The recently rebranded Luxinar, previously Rofin-Sinar UK, will be exhibiting a selection of its SR series and OEM series sealed CO2 laser sources, from its expanding portfolio, on stand 3A05 at Labelexpo Europe in Brussels, between 24-27 September 2019.
The rebrand from Rofin-Sinar UK to Luxinar took effect from 25 June 2019, and marks a new chapter in the company’s 20-year history, building on the recent growth the company has seen in recent years. Luxinar continues to operate from its purpose-built manufacturing facility in Kingston upon Hull, UK, and currently employs over 180 people – both in the UK and overseas, with operations in China, Germany, Italy, South Korea, and USA.
Managing Director Klaus Leitner said: “While our name has changed, the core of our business remains the same. Our products are some of the most technologically sophisticated in the world, and they exist because of the people at the heart of Luxinar. With that foundation, we are continuing to pioneer cutting-edge laser technology, helping our customers across the world to sharpen their competitive edge.”
Visitors to Luxinar’s stand 3A05 at Labelexpo Europe will be able to see first-hand the popular SR 10i, SR 15i as well as the company’s best seller, OEM 45iX will also be on display.
Luxinar sealed CO2 laser sources can be used on a wide array of materials be they paper, card, plastic, polymer, foil, textiles, acrylic, rubber, FR4, glass, wood or ceramics, to mention a few. Applications range from cutting, drilling, kiss-cutting and perforating to marking, engraving, scribing and welding. Installed laser sources span a wide range of industries including, but not limited to, industrial, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care and security.
Solutions for flexography
For high-end flexo printing, Luxinar’s OEM 45iX is an ideal choice. The OEM series has become a best seller and market leader for the company due to its versatility and ease with which it can be integrated into existing production lines. Its short optical pulse with high peak power improves edge quality and minimises the heat affected zone. The power stability of 1% ensures a high level of process repeatability, making it an attractive solution. This makes the OEM 45iX the ideal candidate for direct laser engraving on flexo printing plates.
As a general rule, the desired speed of a laser source is proportional to the power level required. Therefore, for a more delicate product, or if a cost-sensitive solution is required, a laser from the Luxinar SR series could be a better option.
Solutions for digital printing and flexible packaging
CO2 laser-based machine tools are well-established across many industries and have become the tool of choice for both narrow and wide web applications. Laser processing provides flexibility, with extremely accurate control of cut depth, high repeatability and consistency without the need to change tools, unlike the mechanical alternatives.
A best seller for Luxinar is its OEM series. It is extremely versatile, coming with the same footprint in three wavelengths; 10.6µm, 10.25µm and 9.3µm. The large wavelength option allows companies to design modular machines to process PP, PET, PE, hybrid PET, BOPP (Biaxially Orientated Polypropylene), paper, and EVOH (Ethylene Vinyl alcohol) using the appropriate wavelength. It can be easily integrated into existing production lines, coupled with a galvo based system, a cutting head or a combination of both.
Manufacturers looking for scribing or scoring solutions for easy-tear, easy-opening and Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) applications can also consider Luxinar. For these applications, lasers in the SR series are the most suitable. IP66-rated, these lasers are ideal for the harshest environments where stringent hygiene regulations are in place (frequent hosing down cleaning). The simple control interface and compact mechanical design, allows easy integration.
Solutions for high speed marking and coding
Lasers are now a popular choice for food packaging companies for a number of reasons that include the versatility of the material they can mark and the longevity of the inscription compared to the alternative inkjet printing method. The MULTISCAN series from Luxinar is popular among customers seeking this application. The laser marker provides perfect line tracking and its compact size and reliability allow easy siting and ‘fit and forget’ low maintenance.
Food labelling legislation is becoming more stringent and there is pressure on the industry to mark lot numbers, batch codes and “best before” dates on products. This information must be frequently updated as they are applied to each item. Luxinar has the solution to support quick production of environmentally friendly labels.
MULTISCAN from Luxinar, is the fastest sealed CO2 laser marking system on the market. It offers an inkless method of applying alphanumeric text, QR codes, 2D and traditional barcodes as well as complex graphics to a wide variety of materials. The system can mark stationary or moving products 'on the fly' at speeds of up to 1200 characters per second on an area up to 300x300mm using flexible software; this enables intelligent data to be placed anywhere within the specified scan area. The IP66-rated MULTISCAN HE was specifically developed for harsh environments, such as the beverage industry. These specifications make it an attractive contender for customers needing small batch, just-in-time delivery solutions. As there is no tool change required, downtime is also reduced.
Try before you buy …
For manufacturer’s uncertain as to whether a sealed CO2 laser can be used in, or to improve, a specific manufacturing process, Luxinar is able to assist by conducting sample tests at their inhouse application laboratories. This service is available to any interested party, regardless of whether the client is an existing customer. The laboratories are well-equipped to conduct a range of processes. Whatever the process, Luxinar can assist to determine the best laser for an application. Sample turnaround times are rapid, and include detailed application reports with complimentary advice from experienced application engineers.
At your service – support when you need it
Whether you have a query, require a repair, need to exchange or purchase spare parts or require training, Luxinar’s dedicated service team is on hand. The team are specialists in sealed CO2 laser sources. Each member has an in-depth knowledge of laser technology, the Luxinar product portfolio, as well as a wealth of experience across a multitude of industries. What they don’t know about CO2 laser sources, is probably not worth knowing! With local contacts in Asia, Europe and USA, delays due to time zones are averted.