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Laser welding today

Laser welding today
A switch to laser welding can save time and money while still producing high-quality welds by Erik Miller, process specialist, laser group, Miller Electric Mfg. Co.       Finding ways to improve productivity and save money are important factors in any welding application. Companies often look at technology advancements to achieve these goals, but many operations might not consider laser Read full article >>

Meeting of materials

Meeting of materials
Whether it’s welding thick and thin materials together or welding dissimilar materials, lasers are equipped to tackle the job by Abbe Miller, editor-in-chief       When laser welding first started to appear in production settings some three-plus decades ago, the primary attraction was its high welding speed and significantly deeper weld penetration when compared to traditional welding Read full article >>

Today’s laser welding

Today’s laser welding
The latest fiber laser welding techniques for 3-D parts open up new product design possibilities by Terry VanderWert, president, Prima Power Laserdyne       Laser welding is one of the oldest applications of industrial laser materials processing. In the majority of early applications, lasers produced higher quality welds and allowed for greater productivity. Often times, it was at a lower Read full article >>

Heads up!

Heads up!
Wobble head applications in laser welding aluminum and copper by Bryce Samson and Mustafa Coskun, IPG Photonics; Giuseppe Barbieri and Francesco Cognini, ENEA-Casaccia Research Center, Rome; Sergio Cassarini and Marco Franzosi, IPG Photonics (Italy), Milan, Italy       In a previous article in Shop Floor Lasers, the technology of beam oscillation or “wobble head” laser welding was Read full article >>

Stir it up

Stir it up
After years of R&D, the laser welding wobble method is poised to address a range of fabricators’ advanced joining needs by Abbe Miller, editor-in-chief       When producing welds for industries that rely on precision, a word like “wobble” might raise some red flags. In a world of tolerances on the micrometer level, wobble sounds sloppy. Where strength and consistency are paramount, wobble Read full article >>

Downsizing for dollars

Downsizing for dollars
A year into GMTA’s partnership with Arnold Ravensburg and laser welding and cladding in a small automated work cell leads the list of innovations by Jimmy Myers, senior editor       Arnold Ravensburg, a leading supplier of laser welding and cladding technology to global manufacturing companies, is a year into its partnership with German Machine Tools of America (GMTA). The relationship has Read full article >>

Capital improvements for less

Capital improvements for less
The PATH Act, which Congress recently signed into law, ushers in fiscal advantages through depreciation and a now-permanent U.S. tax deduction by Jimmy Myers, senior editor     Business owners constantly look for ways to cut costs while improving efficiency, and one way to do that, especially for manufacturers, is to upgrade equipment. Upgrading can put a significant dent in the budget, Read full article >>

Add and subtract

Add and subtract
A hybrid machine incorporates generative laser deposition welding into a 5-axis milling machine by Wibki Nicoli, team leader marketing USA, DMG Mori USA     In times of ever shorter product life cycles and increasingly complex parts being produced in ever smaller production runs, additive manufacturing processes can help companies produce new innovative products more quickly. The market for Read full article >>

Expanded Possibilities

Expanded Possibilities
When fabricators embrace the latest laser system developments, cutting, welding and drilling improve by Terry VanderWert, president, Prima Power Laserdyne LLC       The latest 3-D fiber laser systems offer fabricators new flexibility and capability for profitably growing their business. In the past, the available laser sources for materials processing were capable of cutting and welding or Read full article >>

Triple threat

Triple threat
A new robot from ABB delivers speed, versatility and quality to the Big Three and beyond by Abbe Miller, editor-in-chief     Shaving three seconds off of the morning commute might not be cause for celebration. Shaving three seconds off of a high-production welding cycle time, however, is.And that's what the IRC 5 Robot from ABB Robotics is able to achieve – that and uncounted hours of Read full article >>

Saving Fuel

Saving Fuel
Laser welding reduces weight and costs in transmission components by Susan Woods, senior editor   Lightweight is the focus of the auto industry as new fuel economy regulations loom on the horizon. The new standards mandate an average fuel economy of 54.5 miles per gallon for the 2025 model year. This increases the pressure on auto manufacturers to step up development of electric vehicles and Read full article >>

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