Fibre laser expert IPG Photonics has signed an agreement to acquire laser system manufacturer Innovative Laser Technologies for $40 million
The increasing traction of fibre lasers replacing conventional lasers in materials processing has led to IPG and Coherent’s latest quarterly revenues being higher than expected, both firms have reported
IPG Photonics has reported annual sales exceeding $1 billion in 2016, an increase of 12 per cent year-over-year
Building large structures like ship hulls or railcars lends itself to hybrid welding, a combination of laser and arc welding. Gemma Church explores the technique
IPG Photonics has launched a wide portfolio of fibre laser products at Photonics West, including: the ECO family of kilowatt-class ytterbium fibre lasers with a wall-plug efficiency exceeding 40 per cent and an estimated operation time between service and intervention of five years; the Mega Pulse line of nanosecond fibre lasers with energy per pulse up to 100mJ and an average power up to 5kW; and a family of single-mode green fibre lasers providing up to 500W average power in CW and QCW modes with a wall-plug efficiency of more than 15 per cent.
Matthew Dale discovers that laser welding is enabling battery manufacturers to address the growing demands of the electro-mobility industry
Gemma Church finds jewellers are turning to lasers for repairing and engraving precious metals
Greg Blackman investigates the art of laser system design and integration