Application tests in the Scansonic Laser Application Center

New processing heads for laser brazing, laser welding and laser hardening, as well as new materials and work piece geometries often require extensive testing for your application. Only then can you realize the full potential of system and process technology so that it can be integrated into the manufacturing line.

This is why Scansonic is offering you the opportunity to take advantage of our lab. Together with our laser material processing experts, you can run your own tests in our in-house applications lab using variably configured test stations.

We also provide support with training and development.

Laser brazing – for visually appealing joints

Joining with laser brazing is a popular process – and not just for automotive hatches and roofs. This process is emerging as a clear favourite whenever visually appealing joints are needed which require no post-process finishing.

In our Laser Application Centre, we design strategies for our customers' soldering processes and manufacture small-batch assemblies. We can also design and test a customised system tailored exactly to the needs of your application. Take advantage of our professional expertise and our modular scapacs system. Which challenges do your applications present? Our engineers and technicians are here to support you.

Use is to benefit your projects:

  • Solid-state laser or diode laser, with laser power up to 5 kW
  • Processing optics with tactile seam tracking – so that component tolerances and deviations are no longer a problem
  • State-of-the-art processing optics technology (e.g. the ALO3-CX with two partial beams for fast soldering)
  • Various robotics and a linear chassis used as the master machine
  • Automatic tracking and monitoring of all parameters relevant to the process – for improved documentation and an optimized process
  • In-house metallography capabilities used to determine the quality of the weld

Laser welding: Connections with or without filler materials in macro and micro

Laser welding is both a connecting and fascinating force. Deep-penetration welding can be used for high-speed production of seams which can withstand extreme loads. Using the heat conductive welding process, in comparison, creates seams with a perfect visual appearance. In both cases, the design and material dictates whether filler material is required or whether modern strategies for beam modulation must be used.

Work together with our engineers and technicians to find the best welding solutions – whether classic or modern remote technology – for your components. You can also contact us for more information about difficult, "non-welding" material combinations or critical joint shapes. By taking advantage of seam tracking and beam modulation, we are able to help you implement realistic solutions for what may seem initially like hopelessly complex starting points. Our Laser Application Centre can undertake feasibility studies, develop strategies for process control, and even manufacture small batch series for your application.

Use is to benefit your projects:

  • Solid-state lasers or diode lasers up to 5 kW
  • Processing optics for welding – with or without filler materials
  • Processing optics – with or without tactile or optical seam tracking – in classic or modern remote technology
  • Processing optics with a beam modulation option (e.g. for bridging gaps or for setting defined cooling gradients)
  • Various robotics and a linear chassis used as the master machine
  • Automatic tracking and monitoring of all parameters relevant to the process – for improved documentation and an optimized process
  • In-house metallography capabilities used to determine the quality of the weld

Laser hardening: Distortion-free hardening – integrated into your production line

Laser hardening is an edge-layer hardening process. The workpiece is quickly heated to just below the melting threshold. The heat is used is only in a brief, targeted manner. This minimizes distortions so that post-processing is often no longer necessary. Our Laser Application Centre provides you with the opportunity to optimize your process parameters and workpieces for laser hardening. Hardening is of course also available for your small-batch production series. Our self-regulating RLH-A system with integrated scanner and pyrometer is available for the laser hardening optics.

This provides the following benefits:

  • The scanning technology allows the optics to have variable track widths (up to 50 mm track width and more in the standard model).
  • The spot size and the track width can be changed from the software – even while the process is running.
  • The temperature can be measured at the workpiece using the integrated pyrometer.
  • The adaptive optics automatically adjust the temperature based on location specifics, so that very uniform hardness results can be obtained.

Process support and training

Not all processes can be mastered easily on the first try. Do you have problems in your production or  are you looking to strengthen your or your staff's process technology expertise? We would be happy to visit your manufacturing site as we search with you for the best solution to your laser brazing or welding needs.

We also welcome beginners or those in need of further training. We can provide training at our location for you (for up to six people) on the following theoretical and practical topics:

  • The fundamentals of laser technology
  • Laser welding of different types of steel
  • Laser welding of aluminium
  • Laser brazing

Do you already have an application in mind? Please don't hesitate to contact us.

Plan in advance: we typically recommend establishing an appointment four to six weeks in advance.

Please contact our Applications Engineers if you need any support or more information: