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variMODE:
Bringing improvements to Fiber Laser Manufacturing
Flexibility and Productivity.

Fiber Lasers inherently good beam quality at high powers have really opened up new processing opportunities that were only dreamed of with earlier types of solid state lasers. However, recent work has shown that the highest beam quality does not always produce the optimum processing for some applications.

To date most Fiber Lasers sources have used a fixed beam quality, which has meant introducing compromises when using them in a flexible manufacturing environment addressing a number of material types, thicknesses and processes.

We will look at some of the issues raised by this “one size fits all” approach in real world applications, and why these can’t be solved, even using expensive zoom optics focussing heads.
 
Looking at laser cutting of sheet metals we will show how Fiber Lasers with variable Beam Quality are able to increase the quality of laser processing for both the piercing and cutting phases for thick and thin materials.
 
We will introduce variMODE a new feature designed to overcome the limitations of previous lasers and give a more flexible approach to laser processing. Using a novel, all-in-fiber technique the output beam quality and mode profile can be selected in real time to optimise the processing for each application. We look at the advantages of this approach, and why it has potential to improve the overall productivity of Fiber Lasers for Materials Processing, by outperforming traditional fixed beam quality Fiber Lasers.


Duration: 40mins

E-mobility is arguably the key current global technology focus! The drive to move away from fossil fuel engines to electric motors to reduce carbon emissions is on everyone’s agenda. The challenges are great both from a technology and a manufacturing perspective. Significant capacity in both battery and electric motor manufacture needs to be put in place to meet projected growth targets. Fiber lasers are playing an important part in enabling new technical innovation and in providing a tool for cost effective manufacturing.
 
Fiber lasers are pivotal to many of the processes in the manufacturing chain. In the manufacture of batteries that are needed to drive the new generation of electric vehicles fiber lasers are used in the cutting and selective cleaning of battery foils to the welding of the bus bars in the battery packs. In the manufacture of electric motors the cleaning and welding of the electrical hairpins are applications ideally suited to lasers.
 
This webinar explores the relationship between fiber lasers (CW & pulsed), manufacturing applications and the benefits the e-mobility industry can gain from embracing this innovative technology.


Duration: 40mins

Fiber lasers:
The enabling technology for e-mobility applications.