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3 February 2015

JDSU launches five kW-class turnkey laser systems for materials processing

JDSU of Milpitas, CA, USA is introducing five new kilowatt-class turnkey fiber laser and direct-diode laser systems for use by machine tool manufacturers for macro-materials processing applications.

The new turnkey products were designed by cutting machine manufacturer AMADA, a JDSU collaborative partner. The new systems include JDSU's CORELIGHT Series fiber laser and direct-diode laser engines. Products will be available in second-half 2015.

In booth #1431 (Moscone Center, South Hall) at the 2015 SPIE Photonics West exhibition in San Francisco (10-12 February), JDSU is showcasing the CORELIGHT AJ 2 kilowatt, 4 kilowatt and 6 kilowatt turnkey fiber laser systems for high-speed sheet metal cutting, precision welding and a broad range of additional macro materials processing applications. Each AJ system incorporates JDSU's CORELIGHT YLE Series fiber laser engine and includes an industry-standard electrical and optical interface.

JDSU is also showcasing the CORELIGHT ExC 2 kilowatt and 4 kilowatt turnkey direct-diode laser systems for improved high-speed thick sheet metal cutting, welding, and surface treatment applications. Each ExC system incorporates JDSU's CORELIGHT DLE Series direct-diode laser engine and also includes an industry-standard electrical and optical interface.

JDSU notes that fiber lasers and direct-diode lasers are gaining momentum over CO2-based cutting systems for metal processing because of the advantages they provide, including higher cutting speeds, improved cutting quality, increased energy efficiency and lower maintenance requirements. These benefits in turn result in significantly lower overall costs for metal processing manufacturers, adds the firm.

According to Strategies Unlimited, direct-diode lasers are growing as one of the solutions to replace traditional CO2 lasers for metal processing and the market is projected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.3% from 2012-2017, to $237m. The industry analyst firm also reports that the benefits of kW fiber lasers over CO2 are driving then to grow at a projected CAGR of 17.5% from 2012-2017, to revenue of $780m.

"For more than seven years, JDSU and Amada have collaborated on developing the industry's most innovative laser solutions for macro materials processing," says Alan Lowe, president of JDSU's Communications and Commercial Optical Products (CCOP) business segment. "The new turnkey fiber laser and direct-diode laser systems complement our innovative fiber laser and direct-diode laser engine portfolio and provide the ability for end-users to cost effectively improve production speed and processing quality," he adds.

High-power fiber laser and direct-diode laser systems are used to cut parts from sheets of aluminum and steel for the manufacturing of automobiles, aircraft and commercial and consumer appliances. They are increasingly used for welding, material deposition (cladding) and large-scale surface treatment applications in a significantly more efficient manner compared with traditional non-laser processes.

See related items:

JDSU reports quarterly 40G/100G transmission optical component revenue growth of 30% year-on-year

JDSU and Amada launch 2kW direct diode laser for sheet metal cutting

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