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Production Laser Welding Of Gears
Author(s): David Guastaferri
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Paper Abstract

With the greater acceptance of laser technology as a viable alternative to traditional metals joining methods, the need has arisen to integrate lasers into efficient high production systems. This paper will describe one such system which is dedicated to the automated processing and laser welding of automotive transmission gear components. The system features two (2) 6 KW CO2 lasers, robotic part manipulation, vapor degreasers, air cylinder press stations, fully enclosed weld stations incorporating bottom delivery methods, and programmable computer control which allows complete monitoring throughout the entire production cycle. It is the intent of this paper to describe all segments of the system in detail as to design, manufacture, and integration. Concerning this specific application, an overview from initial inquiry through final installation of the manufactured system will be presented and will focus on the laser welding process and parameter development as it relates to the total systems concept and production goals. The paper concludes with a summary of system field performance to date.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 August 1986
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0621, Manufacturing Applications of Lasers, (5 August 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.961144
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David Guastaferri, An Allegheny International Company (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0621:
Manufacturing Applications of Lasers
Peter K. Cheo, Editor(s)

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