Amtron highlights latest developments for next-generation laser control at Photonics West 2019
By: Amtron GmbH
With various housings in paperback format, the new generation of CM100 models offers power values up to 18kW with top-class ratings: The CM100 supplies diode lasers with up to 350A CW or up to 800A pulsed with an outstanding efficiency of up to 97%. When operating single emitter laser diodes, the high-resolution currents reach voltages of up to 120V.
The entire monitoring mechanism is equipped for redundancy. Safety of operation is certified according to EN ISO 13849 with the Performance Level e (PL e). The browser based user interface is fully reworked and improved. Operation by touch screen is even more intuitive. It offers access to the convenient analysis tools in the CM100 software. High update rates allow the software to constantly provide an up-to-date view of the measured values, making it ideal for operation in digital Industry 4.0 production environments.
The new AMTRON process controller CU190 stands out with its fast power modulation, which makes it ideal for controlling the processes between the system and the laser. The device offers a range of connections via different fieldbus systems and uses various input parameters such as feedrate, external sensors or trigger/gate to calculate and control the analog and digital laser power. The control unit modulates the amplitude, pulse width, or frequencies with fast cycle times of 1μs. In contrast to conventional system controllers, the CU190 process controller offers fully customizable laser control that easily integrates into existing processes – including metal processing applications using solid-state laser sources such as fiber, disk or slab. As a central link between physical processing and digital laser control, the CU190 translates trajectory data into adjustment signals for real-time laser power regulation.
Hans-Dieter Gehlen, Managing Director of Amtron, comments: "We offer a comprehensive portfolio of powerful solutions for laser control – from devices featuring customizable performance parameters and extendable functionality to intelligent process control solutions and integrated rack systems. But what really sets us apart is our manufacturing depth. At our R&D and production facility we are able to address customer-specific requirements on a far deeper technical level than can be achieved by the sole combination of prefabricated standard components. Visitors to the Amtron stand will gain valuable insights on how our expertise can deliver significant benefits to their applications."
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Founded in 2000 as a successful spin-off of Germany's renowned Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology, Amtron develops and manufactures electronics for precision diode laser control. We supply our high-quality laser diode drivers and laser diode systems to a broad variety of customers across five continents. Clients include laser manufacturers, system integrators and R&D specialists using Amtron systems for monitoring and control of diode lasers in a wide range of applications, including machining, medical technology and scientific research. At Amtron, excellent engineering is in our DNA. Collaborative development is our strength. Our experts support all development stages in close cooperation with our clients — from an analysis of requirements and conceptual design to the final product. Our customers rely on our know-how and experience to create customized solutions that cater to their specific needs.
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