LaserDesk 1.2

Scanlab has introduced the latest version of its LaserDesk program used to create laser marking and material processing jobs. Available immediately, version 1.2 offers new features, including a 'parameter assistant' to optimise all laser and scanner parameters for any processing task. Deeper integration with Scanlab's Scanalign calibration solution ensures marks are positioned on the workpiece exactly. LaserDesk1.2 can be used in normal mode, or remotely – for automated execution of laser jobs – or offline as a pure office version.

Efficient operation of laser systems can be simplified via intuitive software that lets users create marking templates and set up and manage laser material processing tasks. Developed by Scanlab, LaserDesk is tuned to the company's RTC5 control board and high-performance scan systems. Maximum flexibility is achieved, because even during execution of complex jobs, users can select diverse processing sequences immediately.

New remote commands now enable the program's integration into system control as ‘slave’ or as ‘master’, thereby allowing fully automated complex marking operations and dependencies. The new ‘parameter assistant’ greatly simplifies determining and setting key process parameters – for example, laser powers, laser frequencies and scanner delays – for a specific job. Optimal parameter settings can be issued, read or selected via a tiled overview with a pre-defined test structure or customisable elements.

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