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IPG bags fiber laser system order from BMW

Posted: 21 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:fiber lasers? automobile? automotive market?

IPG Photonics Corp.'s German subsidiary, IPG Laser GmbH, has received an order for multi-kW, continuous wave Ytterbium fiber laser systems totaling 63kW in power from the BMW Group in Munich, Germany.

The high power fiber lasers will be used in the new production line at BMW Group for the welding of automotive doors. The contract represents the first large-scale production use of fiber laser systems for the German automobile manufacturer.

BMW Group has used IPG's high power fiber lasers in production for several years. The lasers, which would be manufactured at IPG's facility in Burbach, Germany, are scheduled to be delivered in Q4 08.

BMW Group purchased IPG's fiber lasers with the company's integrated cooling system, which are also equipped with an integrated beam switch and flexible processing fibers.

Valentin Gapontsev, CEO of IPG Photonics, said, "We are seeing particular interest in our high power fiber lasers in automotive applications because of their proven low maintenance and smaller footprint on the factory floor."

IPG sells cost-effective Ytterbium fiber laser systems for a variety of materials processing applications in a number of different industries. The kW-class fiber lasers' power range from 1kW to 50kW, operating in continuous or modulated modes up to 20kHz with wall-plug efficiencies of greater than 25 percent. All of IPG's fiber lasers share the common attributes of extremely compact size, long diode life, no or low maintenance operation and the highest wall plug efficiency of any industrial laser.

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