Fiber laser technology
- October 30, 2018
Coherent has introduced CleanWeld technology, an integrated laser welding approach that reduces spatter and improves process consistency.
CleanWeld represents an integrated approach to fiber laser welding that delivers up to 80 per cent spatter reduction, as well as minimal cracking and porosity. In addition to improved process consistency, it allows certain welding processes to be performed with up to 40 per cent less laser power.
The delivery of unique beam intensity profiles, including the new “ARM” fiber laser technology, is just one aspect of Coherent’s CleanWeld approach. Coherent offers process-optimized delivery optics and focusing heads, extensive welding knowledge, and in-house applications development capabilities to help customers achieve laser welding solutions tailored to their requirements.
“While fiber lasers have been used in welding for over a decade, many end users are still seeking to improve part quality, production throughput, and process costs,” says Frank Gäbler, Coherent’s director of product marketing. “Coherent provides an integrated solution that is much more than just the laser itself. This is necessary because there are numerous factors besides the laser that affect the welding process.
“The real goal is to control and maximize the stability of the keyhole and melt pool during the welding process – that’s what produces superior results. But actually accomplishing this can require a variety of techniques that range from changing the intensity distribution of the focused laser spot, to introducing beam motion, to other factors like controlling vapor evacuation. CleanWeld addresses all of these areas, and the benefits of this approach are already being adopted in diverse applications, including zero-gap welding of galvanized steel, automobile powertrain component welding, and aluminum and copper welding for electric car batteries.”