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The future of CO2

The future of CO2
Are CO2 lasers taking another step toward their much-anticipated demise? by Kip Hanson, senior editor     If fab shops were families, a CO2 laser would be like the Mom. She’s fairly efficient and very dependable, but admittedly a little high-maintenance, needing regular TLC to keep going. Still, she cranks out a lot of work, way more than the other family members will ever appreciate.   Read full article >>

Branching out

Branching out
In the wake of an economic downturn, a Tulsa shop diversifies – and perseveres – with a new laser cutter by Abbe Miller, editor-in-chief       Local economies and small businesses closely tied to petroleum are familiar with the boom and bust cycles of the industry. As analysts warn, the current industry downturn is different from past busts, with some estimates saying it could be years Read full article >>

The art of manufacturing

The art of manufacturing
A custom manufacturer sees new light thanks to reality TV and a Mazak CO2 laser machine by Abbe Miller, editor-in-chief   The portfolio of work found on Vision Quest Lighting’s website reveals a level of artistry not often seen on the manufacturing floor. The designs for the company’s custom lighting products are as wide as the imagination can wander.   Some are hand-painted in vivid and Read full article >>

Quality changes

Quality changes
Quality Industries focuses on the latest manufacturing equipment and technology to provide continuous improvement for customers by Susan Woods, senior editor     Quality Industries uses its TruLaser 3030 2-axis laser cutter along with a TruFlow 5000 for heavy-gauge parts and parts that would be hard for conventional tooling to produce.   Quality Industries Inc. is always looking for new Read full article >>

The Light Approach

The Light Approach
Meeting an industry need for cutting light-gauge metal with lower watt laser systemsby Susan Woods, senior editor A company entering the light-gauge metal cutting and engraving market doesn’t need to spend $500,000 or more on a high-power CO2 or fiber laser. “Somebody cutting 0.060-in. steel all day doesn’t need a 2,000-W laser,” says Derek Kern, president of sales for Kern Laser Systems. A Read full article >>

Choices in Lasers = Manufacturing Efficiency

Choices in Lasers = Manufacturing Efficiency
by Scott Knoy, vice president, German Machine Tools of America Single and double work cells afford production designers more options in job shops and large production department environments  Through the integration of a laser into the work cell or production line concept in various industries, companies like German Machine Tools of America can now offer a greater degree of efficiency and Read full article >>

Advancing the fiber revolution

Advancing the fiber revolution
Amada’s latest entry into the U.S. manufacturing market does what CO2 can do — and more by Geoff Giordano Amada ENSIS 3015 As fiber lasers claim more and more market share in industrial applications, particularly by matching or surpassing the capabilities of more established CO2 machines, Amada is offering an innovative new player in the field.Slated to be available in the United States this Read full article >>

Lasers With Material Handling Systems Play a Key Role in Surviving the Economy

Lasers With Material Handling Systems Play a Key Role in Surviving the Economy
Material handling equipment married to laser production machines can make a huge difference in the way a company processes customer parts. Speed is essential, but more than that is the ability to be flexible and deliver parts when customers need them and at the right price. Ignachio Palomarez, president of Spacesonic, a company in Silicon Valley, says, "Monday through Friday is the American Read full article >>

Part II of CO2 Lasers: Still in the Game

May/June 2011By Colin Carlu, Associate EditorIn last month’s issue, eFab Shop Magazine reviewed new developments in CO2 laser technology from five different companies – Amada America, Prima Finn-Power, Bystronic, TRUMPF and MC Machinery Systems. This month, we’ll bring you the latest from four more: Cincinnati, Ermak USA, LVD Strippit and Mazak Optonics Corp.Cincinnati Cincinnati Inc. is another Read full article >>

A Passion For Products

February, 2012 Lights-out laser automation sets the pace for higher production By Russ OlexaV. P., Associate PublisherThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Passion, it’s what sets one company apart from another and leads to great products, ideas and going the extra mile to deliver quality parts. At Midland Metal Products, the company’s founders, and now the fourth generation owners, exude it.Midland Metal Read full article >>

CO2 Lasers: Still in the Game

Jan./Feb. 2011 article New features combined with reduced maintenance and faster cutting make sure CO2 lasers can still make the cutBy Colin Carlu, Associate EditorWith all the current hype about fiber lasers, it’s not surprising for many people in the metalworking industry to think that CO2 lasers have become outdated. However, just the opposite is true; CO2 lasers are still very much in the Read full article >>

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