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Lasers in Automotive Industry

Innovation Driver Automotive Industry

Since the early 1980s, the automotive industry has been one of the driving forces behind innovative high-power laser applications. This industrial segment has stringent requirements regarding the quality and reliability of beam sources. In conjunction with cutting, welding and marking, lasers offer considerable benefits compared to conventional techniques. Improved flexibility and ease of automation, meet the central requirements of this sector. 

The first lasers were used to weld simple cylindrical parts, such as the components of an automatic transmission. The use of a CO2 laser minimized distortion allowing highly compact and affordable gear trains. Today, lasers are used to process complete vehicle bodies. Roof seam, door welding, three-dimensional cutting of hydroformed parts, annealing of door springs, marking of day & night panels are only a few examples out of a wide range of applications.