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Modular Laser Systems Specific to Your Challenge

At Laserax, we understand that your needs are unique, yet you don’t want the high price that comes with custom engineering. You want to do business with an experienced laser manufacturer that has sufficient flexibility to provide you with a laser system that meets your challenges and requirements. Check out this explainer video.

Whether you are a billet producers, an aluminum extrusion producers, an automotive part manufacturers, an ingot producers, a rolling slab manufacturer or a die-caster we have solutions that are highly adapted to your unique needs. Laserax has developed modules that can be combined at your convenience. You can be assured that our laser expertise is imbued in every elements of each Laserax laser systems. 

Our modular approach is composed of lasers, options and enclosures.

1- The lasers

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LXQ Series

The LXQ Series is the workhorse of Laserax’s lasers. These lasers are perfect for flat surfaces, either moving or immobile, with a surface position with respect to the laser aperture varying only by +/- 3 mm from part to part. However, the shapes need to be known.

 

Video 1 - Laser marking a flat magnesium slug

LXQ 3D Series

This series is much more flexible. It can be used on flat surfaces either moving or immobile, when its position varies within a +/- 70 mm from nominal position. It can also be used on surfaces that are tilted or slanted, multi-stepped or curved as long as the marking zone remains with the +/- 70 mm envelope and that the part is not moving while the marking occurs. As with the LXQ Series, the shapes of the parts must be known.

 

Video 2 - Laser marking on the side of an aluminum Billet

LXQ 3D Vision

This series can be used for surfaces that are fixed, with a position or profile that varies within a +/- 70 mm distance from nominal position. In a similar way as the LXQ 3D series, The LXQ 3D Vision can be used on surfaces that are tilted or slanted, multi-stepped or curved as long as the marking zone remains within the +/- 70 mm envelope and that the part is not moving while the marking occurs.

The main difference resides with the profile that may or may not be known. This technical feat is achieved thanks to Laserax’s patented vision system.

As you can see in the folowing video, the marking occurs in three steps. During the 3D Analysis the part is scanned and its profile is acquired. Then the laser system compensate for the positioning and the profile of the part to determine the marking’s parameter. Finally the laser marks the part.

 

Video 3 - Laser engraving on an aluminum sow using vision system

LXM Series

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Figure 2 - LXM CO2 laser series

Our last laser is in a league of its own. The LXM Series is our only CO2 laser, which is ideal for any carbon-based material. It can be used on surfaces that are flat, either moving or fixed, and with a distance from the aperture with a variation of no more than +/- 3 mm from part to part.

 

Video 4 - Laser marking on PVC 

2- The options

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Laserax has developed several options that can be added to your laser marking system. Among the most appreciated options, we have the human-machine interface (HMI), the cabinet for laser sources and controllers and the scanner, LCD screen and analysis that is used to validate the markings.

Air conditioned cabinet

Our lasers are often used in harsh environments. High heat, high moisture and dust are common to the automotive and primary metals industries and to other manufacturing plants. To ensure optimal operation of the laser system, the cabinet for the laser source and controller is dust- and moisture- proofed. They are also cooled using either a chiller or an air-conditioned unit. It is sturdy and provides sufficient protection to withstand  the most demanding environment.

Human Machine Interface (HMI)

The cabinet for laser source and controllers may also harbour Laserax’s HMI. Our HMI’s main functions are to provide a means for interacting directly with your laser system and on its status.

Scanners or imagers

Laserax laser systems can be fitted with an imager that takes a picture of the marking and display it on a LCD screen. It can analyse the picture and provide a contrast score for quality control purposes. Should anything happen that would reduce the quality of the markings an alarm can go off to warn supervisors.

3- The enclosures

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Nobody expects the intensity of energy that can tear out metal from an aluminum part or weld two plastics pieces together to be harmless to the eye or skin. Laserax enclosures are designed to make high-power lasers 100% safe for workers and passersby. Laserax’s enclosures prevent the laser beam, incident, reflected or diffused, from ever escaping the enclosure. We have developed three types of laser safety enclosures: the laser safety enclosure for conveyor, the standalone laser safety enclosure and the open-air enclosure.

Laser safety enclosure for conveyor

The first is an enclosure that can be adapted to fit on any conveyor system. It is equipped with guillotine doors. Parts enter from one side are marked and exit from the other. The enclosures is equipped with all sensors that ensure the presence of the parts and the closure of both doors prior to marking with the laser.

Standalone laser safety enclosure

The second type of enclosures are freestanding. They can be fitted with rotary, sliding or other types of doors. They are particularly effective to work alongside other machines in a job shop setup. The standalone enclosures with rotary table can be automated and work in conjunction with robots. The freestanding enclosure with manual feed is specially developped to be loaded by a human operator.

Open-air laser safety enclosure

The third type of enclosure is particularly suited for use on very large parts. This cell was designed so that it is the laser that is brought in close proximity to the part to be marked instead of the other way around. As the open-air enclosure is brought close to the part, sensors confirm that the seal is sufficient for safe operation of the laser. The design of open-air enclosure is regulated by international standards, such as IEC 60825-1 and ANSI Z136.9. Laserax’s open-air enclosures are just as safe as all of its other enclosures.

Video: Laserax modular solution provides highly adapted laser solutions

Get in touch with our laser experts to see how Laserax’s lasers, options and enclosures can come together to create a safe and reliable laser system that will meet all your needs, requirements and expectations.

Contact a Laser Expert

 

Posted by Normand Lemieux, BBA

Normand Lemieux

Normand is a well-rounded and autonomous marketing professional with a recent specialization in web marketing. He thrives to share experiences, to apply knowledge, to learn new things and get stuff done.

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