VW extensively uses lasers for joining in the Volkswagen Golf VII.
While resistance spot welding is the traditional go-to for automotive assembly applications, David Harvilla, manager of product and applications at the Trumpf Inc. (us.trumpf.com) Laser Technology Center, says that of the more than 2,000 disk lasers in the field, in excess of 75% of them are used for welding.
Sheet metal bending cell; vertical gear hobbing machines; high-speed laser cutting.
In its 28th year as the premier manufacturing technology show in North America, the 2010 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) is being held Sept. 13 to 18 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
While no single piece of equipment is ideal for everything, those looking for a better way to perform production welding ought to consider these solid-state laser systems for speed, efficiency, and effectiveness.
Today, the model that is without a doubt a laser-intensive vehicle is the Golf V, which, according to Dr. Klaus Loeffler, has an astonishing 70 m of laser-welded joints on it. Nothing else comes close.
A quick look at some of the things that are going on in what is becoming an increasingly hot technology...
The people at Utilase have been involved with industrial lasers—both as a user and as a systems integrator—for more than 10 years. They're still at the leading edge of developments that may result in big changes for the auto industry.
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