Orlando Florida, November 20, 2018 – Shop Floor Lasers Magazine featured Laser Photonic’s Titan Express as it’s machine of the month for their September/October magazine. Find us on page 59 of their magazine!
The Titan Express mid-size laser cutting machine from Laser Photonics Corp. combines a small footprint with the cut quality and performance of a full-size industrial laser cutter. The mid-size machine is equipped with a high-power, energy-efficient fiber laser and an advanced direct-drive motion control platform – making it good for cutting highly reflective materials such as stainless steel, aluminum, brass and copper.
• The laser cutting system consumes less than 20 percent of the power required by conventional CO2 laser systems and has a third the operating costs of other laser machines.
• Fully software-controlled geometry alignment eliminates the need for special installation requirements and requires no optical system alignment, laser service or laser replacement parts.
• The Direct-drive Motion System (DDMS) technology, a maintenance-free magnetic-based motion platform, is an order of magnitude lower in resistance to any other mechanical motion system.
• Fully sealed encoders permanently eliminate conditions for laser placement errors and material jamming accidents associated with optical encoders that occasionally break or lose location accuracy due to accumulated debris obscuring the optical location functionality.
Orlando, Florida, Nov 09, 2018 – Laser Photonics has been featured in a Thomas Net press release for their cleaning equipment.
Press Release Summary:
The CleanTech Handheld LPC-200CTH Cleaning Tool is suitable for industrial applications such as nuclear power energy holding tanks, injection molds, food processing and cosmetics equipment, power turbine generator components. The product uses multiple sweeping patterns to eliminate unwanted overlapping finishes. It is classified as Class IV laser instrument.
See the full press release here.
How Laser Systems Work
Laser surface cleaning systems work by aiming a powerful high-pulsed laser at a rusted, painted or coated surface. This energy disintegrates existing contaminates and effectively removes them from the substrate. It doesn’t continue to burn away the solid surface underneath because, especially in the infrared, metals reflect light very well. What’s left is a clean and weldable surface.
Why Use Laser Systems Over Other Cleaning and Removal Methods
Selective, precise stripping of layers. Laser, unlike sandblasting, is selective, making it easy to focus on a very small spot or strip with no effect on adjacent materials.
No damage to the substrate. The removal of the degraded or coated layer affects only a few microns and the materials absorb the radiation according to their color, making the action of the laser even more specific.
Elimination of environmental issues. Because the laser cleaning system does not require the use of chemicals or of abrasive materials, there are no grinding fumes to breathe or contaminate the area; and no hazardous chemicals to dispose of.
Faster, more cost-efficient procedure. Laser cleaning systems provide the lowest operating cost of all industrial cleaning methods. Lasers are many times faster than the use of chemicals, lowering labor costs. Large material and disposal costs are eliminated because the laser leaves no waste or debris. Often returns on the investment can be seen in less than a year.
The Problem With Current Laser Cleaning Systems
While there are a variety of systems currently on the market, none are 100% effective in removing rust, paint, and other surface materials that are in difficult to reach areas (figure 1). Most systems use a statically positioned galvo scan head because this approach limits the laser cleaning ability to only the static path of the trajectory beam with an F-theta lens.
As an analogy, imagine the sun and the direction of its rays hitting an object at 12 o’clock noon. The sun’s rays either hit the object directly over the top or depending on the object’s angle from the sun, it will hit the side of the object that is exposed to the sun’s rays thereby leaving the other areas unaffected. Furthermore, other systems aren’t efficient at preventing accidental exposure to excess laser radiation.
The Solution To An Efficient Laser Cleaning Systems
Made in America, the industry leading Laser Photonics’ CleanTech product line is the answer to safely and efficiently removing and cleaning surfaces with impressive results. The industrial-grade Class I systems include the CleanTech Titan Series, ClenTech Laser Tower Systems Desktop, Compact, XP Pro, CM, RT ,Megacenter and from the Hand Held Series comes the CleanTech LPC-50-2Kw-CTH Handheld .
The CleanTech Laser Tower systems are available as a standalone or can easily be integrated into a production line, while the CleanTech Handheld which is a portable unit, making it useful in the field or on the factory floor.
The CleanTech Titan Series Laser Cleaning System is a high power, large format laser parts cleaning, rust removal and surface conditioning system with up to 6′ x12′ working envelope. The CleanTech Titan Series includes the Titan Express, Titan 4’ x 8’, Titan 5’ x 10’ and Titan 6’ x 12’. The industrial, turn-key laser cleaning system operates as a stand alone unit or easily integrated into a production line environment.
The large format allows for applications such as cleaning automotive tire rims, mold cleaning, phalanges for the oil and gas industry, or even sheets for a hull. CleanTech laser systems offer a non-abrasive cleaning system that is safer, easier, and more eco-friendly than traditional methods of surface cleaning. Incorporating proprietary Flexion Technology allows the CleanTech systems to clean materials more quickly and more fully than other systems on the market.
Some of the features and benefits of the CleanTech Titan include a direct drive motion system, high power low energy fiber laser, and industrial-grade reliability with a MTBF of 100,000 hours.
CleanTech is a Class 4 laser as designated by the CDRH and meets the full requirements for a stand-alone laser system as defined by 21 CFR 1040.10 under the Radiation Control for Health and Safety Act of 1968. As an added level of security, a redundantly switched safety interlock system helps prevent accidental exposure to excess laser radiation. Plus, the system is equipped with an electrical power manual reset, a key-locked laser power switch and a remote interlock connector. There is an exhaust outlet for the Fume Extractor, powder coating for industrial durability which provides excellent protection for laser radiation according to CDRH requirements, and a Class 4 operator safe yellow transparent laser rated acrylic viewing port for visualization of lasing processes and easier alignment. Finally, the system has audible and visible emission indicators with five (5) second emission delay settings.
By further expanding our line of laser material processing systems, Laser Photonics creates opportunities for all-sized businesses to take advantage of the most advanced, safe and environmentally-friendly laser cleaning system equipment available.
Laser Photonics, a Fonon Brand, is the industry leader in developing high-tech Fiber and CO2 laser systems. Laser Photonics exclusively specializes in advanced, innovative, latest generation laser systems, processes and technologies. We focus on cutting edge Fiber Laser technology for material processing. We have delivered hundreds of Fiber Laser cutting and engraving machines to countries worldwide. Contact us to learn more about our marking, cutting, engraving, and cleaning systems.
Orlando, Florida, November 11, 2018 – Laser Photonic’s Corporation combats mobility, motion range, and cleaning precision issues in Galvo-Scanhead Systems by using Flexion Technology in it’s cleaning systems.
Galvo-Scanhead System Issues: Mobility, motion ranges, cleaning precision.
Solution: Flexion Technology Systems.
What is Flexion Technology?
Flexion Technology was developed by Laser Photonics as an approach and solution to the hard-to-clean surfaces static mounted Galvo-Scanhead systems have. Flexion technology provides a distinct advantage over other laser cleaning systems on the market. Flexion technology allows a CleanTech system to easily remove rust, paint, anodization, and other surface materials in areas that are typically difficult to reach or have complicated shapes, especially during surface preparation. Most other systems are statically positioned which limits the laser cleaning ability to only the static path of the trajectory beam.
The CleanTech Megacenter with Flexion technology offers a motion control stage that operates in both x and y axis, allowing the ability to move in various directions and clean nested parts under the path of the trajectory beam path. This unique technology allows the laser cleaning process to efficiently affect 100% of all sides of the exposed parts. The Megacenter is available as a standalone or can easily be integrated into a production line.
The figure illustrates how Flexion Technology cleans 100% of all sides of exposed parts.
Benefits of Flexion Technology:
- Flexion Technology offers 3D capabilities along with 6 axis mobility that the stationary mounted galvo-scanhead systems do not.
- Flexion Technology increases the full range of motion for Cleantech products to apply its laser surface cleaning to reach areas that the stationary mounted Galvo-Scanhead systems cannot achieve.
- Flexion Technology coupled along with Infinite Field of View (IFOV) will achieve the most effective and efficient way to prepare surfaces and clean rusted, painted, coated and oxidized surfaces known to man.
Orlando, Florida, October 25, 2018 – Lasers are now producing grill marks on food products for the food processing industry. Laser Photonics has experimented with new applications in using Laser equipment to make grill marks on food products such as precooked chicken, chicken wings, raw chicken, sausages, patties, flatbreads, and even dog treats. The tests proved to be a feasible alternative to traditional methods in creating grill marks on food products.
Companies in the food processing industry are looking to improve methods of creating these marks in replacement to using food systems such as Flame Grill Rollers. Using lasers for this application offers improvements in maintenance costs, taste of the product, and consistency of aesthetic marks made on products.
Laser temperatures can be adjusted to deepen grill marks while width of markings and speed can be adjusted to meet production and efficiency needs. The high laser temperatures grill the product leaving a flavor and mark of naturally grilled products. This method not only improves the taste of the product, but it also improves the appearance, consistency, and evenness of these marks – mimicking those of a real grill finish. Opportunities for customization become available through this method as it can create logos, names, images, and any other designs in a grilled presentation.
An OEM CO2 laser kit was used to experiment with the laser grill markings, seen above, on naan bread and cooked chicken products.
Press Release Summary:
3D laser metal printing has the potential to unlock manufacturing capabilities that combine free-form shapes and intricate lattice structures that improve osseointegration, leading to improved patient outcomes and reduced operating times.
In addition to producing medical devices, model 3DF150 3D metal printer handles challenging and sophisticated parts and components, saves floor space, shows progress real time, and creates high quality materials in a shortened time frame that would otherwise take months to achieve. With metal 3D printing, the need for tooling is eliminated and expands manufacturing to new levels of innovation.
Read the full release here.
Orlando, Florida, September 27, 2018 – Today large companies are moving away from sandblasting, chemical etching, and the use of solvents toward using lasers when it comes to cleaning their products. Laser cleaning reduces production time, increases safety and precision, and is more eco-friendly.
In the past, a company’s options were to use solvents to remove paints and grease, or chemical etching to remove solid composites, such as coatings, and to strip metal from old coating. Physical etching processes are similar to sandblasting where layers are physically bombarded with a stream of abrasive material in order to shape a surface or remove contaminants; a vacuum pump system is then used to remove any resulting material. Laser cleaning is a non-contact/non-abrasive process that can replace the use of chemicals or abrasive cleaning.
Laser Photonics Corporation’s CleanTech™ laser cleaning systems are non-abrasive, safe, eco-friendly, and are an expedient alternative to using chemicals and other harmful and hazardous processes. With lasers, the cleaning process can be conducted remotely, and the laser head can be manipulated by robots, thus avoiding exposing workers to a potentially radioactive area. CleanTech™ systems are powerful and efficient in cleaning components used for painting and coating operations, cleaning surfaces, and removing rust. Contaminants ranging from radioactive elements to paint or dust particles can be effectively removed using these systems. The laser cleaning process can be applied to various materials, including metal, plastics, composites and glass.
Orlando, Florida, September 18, 2018 – Laser Photonics is announcing a release of its new range of industrial cleaning systems. LP laser cleaning systems can be used in multiple applications replacing wet chemical processes, sandblasting, bead blasting, and other hazardous industrial cleaning solutions.
Recent developments in laser technology are rapidly opening the path to the process of the future: laser blasting. The harmful effects of sand and bead blasting have long been known to cause early lung cancer, skin irritations, breathing problems, and vision loss, which in turn can cause a decline in life expectancy in general.
Because of these harmful effects, companies in developed countries have experienced difficulty in finding labor for the quality workmanship that’s needed in industries such as shipbuilding, metal fabrication, marine container fabrication, automotive custom blanks fabrication, or working with ocean rig platforms, underwater exploration vehicles, and military equipment. LP Laser Blasters were developed with the specific goal to eliminate these adverse effects.
High-powered, high-energy lasers eat rust, surface contamination, heavy corrosion, and oil and mold release residue, leaving clean, metal structures ready for welding, painting, or protective coating. Laser blasting is eco-friendly and more cost-efficient than sand and bead blasting. Because lasers operate as a non-contact surface removal application, there is no need for a secondary medium that contributes to waste streams.
With laser blasting, multiple manufacturing processes can be done in the same general manufacturing area. Unlike sand or bead blasting, any particles in the laser blasting areas are evacuated through the hose connected to the dust collectors and fume extractors, leaving a clean and breathable area on the manufacturing floor. LP Laser Blasters are manufactured as handheld and Class 1 Heavy duty industrial, laser systems that allow operators to use them in tight spaced environments and for operations inside manufacturing facilities.
Laser Photonics Corporation, the industry leader in developing high-tech laser systems, announced today that, together with its partners, it is establishing a $1 million promotion budget to help companies enter the modern world of laser cleaning technology by replacing environmentally disastrous cleaning processes and creating better human work space conditions.
Handheld laser cleaners are ideal for removing rust from auto parts and tools, as well as removing contamination and cleaning household items such as kitchenware and garage items, household hardware, utility components and systems, and boat and automobile driving components. Free of abrasion, the laser cleaning process is gentle on all materials and the environment. Contaminants are removed uniformly and without leaving any residue. Immediately after laser cleaning, parts can undergo painting or coating processes.
This promotional sales event is aimed at introducing new and existing laser cleaning technology into day-to-day manufacturing processes. Gaining experience on the use of an entry level–but still powerful–laser system will open the window of opportunity for companies to use 100 times more powerful laser cleaners for heavy-duty industrial applications like shipbuilding, car body manufacturing, power plant decontamination, oil and gas pressure pipe restoration, engine rebuild cleaning, marine corrosion removal, and more.
“We are excited to participate in this product promotion opportunity,” said Laser Photonics Corporation’s COO Wayne Tupuola. “We see it as a chance for business expansion and also to substantially help companies jump-start the replacement of environmentally dangerous cleaning processes with new laser cleaning technology. It will give companies the opportunity to test and feel the efficiency and power of lasers before incorporating them into their manufacturing processes.”
To find out more about business opportunities with Laser Photonics, visit www.laserphotonics.com or call (407) 804-1000. Laser Photonics specializes in developing high-tech Fiber, UltraFast, UV, CO2 and Green laser systems, utilizing advanced and innovative processes and technologies. All laser products are made in the USA; warranties and financing programs are available, along with exceptional customer service.
Orlando, Florida, June 8, 2018 – Laser Photonics Corporation, the industry leader in developing high-tech laser systems, announced today it is establishing an opportunity for individual businesses to specialize in laser cleaning at the household level, using the company’s unique line of laser cleaners. Typically used in industrial applications, these one-of-a-kind laser cleaners can also be used in household applications by trained laser operators.
Handheld laser cleaners are ideal for removing rust from auto parts and tools, as well as removing contamination and cleaning household items such as kitchenware and garage items, household hardware and grout, utility components and systems, boats, automotive rims and weathered components. Free of abrasion, the laser cleaning process is gentle on all materials and the environment. Layers are removed uniformly and without leaving any residue.
“We are excited to participate in this business opportunity,” said Fonon Corporation’s (and equity group behind Laser Photonics) CEO Dmitriy Nikitin. “It’s not only a chance for business expansion, but it may create a brand new local cleaning and decontamination service. In the near future, it is feasible to expect to see paint masters removing old paint from cast steel doors, gates and fences, cleaning barnacles from boat hulls, and even cleaning driveways, roofs, and pool enclosures with specialized laser systems.”
To find out more about business opportunities with Laser Photonics, visit www.laserphotonics.com or call (407) 804-1000. Laser Photonics specializes in developing high-tech Fiber, UltraFast, UV, CO2 and Green laser systems, utilizing advanced and innovative processes and technologies. All laser products are made in the USA; warranties and financing programs are available, along with exceptional customer service.
Orlando, Florida, June 4, 2018 – Laser Photonics Corporation’s laser cutting machines, utilizing advanced cutting technology, have fully-integrated systems that monitor the cutting process and provide users with applicable information. The high quality heads ensure processing with up to 15 kW of laser power and can cut stainless steel up to 40mm (1.5 inches). The process can be utilized on a single or dual shuttle table, and each system is equipped with a solid state laser cutting head and an autofocus sensor, providing unmatched quality for thick metal cutting. These systems are geared toward the ship building, aerospace and defense industries, as well as companies that produce construction equipment, aluminum vehicles, and food processing equipment.
The performance advantage of these laser cutting machines is Direct Drive Motion System (DDMS) technology, a maintenance-free magnetic-based motion platform that is superior to any other mechanical motion system simply because it is an order of magnitude lower in resistance. All other competing technologies require larger, high-power consumption motors to offset higher-resistant motion systems that need routine replacement of parts due to continuous friction based wear and tear.
Another significant technology advantage is the use of fully-sealed encoders that permanently eliminate conditions for laser placement errors and material jamming accidents associated with optical encoders that occasionally break or lose location accuracy due to accumulated debris obscuring the optical location functionality. These machines provide a complete solution for the laser-based cutting of thin, medium, and thick material in different types of metals from highly reflective (copper, brass, aluminum) to steel, stainless steel, titanium, and more.
Orlando, Florida, May 18, 2018 – Laser Photonics Corporation announces the release of its new industrial robotic laser cleaning system. Known as the C-Robot Laser, it is the first commercially available collaborative, easily programmable, artificial intelligence (AI) capable, laser cleaning system made in the U.S.
The technology behind C-Robot programming lets operators with little or no programming experience quickly set up and operate the C-Robot lasers with intuitive, 3D visualization. The robot arm can be moved to desired waypoints, or operators can use the arrow keys on the easy-to-use touchscreen tablet. The C-Robot can also reuse programs for recurrent tasks.
Precise positioning and tight focusing of the laser beam optimizes the cleaning processes with much smaller laser powers. This reduces costs, making the laser cleaner affordable for industrial businesses. The robotic laser cleaner replaces hazardous wet chemical processes and can replace sand, soda, glass bead, and dry ice blasting.
The robotic laser cleaner produces high-quality cleaning results, both in surface integrity parameters and visual appearance, while maintaining high speed and throughput. The C-Robot Laser was tested on a variety of industrial applications and delivered phenomenal results in comparison with manually-operated systems. It can be used in hundreds of applications and industrial processes including rust, paint, and ink removal, industrial and injection molds cleaning, and degreasing and removal of surface contamination before painting.
Using a robotic laser eliminates any concerns regarding human hazard and eye safety. If equipped with the AI module, 3D scanner and visualizer, Vision system, and Class 1 safety shroud or enclosure, the laser is also capable of fulfilling multiple tasks at the same time such as cleaning operator, QC inspector, engineering programmer, and process engineer.
About Laser Photonics
Laser Photonics is the industry leader in developing high-tech Fiber, UltraFast, UV, CO2 and Green laser systems, specializing in advanced and innovative processes and technologies. All systems are made in the USA; warranties and financing programs are available, along with exceptional customer service. For more information about Laser Photonics’ new and affordable CleanTech™ Robotic Laser, visit www.laserphotonics.com or call (407) 804-1000.
Laser Photonics Corporation has created an affordable, high performance, industrial-grade laser, the LPC-50CTH CleanTech™ (Handheld) Laser, a fast, precise, and incredibly productive laser cleaning tool that is ideal for small businesses. It is super compact and designed as an entry level laser cleaning and surface treatment system for small areas requiring delicate cleaning, de-painting and other surface preparation operations. It is classified as a Class IV laser instrument under 21 CFR 1040.10 and can operate as a stand-alone unit with all required safety precautions or as part of an automatic Class I laser system.
Microprocessor controlled, the system is instantly ready when the key is turned on. It has a touch screen that allows the user to choose from five pre-designed cleaning patterns. No computer is needed to operate the system. Its heavy-duty industrial design is based on years of experience building handheld lasers for marking and engraving applications. It is an air-cooled, pulsed laser system, and it can be delivered in a sturdy, shock-resistant Pelican Case to guarantee operation in hush industrial or field environments.
The system is specifically designed for shipbuilding, aerospace, mold injection, automotive, gas, and oil industries. It can be used for mold release cleaning, marine corrosion removal, decontamination, zinc coating removal for welding operations, automotive parts manufacturing, food processing equipment cleaning, sewage treatment, rubber tires, rust removal, aircraft de-painting, coating and paint stripping, degreasing, parts pre-coating, pre-welding treatment operations, welding treatment, and oxide removal.
Laser Photonics is the industry leader in developing high-tech Fiber, UltraFast, UV, CO2 and Green laser systems, specializing in advanced and innovative processes and technologies. All systems are made in the USA; warranties and financing programs are available, along with exceptional customer service. For more information about Laser Photonics’ new and affordable CleanTech™ Laser, visit www.laserphotonics.com or call (407) 804-1000.
Laser Photonics Corporation adds advanced cutting technology from laser material processing specialist Precitec, Inc. to develop its Custom Laser Cutting System by utilizing Precitec’s beam-shaping optics. Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high-powered, focused laser beam, melting the material and leaving an edge with a high-quality surface finish. These machines offer a complete solution for the laser-based cutting of thin, medium, and thick material thicknesses in different types of metals from highly reflective (copper, brass, aluminum) to steel, stainless steel, titanium, and more.
Each custom laser cutter has a fully-integrated system that monitors the cutting process and provides users with relevant information. The high quality heads ensure processing with up to 15 kW of laser power and cut stainless steel up to 40mm (1.5 “). The process can be utilized on a single or dual shuttle table, on cutting systems ranging from 4′ x 8′ to 7′ x 13′ (2m x 4m). Each system is equipped with the Precitec ProCutter Solid State Laser cutting head and Autofocus Sensor, providing unmatched quality for thick metal cutting.
The performance advantage of this laser cutting system is Direct Drive Motion System (DDMS) technology, a maintenance-free magnetic-based motion platform that is superior to any other mechanical motion system simply because it is an order of magnitude lower in resistance. All other competing technologies require larger, high-power consumption motors to offset higher-resistant motion systems that need routine replacement of parts due to continuous friction based wear and tear.
Another significant technology advantage is the use of fully-sealed encoders that permanently eliminate conditions for laser placement errors and material jamming accidents associated with optical encoders that occasionally break or lose location accuracy due to accumulated debris obscuring the optical location functionality.
These laser cutting systems are geared toward companies involved in ship building, military equipment manufacturing, as well as companies that produce construction equipment, aluminum vehicles, kitchenware, copper and brass gaskets, food processing equipment, and materials used in the aerospace and defense industries.
Laser Photonics is the industry leader in developing high-tech Fiber, UltraFast, UV, CO2 and Green laser systems, specializing in advanced and innovative processes and technologies. For more information about Laser Photonics’ Custom Laser Cutting Systems, visit www.laserphotonics.com or call (407) 804-1000.
Precitec, Inc. is the expert in laser material processing and optical measuring technology, manufacturing laser cutting heads from high-quality materials and state-of-the-art technology.
For more information about Precitec, visit www.precitec.us or call
Orlando, Florida, April 24th, 2018 – Laser Photonics Corporation today announced the launch of the Portable (Handheld) CleanTechTM Laser, a new laser cleaning system designed to provide an ultra-fast, safe, simple, and budget-friendly alternative to dangerous and costly chemical or mechanical cleaning.
The Portable CleanTech™ Laser System is a complete industrial-grade, high-precision laser surface cleaning and conditioning system that operates as a portable, manually-operated, standalone unit. The machine removes rust, corrosion, and other surface contamination from metals and composites with minimal effect on the base material, using non-contact, non-abrasive, high-energy laser sources.
The system is suitable for use on the shop floor and in the field, in applications like Marine Equipment corrosion removal, local service area aircraft de-painting, rust removal, cleaning before welding, and surface decontamination. It is designed to clean large parts that won’t fit inside equipment or to replace wet chemical and environmentally dangerous processes, and it can be installed on a robotic arm or inside Class 1 enclosures.
In manual operation, the cleaning head has a dual activation switch and mechanical interlock for safety compliance that is designed to quickly and precisely deflect and position the laser beam. Stable operating conditions as well as long-term stability are provided by pressurized air injection into the optical shroud and particle extraction between the optical and protection shroud layers.
CleanTechTM Laser Systems are manufactured in a variety of laser powers and fully automatic equipment configuration. The systems can be delivered in 50W, 100W, 300W, 1,000W and 2,000W.
Laser Photonics is the industry leader in developing high-tech Fiber, UltraFast, UV, CO2 and Green laser systems, specializing in advanced and innovative processes and technologies. For more information about the Portable CleanTech™ Laser System, visit www.laserphotonics.com or call (407) 804-1000.
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Laser marking, laser engraving and laser cleaning has gone from cool tech to an industry requirement.
The military represents one of the largest and most diverse industries that requires that parts and inventory be marked for tracking, service and safety inspection. Fighter jets and other planes must be de-painted to inspect, service and re-certify parts for continued service. In order to improve marking and cleaning flexibility and processing times, the military has benefited from the use of portable lasers. Items that are too large or located too far away from the depot can now be easily reached and marked as required.
The military uses lasers to mark on weapons, vehicle parts, wearable gear, mechanical parts and is now starting to use lasers to clean, resurface and strip paint.
In addition to standard laser marking machines, the military decided on a portable laser marking and cleaning option. The flexibility, portability and durability of the handheld unit is a key factor in that decision. Other industries like aerospace, fabrication, pipe, automotive, technical, food & beverage have also decided on handheld, portable laser marking and laser cleaning.
The Handheld Series is available as a laser marking and engraving machine called the MarkStar and a laser cleaning machine called CleanTech Handheld. Each Handheld Series comes with models and exclusive technology and options to meet your requirements. Click or Call us (407-804-1000) today to see which Handheld Series is right for you!
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- Laser Engraving & Marking Firearms & Weapons
- Marking & Engraving Automotive Parts
- Laser Marking ID Cards & Mobile Devices
- Jewelry Laser Engraving
- Medical Devices & Implants for FDA Compliance
- Electronics and Industrial Component Marking
- Defense and Aerospace Direct Parts Marking
- Laser Engraving Logos and Brand Marking
- Laser Marking Barcoding and Serial Marking
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February 15, 2018, Orlando, FL — Laser Photonics announces the newest model of the Handheld MarkStarPro. Smaller and lightweight design with all cables enclosed plus the versatility, high performance, and rugged portability of our Handheld Series. The MarkStarPro is designed for a wide range of engraving and marking applications in the field or around the shop. The MarkStar can mark on many materials, sizes and locations where other marking and engraving machines cannot.
- Firearms & Weapons
- Marking & Engraving Automotive Parts
- ID Cards & Mobile Devices
- Jewelry Laser Engraving & Cutting
- Medical Devices & Implants
- Electronics & Sensors/Instruments Industrial Components
- Defense and Aerospace Compliance Marking
- Logos and Branding
- Barcoding and Serial Marking
All Laser Photonics laser machines are proudly designed, manufactured and supported in the USA.
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Opportunity is knocking! The passage of the tax bill in December has created a once in a generation opportunity that has manufacturers across all industries looking to modernize and expand their capabilities. Companies are upgrading from CO2 laser, waterjet and CNC machining to the more versatile, efficient and innovative fiber laser. The new Titan Express fiber laser cutting machine offers the innovation you need in a size and budget that fits your business. Don’t miss your opportunity to compete.
Laser Photonics’ Titan Express features a small footprint on the factory floor, high tech innovation and value to fit your budget. Titan Express has the lightest weight design and the fastest, most accurate cutting on the market.
Are you finally ready to upgrade equipment to increase production and efficiency? Now is the time and the all new Titan Express is the laser cutting equipment you need. Click or Call our laser consultants today and see what laser solution best fits your unique manufacturing needs. 407-477-5619 or Toll Free 844-44LASER
- Saves money—the Titan Express consumes less than 3% of the power required by conventional C02 laser systems
- Cuts highly-reflective metal
- Direct Drive Motion System—the cutting head moves with the highest possible acceleration and smoothness, reducing stress and vibration on the carriage frame and lowering maintenance requirements.
- Integrated laser and cooling system, only requiring a single connection point for electricity, air, and factory water
- Adaptive thick-to-thin beam shaping adjusts dynamically to metal thickness
- Large-format, up to 4’ x 4’
- Maintenance-free, requires no consumables
- Industrial-grade reliability: 100,000 hours MTBF
- Reduced installation costs, no need to pour concrete
- Software-controlled orthogonality, calibrated to the user’s specifications
Adaptive thick-to-thin beam shaping adjusts dynamically to metal thickness
Compliance has its challenges. Firearms manufacturers are working diligently to comply with the various handgun and ammunition marking laws from various states, government agencies and the UN. In order to comply, many manufacturers have to upgrade and overhaul factory lines to include the mandated lasers. Gun manufacturers, such as Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co, are so concerned about the potential costs that they have announced their intent to not sell new semiautomatic handguns in California – and any other state with similar laws. Firearm manufacturers are looking for an economical and proven system to become compliant and reduce the cost burden to firearm consumers.
Laser Photonics has laser marking and engraving systems that satisfy the state, federal and international requirements with the added benefit of reducing the costs of upgrading to a laser marking system. We developed our laser systems to be compatible with existing production, lower costs of operations, easy to operate and offer additional features unique to firearm manufacturers. Our specialized laser engraving and marking systems have proven to be effective in the firearm manufacturing, ammunitions and weapons accessory industries.
Microstamping: Laser Photonics advanced laser technology supports a variety of microstamping applications for firearms, and is particularly effective at microstamping, marking and engraving highly-reflective metal surfaces, including all metals used in firearm construction. When compared to contemporary CO2 laser technology of equal wattage, Laser Photonics’ laser technology is 3X faster when processing steel, 5X to 10X longer lifespan and less than 5% the consumption. Additionally, the Laser Photonics’ laser is maintenance-free and requires no consumables. Laser Photonics microstamping system is a compliance solution for California Law HR 3458 California was the first state to introduce microstamping into law with Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New York and Washington DC to follow. More states throughout the United States are reviewing microstamping and other ballistic marking laws.
Laser Photonics also offers a green laser “cold laser” system that will produce microstamping and provide higher quality mark without damaging the surface material or delicate components.
Engraving and marking: Laser Photonics has many solutions for firearm manufacturers – including Laser marking, engraving, and cutting systems for microstamping, weapons marking and manufacturing. Contact us to see what system is right for your manufacturing needs.
LaserTower Bulletmaster™ is an industrial grade 3D marking and engraving system is designed to create unique ID codes to allow traceability to the individual ammunition purchase. The BulletMaster’s proprietary software is designed to specifically serialize, embed service marks or logos, or UDI/UID barcodes to a large variety of weapon ammunition, such as bullet cartridges, missiles, bomb shells, mines, etc. The BulletMaster complies with the NATO Standard Agreement (STANAG) 2310, 2329, 4090, 4172, and 4383. Watch the video of the Bulletmaster in action.
LaserTower Megacenter™ features latest generation fiber lasers and material processing systems for laser marking, UID marking and deep engraving. It is an advanced, compact, industrial grade fiber laser marking and engraving machine perfectly suited for firearm and ammunition manufacturers.
MarkStarPro™ Handheld Laser Marking System features all the power of our marking and engraving systems in a rugged, portable system. The MarkStar is ideal for marking firearms, munitions and assets that are too large or not feasible to be marked inside a traditional, fixed location laser system.
For more information on ammunition microstamping, see the our blog articles on “Laser Marking for Microstamping and Ballistics Identification” and “Best Practices in Weapons Marking, Etching, and Engraving” or contact Laser Photonics for additional details.
Click or Call our laser consultants today and see what laser solution best fits your unique manufacturing needs. 407-477-5619 or Toll Free 844-44LASER
Application Newsletter: Lasers in Automotive Industry
|Laser use in automotive manufacturing dates back to Ford Motor Co in the mid 70’s. Lasers were used initially for under body welding for an assembly line. Today, lasers are used in nearly every facet of the automotive industry, but there are some processes that are still labor and time intensive that need updating.
We have automotive industry clients who aren’t just looking for a new machine, they are searching for innovative, time reducing and cost saving solutions to bottlenecked, manual processes. It’s not just the big automotive giants, but the parts suppliers too. Recently, part suppliers to Telsa Motors, Ford, Mercedes Benz, and BMW called on our laser expertise to update their manufacturing processes.
Beyond metal cutting and welding, auto manufacturers are upgrading to laser cutting for vehicle sealing, custom luxury seats, interior components, airbags, and perforating fabric. The auto industry is also utilizing CleanTech laser cleaning systems (mold cleaning, part cleaning and surface prep), 3D metal printing and engraving marking (UID marking, barcoding, backlit panels/switches, glass marking, ablation, etching, marking,
In this modern industrial age, there are still delays caused by inefficient and outdated manufacturing processes. Simply outfitting a laser to a gantry arm is not going to fix anything. Partnering with our customers allows us to develop and customize a true, future proof solution that fits their needs and their budgets.
Our goal is to provide manufacturing customers with a faster, safer method of cutting, engraving, marking, and cleaning that can be repeated and operated 24-7. Solutions that will reduce operating cost and generate ROI by fulfilling more orders – faster.
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The ability to easily integrate with existing robots is also particularly attractive to the automotive industry as it allows their capital investment to remain relatively low while providing versatility and redeployment for future needs.
|The CleanTech™ Handheld NCX laser surface cleaning machine is a complete, industrial-grade, high precision portable laser cleaning and surface conditioning system – The first handheld laser featuring IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) connectivity, increased portability, enhanced safety/operating features and made in America. Not everything fits neatly in a box, so the CleanTech Handheld NCX is ruggedly built for remote surface cleaning and preparation.|
|Laser cleaning is a non-contact, environmentally friendly process for removal of surface coating from metals, concrete and delicate substrates such as composites – with minimal impact on the base material. Laser cleaning is applicable in nearly every industry and can be applied to glass, ceramics, metals, concrete, plastics and much more. Laser Photonics’ portable system expands the cleaning from the floor to the field. Laser cleaning and removal can be applied to surfaces of bridges, aircraft, large vehicles, trains, etc – in addition to small parts and sensitive materials.
The CleanTech™ Laser System has a distinct advantage over costly traditional methods, such as chemicals or abrasive blasting systems. These traditional methods typically have a negative environmental impact, hazardous fumes and can wear on the substrate and damage the material. CleanTech™ Laser Systems remove coatings, contaminants and residues with the non-contact, non-abrasive use of high energy laser sources. CleanTech is the most cost effective, efficient and safe method of industrial cleaning, rust removal, paint removal and surface preparation. Utilizing our proprietary technology, CleanTech cleans materials faster and better than other system on the market.
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|CleanTech is also available with Flexion Technology in the large format CleanTech Titan, NEW industrial grade Titan Express, OEM, robotic systems, and turnkey LaserTower CT series featuring CleanTech MegaCenter. Flexion technology provides a distinct advantage over other laser cleaning systems on the market. Flexion technology allows CleanTech to remove rust, paint, anodization, and other surface materials in areas that are typically difficult to reach. Most other systems are statically positioned which limits the laser cleaning ability to only the static path of the trajectory beam. CleanTech systems can be outfitted with a 3D scanner for job slicing and 3D path generating trajectory.
Laser Photonics maintains an applications lab for processing customer samples and assisting with process development. Our applications lab has the latest testing equipment to analyze all of your application needs.
For cleaning applications, we provide the highest quality analysis of each and every mark using our Surface Quality Assessment™ (SQA™) soft¬ware. With our SQA™ software, we have the ability to guarantee and verify the accuracy and quality of our surface treatment.
The Laser Photonics brand is the industry leader in developing high-tech Fiber, UltraFast, UV, CO2 and Green laser systems. Laser Photonics specializes in advanced, innovative, latest generation laser systems, processes and technologies. We have delivered fiber laser cutting and engraving machines to many industries worldwide such as defense, government, aerospace, automotive, biotech, medical, manufacturing, food processing and many more. Contact us to learn more about our laser 3D metal printing (additive manufacturing), laser cutting, laser marking, laser engraving, laser etching, laser cleaning, cold laser marking, and laser deep engraving systems.
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|Do you have heavy equipment or assets in the field that need to be marked? Parts too big for regular marking machines? Don’t bring them in to be marked, take the the MarkStarPro to them! It’s the rugged and remote laser marking solution you need.
The MarkStarPro is a portable-hand-held 3D fiber laser marking system designed to create industrial grade marks, barcodes, QR, logos, UDI/UID barcodes out in the field or around the facility – without having to breakdown parts to fit into a marking machine or using an inferior solution. With MarkStarPro, it’s easy to create permanent, high performance marks – that meet industry and regulatory standards – on virtually any surface.
Laser Photonics exclusively uses only state-of-the-art techniques, components, and technologies to build its highly reliable and effective laser systems. All parts and components are manufactured in the United States, representing the highest reliability and quality.
Laser Photonics’ New Titan Express Fiber Laser Cutting System
Orlando, FL (November 20, 2017) – Laser Photonics Corporation announced the newest member of the Titan Series of large format fiber laser cutting systems, the Titan Express. The innovative fiber laser cutting system gives small to mid-size manufacturing the agility and responsiveness never before seen in a size that fits a smaller facility and a smaller budget.
The Titan Express is equipped with a high-power, energy efficient fiber laser and an advanced direct drive motion control platform. Comparable to other machines, the Titan Express has the lightest weight design and the fastest, most accurate cutting on the market for comparable systems. Titan Express offers ultra low power consumption allowing for the lowest operating costs among all laser types. The Titan’s fully software-controlled geometry alignment eliminates the need for special installation. The system requires no optical system alignment, laser service or laser replacement parts making this system virtually maintenance free. Built for safety and easy operation, Titan Express’ over-sized class 1 laser viewing windows can be opened for easy loading and unloading of materials onto the 4’ x 4’ table.
The Titan Express is ideally suited for industries that are cutting highly reflective metals. Aluminum, stainless steel, mild steel, brass and copper can easily be cut with the 1 kW to 2kW fiber laser with precise and intricate cuts – with a clean edge.
“We developed the Titan Express to give small to medium manufacturers a competitive advantage that was once only available in large, very costly machines.” Said Fonon Technologies CEO, Dr. Dmitriy Nikitin. “Companies can now focus on innovation and production for their customers.”
Laser Photonics and the Titan Express gives the cutting edge technology and competitive edge manufacturers need – today.
About Laser Photonics Corporation
Laser Photonics designs laser-based material processing technologies for advanced industrial manufacturing and manufactures state of the art equipment utilizing our technologies. The company products empower manufacturers in the areas of application-specific 3D metal printing (additive manufacturing), and 2D and 3D laser cutting, marking and engraving applications (subtractive manufacturing). Our products and technologies are used today in every sector of any manufacturing industry from food and beverage to medical, aerospace, military and semiconductor.
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Laser Photonics Introduces the CleanTech™ Titan
Large Format Platform for Surface Cleaning and Preparation
Orlando, Florida, March 22, 2017 – Laser Photonics Corporation today announced the release of CleanTech™ Titan, the latest in their CleanTech product line. Marketed under the Laser Photonics™ brand, the industrial-grade CleanTech laser products are used for surface preparation, paint removal, and surface cleaning. CleanTech Titan is based on Laser Photonics’ large stationary flatbed platform with sizes up to a 6’ x 13’ flatbed.
The large format allows for applications such as cleaning automotive tire rims, mold cleaning, phlanges for the oil and gas industry, or even sheets for a hull. CleanTech laser systems offer a non-abrasive cleaning system that is safer, easier, and more eco-friendly than traditional methods of surface cleaning. Incorporating proprietary Flexion technology allows the CleanTech systems to clean materials more quickly and more fully than other systems on the market.
“Laser Photonics is proud to offer yet another CleanTech system for those who specifically need large format, high throughput equipment.” said Dmitriy Nikitin, CEO of Laser Photonics. “Now we have a complete product line to offer companies anywhere from small machine shops to large global corporations.”
Some of the features and benefits of the CleanTech Titan include a Direct Drive Motion System, an integrated laser and cooling system, and industrial-grade reliability with a MTBF of 100,000 hours.
Included in the product line are the CleanTech Megacenter, also a stationary unit, and the portable CleanTech Handheld which is useful in the field or on the factory floor. Made in the USA, the CleanTech systems operate with full compliance to OSHA, FDA, CDRH conforming to “push a button” laser safety industrial operation. The CleanTech systems offer Class 1 enclosures for the Class 4 lasers. Additionally, CleanTech has an integrated dust and residue collection system and can allow for a 3D scanner option to clean parts with complicated shapes.
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Orlando, Florida, February 20, 2017 – Fonon Corporation (OTC: FNON) today announced the release of Flexion™ technology to be incorporated in the CleanTech™ product line. Marketed under the Laser Photonics™ brand, CleanTech laser products are used for surface preparation, paint removal, and surface cleaning. The newly released CleanTech systems offer a non-abrasive cleaning process that is safer and more eco-friendly.
Flexion technology provides a distinct advantage over other laser cleaning systems on the market. Flexion technology allows CleanTech to remove rust, paint, anodization, and other surface materials in areas that are typically difficult to reach. Most other systems are statically positioned which limits the laser cleaning ability to only the static path of the trajectory beam.
As an analogy, imagine the sun and the direction of its rays hitting an object at 12 o’clock noon. The sun’s rays either hit the object directly over the top or depending on the object’s angle from the sun, it will hit the side of the object that is exposed to the sun’s rays, thereby leaving the other areas unaffected.
The CleanTech Megacenter with Flexion technology offers a motion control stage that operates in both x and y axis, allowing the ability to move in various directions and clean nested parts under the path of the trajectory beam path (Figure 1). This unique technology allows the laser cleaning process to efficiently affect 100% of all sides of the exposed parts. The Megacenter is available as a standalone or can easily be integrated into a production line.
|“Fonon’s Flexion technology opens the door for smaller companies to adopt the most advanced laser technology for modern manufacturing,” said Dmitriy Nikitin, CEO of Fonon. “Unlike other products, which are often simplistic and sometimes not even safe; we have invested the effort, the degree of difficulty, and the vision needed to build our Laser Cleaning Equipment with full compliance to OSHA, FDA, CDRH conforming to Class 1 Laser Safety “Push a Button” Industrial Operation. We are proud that our advanced line of CleanTech products is unmatched in the industry for meeting safety requirements and turnkey operation.”
Dr. Nikitin continued,“We’ve already started booking orders for the first U.S.-based line of industrial laser cleaning equipment and the applications are endless; whether it’s aerospace depainting, marine rust removal, automotive pre-welding ablation, or hi-tech parts cleaning for bonding applications.”
Made in America, Laser Photonics’ CleanTech product line can be used for various applications across a multitude of industries including:
- paint and epoxy removal for items such as aviation parts
- mold cleaning for the rubber and tire industries
- weld preparation
- metal parts cleaning
- anodizing removal
- surface conditioning for better adhesion
- corrosion removal for items such as surgical instruments
- rust removal
Included in the line are the CleanTech Megacenter Stationary Unit; and the portable CleanTech Handheld which is useful in the field or on the factory floor. The CleanTech systems offer Class 1 enclosures for Class 4 lasers. Additionally, CleanTech has an integrated dust and residue collection system and can allow for a 3D scanner option to clean parts with complicated shapes. To learn more, visit https://www.laserphotonics.com/
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CleanTech™ by Laser Photonics: New Laser Systems Clean and Prepare Surfaces Safely and Quickly
Orlando, Florida, January 25, 2017 – Laser Photonics today announced the release of the CleanTech™ product line for surface preparation, paint removal, and surface cleaning. Marketed under the Laser Photonics™ brand, the CleanTech laser systems offer a non-abrasive cleaning process that is safer and more eco-friendly. This is a distinct advantage over costly traditional methods such as chemicals or abrasive blasting systems which also have a negative environmental impact, hazardous fumes, or can wear on the substrate and damage the material.
“CleanTech laser systems remove coatings, contaminants and residues with the use of high energy laser sources and are the most cost-effective and, to a degree, revolutionary method of industrial cleaning and surface preparation,” said Dmitriy Nikitin, CEO of Laser Photonics. “By further expanding our line of laser material processing systems, Laser Photonics creates opportunity not only for the industrial giants, but also for small manufacturers to take advantage of the most advanced industrial-grade Class 1 laser cleaning and surface treatment equipment available – all while ensuring user safety, quality of work, and an enormous improvement in environment and efficiency.”
Included in the line are the CleanTech Stationary Unit which operates as a standalone or can easily be integrated into a production line; and the CleanTech Handheld which is a portable unit, making it useful in the field or on the factory floor. CleanTech has an integrated dust and residue collection system and can allow for a 3D scanner option to clean parts with complicated shapes. To learn more, visit laserphotonics.com
|This part was cleaned with a CleanTech Laser System…To learn more visit laserphotonics.com|
New Facility Announcement | 07/22/2016
We are pleased to announce to its shareholders that we are in the process of relocation to our new corporate facility. After considering a number of sites in the Lake Mary, Florida area, our new facility meets all of our corporate objectives with respect to expanding manufacturing, R&D/Engineering and Application Labs in preparation of accelerating our market penetration into the 3D Metal Printing Systems sector.
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Controversial microstamping identification requirements now achievable via advanced laser marking and engraving systems
LAKE MARY, FL, April 3, 2016 – Laser Photonics today announced application-specific advancements in the controversial area of microstamping, a method of tracing bullet casings and cartridges back to the weapons from which they were fired. The application involves using the advanced laser technology found in Laser Photonics systems to engrave microscopic markings onto the tip of a firing pin or onto the breech face of a firearm; individually-identifiable markings are transferred to the cartridge by the pressure created when a round is fired.
Variants of the controversial law, first signed in 2007 in California by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and currently under consideration in seven other states, mandate that certain types of firearms be fitted with at least two mechanisms inside the internal workings of the gun which imprint microscopic serial numbers onto the cartridge. Under these laws, each serial number must be unique to the gun from which it was fired.
Expenses associated with compliance have proven prohibitive. Citing increased costs of manufacturing, the two largest handgun manufacturers in the U.S., Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co., announced in 2014 their intent to stop selling new semi-automatic handguns in California.
Previous methods for physically creating a reliable microstamp on the highly-reflective metal parts used in firearm construction, including dot peen marking, have proven ineffective, creating microstamps which lose definition and clarity as the weapon is repeatedly fired. Conventional laser marking methods, involving CO2 lasers, are not effective or efficient at marking highly-reflective metal parts.
Laser Photonics advanced laser technology supports a variety of microstamping applications for firearms, and is particularly effective at marking and engraving highly-reflective metal surfaces, including all metals used in firearm construction. When compared to contemporary CO2 laser technology of equal wattage, Fonon laser technology is three times faster when processing steel.
Power consumption by Laser Photonics laser equipment is less than five percent the consumption of a comparable C02 system, and the lifespan of Fonon equipment is rated at a five to ten times longer. Additionally, the Laser Photonics laser is maintenance-free and requires no consumables.
Laser marking, engraving, and cutting systems in the Laser Photonics product family have been selling into the gun manufacturing industry for several years, used to engrave designs, unique identifiers, and inventory numbers on such items as barrels, handles, and hammer pins.
“The Laser Photonics MegaCenter, the Canyon deep engraving system, and several of our specialized systems have proven quite popular in the gun manufacturing and weapons accessory industries,” said Jay Schlegel, vice president of Fonon Corporation. “The microstamping requirement is controversial and potentially costly for firearm manufacturers and consumers, but the capability of our systems to rapidly and accurately engrave highly-reflective metal surfaces will certainly shoulder the burden of satisfying the requirement, and in the long run reduce costs.”
Laser marking, engraving, and cutting systems from Fonon are now available for microstamping and other weapons marking and manufacturing applications.
For more information on ammunition microstamping, see the Fonon blog articles on “Laser Marking for Microstamping and Ballistics Identification,” by following this link, and “Best Practices in Weapons Marking, Etching, and Engraving,” by following this link, or contact Fonon for additional details.
Latest System is Economical & Efficient Compared to Dot Peen or Inkjet Marking
Orlando, FL, March 21, 2016 – Laser Photonics announced an update to the LaserTower Professional CM Series, a line of direct parts marking system with advanced programming capabilities and an integrated rotary axis, providing the ability to perform full circumferential marking of cylindrical items. The LaserTower Professional CM can now processes the widest variety of industrial materials of any laser, including materials made from highly-reflective metals.
Equipped with a removable rotary indexer, the LaserTower Professional CM scribes text, barcodes, 2D codes, custom artwork, and other images or graphics onto curved, arched, or rounded surfaces of a production line component. The system is also designed for marking flat, non-curved objects.
The LaserTower Professional CM provides a fast, simple way to mark, etch, engrave, or ablate the widest possible variety of industrial materials, from plastics, wood, marble, stone, and fabrics to highly-reflective metals such as aluminum, chrome, steel, copper, brass, and titanium. It also works well with composites, acrylics, wood, and fabrics.
As a member of the Laser Photonics product family, the updated system now ships with either a standard CO2 laser for processing organic materials and plastics or a fiber laser for processing most inorganic materials and metals.
The advanced fiber laser option is ideal for marking and engraving highly-reflective metal parts, and allows the LaserTower Professional CM to mark and engrave metal at a speed more than three times that of CO2 lasers of equal wattage. Power consumption by the advanced laser is less than one quarter the consumption of a comparable C02 marking system, and the advanced laser is maintenance-free and requires no consumables.
Industries which process highly-reflective metals, including manufacturers of construction equipment, aluminum vehicles, kitchenware, copper and brass gaskets, food processing equipment of any kind, and materials used in the aerospace and defense industries can now avail of advanced laser marking capabilities.
Currently used for direct parts marking in a wide variety of industries, the LaserTower Professional CM is ideal for marking pipes, baseball bats, tubes, automobile shocks and other parts, metal bars, backlit buttons, and medical devices. The system is capable of marking the most delicate, sensitive components without disrupting the surface finish or changing dimensions, and the resulting mark is not affected by metal finishing processes that may be performed after marking.
The updated system includes a removable rotary motor to mark raster images on cylindrical parts as large as 19” x 19” x 8.” Operators can take advantage of the large chamber size by removing the rotary indexer, and mark flat parts as large as 31” x 19” x 10.” Additional custom sizes are available, and systems can be built to address specialized applications.
“Customer communication and input are two of the driving forces behind innovation at Fonon,” said Ben Eenglish, Chief Marketing Officer of Fonon. “High speed, high quality, and permanent marking solutions continue to replace slower and less-reliable technologies such as dot-pin stamping or inkjet marking. Fonon has developed a value-priced, durable laser processing platform that incorporates high performance and ease of use. We’re proud to introduce such a complete solution to the marketplace. The LaserTower Professional CM is truly a no-compromise solution for our customers.”
May 2016 – Product marking applications are often done using dated equipment, such as pantographs, acid etching or other mechanical methods, including a hammer and punches. These methods are slow and laborious, however. Today, for high-volume marking, lasers have pretty much taken over because of their low cost, high efficiency and ability to do just about any type of marking or etching on many kinds of materials, including metal.
One company that has benefited from laser marking is Gables Engineering, Coral Gables, Fla. It produces aircraft control panels for communication, navigation and audio, along with many specialty items, including cabin smoke detectors and weather radar control panels.
These products require some type of marking, which can include numerals, letters or etched artwork on glass for LCD displays.
Craig Kirsch, manager of mechanical and manufacturing engineering, says that at one time, Gables Engineering used a Gorton pantograph machine, which was like a small milling machine, to put information on front panels. But this equipment had drawbacks, such as being slow and limited as to the types of work it could do.
Gables Engineering was started by Victor Clarke, who made control panels in a small storefront in Coral Gables, Fla., in 1946.
With his thorough knowledge of the aviation industry, the company established an international reputation as a source for reliable, custom-engineered control panels, audio systems and related products for aircraft.
Today, Gables Engineering believes in investing in the best technologies and equipment and has developed many proprietary processes.
Additionally, the company is vertically integrated, offering its customers a rapid design-to-production cycle with optimal control quality and delivery.
Sum of its parts
Gables Engineering uses a turret punch press to produce the various holes in sheet metal for equipment such as digital audio systems and radios in its control panels. For other machined areas, it uses milling and turning centers.
“We buy some electrical components, but we also make switches in house,” says Kirsch. “When you’re looking at an aircraft control panel’s faceplate, there’s anywhere from 4 to 8 in. of electronics behind it that are also part of the unit. We make the unit electronics behind it and the faceplate, [which] would generally be a clear piece of acrylic plastic that’s painted white then painted again, either black or gray, over the white. We laser engrave the nomenclature or artwork through the colored paint to the white on the front panel.”
A cockpit display’s basic framework is 1/16-in.-thick coated aluminum (to prevent oxidation) for the front and a piece of painted clear plastic laminate for the faceplate with a 1/32 -in.-thick aluminum cover wrapped around everything.
Kirsch says there might be four 1/4-in. square posts attached at the four corners for the framework of the unit. This gives the control panel a depth of anywhere from 2 in. to 8 in.
“You have a faceplate, a back plate and an aluminum cover that wraps around the sides and top to contain it all,” he says. “We use a lot of aluminum in the basic structure, and then of course you have the electronics and PC boards inside, behind the control panel. But some of the newer front panels are cut out of aluminum plate. Control panels can be made either way.”
Building a panel
Kirsch says that after a control panel has been approved for a particular design for an aircraft, it will have to go through a certification process to make sure it meets all Federal Aviation Administration requirements, along with those of the mainframe manufacturer, such as Boeing or Cessna.
This usually means the panel must meet everything from shock to vibration to flammability requirements, as well as be able to operate properly under all these conditions.
Once the design is approved, the production programs are sent to the various manufacturing areas to produce the parts and make the assemblies. Gables Engineering will build a one-off order or produce hundreds of panels.
Marking faster and easier
After it moved away from the Gorton pantograph, Gables Engineering bought YAG lasers for marking. But Kirsch says this equipment had a great deal of maintenance issues.
“About 15 years ago, we went to a YAG laser that was a lot quicker than the pantograph and did a better job,” he says. “But later we found ourselves spending [thousands of dollars] per year to keep them running. The maintenance costs were getting a little out of hand.”
Gables Engineering was also using a laser from Laser Photonics, Lake Mary, Fla., for its LCD control panel manufacturing.
“Using their laser, we were scribing lines on the glass where it would be snapped apart,” says Kirsch. “Then when their fiber lasers came out, Laser Photonics offered us a unique solution to our marking problems.”
Over several years, Gables Engineering bought two Fibersource XPs from Laser Photonics to mark front panels and two Fibersource XP Pluses to do the artwork on coated glass used to make LCD panels. “We bought one about four years ago, and then a year later, we were so happy with it that we purchased another one,” says Kirsch. “Then, two years later, we bought two more. Not only are they meeting our expectations as far as no maintenance costs, but for the type of work we do, they are giving us a nicer surface when cutting into white paint. The fiber laser gives us a beautiful flat white surface without any etch marks. So we are actually happier with the outcome of the process that it produces.”
Kirsch also says these systems are pretty compact–the base is about 3 ft. by 3 ft., and it stands about 5 ft. tall. In a room that had one YAG laser, Gables Engineering can now fit two fiber lasers.
“We don’t have an X- and Y-axis on our table on our front panel marking lasers, so both the part and the lens are fixed in one area,” he says. “If we had an X- and Y-axis, we would have a larger working area because we could move the part around underneath the lens. Or we could use a different-sized lens with the same laser to get a larger working area. This really works out for us because most of our control panels fall within the laser’s 7-in.-by-7-in. working area.”
Kirsch also says fiber lasers are noted for their tremendous uptime and require little maintenance to keep them running.
“[Laser Photonics’] equipment has worked out very well for us, and we have developed a valuable relationship with the company,” says Kirsch.
Gables Engineering Inc.
Coral Gables, Fla
Lake Mary, Fla.
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Did you know that just in the past five years, technology used in industrial lasers for material processing has changed? With improvements in hardware and software controls for laser equipment, it may be time for you to evaluate an upgrade to your laser systems.
As an innovative leader in manufacturing laser material processing equipment for marking, cutting and engraving applications, we strive to use the latest technology for laser systems. Our laser equipment products today are among the latest generation of industrial laser solutions.
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