Laser welding has come closer to fully autonomous operations. The system can almost do everything completely on its own. There are different levels of automation, three to be exact. Welding engineers continue to be cutting edge with beam manipulation and shaping. They can change beam oscillation amplitude or frequency. The next step that needs to be taken is automatic parameter adjustments. If the technology knows how and when to adjust, no human intervention will be needed whatsoever.
- Level zero gives the automation program no autonomy over the welding.
- Beam shaping is typically either done by beam oscillation or beam manipulation.
- Automation surely makes the job much easier but manual intervention is still needed to make sure everything goes as planned.
“Beam manipulation and shaping has been around for years, and one of the oldest forms is the twin spot technique. The beam emerges from the fiber delivery cable and through a collimation optic, like any solid-state-laser setup.”