Thin aluminum and copper tubes protect the optical fibers in submarine cables against huge volumes of water. Nexans welds the tubing using a diode laser – with a seam 100,000 meters long!
Helmut König worked at Audi AG in Ingolstadt for an incredible 50 years. Here the master of efficiency and lord of machines talks about the past and the future of automation.
Anyone who wants to turn ultra-high-power lasers from a research topic into a research tool needs pump sources that cause as few headaches as the pump modules found in today’s laser tools.
Imagine the possibilities … an anti-corrosion coating made of graphene no more than four atomic layers thick and that can be realized using industrial solid-state lasers.
Plastic compounds and the laser seem to be made for one another. Marking has become standard, cutting applications are moving forward, and even welding has taken off. New beam sources are driving this development.
“Power of Choice” is the slogan that best describes the numerous new laser beam sources for material processing TRUMPF will be presenting at the LASER World of Photonics 2013.
Tiny and cost-effective laser diodes have been around for 20 years. If we are successful in achieving the beam quality necessary for key industrial applications using diode lasers, everything will change.