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Second generation laser manufacturing systems
Author(s): Aldo V. La Rocca
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Paper Abstract

Laser processing can show its full capacity in laser multiprocessing systems applications in which the laser is not hindered by the constraints imposed when the laser is inserted in conventional systems without reassessing the overall system design. In these cases the laser process performance up to now was kept at very low levels because conventional systems would not need or accept higher ones. Instead now said performance must be brought to the upper limits inasmuch as the lasers will be the pacesetter for the performance of the new systems freed from all the old design bondage. Hence the importance to get the maximum performance from each process singly and from their combinations. Better understanding and control of the fluidynamic effects becomes mandatory because of their paramount role on process energy efficiency and thus process productivity and more important yet quality, repeatability and transferability. At present one of the dedicated laser multiprocessing systems of greatest interest is the laser cut-weld of which several have made appearance on the market. Next to come are the 'augmented' laser multiprocessing obtained by combining the laser with conventional processes in a manner which takes advantages of unexpected synergies permitted by the laser. In this manner, the system is allowed to outperform, in all aspects from productivity to quality, the already much higher performance of dedicated all laser multi- processing system. One of the most important 'augmented' laser multiprocessing is the cut- bend-weld. It should be clear that these flexible multiprocessing machines tend to grow naturally in multistation cells and their aggregation in isles and complete manufacturing centers; i.e., the first viable realizations of computer integrated manufacturing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1996
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 2713, Fifth International Conference on Industrial Lasers and Laser Applications '95, (1 March 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.234190
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Aldo V. La Rocca, Lara Consultants SRL (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2713:
Fifth International Conference on Industrial Lasers and Laser Applications '95
Vladislav Ya. Panchenko; Vladimir S. Golubev, Editor(s)

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