While resistance spot welding is the traditional go-to for automotive assembly applications, David Harvilla, manager of product and applications at the Trumpf Inc. (us.trumpf.com) Laser Technology Center, says that of the more than 2,000 disk lasers in the field, in excess of 75% of them are used for welding.
While no single piece of equipment is ideal for everything, those looking for a better way to perform production welding ought to consider these solid-state laser systems for speed, efficiency, and effectiveness.
Today, the model that is without a doubt a laser-intensive vehicle is the Golf V, which, according to Dr. Klaus Loeffler, has an astonishing 70 m of laser-welded joints on it. Nothing else comes close.
The people at Utilase have been involved with industrial lasers—both as a user and as a systems integrator—for more than 10 years. They're still at the leading edge of developments that may result in big changes for the auto industry.