II‐VI Incorporated (Nasdaq:IIVI), a global leader in laser materials processing solutions, today introduced its new faster RLSK remote laser processing heads with integrated vision systems that enable state-of-the-art precision welds that are critical in next-generation automotive manufacturing.
The increasing precision, versatility, and speed of laser processing heads, which have over time increased manufacturing efficiency, are now enabling improvements in the quality and performance of automotive vehicles. II-VI’s RLSK features a new vision system with high precision seam tracking capabilities that enable filet welds, which, compared with conventional overlap welds, save material and produce vehicles that are lighter and therefore more fuel-efficient. Filet welds also improve the mechanical fit and smooth action of closures such as doors, hoods, and trunk lids, enhancing the consumer experience.
“The new RLSK is the culmination of years of engineering breakthroughs to perfect remote laser welding for an automotive industry that is reinventing itself,” said Dr. Robert Kuba, Managing Director, II-VI HIGHYAG. “The RLSK’s design uniquely delivers uncompromising performance. It is capable of positioning the laser beam over its entire three-dimensional working range in just milliseconds, with pinpoint positioning accuracy based on automated referencing to almost any workpiece physical feature. The combination of precision, working range, and speed delivers high quality welds that can be produced in any direction at the rapid rate of more than 10 meters per minute, the fastest ever for the RLSK. Customers will be able to witness for themselves the RLSK in action at the upcoming Laser World of Photonics exhibit in Munich.”