As the UK distributor for some of the World’s leading laser technology manufacturers, TLM Laser is able to boast a comprehensive portfolio of laser modules and systems. A further benefit of these enduring partnerships is the fact that TLM is always able to offer the latest generation laser technologies which can revolutionise many different manufacturing processes. The latest addition to TLM’s range, from partner FOBA Laser, is a new Ultrashort pulse laser system. The pulse width of Ultrashort pulse lasers (USP) is in the femtosecond to picosecond range. These laser types are able to offer a number of distinct advantages in many material processing applications.
Ultrashort pulse lasers produce an intensive beam of light which allows high precision processing, whilst at the same time minimising the amount of heat absorbed by the surrounding area. Due to the adjustable pulse duration, from the femtosecond to the picosecond range, the heat input remains so low, despite the high pulse energy, that even temperature-sensitive materials can be marked precisely, reliably, and economically. The fine structures that are created by the laser process prevent the reflection of light, so that the laser marks produced appear deep black and also offer excellent readability from different viewing angles. Almost any material can be marked with the F.0100-ir laser system. From metals to heat-sensitive components and even transparent materials, this laser marker opens up many new possibilities.
This new laser marking system is ideally suited to applications within the medical sector, where its performance characteristics allow it to produce high contrast marks on medical instruments made of stainless steel, titanium or even plastics. These same attributes also make it ideal for various other applications in the production of automotive and electronic components.
Depending on the material being processed, marking speeds up to five times faster can be achieved when compared to the results obtained when using nanosecond laser systems. In addition, FOBA’s F.0100-ir offers one of the most compact designs in the field of ultrashort pulse lasers and can therefore be easily integrated into production lines and laser marking machines such as the FOBA M-Series.
The recent launch of FOBA’s new USP laser, further enhances the laser processing capabilities on offer from TLM Laser. The company’s Andy Toms commented: “The launch of this new laser system from FOBA will open up many new opportunities for us particularly within medical sector applications.” The technologies described here are just a small part of the comprehensive range of laser technologies and solutions available from Bromsgrove based TLM Laser.