II-VI opens new applications laboratory in China

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II-VI's RLSK remote laser processing heads have integrated vision systems that enable welds with exceptional precision. (Image: II-VI)

II-VI Incorporated has opened a new applications laboratory in Suzhou, China, to support the growing industrial laser market in the region.

With automotive manufacturers now retooling their production lines for the unique welding requirements of electric vehicles and their batteries, close collaboration between industrial laser specialists and automotive manufacturers is essential to explore the full range of capabilities afforded by the latest advances in industrial laser technology.

The new applications laboratory will therefore provide close customer support on laser materials processing, including practical hands-on training, in-depth applications consulting, and detailed feasibility studies.

‘In our new applications laboratory in Suzhou, customers can directly experience our high-performing and intelligent laser processing heads,’ said Dr Karlheinz Gulden, senior vice president of the laser devices and systems business unit. ‘This product application facility, together with our labs in Berlin, Germany, and Detroit, US, enhances our global ability to demonstrate manufacturing feasibility and develop optimised processes for our customers.’

II-VI offers a broad portfolio of laser processing heads with vision systems for one-, two-, and three-dimensional processing applications such as terminal welding of batteries for electric vehicles. The firm also offers turnkey laser solutions for cutting, drilling, and micromachining superhard materials such as polycrystalline and single-crystal diamond, as well as hard ceramics.

Such solutions will be exhibited virtually at the upcoming Industrial Laser Applications Symposium (ILAS) on March 24-25.

II-VI is currently in a bidding war with Lumentum to acquire laser manufacturer Coherent, the latest update of which you can find here.

Related: II-VI and Coherent collaborate to develop turnkey automotive welding solutions

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