Scanlab, an OEM supplier of laser deflection and positioning systems, has introduced two new solutions – the excelliSCAN high-end scan system, and a 5-axis micro-processing subsystem dubbed precSYS.
The excelliSCAN system utilises galvo scanners with ultra-precise digital angle sensors and a completely new SCANahead servo control to deliver significant productivity gains in numerous industrial applications, such as micro-processing. Furthermore, its new mechanical design provides enhanced stability, compactness and optimal heat removal under dynamic load. In addition to the familiar water-cooling option, Scanlab is now offering a system variant with efficient, active air-cooling. This is particularly welcome for machine designs that don't allow water as a coolant.
excelliSCAN will initially be available with a 14-mm aperture - a 10-mm version is planned - and control is provided by the newly developed RTC 6 control board.
According to Scanlab, the new precSYS subsystem delivers a technological leap with maximum flexibility and entirely new possibilities to develop and execute processes superior to typical percussion drilling, spiral drilling and trepanning. The system can, for example, create bore holes with positively/negatively conical or cylindrical walls, as well as round or elliptical entries/exits accompanied by high aspect ratios.
Designed for ultra-short-pulse (USP) lasers, precSYS' bore holes are clean cut and don't require post-processing. The robust scan system is optimised for industrial usage, and its Ethernet interface and connector facilitate straightforward integration into automated production. Applications range from ultra-fine bore holes for fine mechanics or automotive-industry injection nozzles, to electronics-industry micro-structuring and fabrication of textile-industry spinnerets. In conjunction with USP lasers, diverse materials such as glass, hard metals, ceramics and plastics can be processed burr-free and molten-free.
precSYS series production is scheduled for early 2016.