A great deal of practice and forward-looking technology point FANUC to “Schweißen & Schneiden” [Welding & Cutting] in Düsseldorf 2017 (Hall 13, Stand B31). The selection of robot cells for different welding applications, the presentation of combinations of fibre lasers and robots as well as the introductory package for welding training demonstrate practical relevance and technological expertise.
The laser and laser system manufacturer TRUMPF recently showcased the latest generation of its TruDisk disk laser at the Laser – World of Photonics trade fair in Shanghai. As the most advanced high-power solid state laser on the market, this new generation of disk lasers boasts built-in intelligence, offering optimum hardware features for a digitalized future and Industry 4.0. The ability to carry out condition and trend analyses – also known as condition monitoring and predictive maintenance – is a basic prerequisite for successfully implementing lasers in digitalized and connected manufacturing environments.
Ultrafast lasers have introduced new possibilities in engraving ultrafine structures, and scientists are now also investigating how to use them to etch microstructures into thin glass. There are possible applications in analytics (lab on a chip) and especially in electronics and the consumer sector, where great interest has been shown.