Automotive

Fiber Lasers have multiple uses within the automotive industry due to the large number of benefits that they offer compared to more conventional methods, such as having greater flexibility, superior quality, increased productivity and improved profitability. The rate at which fiber lasers are being adopted into industrial sectors such as the automotive industry is rapidly increasing year upon year.

SPI Lasers and the automotive industry

With fiber lasers being excellent for Laser markingLaser welding, Laser drillingLaser cutting, it can bring benefits such as Day and Night Marking of plastic that is used on buttons throughout the car, therefore allowing them to glow at night.

Heating is conventionally induced by a furnace, flame, arc or induction coil. In contrast, the Laser beam is focused or shaped into a suitable pattern and scanned over the component. The high energy density Laser beam heats the surface much more... read more >

Engine, transmission and drive train components must be extremely robust yet as small and lightweight as possible. To get the most from these components they need proper lubrication and fluid flow properties. Holes around 0.5mm diameter in iron... read more >

According to IBIS World, a total of 86 million cars were produced globally in 2013, which leaves an enormous amount of possibilities for the application of additive manufacturing in the field.Additive manufacturing has already been used in the... read more >

We all know how important it is to be eco-friendly, which is why more of us are taking action and opting for electric vehicles. These cars are powered by lithium ion batteries which are smaller and lighter than traditional vehicle batteries.... read more >

Case Study

Laser Scribing for Chip Control

Posted on 06/11/2015

Conventional turning operations are commonly used in the production of round parts, particularly in the automotive industry. Cutting tools remove material by creating a chip that in theory, is rather short so it falls to the bottom of the... read more >

Case Study

Hydrofoam & Body Cutting

Posted on 06/11/2015

Hydroform tubes are used for high strength and high stiffness, as well as convoluted shapes for truck frames, engine cradles, radiator supports, instrument panel beams, and other components. Some holes can be pierced in the Hydroform die, however... read more >

Case Study

Welding Fuel Injectors

Posted on 06/11/2015

Fuel injectors are extremely precise devices that require controlled hermetic welds to ensure their operation and safety.Excessive heat or distortion can produce fuel delivery rate or spray pattern anomalies that result in scrap. Distortion can... read more >

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Con-rod Scribing

Posted on 06/11/2015

Engine connecting rods must be lightweight, strong and have very high tolerances at the crank bearing for long life. Originally, the crank bearing opening on the forged rod was machined separately and measured so a suitable 'mate' could be found to... read more >

Case Study

Wire Stripping

Posted on 06/11/2015

Our pulsed Fiber Lasers can be used in CW mode to strip cables, mainly enamel off copper wires for an automatic magnet wire stripping system for the Automotive Industry, incorporating four lasers. I can tell you more about this shortly, as... read more >

Case Study

Welding Air Bag Initiators

Posted on 27/02/2015

Laser welding live initiators calls for excellent Laser control and the most robust fiber optic delivery systems on the market. Hermetic welds in these thin wall devices are critical to their operation and lifetime.Maintaining the proper weld... read more >