New generation of laser welding from Panasonic
Published: 15 February 2018 - Sarah Mead
Panasonic brings a laser welding system for plastics to the market with the VL W1 series. Panasonic fiber lasers fulfill the requirements for the new generation of laser welding, revolutionising the welding of plastic components.
The requirements in the plastic industry are high: While manufacturing and production must proceed faster and faster, products are becoming ever more complex. All products should be marked for identification to ensure product quality and to allow for tracing in case of consequential damage.
Panasonic laser marking systems are already firmly established in the market due to their outstanding quality and exclusive services. One unique selling point is MOFPA fiber laser technology, which has a proven track record for identification marking of plastic components. This expertise and many years of experience have been incorporated into the development of the new VL-W1 laser welding system.
Fiber laser technology offers what is currently the most energy-efficient and cost-effective system for laser processing of plastic parts, as this laser can operate with practically no maintenance.
Competence in laser welding of plastics
Laser welding of plastics offers decisive advantages compared to conventional bonding technology (ultrasonic welding, gluing, etc.). Laser welding is a clean and precise process in which the plastic components can be joined without visible welding seams. Joining by means of laser energy does not leave any adhesive residue and also produces no wear particles, which can lead to problems on the finished component later on. The process energy required for bonding can also be introduced selectively and with only slight pressure on the bonding surface for laser-welded components in comparison to other methods. That not only ensures stress-free joining of components with very little warping, but is also extremely energy-efficient. Laser welding can be adapted very flexibly to the components being welded thanks to the laser systems of the VL-W1 series.
The individual process steps can be monitored and documented completely and are therefore useful for quality control.
The new VL-W1 laser welding system offers many more highlights to make the welding process easier. For further information visit www.laser.panasonic.eu.
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