The first laser beam was generated in 1960 with a ruby laser – today, about 60 years later – they are indispensable tools in industrial materials processing. In ablation, cutting, micromachining, drilling, or welding – in a great variety of procedures, they optimize manufacturing processes and make many future technologies even possible. For example, the electronics sector and the automotive or semiconductor industries benefit from the advanced capabilities of laser material processing.
However, process, material, work cycle, ambient conditions, and criteria such as throughput, precision, geometry, and size of the machining surface make very different demands on machine builders, system integrators, and also on the basic components of any system: The positioning of the workpiece, the laser, and their motion control. But the one and only system does not exist since solutions are as individual as there are different applications.