JDSU and Amada Introduce New Kilowatt Fiber Laser
Ground-Breaking Fiber Laser Design Provides Optimized Performance and
Versatility to Cut Both Thick and Thin Metals in New Amada Cutting
MILPITAS, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 11/18/13 -- JDSU (NASDAQ: JDSU)
(TSX: JDU) today announced that it has collaborated with Amada, a
leading manufacturer of machine tools for metal fabrication, to
develop a new and high-power fiber laser that provides up to 4
kilowatts of output power. The fiber laser has been integrated into a
new sheet metal cutting system from Amada called the ENSIS-3015AJ
that is being demonstrated at the FABTECH event at booth #S901 in
Chicago, Illinois this week.
For the first time in the metal fabrication industry, ENSIS provides
the flexibility to cut both thick and thin metals simply by changing
the beam configuration electronically, dramatically saving time,
costs and increasing productivity for metal manufacturers. With
previous cutting systems, a condenser lens had to be manually changed
in order to adjust the beam configuration to cut different types of
metals. This versatility is the result of the advanced fiber laser
design co-developed by JDSU and Amada.
New fiber lasers continue to gain momentum for metal processing over
the use of CO2-based cutting systems because of their high
performance and ability to cut metal at speeds 2.5 to 3 times faster
than traditional systems.
According to analyst firm Strategies Unlimited, kilowatt-class fiber
lasers are growing rapidly to replace traditional C02 lasers and are
projected to represent almost a third of all kilowatt class lasers by
At a press conference today at FABTECH, the two companies went over
the unique and groundbreaking aspects of ENSIS that includes the new
fiber laser. Benefits include:
Flexibility to cut both thick and thin metals. Enhancements
co-designed by JDSU and Amada allow operators of Amada cutting
systems such as ENSIS to quickly modify beam quality electronically
to cut a variety of thick and thin metals of up to 25 millimeters in
Optimized performance and enhanced beam quality. The new fiber laser
provides the ability to cut metals that used to require 4kW of power
to now use only 2kW of power to achieve the same cutting performance
with high beam quality.
Reduced size and power. The new fiber laser engine is highly
integrated and takes up 50 percent less space in Amada sheet metal
systems such as ENSIS. It is also a greener solution that requires
"Around-the-clock productivity is extremely important to Amada's
metal manufacturing customers," said Mitsuo Okamoto, president and
CEO of Amada. "Our newest fiber laser innovation with JDSU provides
our customers with a major advantage because the flexibility of
ENISIS allows for virtually no down time during the manufacturing
process, regardless of what type of metal needs to be cut."
"For more than six years, JDSU and Amada have collaborated to design
the industry's most innovative fiber laser solutions," said Tom
Waechter, president and CEO of JDSU. "Our combined efforts on this
second-generation fiber laser provides a highly differentiated
solution and we look forward to continue transforming the fiber laser
market with Amada for years to come."
Metal manufacturers use high power fiber laser cutting systems to
quickly and efficiently create metal parts that go into a wide
variety of products. Examples include cutting thin sheets of metal
for automobiles or refrigerators or cutting thick metal for
structures such as beams used in construction.
To date, Amada has sold more than 200 fiber laser machines globally
and is now offering an expanded line-up of products. To learn more,
please view Amada's press announcement and visit Amada at booth S901
during the FABTECH event this week.
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