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Nozzle changer for Electra system

Following the successful integration of the nozzle changer on its CO2 laser systems, LVD is extending the option to the Electra, LVD’s high-speed fiber laser cutting system. Featuring storage for 10 nozzles, the option brings greater autonomy, reduces piercing times and increases overall throughput on the machine.

QMmeltpool 3D

Concept Laser has presented a tool for position-related real-time monitoring and three-dimensional visualization. Using in-situ process monitoring systems based on an on-axis system it is possible to obtain information about defects during the build process. The next quality level with QMmeltpool 3D will be available from 2016 onwards for the M1 cusing and M2 cusing machines.

4x1 TrueM2-14 beam combiner

OFS, a designer, manufacturer, and supplier of fibre optic products, has introduced its 4x1 TrueM2-14 beam combiner. The TrueM2 platform enables machine manufacturers to build their own fibre laser source using a modular architecture, and to produce a customised fibre laser based on their specific requirements.

The new 4x1 TrueM2-14 combiner can be mated with up to four TrueMode-kW laser cavity modules, or other compatible modules, and is rated up to 4kW.

ScribaEvo

Laser marking specialist Electrox has launched its latest generation graphical design and laser programming software, ScribaEvo – a specialist solution developed by Electrox’s in-house experts that offers the most intuitive and user-friendly laser marker interface available.

Electrox will be showing ScribaEvo at Autosport at the Birmingham NEC from 8-9 January 2015 for the first time and will also be exhibiting at Southern Manufacturing in Farnborough from 10-12 February 2015.

Watchdog

The new eurolaser analysis tool, Watchdog, are now being delivered to customers.

Watchdog will have a large positive impact on service quality for eurolaser systems. By considering this analysis tool, our customers will always be able to view all the most important functions of their systems. By the remote diagnostics, service calls can be better planned as well as faults can be rectified much faster. This is a large step towards making eurolaser systems even more effective. This process obviously is not completely new, but it is a one of a kind for this market segment.

HELP (Holistic Enhanced Laser Process)

Lasers are used in different ways for processing medical devices. Laser marking machines with integrated vision systems emerged as an effective means of identifying medical components, e.g. for marking UDI compliant codes.

Innovative laser technology has become the preferred solution for marking medical devices as it enables medical device manufacturers to overcome marking challenges.

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