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Lasers for welding and their potential in production at GE
Author(s): Marshall G. Jones
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Paper Abstract

Laser technology has been used in manufacturing in industry since the late 1960s. Industry and GE businesses have leverage laser welding for productivity gains, cost savings, and quality. The presentation will high light several laser-based welding applications, old and new. Applications will include the welding of refractory materials (e.g. Mo and Nb) for lighting products; 40 foot long fuel rods are welded with 2 kW fiber lasers for the nuclear business; head-liner welding for the diesel engine for locomotives (14 kW fiber laser replaced CO2 laser); and X-ray components are welded in a two-station 11kW fiber laser (EB welding replaced by laser). The three fiber laser applications were all transitioned into GE businesses during 2011 and it demonstrates the emergence of fiber laser welding being used in GE for manufacturing, processing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 February 2014
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8963, High-Power Laser Materials Processing: Lasers, Beam Delivery, Diagnostics, and Applications III, 89630I (20 February 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2045470
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Marshall G. Jones, GE Global Research (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8963:
High-Power Laser Materials Processing: Lasers, Beam Delivery, Diagnostics, and Applications III
Friedhelm Dorsch, Editor(s)

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