Coherent debuts fiber technology

Coherent Inc.’s HighLight FL4000CSM-ARM fiber laser enables advanced welding capabilities for high thermal conductivity metals. The laser overcomes limitations such as unstable welds due to welding head wear and a large heat-affected zone caused by ultrasonic or standard fiber laser welding. With the dual beam output (center beam surrounded by a ring beam), the center… Continued

IMTS cancelled for 2020

IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show cancelled IMTS 2020, with a full commitment to returning to McCormick Place in Chicago for September 12-17, 2022. Instead, IMTS will offer two comprehensive digital programs, IMTS Network and IMTS Spark, over the next several months to assist exhibitors and the manufacturing community. The IMTS Network will live… Continued

Bystronic appoints applications manager for U.S. operations

  Bystronic appoints applications manager for U.S. operations Bystronic Inc. named Dan Cortez applications manager. Cortez has almost 20 years of diverse industry experience in various roles including his most recent position as application manager of a competitive laser machine and automation equipment manufacturer. His expertise with CNC laser machinery, automation, engineering, production, training, software… Continued

LVD Strippit introduces automation systems for lasers

LVD Strippit released MOVit, a comprehensive range of automation systems including new TAS (Tower Automation System) and WAS (Warehouse Automation System) options for Phoenix and Electra laser cutting machines. The systems offer the option for unloading directly on the cutting machines. Cut sheets are unloaded on a third table where parts can be sorted and… Continued

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

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