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JDSU, Amada Co-Develop New Fiber Laser

Photonics.com
Aug 2010
MILPITAS, Calif., Aug. 3, 2010 — JDSU announced that it has collaborated with Amada, a manufacturer of machine tools for metal fabrication, to develop a new high-power 4 kilowatt (kW) fiber laser. The fiber laser has been integrated into a new sheet metal cutting system that Amada plans to start selling to the Japanese market in May 2011, followed by a global market introduction the following month. According to Amada, the new system will provide the fastest linear cutting speed available worldwide.

The new 4 kW fiber laser provides the ability to cut materials such as copper, brass, titanium and non-metals that cannot be cut effectively with traditional carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers. Combined with the Amada high-speed linear drive system, thin sheets of stainless steel and aluminum will be cut at a linear speed that is 2.5 to 3 times faster than cutting speeds achieved with traditional CO2-based cutting systems.

Metal processing is one of the largest markets for lasers, with fiber lasers gaining traction in recent years. Industry analyst firm Strategies Unlimited estimates that the laser market for kilowatt materials processing will grow to more than $1 billion by 2013.

Fiber lasers offer several additional benefits over CO2 and solid-state lasers for sheet metal processing applications, including: 

    • Flexible beam delivery via a process fiber 
    • Significantly reduced electrical power consumption 
    • Reduced footprint 
    • Low maintenance costs 
    • Ability to focus the beam effectively from a long working distance

“Amada’s long-standing machine tool design and manufacturing expertise combined with JDSU’s telecom-grade diode and fiber laser technology have enabled us to design a fiber laser that is not only cost effective, but that also provides industry leading performance and reliability,” said Ken Lo, vice president and general manager of Commercial Lasers at JDSU.

“The strong collaboration and complimentary expertise of the teams at Amada and JDSU have been instrumental to developing the new 4 kW laser,” said Naoki Orita, corporate officer and director of the Research Laboratory at Amada.

For more information, visit:  www.jdsu.com 





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