EWI has been instrumental in the development of BeamWatch and they understand the benefits of having a solution that measures multi-kilowatt lasers in real-time (and having data that they have never had before). They also are excited to have an alternative laser measurement solution that is manufactured and serviced in the United States. EWI presented some findings about their applications and product development at the ALAW conference.
During their applications work with multi-kilowatt fiber and diode lasers, and during the development of their own processing head, EWI used BeamWatch to determine laser behaviors between the two different laser technologies and to help develop the HPRFO remote welding head. Figure 1 shows a comparison of focused spot location over several seconds of a 10 kW fiber laser between their HPRFO processing head and a typical commercial head.