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High-power laser systems
Over 44 Units Will Cut Hydroformed Tubes at
Tower Automotive and Metalsa Facilities
KANADA, ONTARIO, Canada, January 12, 2000 GSI
Lumonics™ has received a $12 -million order from
Tower Automotive of Milwaukee, Wis., and Metalsa of
Monterrey, Mexico, for over 44 AM153 modular high-power
laser systems that will be used to cut hydroformed tubes
and complete truck frames for the Daimler Chrysler DR
2002 program. The first systems will be installed in
April and the full order will be completed by year-end.
Tower Automotive and Metalsa ordered the AM153 with GSI
Lumonics' new robotic cutting head and a custom miniature
right angle cutting head developed by High YAG of Germany.
"The benefit of this system with the robotic head is
the flexibility," states Patrick D. Austin, vice
president of Sales, GSI Lumonics. "It allows the
customer to add, delete and move holes where needed."
According to Austin, other lasers of this power
range require a dedicated chiller with up to 75kW
capacity. However, where sufficient factory water is
available at 40 degrees centigrade (104 degree Fahrenheit)
or less, the AM153 needs only a 15kW chiller. This 80
percent reduction in the dedicated chiller requirement
results in significant savings in capital and operating
"Tower Automotive did an exhaustive search and
compared different laser suppliers. GSI Lumonics was the
clear winner," states a Tower spokesperson. DCT of
Sterling Heights, Mich., will be the integrator of the
The AM series robotic cutting head ordered by Tower
Automotive and Metalsa is an auto-focus robotic end-effector
designed specifically for use in automotive or other
industrial manufacturing environments where demands on
quality, production throughput and durability are
extremely high. The rugged, stainless steel laser cutting
head focuses the laser beam onto the workpiece, maintains
focus and delivers assist gas while cutting.
Small, narrow, lightweight and featuring a unique right-angle
design, the robotic cutting head provides a number of
usability benefits. It integrates seamlessly with robotic
control equipment and can access tight areas without
interference. The right-angle design allows fiber routing
without the loop typically found above cutting heads,
further enhancing access to the work area. Quick-change,
pre-aligned gas nozzles and focusing optics are time
savers. An optional closed caption television (CCTV)
monitoring system provides an image of the cutting head¹s
focal system through the laser optics.
GSI Lumonics Inc. brings laser-based automated advanced
manufacturing systems, instrumentation and components to
leading industrial companies worldwide. The Company
supplies products and service to the automotive,
aerospace, semiconductor, electronics, medical and
consumer packaging markets. GSI Lumonics™ shares
are listed on the NASDAQ (GSLI) and the Toronto Stock
Exchange (LSI). The Company¹s web site is at www.gsilumonics.com.
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