Guide to Oxidation Laser Marking

Laser marking is a material treatment method that uses pulsed lasers and scanning heads. There are several different methods of laser marking, including engraving, removing, staining, foaming and annealing.Oxidation or anneal marking is one of the most popular and effective techniques for marking metals, such as steel and titanium. With this method, lasers are able to provide fast, permanent marking of text, machine codes and graphics without unnecessary additives.In this post, we’ll take an in-depth look at oxidation marking, covering...
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Custom, Versatile Laser Solutions for PCB Depaneling

Recently, two clients of CMS Laser were seeking depaneling solutions that required a certain level of automation. The experts at CMS Laser successfully developed two types of laser PCB depaneling systems that included an in-line conveyor and semi-automatic manual load system. For each client, CMS was able to deliver a custom solution that successfully met both clients’ requirements.As are most of our laser systems, CMS Laser’s depaneling solutions...
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Key Components of Laser Routing and Cutting Systems for PCB Depaneling

Printed circuit board (PCB) laser depaneling is an effective way for manufacturers to save money and time. Boards often contain sensitive components that can be damaged easily and laser depaneling reduces undue stress on these components and their solder joints. To avoid unnecessary setbacks, be sure to have a proper understanding of the different methods for PCB depaneling.In this post, we will take a deep dive into the components of laser routing or...
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What is PCB Depaneling?

PCB (printed circuit board) depaneling, also called singulation, is the process of removing numerous smaller, individual PCBs from a larger multi-PCB panel produced during manufacturing. The depaneling process was created in order to increase throughput of PCB manufacturing lines as circuit board sizes reduced. At CMS Laser, our depaneling process has the advantage of speed, pin-point accuracy, no tooling cost or wear, no part induced stress, and no cutting oils or other waste.

Demand Driven by Size

As technology continues to evolve, the gadgets...
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System Spotlight: Vision System Guidance for Laser Marking and Cutting

Accuracy and repeatability are frequently the guiding principles when vision systems are implemented. In today’s complex manufacturing lines, vision systems are an integral part of process accuracy, repeatability and quality control.We previously wrote about the four key features that every vision system must incorporate: cameras, lighting, optics, and software controls. In this post, we’ll take an in-depth look at how these variables manifested in two real-world laser systems.Two...
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Variables to Consider When Integrating a Vision System with Lasers

Integrating a vision system with lasers is a way to increase accuracy and drive efficiency. However, implementing all of the required features and aspects into the vision system is no easy task. There are a variety of different variables and approaches in order to design the optimal vision system for the desired laser application.The expert engineering team at CMS has been developing and integrating vision systems for more than two decades and is able...
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The Role Vision Systems Play in Industrial Laser Systems

Vision systems have been an integral part of manufacturing for decades; however, during that time the technology has improved immensely. They are useful (and in some cases, critical) across laser functions, including laser marking, drilling, etching and engraving.These days more than half of the laser systems built by CMS Laser incorporate some element of vision with varying levels of complexity. At a basic level – and the type that’s been around for years – vision is used...
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6 Advantages to High Speed On The Fly Laser Systems

At CMS Laser, we develop a wide array of laser-based solutions to successfully meet our client's manufacturing needs and production goals. One of our most efficient solutions is the On The Fly laser system.Many of our clients require a high-speed laser solution compatible with other production elements in a constant processing flow – and that's where On The Fly processing is an excellent option. On The Fly is used across many industries, including pharmaceutical...
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2 Key Components to Accurate Laser Slitting of Irrigation Drip Tape

As we discussed in a previous blog post, speed, accuracy and reliability are the cornerstones of plastic extrusion lines. To meet the needs of this specialized application, the laser requires a support system to assist with integration and alignment with the greater production line.We recently developed a laser application to integrate and automate an On-the-Fly (OTF) laser slitting system into a continuous irrigation drip tape extrusion line. There were unique challenges...
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How On the Fly Laser Systems Meet the Challenges of Plastic Extrusion Lines

At CMS Laser, our primary goal is to develop a laser-based solution that meets our clients’ manufacturing requirements and production goals. Ensuring a laser system is compatible with other production elements in a continuous processing flow is a common challenge. To address this challenge, one of the applications we pioneered and developed extensively is “On the Fly” laser processing.

What is On the Fly laser processing?

On the Fly laser processing requires the laser...
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