The labs at CMS Laser possess the capability of incorporating over eight different laser wavelengths ranging from nano to femtosecond pulse durations and power levels from milliwatt to multi-kilowatts. The experts at CMS Laser help determine the best-suited laser and optics configuration in terms of efficiency and cost-effectiveness. When the client verifies the application of the laser, the firm’s validation experts oversee the review process of the laser. The application is reviewed in two ways—pre-process alignment and post-process validation. CMS Laser’s labs have a variety of technologies including vision systems, 3D microscopes, heat and stress analyzers, pyrometers, and code readers. These tools are used to examine alignment requirements and post-process validation of the application, after which, the automation group reviews the customer’s requirements for transporting the parts. This defines how the part enters and exits the laser system. The labs have vision integrated robots, multi-in-line conveyors, and sub-micron multi-axis motion systems. CMS Laser labs perform empirical automated process testing to ensure performance before the commencement of the build cycle.
To address the challenges of plastic extrusion lines, CMS Laser has pioneered ‘On the Fly’ laser processing systems (OTF) with vision system feedback.
Control Micro Systems’ custom laser plastic welding systems provide economy, speed, accuracy, and repeatable welds for plastic production requirements
A major theme park collaborated with CMS Laser to develop and manufacture wrist bands. Each band is personalized with the customer’s name, laser marked on the inside and is used to allow visitors access to various park amenities using an embedded RFID tag. The specifications required CMS Laser to design pallets to hold ten bands spaced at a minimum of two inches to allow the RFIDs to be individually tested. The system was designed using palette conveyors and a co-linear vision system to recognize the image molded in the band and correct any offset in position before marking. Once marked, the vision system used optical character recognition (OCR) to verify the name with information retrieved from the network database. This helped the theme park to reduce production cost without compromising on efficiency.
CMS Laser’s focus is to help customers operate efficiently and optimize the investment that an organization spends toward laser technology. The firm is developing the future of plastic welding by utilizing its expertise in the space to analyze the disruptive trends and next-gen innovations.