand in the production of the gears and shafts that make cars and trucks move. To that end the company has opened a Laser Welding Laboratory to support the laser welding technology it is using as a quality and productivity enabler in some of its machines. Full Article

Shining a Light on Mold Repair and Refurbishing

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Out front at Absolute Laser Welding Solutions (Sterling Heights, MI), there was a sign advertising for two welding positions. It was easy to see why the sign was up. Inside, the 40 × 80' (12 × 24-m) shop was busy. A large oven, capable of generating heat up to 1200°F (650°C) was operating. A mold was being assembled. Welding was taking place at different workstations. Absolute Laser Welding Solutions, or ALWS, has been in business since early 2013 and its workload keeps expanding. As the name implies, ALWS emphasizes laser welding Full Article

Laser Versatility Marks Technology’s Growth

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


It has been more than 50 years since Goldfinger’s “more practical toy”—an industrial laser—threatened Sean Connery’s James Bond as he was strapped to a table of faux gold. A little trickeration freed the fast-thinking Bond, but it has been the magic of the laser, then just in its infancy, that would make it a versatile manufacturing process. CO2 laser technology has proven itself to be a workhorse, especially for cutting medium-to-thick sheet and plate for industries including automotive, appliance, office furniture, general manufacturing, and job shops. Full Article

Annette Doyle Assumes Role of Managing Director at TRUMPF Limited, UK

Press Release - TRUMPF


Annette Doyle will take on the role of Managing Director of TRUMPF Limited, the UK subsidiary of the TRUMPF Group, located in Luton, Bedfordshire. She succeeds Mr. Scott Simpson who will leave TRUMPF after more than 20 years to pursue his own individual projects. Annette Doyle leaves her position at TRUMPF Inc. in Farmington, CT where she most recently served as Assembly Manager for TRUMPF machines produced in the U.S. Full Article

Laser Technologies Offer a Growing Array of Choices

Contributing Editor Bruce Morey


Lasers first started making a significant impact for manufacturing in the early to mid 1970s. Since then, a number of advances, both evolutionary and revolutionary, have made lasers a common tool of choice for applications such as cutting, welding, drilling, brazing, and cladding. They are often easier to automate than many of their mechanical competitors. No moving part contacts the metal, so no tool wears out that needs replacement. Full Article

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