Lightweighting trends in automobiles is generating increased demand for laser welding systems according to one vendor of the technology. And whereas in the past Rofin (Munich, Germany) has primarily supplied diode lasers to end users through its group company DILAS, where they would subsequently be incorporated into a welding system by a system integrator or the end user, the company now reports that more customers are asking for complete laser polymer welding solutions.
To address this market change, Rofin offers a solution based in its MPS laser workstation and DILAS Compact Evolution laser sources that comes with application-specific control software. The polymer welding system is either sold as a turnkey machine or as a functional kit consisting of laser, clamping unit and software for process control. Rofin adds that within less than a year, the new polymer welding solutions are already turning out to be a great success.