Jubilee Laser No. 1,000

Hand over of the 1000th fiber laser to the machine builder Arnold in Ravensburg by Dr. Jens von Stamm (middle) to the managing director Thomas Arnold (right) and Hansjörg Klotz, sales (left).

Hand over of the 1000th fiber laser to the machine builder Arnold in Ravensburg by Dr. Jens von Stamm (middle) to the Managing Director Thomas Arnold (right) and Hansjörg Klotz (left, source: Rofin).

The last laser leaving the Hamburg production site of the laser specialist Rofin before Christmas 2015 is a real jubilee laser. After the first fiber laser in 2009, the 1000th laser out of this series, a 1 kW Rofin FL 010 C in the compact version, was delivered to the Ravensburg Machine builder Arnold. The laser was shipped in February 2016 together with a newly-developed 3D laser processing system to the Fraunhofer Institute in Dresden.

The collaboration between the machine builder Arnold and Rofin has existed for many years: “We have always integrated Rofin lasers and are totally satisfied with the comprehensive package. From marking over CO2 up to fiber lasers, all our customer requirements are covered. The long-term partnership has also created very good personal relationships between both parties,” comments Thomas Arnold, Managing Director Maschinenfabrik Arnold.

The jubilee laser, a ROFIN FL 010 C with 1 kW output power in the compact version (Source: Rofin)

The jubilee laser, a Rofin FL 010 C with 1 kW output power in the compact version (Source: Rofin)

At the IWS, the laser is now used in a research project. Here, extremely thin wires are deposit-welded with the laser and filigree structures are brought to a cylinder. They are then modified by the laser in their form. The structures will be later used as a tool in printing machines.

“We are pleased to deliver the 1000th fiber laser via Ravensburg to Dresden. We have enjoyed a very good cooperative working relationship with both locations for many years now”, said Lebrecht von Trotha, Sales Manager at the Rofin-Sinar Laser GmbH in Hamburg. “Already in 2008, we restructured our complete production to lean production and the material flow to Kanban. With this we are able to handle the continuously increasing numbers of fiber lasers, to keep our needs-based delivery times and to react flexibly to upcoming possible changes.” (Source: Rofin)

Links: Rofin-Sinar Laser GmbH, Hamburg, Germany • Maschinenfabrik Arnold GmbH & Co. KG, Ravensburg, Germany • Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff und Stahltechnik IWS, Dresden, Germany

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