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FABTECH® 2021:What You Have Missed

FABTECH® 2021:What You Have Missed

FABTECH® 2021 event came to a close at Chicago, McCormick Place yesterday, after its three-day large-scale held event.

By Ashwini Balan, Eastern Trade Media

FABTECH® is the premier event for the metal fabricating industry since its debut in 1981 and today, it has grown to become North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing product innovations and developments. FABTECH®’s comprehensive offerings such as world-class exhibits, educational sessions, industry experts, and influential keynote speakers certainly has made the yearly event a convenient “one stop shop” venue for keen individuals to find the tools to improve productivity, increase profits and discover new solutions to all of your metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing needs.

This year, FABTECH® organisers have taken into consideration the covid-19 pandemic situation and have committed to ensuring health and safety were a priority of the event. Despite additional guidelines and procedures incorporated into the event to ensure a safe environment for everyone present, the event never failed to conclude with a roaring success. The event saw about 959 exhibitors listed encompassing three halls at McCormick Place with featured technologies ranging from Additive Manufacturing, Resistance Welding to lasers and Stamping. 

Since there were tons of amazing exhibits, keynote speakers, panel discussions, ted-talks and many more, I have highlighted some that I think might be of interest to you.

Exhibitors list Index: 959 

FABx Tech Talks

Multi-Day Special Event – 3D/Additive Manufacturing Showcase

Educational Conferences

Thank you to the sponsors of the event that made it possible: 

Amada America, Inc., Trumpf, Sage, Mazak Optonics, Modula, Salvagnini America inc., Alternative Parts Inc, Unified Purchasing Group, FANUC American Corporation.

Future FABTECH® Expos dates are now available on their official website.
Head on down now to be part of the upcoming FABTECH® Expos!

References of Content:

  1. Official FABTECH Website
  2. History of FABTECH
  3. Speakers of event have been credited accordingly.
  4. The list of exhibits, tech talks, event showcases in this article is not exhaustive of the original list.

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Aurecon To Design A Shared Facility In Singapore To Support Offshore Module And Equipment Fabrication Activities

Aurecon To Design A Shared Facility In Singapore To Support Offshore Module And Equipment Fabrication Activities

Singapore is a regional hub for offshore and marine companies which require state-of-the-art marine facilities. To further strengthen their offshore and marine-leading position, JTC Corporation intends to construct the Offshore Marine Centre 2 along Singapore’s Tuas Western Coast. Aurecon has been appointed to conduct the feasibility study and conceptual layout design for the shared facility that will support offshore module and equipment fabrication, as well as associated activities. These include:

  • construction and assembly of topside modules and offshore structures
  • manufacture of oilfield equipment such as wellheads, manifolds and pipelines
  • fabrication of mooring equipment like anchors and winches
  • rig conversion, modification or maintenance, repair and overhaul activities
  • fabrication of offshore renewable energy structures
  • offshore project logistics

Offshore Marine Centre 2 will complement the existing Offshore Marine Centre with higher specifications, including heavier floor loading and a deeper draft, to support the fabrication and assembly of larger offshore modules and equipment.

Aurecon has applied its engineering skills to Offshore Marine Centre 2 so that it can accommodate larger vessels and integration-type activities for more complex and heavier topside process modules The challenge in the conceptual layout design stage was balancing the industry demand with the engineering design and financial investment. It’s important that Offshore Marine Centre 2 is a competitive, relevant and accessible facility so its clients can access the waterfront infrastructure well into the future.

The waterfront infrastructure will be a heavy-duty platform to accommodate the vessels of offshore and marine companies in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner. With a site size of approximately 7.5 hectares, Aurecon explored, planned and developed conceptual layouts to maximise the placement of facilities within the project site.

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LVD Launches Virtual Tech Summit For Metal Fabricators

LVD Launches Virtual Tech Summit For Metal Fabricators

LVD introduces its Virtual Tech Summit webinars for metal fabricators. The Virtual Tech Summit provides a platform for LVD technology experts, sheet metalworking companies, technology users and industry professionals to connect in a live, interactive, online setting to learn about the latest technologies, share experiences, discuss trends and solutions. The first Virtual Tech Summit will launch in June 2020 for sheet metalworking companies in The Netherlands and Belgium. Virtual Tech Summits in other regions will follow shortly thereafter.

The Virtual Tech Summit is an educational event and is offered at no cost. For more information, contact LVD at [email protected].

Making a Difference: Metalworking Companies Help the World Fight COVID-19

Every day, manufacturing impacts our lives and our world economy. In these unprecedented times, in the face of a global pandemic, manufacturing is as critical as ever. Sheet metal fabricators around the world – OEMs and subcontractors, firms large and small – are using their resources, skills and manufacturing know-how to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Manufacturing companies, including our industry of sheet metalworking fabricators, are hard at work producing products so urgently needed now.  We recognise and support LVD customers who are making a difference in this effort, and we’re proud to share some of their stories.

The German-Malaysian Institute (GMI) in Selangor, Malaysia, is a hub for advanced skills training. GMI has been quick to respond to its country’s need for personal protective equipment, producing PPE face shields which it distributed to the Ministry of Health in Malaysia for front-line workers fighting the pandemic. GMI also used its ingenuity and onsite fabrication equipment to manufacture special “aerosol booths” used to disinfect hands, cutting transparent plexiglass panels on their LVD laser cutting machinery. This video highlights their work.

Also from Malaysia comes an innovative disinfection tunnel. Toyomi Engineering Sdn Bhd, a part of the MSM Group of companies, designed and produced the Disinfection V-Tunnel which is suitable for factories, schools, offices, hotels, health facilities and retail spaces. The tunnel offers head-to-toe disinfection in a contactless process. As you walk through the tunnel, a chemical-free sodium hypochlorite solution, which is safe to the skin, is administered as a disinfectant mist and ultraviolet lamps provide additional disinfection against harmful microbes. The tunnel also features an optional hand sanitizer.  Watch the video of this product at use in a supermarket.


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Faccin Metal Forming Taking The Middle East By Storm

Faccin Metal Forming Taking the Middle East By Storm

Saudi Arabia, spearheaded by its national oil company Saudi Aramco, has taken the ambitious strategic decision to involve more domestic companies in the development of the country’s infrastructure and as consequence, and important flow of investment in machinery and equipment is taking place. Aramco’s goal is to purchase 75 percent of all their material needs locally by 2021. Currently at 35 percent means they are going to slightly double their purchases from Saudi businesses in the next two years.

Following suit, a large Saudi organisation, one of the first companies Saudi Aramco has worked with, has decided to appoint Faccin to supply them with three 4-rolls plate rolling machines with capacities ranging from 75mm to 125mm plate thickness for their Storage Tank and Process Equipment business sectors. These three new rolling machines have been added to a medium sized plate rolling machine they acquired some time ago.

Furthermore, a Dubai state-owned company, primarily focused on the upstream oil and gas industry has approached Faccin with another order for a new plate rolling machine for its new manufacturing facility in Saudi Arabia. The investment was driven by the need to enhance the company’s IKTVA (in-Kingdom Total Value Added) and thus ordering a 4-rolls plate rolling machine, a solution that combines power, reliability and precision in an exclusive package.

A UAE based company specialising in oil and gas, petrochemical, power and water, marine and mining industries has also selected the 4-rolls plate rolling machine during expansion of their factory.

The company has successfully hundreds of plate rolling machines installed in the region from medium thick plates to over 300mm plate thickness, covering the needs of each manufacturer and demonstrating demonstrate a prompt service support.


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Laser Cutting In Manufacturing Process

Laser Cutting In Manufacturing Process

Laser cutting is a fabrication process which employs a focused, high-powered laser beam to cut material into custom shapes and designs. This process is suitable for a wide range of materials, including metal, plastic, wood and glass. Article by Ahmad Alshidiq.

Manufacturers have sought to make the manufacturing process easier and more efficient. By verifying that a design can actually be manufactured early on in the development process, manufacturers can save time and money, and speed up time to market for new products while also ensure optimum productivity.

The development of technologies such as laser cutting have made manufacturing complex products easier. Laser cutters have simplified the process of manufacturing products simpler, rather than simplifying the products themselves, thus allowing for greater complexity in less time — and increased innovation.


Laser is the acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, which is the main participant in this process, is a beam of heavily intensified light. This beam of light is formed by a single wavelength or single colour.

The laser machines use amplification and stimulation technique to transform electric energy into high density beam of light. The stimulation process happens as the electrons are excited via an external source, mostly an electric arc or a flash lamp.

Focusing the light beam is not so easy. The laser has to go through a specialised lens or any type of curved surface. This focusing part of the laser happens inside the laser-cutting tip. The focusing is crucial to this cutting process because if the beam is not focused concisely, the shape will turn out different.

Laser cutters can be customised to cut nearly any material of any thickness to exact specifications accurately and fast. It is a cleaner process, requires little or no secondary cleanup, can be easily adjusted to meet the changing needs of the product.

The process works by having a focused and precise laser beam run through the material that users are looking to cut, delivering an accurate and smooth finish. Initially, the beam pierces the material with a hole at the edge, and then the beam is continued along from there. The laser melts the material away that it is run over. This means that it can easily cut light materials up to tougher metals and gemstones.

Either a pulsed beam or a continuous wave beam can be used, with the former being delivered in short bursts while the latter works continuously. Users can control the beam intensity, length and heat output depending on the material you are working with, and can also user a mirror or special lens to further focus the laser beam. Laser cutting is a highly accurate process, thanks to high level of control offered; slits with a width as small as 0.1mm can be achieved.

There are three main types of laser cutting: C02, crystal and, more common, fibre laser cutting.

Fibre laser cutting machines have emerged as the technology of choice for sheet metal cutting in the metal fabricating industry. They are able to deliver unrivalled productivity, precision, and cost-effective operation when compared with the cutting technologies that came before them.

Techniques In Cutting Process

There are also several techniques involved with the laser cutting process, according to SPI Laser:

Laser cutting – This is the process of cutting a shape to create smaller sizes, pieces, or more complex shapes.

Laser engraving – The process of removing a layer of a material to leave an engraving below. This is often used for etching barcodes onto items.

Laser marking – Similar to engraving in that a mark is made but the difference being that the mark is only surface level, while an engraving from laser engraving has much more depth.

Laser drilling – Drilling is creating dents or thru-holes on or in the surface of a material.

Laser cutting allows more flexibility in the manufacturing process. A laser operates with a heat intensity, making it possible to cleanly and accurately cut virtually any material, from the strongest alloy all the way down to the thinnest polymers.

Lasers aren’t bound by geometry, so parts do not have to conform to the capabilities of the laser cutter. Because the laser itself never actually touches the part being cut, materials can be oriented in any fashion, which allows them to be cut in any shape or form. In many cases, the precision cuts made by the lasers require little to no post-cut processing, which also speeds up the manufacturing process.

There are, however, some drawbacks, as laser cutting uses more power than other types of cutters and does require more training to do properly, as poorly adjusted lasers can burn materials or fail to cut them cleanly. And while laser cutting does typically cost more than other types of processes, such as wet cutting, the benefits often far outweigh those costs.

Laser Leads the Way

The laser continues to solve more and more manufacturing problems, and process variables such as beam diameter and manipulation continue to have a meaningful impact. It’s no mystery why manufacturers constantly choose laser cutting for their prototype and their final production over any other traditional metal engraving process. With its precise cutting, smooth edge, cost and energy efficiency as well as many other profitable advantages, it seems like the use of laser cutting in different sectors and industries is not likely to decrease in next decade or so. And it is indeed a wise decision to shift from traditional expensive metal cutting technologies to this efficient process of shaping ideas. Advancements in laser technology are sure to be a key component of success in the era of Industrie 4.0.


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ANCA Sheet Metal Solutions Launches New Thailand Facility

ANCA Sheet Metal Solutions Launches New Thailand Facility

Anca Sheet Metal Solutions has launched its new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Thailand. The company offers a comprehensive set of service in the metal fabrication industry. “The business has grown significantly over the last couple of years as we gained customers in the automotive, food processing, construction and aerospace industries. We have invested in new equipment and refurbished the building to meet this growing market demand,” said Frank Holzer, ANCA Sheet Metal Solutions General Manager.

“We have taken a dynamic approach, using vibrant colours and punchy angles, to ensure we stand out immediately in the sheet metal and fabrication industry.  Having a strong brand is one of the most effective business tools you can have, and I am confident that with our new identity we will see great success. We pride ourselves on our service, quality and global network servicing customers across the world,” he continued.

The new facilities boast:

•     Qualified manufacturing engineers
•     Laser cutting
•     Waterjet cutting
•     Folding and forming equipment
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The Versatile Machine For Large Tasks

The versatile machine for large tasks

The S31 performs complex and varied grinding tasks precisely and reliably. It can be used to produce small to medium-sized workpieces with a distance between centers of 400, 650, 1000 and 1600 mm and a center height of 175 mm in individual, small batch and high-volume production. With a high-resolution B-axis of 0.00005° the swiveling wheelhead enables efficient external, internal and surface grinding in a single clamping.

The foundation of the universal cylindrical grinding machine is the machine bed made from solid Granitan S103. This provides high dimensional stability thanks to its favorable thermal behavior, while the mineral casting largely equalises short-term variations in temperature. STUDER has redesigned the machine base geometry and added an innovative base temperature control. This ensures quick and stable production. The fixing of the dressing device on the double T-slot of the longitudinal slide drastically reduces the complexity of setup and changeover. A further highlight: The S31 features StuderGuide guideways with their damping component in the direction of movement.

Very Wide Range Of Wheelhead Variants

The S31 is based on the STUDER T-slide concept. It now has an extended X-axis stroke of 370 mm. This enables a large number of wheelhead variants, which can be precisely tailored to the customer’s requirements. Customers can choose between the turret wheelhead with continuously variable B-axis or B-axis with 1° Hirth coupling. The turret wheelhead can be equipped with several grinding wheels. Thanks to the software for grinding wheel alignment, STUDER Quick-Set, changeover times are reduced by up to 90 percent. The new S31 enables grinding of different diameters and cones with just one grinding wheel and without time-consuming intermediate dressing. This is made possible by the direct drive on the B-axis with a positioning scatter of <1“.

Impressive Software

StuderWIN enables reliable programming and efficient operation. StuderTechnology also automatically calculates the optimal grinding parameters in a matter of seconds, based on just a little information. This means good quality and a stable process at the first attempt.  The optional integrated modules such as StuderForm, StuderThread or StuderContourBasic, extend the functionality of the machine.

The S31 is equipped with a Fanuc 0i-TF and is optionally available with the Fanuc 31i-B for High Speed Machining (HSM). The PCU manual control unit enables setup of the machine close to the grinding process. Non-productive times can be reduced to a minimum with the electronic contact detection function. In addition, the standardised loader interface enables automation of the S31.


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HG Metal Opens Cut And Bend Fabrication Facility In Myanmar

HG Metal Opens Cut And Bend Fabrication Facility in Myanmar

Steel distributor and processor, HG metal manufacturing has opened Myanmar’s first advanced steel rebar Cut & Bend and fabrication facility in Yangon, following an agreement to a joint venture with Fortune Peak Investments Private Limited and YNJ Engineering Cooperation Limited. The facility is ready to serve the steel fabrication needs of large civil engineering and infrastructure projects around Yangon region—undertaking the business of processing, fabricating and trading of steel rebars and other steel products with an annual processing capacity of 50,000 tonnes.

HG metal is committed to expand further in Myanmar, with an increase demand for structured steel due to Myanmar’s growth in infrastructure development. The government has initiated several mega-projects such as the Yangon Central Railway Redevelopment Project and the Yangon-Dala Bridge. These activities would increase the demand for high quality and competitively priced steel products. According to The South East Asia Iron & Steel Institute, Myanmar’s annual steel consumption is expected to exceed 3 million tonnes in 2020 on an average growth rate of 8% before reaching 5 million tonnes in 2025.


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Interview With Andrea Ceretti, CEO At Faccin S.p.A

Interview With Andrea Ceretti, CEO at Faccin S.p.A

Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News is pleased to conduct an interview with Mr. Andrea Ceretti, CEO at Faccin S.p.A regarding current trends and outlook of the manufacturing and metal forming industry.

  1. Could you provide us with an overview of the current trends regarding the manufacturing industry?

There will be an increase in the demand of metal formed products in the market, but due to the current geopolitical situation, the high volatility will push metal fabricators to be as flexible and as reactive as possible. The metal industry will attempt to standardise as much as possible with measures like industry 4.0 in order to maximise the production capacity of each equipment, to apply energy saving measures and lobby/demand the governments for more tax reforms and incentives to stay competitive and improve the workforce development.


  1. With increasing digitalisation, how has Faccin kept up with these trends to remain competitive.

It is our core business to develop top technology to help manufacturers maximise from our machines and we realise industry 4.0 is one of the ways to capitalise on the technology we already provide. Our machines are ready for industry 4.0 thanks to SMART packages that offer features like systems diagnosis, teleservice, management control, drawing imports, rolling and production lot statistics and flexible network solutions between others, helping the manufacturers of today, face the challenges of tomorrow. Indeed, we have started thinking about industry 5.0 as our company attitude.


  1. What are the main challenges faced by this industry in Asia

The fluctuations in the market and the struggle to find skilled workers are driving fabricators to replace their old equipment with high quality gear, principally looking for accuracy and automation to increase their production output, which is precisely what our group proposes. We focus in providing metal forming companies with equipment that is of the maximum quality, powerful, cutting-edge and most importantly, accurate.


  1. How can they be overcome?

As steel prices increases and the margins grow smaller, accuracy is the answer. We design our machines to offer a return of investment centered on the accuracy of the forming process and avoidance of metal waste, always integrating powerful forefront technology that increases the output cycle and return of investment.


  1. Moving forward, where do you think the industry is headed in the next 5 to 10 years?

The metal forming industry in general is subject to the cycles of the market economy like any other industry. In today’s world, these cycles are much shorter than in the past and companies that do not adapt and do not prepare beforehand with the latest technology will struggle when the markets fluctuate. Today, it is emerging regions and their rising demand in energy like Asia that are backing the global growth in the demand for the metal forming industry.



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BrightLine Weld – A Revolution In Laser Welding

BrightLine Weld – A Revolution In Laser Welding

BrightLine Weld enables low spatter laser welding at feed rates, only achievable today with CO2 lasers. Partial penetration welds for powertrain applications or full penetration welds for pipes and tubes applications – BrightLine Weld has the potential to revolutionise laser welding. Article by TRUMPF.

The technology allows for vastly improved productivity and energy efficiency. High quality weld seams result in high mechanical strengths of components produced. Minimised spatter behaviour reduces contamination of workpieces, clamping devices and optics, as well. That results in reduced machine downtime, less rework of parts, long cover slide lifetime and hence significantly reduced costs.

Introduction And Motivation

Reduction of cycle time and improved productivity play an ever increasing role in current industrial manufacturing. Especially within the automotive industry, where the total length of laser welded seams can add up to 60 metres per car, it is important to minimise processing time by means of high welding speeds. Perfect basis are fibre guided solid state lasers, eg, disk lasers with high beam quality at laser powers in the multi-kW range. Yet, the use of modern solid state lasers comes not for free; obstacles need to be overcome, ie, heavy spatters and contamination of workpieces and clamping devices.

Laser Welding

Compared to conventional welding, laser welding allows for heat conduction welding and deep penetration welding, as well. Thin and deep weld seams can be produced contact free and at high feed rates. A small heat affected zone (HAZ) minimises thermal distortion of parts. Welding depth can be as 10 times larger than the welding width and can reach up to 25 mm.

Yet, feed rates are limited for laser welding. One important factor is spatter behaviour and resulting mass loss of the weld seam. In general, both of these aspects increase with feed rate and laser power used. Solid state laser welding of mild steel typically results in increased mass loss starting from a feed rate of 5 m/min.

Limitations Of Welding With Solid State Lasers

Increased spatter behaviour at higher feed rates:

  • Risk of mass loss at high feed rates leads to side kerfs at the seam front side which results in low mechanical strength and quality of the weld seam.
  • Clamping devices are being contaminated and need to be cleaned. That leads to unproductive machine down-times.
  • Cover slide glasses need to be re-placed often which results in increased costs.

So far, acceptable spatter behaviour could only be achieved at feed rates of up to 5 m/min hence resulting in low productivity.

That is a contradiction to the current demand for reduced cycle time within industrial production facilities. With the new welding technology BrightLine Weld, TRUMPF offers for the first time a solution meeting these requirements.

BrightLine Weld: Low Spatter Welding

BrightLine Weld is a new technology which allows for an almost spatter free welding process during deep penetration welding, even at high feed rates.

Figure 1: Welding depth depending on welding speed. The state of the art is compared with the BrightLine Weld technology.

Slim and deep weld seams produced with BrightLine Weld are of high quality. The low spatter formation results in the process regime extending to significantly higher feed rates. Figure 3 illustrates the welding depth depending on the feed rate at a laser power of 5 kW in mild steel both for the state of the art laser welding and for BrightLine Weld. The colour of the data points in the diagram is an indicator of the quality of the weld seam achieved:

  • Green: weld seam of high quality, which meets current requirements.
  • Yellow: weld seam of medium quality, which does not meet all requirements, but is acceptable for various applications.
  • Red: weld seam of poor quality, which is not acceptable anymore.
  • Violet: from this welding speed humping occurs. The resulting weld seam quality is insufficient.

The data points of the BrightLine Weld curve are green up to a speed of 20 m/min. Up to this range, the weld seam is of high quality. In the state of the art, the data points are yellow at a welding speed of 5 m/min. For even higher welding speeds, they are red or violet. Thus the quality of the weld seam at 5 m/min is only medium and poor or insufficient at higher speeds. This means that with BrightLine Weld, the maximum feed rate in mild steel could be increased by approximately +300 percent up to 20 m/min at a comparable welding depth. In stainless steel, the tests showed an increase in the maximum feed rate by +100 percent to 10 m/min.

Figure 2: Mass loss of the weld seam depending on welding speed for conventional laser welding with solid-state lasers and BrightLine Weld.

Figure 4 shows the mass loss of the partial penetration welds in stainless steel produced with BrightLine Weld in detail. To classify the results, the mass loss measured for conventional laser welding with solid-state lasers is also shown. Red data points again indicate an insufficient weld quality of the test welds. The conventional laser welding process shows an increased mass loss from a feed rate of 5 m/min. The mass loss of the weld seams produced with BrightLine Weld, on the other hand, is up to a feed rate of 20 m/min in a range which can be described as almost spatter free (< 0.4 mg/mm). At the same time, all weld seams made with BrightLine Weld show a high quality. Moreover, the seams have no humping up to a feed rate of at least 20 m/min.

Advantages Of Laser Welding With BrightLine Weld

The use of BrightLine Weld results in the following main advantages for the user:

  • Significantly higher feed rates at a constant seam quality increase productivity. In mild steel the maximum feed rate can be increased without difficulties by +300 percent and in stainless steel by +100 percent.
  • Minimal spatter formation and less contamination reduce cost of ownership. This results in a lower machine downtime, less rework of parts and lower consumption of cover slide glasses at the same time.
  • A lower laser power is required for the same welding depth. The high efficiency allows up to 50 percent energy saving at the same welding depth and at the same quality.
  • BrightLine Weld produces high quality weld seams. In favourable cases, weld seams do neither show undercuts nor end craters. Due to the reduced energy input the part deformation is very low.

How does BrightLine Weld work on real parts? This question is answered in the next section using a powertrain part as application example.

BrightLine Weld In Powertrain

A typical powertrain application is the welding of gear wheels. Depending on type, gear wheels are, eg, welded with a feed rate of 5 m/min and a laser power of 3.4 kW. Spatters which are generated during welding have to be exhausted.

For this application, the BrightLine Weld technology provides a significant improvement. Thereby BrightLine Weld can be used flexibly: either for optimising energy efficiency or for optimising machine productivity. If BrightLine Weld is used to optimise energy efficiency, the identical part can be welded at the same feed rate with a 40 percent lower laser power of 2 kW. With BrightLine Weld slightly slimmer weld seams are produced, which is why less laser power is needed to achieve the same welding depth. At the same time, the spatter formation is reduced, so even no exhaustion is required, hence reducing costs.

For those, who are more focused on improving productivity, they can also increase the feed rate at a higher laser power than in the state of art.

With BrightLine Weld the feed rate could be increased, eg, by up to 220 percent from 5 m/min to 16 m/min while still keeping the mass loss minimal. The result is a high quality weld seam at the welding depth desired.


In the future, BrightLine Weld should not only be used in powertrain, but also in other industries such as tubes and profiles.

Tubes and profiles are typically bent and welded from very long sheets (so-called continuous process). In contrast to powertrain applications, these welds are full penetration welds. Commonly, very high feed rates of, eg., 30 m/min are used, which cannot be achieved with solid-state lasers today.

These requirements increase the complexity but promising approaches could already be found. With BrightLine Weld, it is possible to produce full penetration weld seams at high feed rates, which meet the requirements.


The new technology BrightLine Weld has the potential to revolutionize laser welding with solid state lasers. BrightLine Weld allows for constantly high weld seam quality – independent of the welding speed. The user has the choice between optimising, ie, minimising energy consumption or optimising, ie, maximising productivity of his machine. In addition, the feed rate with BrightLine Weld is no longer a parameter which must be optimised. This makes parameter optimisation easier and accelerates process development.



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