16 February 2011

Rofin Lasers at the heart of medical device production

With an installed base exceeding 30,000 systems worldwide, Rofin is recognized as the leading manufacturer of lasers and laser based solutions for industrial materials processing.

Lasers have now become an integral part of the medical device manufacturing industry and today Rofin’s laser technology has reached a level where there are products and solutions available for a diverse range of applications. Whether it’s the high speed production of miniature cardio-vascular stents, creating intricate spot welds of less than 100 microns, welding and joining plastic components or creating high quality marks on medical implants, Rofin lasers are often at the heart of the solution.

Rofin-Baasel UK Limited will be a key contributor to the MEDTEC 2011 exhibition and use this venue to showcase examples of marking and welding systems from their extensive range of laser sources and solutions available for the medical device industry.

Laser Marking – Fast, Flexible and Durable
The EasyMark II system from Rofin uses a diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser source which is capable of marking the wide range of metal and plastic components typically found within the medical device industry.

Lasers provide the benefits of non-contact, abrasion-resistant, permanent marking with predictable and consistent results. The EasyMark II system can be used to generate alpha-numeric content, vector or rastered graphics, grey-scale, bar codes or data matrix codes. With a marking field of 120mm x 120mm and the capacity to accommodate components up to 450mm x 150mm x 200mm in size, EasyMark II can process a diverse range of parts. An optional rotary axis provides further flexibility for marking cylindrical components.

Renowned as one of the most compact laser marking systems on the market, EastMark II operates from a conventional 240 volt power socket, does not require any external cooling, and has the same safety rating as a CD player thanks to the fully enclosed (Class 1) marking area. The self contained and compact desktop configuration means that the unit is easily portable, allowing more freedom in the choice of location and operation.

Rofin’s Visual Laser Marker (VLM) Software allows the layout generation and transfer of the required marking data to be sent straight from the PC to the laser marker. Standard focusing and positioning aids ensure that the system can be easily operated following a short introduction and training course.

Micro and Precision Welding
Welding medical device components requires absolute precision and consistency. Rofin’s StarWeld Select is a self contained and fully integrated welding system that provides the stable platform required for many different welding applications.

Ergonomically designed, the system includes four high precision axes which can be controlled manually by use of a joystick or operated under full CNC control. This concept provides a high degree of flexibility for welding applications on medical device components. A flow controlled exhaust system with HEPA filters is also incorporated and a closed loop cooling system enables continuous operation. StarWeld Select can be used to weld many different materials including:- stainless steel, gold, silver, platinum, titanium and memory shape alloys.

StarWeld Select offers the user as much automation as they desire, with the minimum of complexity. All parameters are easily adjusted using the multi-function joystick and the large colour touch screen.

Rofin-Baasel UK Limited can be found on Stand Number 1515 at the MEDTEC 2011 Exhibition, NEC in Birmingham between the 6th and 7th of April 2011

Dave MacLellan - Sales Manager Micro Group
Mr.Mike Batchelor - Sales Manager Marking Group

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