Laser light and the automotive industry are closely tight together. On the one hand, high-powered laser-based manufacturing plays a key role in the automotive industry. When considering laser applications such as welding, cutting, brazing, marking or cleaning – understanding and ensuring the quality of the laser beam is the first step towards high product quality and sustainable processes. On the other hand, relatively lower-powered LiDAR products are gaining more and more importance. Understanding how the laser light is behaving when projected into a space is crucial to the product's accuracy and long-term success. Ensuring the laser beam quality is essential in both kinds of applications.
When using multi-kilowatt lasers in the production environment, even slight deviations in the location of the focal point or minor variance of laser power exert a massive effect on the entire processes. Because of this, measuring the laser parameters is not only important when a laser system is developed or produced, it is equally as important once the system is deployed for production. Ideally, the laser beam is monitored continuously during the manufacturing processes. And even if the production of bad parts gets traced back to a laser-based manufacturing machine, it is essential to know what happened with the beam.
Due to the tremendous progress in autonomous driving there are new and different laser applications gaining importance: High power VCSELs are used in LiDAR systems, low power VCSELs for proximity sensors or face and gesture recognition. Finding the right measurement device is the first step to ensure quality and sustainability of the process and the safety of the users.
High power laser application has significantly increased in recent years due to new production techniques that enable cheaper manufacturing and operating costs. Applications of high-power lasers that seemed exotic a few years ago are now considered routine in material processing and micromachining. Read more >
As production supply chains become ever more complex, turnaround times for vendor parts become increasingly shorter for manufacturers. And nobody with a just-in-time production line can afford quality problems with individual components! Read more >
High power laser systems are making their way into more and more industrial applications. From cutting steel, to drilling via holes in silicon, to marking plastic, a whole range of processes now make use of the laser to produce results not previously practical. Read more >
High-power industrial lasers are valuable tools in material processing. Maintaining them at peak performance and optimizing the processes for which they are used will maximize throughput and minimize downtime. Periodic measurement and longterm monitoring of key laser variables, including laser output power, focused spot size, and focus spot temporal location provide the data you need to increase accuracy and optimize your process. Read more >
Ophir water cooled sensors are designed to measure high powers in a relatively compact package. In order for the sensor to operate properly, the water flow rate, temperature and temperature stability have to be in the right range. For best performance of the sensor, the water flow rate should be the recommended rate. Read more >
There is little debate about how Additive Manufacturing is adding benefits and changing the face of manufacturing in our modern age. Additive Manufacturing allows for the manufacturing of more customized parts, using more specialized materials, and will eventually create a more localized, rapid, and agile distribution network than what have been used to. Read more >
Aligning an invisible laser beam with a visible pointer beam may sound simple but to do it right with everything lined up is not so obvious. Here is how it is done: Read more >
Measuring the performance of a laser has possible for a number of years and is accomplished with a variety of techniques. These electronic laser measurement solutions give the laser user more relevant, time-based data that shows trends in laser performance rather than single data points. While these solutions have provided laser users with the ability to present data in a simple and easy to understand manner, the application of the data still seems to be unclear to many laser users. Read more >