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Bright production

Information technologies like cloud computing and Internet of Things are bringing about big changes in manufacturing. Gemma Church looks at where laser systems will fit into these smart factories

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Making a mark

New regulations on unique device identifiers for medical equipment and implants are being phased in by the US Food and Drug Administration, codes that are best marked with a laser, as Rachel Berkowitz finds out

ENSIS 3015 AJ

The new Amada ENSIS 3015 AJ fibre laser CNC profiling centre is certain to set a new benchmark in the cost-efficient processing of sheet materials.

Just 2 kW of laser output from the integrated ENSIS oscillator is now enough to manufacture mild steel products that in the past could only be manufactured using a 4 kW laser. Needless to say, the resulting savings in energy and running costs are little short of dramatic. In an era when energy is one of the biggest business overheads, the potential impact on the bottom line is considerable.

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By Dave MacLellan, Executive Director, AILU

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Greg Blackman looks at the state of adoption of ultrashort pulse lasers in consumer electronics production

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Rachel Berkowitz explores the wealth of ways that textiles can be cut, engraved, perforated, and patterned with a laser

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Matthew Dale discovers that laser cooling is an undefined art, as thermal management firms turn to adaptable modular systems to meet individual customer demands

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After 29 years as executive director of the Laser Institute of America, Peter Baker has retired from the role. He looks back at a career filled with laser technology