Just how versatile can fibre lasers be? And just what benefits does the technology bring to the manufacturing sector? These are questions worldwide leader SPI Lasers wanted to answer recently, detailing not only the important versatility of the technology but a number of other beneficial aspects.
SPI knows what it’s talking about. The world leader boasting a truly global presence provides a broad spectrum of CW and pulsed lasers for companies ranging in size from sole traders to multinational corporations. The company, whose notable success has seen its solutions bring better reliability, improved productivity and less waste to their clients, says the comparatively small investment in fibre lasers can achieve innumerable advantages. The company has a strong presence in North America and Europe while its solutions can be found in a number of sectors including medical, automotive and electronics. Significantly, all its lasers are designed and then manufactured in one of two manufacturing sites in Rgby and Southampton.
Its redEnergy range is its latest innovation and SPI expects it to significantly aid customer operations which include marking, engraving, thin film removal and colour marking.
They are just four examples, says SPI’s Matt Wallis. Cleaning, ablation, precision cutting, drilling, scribing and micro-machining would also benefit from redEnergy. These pulsed lasers can cater for a range of applications bringing tangible benefit.
For example, in regards to thin film removal, the fibre laser offers optimum performance and is increasingly preferable to historically competent technologies such as mechanical scribing or lithography. Similarly, traditional metal marking might have previously been satisfactorily achieved through such processes as ink based printing, machine marking or chemical etching but a fibre laser provides a superior, more modern alternative.
Certainly, within engraving the use of fibre lasers is on the up as they are suitable for both light and deep engraving types providing absolute precision on almost any material.