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Hi-Tek Manufacturing Adds Laser Processing Capabilities

LASERDYNE 795XL Fiber Laser Drilling System

Prima Power Laserdyne announced that Hi-Tek Manufacturing (Mason, OH) has acquired the large work envelope version of the LASERDYNE 795XL laser system.

Hi-Tek manufactures highly engineered, complex components and assemblies for aircraft engine, airframes and land based industrial gas turbines. The acquisition of the new fiber laser system expands Hi-Tek's laser processing capabilities for these components and assemblies, most of which are fabricated from difficult to machine high-temperature alloy materials.

"The LASERDYNE 795XL system with a fiber laser can be a real value creator for Hi-Tek Manufacturing, achieving superior results both in higher productivity and lower operating costs," said Mark Barry, Vice President of Sales for Laserdyne. "The new system allows Hi-Tek to go beyond its present capabilities while adding capacity for hole drilling at very low angles to the surface in uncoated and thermal barrier coated heat resistant materials. This is extremely important in the turbine engine industry for production of both land based turbine engines and aero engines. This increased productivity is accomplished because of the new advantages of both the fiber laser and the system's third generation BeamDirector3 features."

The LASERDYNE 795XL integrates a 12 kW fiber laser, which is intended to improve drilling and cutting applications over earlier systems for selected applications. In addition, Laserdyne reported that fiber laser technology is more energy efficient, requiring lower input power for a given level of average output power and less cooling.

The BeamDirector3 used in Hi-Tek's new system has the exclusive LASERDYNE contouring head design with C (rotary) axis motion of 900° and D (tilt) axis motion of 300°. According to Laserdyne, features include a new encoder design for improved accuracy and repeatability, higher assist gas air-flow, adjustable mirrors for easy and accurate beam alignment, and cassette mounted lens and cover slides for quick, accurate changeover.

"In addition to drilling, Hi-Tek's new 3D, 6-axis laser system is designed to cut and weld medium to large 3D parts with its unique moving beam design," said a Laserdyne spokesperson. "It is the first and only standard built multi-axis laser system to guarantee volumetric accuracy in high-speed operation."

Scott Stang, Manufacturing Technology Manager at Hi-Tek Manufacturing, said, "This acquisition is the result of our never-ending effort to procure the best manufacturing solutions for our customers. For 33 years Hi-Tek has been providing the most advanced manufacturing capabilities for cooling hole drilling, CNC grinding, machining, engineering, tool and gage design, welding and assembly. We are scheduled to have vacuum braze and heat treating in-house capabilities late in 2013. Hi-Tek now has 11 laser processing systems, both Nd:Yag and CO2, for processing a wide variety of complex parts, from low to high volume production."

For more information contact:

Prima Power Laserdyne

8600 109th Ave. North, #400

Champlin, MN 55316


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