Diode lasers in the oil and gas industry
The development of oil and gas fields requires high-performing drilling tools. These are subjected to huge stress and would not reach long lifetimes without wear protection. This is why special coatings, that are more and more frequently realized with laser cladding, have become the standard for some time now. Here, Laserline's LDF and LDM diode lasers have obtained very good results.
Cladding with lasers
Diode lasers in tool- and mould-making
Heat treatments can be realized with the help of diode lasers in a more flexible, precise, and often more economical way than with other laser beam sources or other tools like gas flames, infrared rays, and induction coils, e.g. for the selective hardening of gripping tools or mold surfaces at particularly stressed areas.
Diode lasers in the plastics industry
Increasingly, items such as aircraft parts, pressure vessels, seals, and pipes that have traditionally been made of steel or aluminum are being replaced by ones made out of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic based on plastomers (CFRP). The use of CRFP improves the mechanical properties of the product and can create a weight savings of up to 70 percent.
Early exploited fields of apllication for Laserline's diode lasers are e.g. tape laying and tape wrapping of fiber-reinforced plastics, in which the laid or wrapped tapes are welded with the help of diode lasers. These methods are used, amongst others, in the production of seamless tubes, e.g. for offshore applications.