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Mecco acquires Faro Photonics

Mecco acquired Faro Photonics, which designs and manufactures high-precision laser scan heads, Ethernet-based vector controllers and advanced processing software to provide an integrated steering solution for a range of advanced laser applications. Mecco has a well-established relationship with Faro, leveraging Faro’s products in its laser marking, engraving and processing solutions. Faro Photonics has supplied laser… Continued

Lantek releases collision algorithm

Lantek introduced Intelligent Collision Avoidance (ICA), an algorithm that minimizes potential collisions between the head of fiber laser cutting machines and the contours of the sheet metal during the cutting process. The algorithm combines various measures for avoiding collisions between the cutting head and the parts that have already been cut. It adds new strategies… Continued

New grant supports laser education

Laser-Tec, the Center for Laser & Fiber Optic Education, headquartered at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Fla., received a $1.6 million National Science Foundation grant to support its transition into an advanced technological education resource center. The expanded center will be better positioned to increase the laser, optics, photonic and fiber optics technical… Continued

SecturaSoft expands salesforce

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SecturaSoft LLC added Kevin Waldmann to its sales staff.  With a background in factory automation, Waldmann will focus on providing North American metal fabricators with estimating and quoting software. “The addition of Kevin to our sales team will allow us to be more responsive to the industry’s growing demand for automated quoting,” said Brad Stropes, COO.… Continued

PMA elects board chairman

The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) elected Troy Turnbull, president and CEO of Grandville, Mich.-based Industrial Innovations Inc., as 2020 chairman of the PMA board of directors. “My top priority is to work with PMA President David Klotz and his staff to help our members navigate through this uncertain time,” Turnbull said. “PMA has been doing… Continued

Fiber laser from Kaast

Kaast Machine Tools Inc.’s Lasersonic B features a maximum acceleration of 1 G and a maximum speed of 5,500 ipm for sheet metal fiber laser cutting. The fiber laser resonator can produce 1,000 W to 12,000 W of laser power, with a positioning accuracy of the X/Y-axis of ±0.0004 in./12 in. and X/Y-axis worktable repeatability… Continued

LIA invites Steen award nominations

Laser Institute of America (LIA) is taking applications for the William M. Steen Award for significant developments in laser material processing. To bring focus to the many developments taking place and to promote the development of new ideas, LIA is making awards for the top three ideas of the year as adjudicated by a prize giving panel.… Continued

BLM enhances laser cutters

BLM Group enhanced its LT Fiber EVO and CO2-type LT722D automatic laser cutting systems with Active Tools. These solutions automatically adapt process parameters for results independent of operator experience.  The suite of tools includes Active Tilt, which uses focus head movement to provide fast processing of small features; Active Scan, which eliminates errors induced by… Continued

MC Machinery announces sales rep, dealer


MC Machinery Systems Inc. named Scott Yurashek its South Texas regional sales representative handling laser, automation and press brake products. Yurashek, who is based in Houston, has more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing and printing industry sales. The company also announced that Demmler Machinery Inc. is a dealer for lasers, press brakes and… Continued

Trumpf appoints product manager

Trumpf Inc. named Salay Quaranta 2D TruLaser product manager. Salay has been with the company for five years. Since 2006, she has held notable industry roles with experiences ranging from research and product management to sales strategy and business development for organizations in the United States and abroad. In her new role, Salay will provide… Continued

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