SPI Lasers, based in Southampton, UK, has ceased production of its lamp-pumped Nd:YAG lasers with immediate effect. The company, a subsidiary of Trumpf, will now concentrate on its fibre laser products. There will be a transition of its remaining pulsed lamp-pumped solid-state laser (LPSSL) products to Trumpf.
The announcement follows the trend for increased use of fibre laser technology in manufacturing. SPI Lasers stated: ‘The total market size for LPSSL’s continues to decline, with alternative, more efficient and lower operating cost technologies and products available.’
In 2004, SPI Lasers launched its first CW fibre laser, which was followed in 2006 by its first pulsed fibre laser. The company also bought JK Lasers earlier this year for its high-power fibre laser technology. SPI Lasers stated that it has ‘continued to increased both the power and peak performance of its fibre lasers to the point where many LPSSL applications can be addressed’.
Existing purchase orders from customers will be fulfilled and supported, and SPI Lasers will continue to offer a minimum of a seven year, non-warranty, spare parts, service, and repair policy for all LPSS laser systems from the date of purchase.