Prima develops new fibre laser source in-house

Prima Power has completed the development of its own high power fibre laser source. According to Prima, this makes it the first laser machine manufacturer to develop its own source using fibre technology.

The 3kW CF3000 laser source has been the focus of intensive development activity spanning several years. Over the past six months it has been successfully piloted at selected customer sites and will be manufactured at Prima’s plants in Chicopee (Massachusetts, USA), Barone Canavese (Turin) and the Suzhou’s factory in China. The CF4000 (4kW) will be also introduced during the year.

Until now, the sole supplier of fibre laser sources to the Group was US-based IPG Photonics. Prima emphasises that will continue to maintain a close relationship with IPG and will offer its products as an alternative to the CF3000.

Prima Power says it is anticipating significant growth across the board from its laser machines – taking advantage of the recent introduction of new models such as Laser Next in the field of 3D laser cutting, (in particular for the automotive market), Platino 2.0 Fiber and Laser Genius in the segment of 2D cutting, and Combi Genius in the sector of laser punching combi machines.

Gianfranco Carbonato, chairman of Prima Industrie Group commented: “The Group's target for 2016, our first year of fibre laser production, is a gradual ramp-up in volumes up to approximately 10 units per month to be delivered to clients. The introduction of the new fibre laser source will be good news for our customers as it means all aspects of manufacturing and service will be controlled by the company.”

Prima Power www.primapower.com

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