SmartTechniques™

Introducing SmartTechniques™

Work smarter, not harder – with LASERDYNE®.

With LASERDYNE SmartTechniques you can be confident that your laser processes are more productive, yield higher quality, and are more robust. Advanced, integrated control of all laser, motion, and process sensors along with unique processing techniques provide LASERDYNE users with ground-breaking results. 

The LASERDYNE Laser Process Control (LPC) controls the laser and other systems components with precision and speed not possible using general purpose CNCs. Features such as SmartPierce™ and SmartWeld™ are examples of capability derived from this control.

SmartTechniques™ also includes capabilities developed through a close working relationship between Prima Power Laserdyne Applications Engineers and design Engineers. See the results for yourself. Request a demonstration today.

SmartPierce™

Intelligent Start to Cutting and Drilling™

Description

  • Advanced control of piercing in laser cutting and drilling.

Impact on Productivity

  • Faster pierce – reduction in pierce time increases with thickness.
  • Pierce on the cut profile – no large pierce point.
  • Reduce or eliminate post processing of cut and drilled parts.

Impact on Quality

  • Little to no debris on the surface.
  • Reduced distortion of thin metal parts.
  • Less heating of the part by drilling spatter.

Impact on Capability

  • Enables cutting closely spaced features in thin metals that are prone to distortion with traditional laser processes.
  • Fast gas changeover allows use of different assist gas for piercing and cutting reducing cycle time.

SmartRamp™

Weld Profile Control™

Description

  • Precise control of the laser process to prevent defects at the start and end of a weld.

Impact on Productivity

  • Minimizes post process inspection that is triggered by weld endpoint appearance.
  • Minimizes or eliminates need for manual rework at the end of the weld.

Impact on Quality

  • Eliminates the top bead undercut/underfill which can be a stress riser (fatigue applications) or crevice (corrosion applications).
  • Improves cosmetic appearance of the weld.
  • Increases reliability of hermetically sealed welds.

Impact on Capability

  • Allows laser welding to be used for applications which cannot tolerate any weld underfill or undercut.

SmartSense™

Precision Optical Feature Finding™

Description

  • LASERDYNE S94P software and OFC2 ABSOLUTE™ for locating the actual position of reference features, such as edges, corners, and holes.

Impact on Productivity

  • Faster and simpler than manual and semi-automated techniques – fully integrated hardware and software solution allows for automated feature finding processes.
  • Compared to other methods, OFC2 ABSOLUTE™ provides high accuracy sensing and measurement with a much greater standoff distance, allowing high speed moves to be used with confidence.

Impact on Quality

  • Improves the positioning precision of laser processed features on precise and imprecise parts.

Impact on Capability

  • Enables laser processing to be used with lower cost, less precise parts and tooling.
  • Applicable for all processes, including cutting, welding, and drilling.

SmartPerf™

On-the-Fly Drilling of Linear and Cylindrical Patterns

Description

  • Software tool that programs simple to complex patterns of holes in linear and cylindrical paths.
  • Higher quality holes, both in terms of metallurgy and geometry, with the benefits of reduced cycle time from on-the-fly drilling.

Impact on Productivity

  • Higher throughput from on-the-fly drilling by eliminating acceleration and deceleration at each hole location.

Impact on Quality

  • Reduces heat input to the work piece.
  • Reduces delamination of thermal barrier and other coatings on metal components.
  • Can be combined with SmartPierce™ for increased effectiveness in difficult applications – less debris, less heating, less distortion.

Impact on Capability

  • Expands the range of applications for which laser drilling is economical. Applications include filters, noise abatement panels, and spinnerets for synthetic fibers. Also useful for texturing.

SmartShield™

Laser Weld and Focusing Optics Protection™

Description

  • Nozzle assembly with crossjet to protect the lens coverslide using clean, compressed air while supplying shield gas to protect the weld from oxidation.
  • No intermixing of the gases.

Impact on Productivity

  • Extends life of the protective cover slide.
  • Reduces operating cost by using compressed air for cover slide protection, reserving the shield gas for weld protection.

Impact on Quality

  • Improves gas shielding during welding by eliminating mixing of compressed air and shield gas that generally occurs with other welding heads.

Impact on Capability

  • Allows welding of materials typically difficult to shield.
  • Allows use of various weld shielding devices.

SmartStop™

Laser Drilling Control™

Description

  • Control of laser drilling to quickly modify laser parameters once a hole has been initiated; minimizes or eliminates damage to any surface behind the one being drilled.

Impact on Productivity

  • Extends the life of backing material such as Teflon® or copper.
  • Minimizes time for changing the backing material.

Impact on Quality

  • Reduces or eliminates damage to the adjacent surface (back wall) – may still require the use of backing material.

Impact on Capability

  • Allows applications where backwall damage is not acceptable.