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Horizon Instruments has introduced a compact tabletop laser-welding system designed for easy integration into a production line or for standalone use within manufacturing cells.

The Novolas Basic AT Compact system utilises fibre-coupled diode laser optics developed by laser-welding specialist Leister Process Technologies, represented in the UK and Ireland by Horizon Instruments.

Leister laser-welding systems enable the joining of intricate plastic components and can therefore provide important opportunities for the low-cost development of components, production methods and techniques used within the plastics industry, which includes the automotive, electronics, FMCG, healthcare and medical-device sectors.

With plastic fabrications playing an ever-increasing role in numerous high-volume manufacturing applications, compact and affordable systems such as the Novolas Basic AT meet the challenges of providing effective and versatile joining methods and offer important features and benefits, including, for example: outstanding micron precision, emission and particulate-free processing, optimum weld strength, high reproducibility and minimal mechanical and thermal stress.

The Novolas Basic AT Compact system is air-cooled, which results in a more compact (483 x 500 x 267mm) and lower-cost system.

The system includes a fibre-coupled laser module with an optical power of 40W.

This makes it suited for use with Leister’s standard spot or Globo optic, which can be used for welding applications requiring low energy input.

The effectiveness of the Leister Globo optic technique was acknowledged by the Swiss Technology Award in 2004 and has proved its qualities across many complex 3D joining applications.

The laser beam is focused by a glass sphere carried on an air bearing.

The laser optic head can then be mounted to a six-axis robot, which is programmed to follow the 3D profile to be welded.

By applying direct pressure during the welding process, the Globo head eliminates the need for a clamping mechanism.

Further specially designed optics by Leister allow for simultaneous welding of various geometries of the component, with the Ring Optic and Radial Optic being two examples.

Both of these enable fast welding speeds, guaranteeing short cycle times and increased throughput in series production.

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