The high technology company TRUMPF will be presenting tomorrow’s laser technology at the LASER – World of Photonics trade fair in Munich from June 26 to 29, 2017. Innovative beam guidance concepts revolutionize micromachining with ultrashort pulse lasers – New diode laser technology drastically cuts power consumption – High-energy laser amplifiers make electron movements at microscopic level visible.
Klaus Löffler, Managing Director and Head of Sales at TRUMPF Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH, is extremely happy to announce that “for us, this will be a trade fair of superlatives. We can hardly wait for the show to begin. We want to show visitors to Munich our vision for the future of laser technology, including which technologies are becoming increasingly important, and the advantages for industrial and scientific applications.”
Revolution in ultrashort pulse lasers
A new beam guidance concept for ultrashort pulse lasers is taking center stage. In Munich, TRUMPF will present a technology study that has the potential to revolutionize laser material processing with ultrashort pulse lasers. At the moment, it is technologically impossible to simply send ultrashort laser pulses down a flexible glass fiber to the workpiece – the laser pulse is so intense that it destroys the glass fiber. However, TRUMPF has a new concept that gets around this problem and enables new ways to flexibly integrate lasers into machines and facilities. The company will explain and demonstrate how the concept works in more detail at LASER in Munich. “This is a real game-changer,” Löffler says. “Some 30 years ago, the first laser light cable suitable for industrial use proved the breakthrough for solid-state lasers; our new beam guidance concept promises to do the same for ultrashort pulse lasers today.” The first laser light cable suitable for industrial user was introduced by HAAS-LASER (now TRUMPF Laser) in Schramberg.
For industry and science
New diode laser technology is another innovative highlight. With it, TRUMPF is laying the foundations for “green production” in industrial manufacturing. In Munich, the laser pioneer will present a diode laser that is not only suitable for conventional applications such as soldering, hardening and laser deposition welding, but can also handle industrial applications that require signficantly higher beam quality. A clear advantage of diode laser technology is its high efficiency, which makes diode lasers extremely energy efficient.
The TRUMPF Dira product range, specially designed for applications in the research sector, will also be on display in Munich. These laser amplifiers deliver high-energy picosecond pulses combined with high repetition rates; for instance, to pump optical parametric amplifiers. Amplifiers like these open up the possibility of generating femtosecond pulses with just a few oscillations of the electric field, generally referred to as “few-cycle pulses.” These can then be used by scientists to produce attosecond pulses with which to investigate the highly dynamic movements of electrons at the molecular level. This gives scientists working on basic research new knowledge that they can apply in medicine, biology and chemistry.
From the future to the present
In addition to these pioneering technologies, TRUMPF will present visitors to the trade fair in Munich on his 600 square meters booth numerous world premieres and innovations that are either already in use in production facilities or about to be launched on the market. The second TruDisk model from the new disk laser generation that was introduced only a few weeks ago will have its world premiere, as will a completely new range of marker laser products. Once again TruConnect, the TRUMPF technology for connected manufacturing and Industry 4.0, will also be very much in evidence. The focus here will be on condition-based services for future condition and trend analyses in connected laser networks.