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Robotic Manipulation For Laser Processing
Author(s): David A Belforte
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Paper Abstract

The versatility of lasers in manufacturing operations is enhanced through robotic manipulation of the laser beam, the workpiece, or a combination of both. This paper presents an evaluation of the current state-of-the-art in laser/robot integration. Commencing with the first simple load/unload systems, through conventional machine tool motion systems, to today's complex flying optics systems, this paper presents advantages and disadvantages of the various manipulations. Current techniques for laser/robot integration are evaluated and examples of installed systems are described. Future developments and prospects for increased system utilization are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 October 1986
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0650, High Power Lasers and Their Industrial Applications, (21 October 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.938108
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David A Belforte, Belforte Associates (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0650:
High Power Lasers and Their Industrial Applications
Dieter Schuoecker, Editor(s)

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