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Journal of KWJS 2013 August;31(4) :17-22.
Published online August 31, 2013.
Fiber Laser Welding in the Car Body Shop
- Laser Seam Stepper versus Remote Laser Welding -
Berthold Kessler1
1IPG Laser GmbH, Burbach, Germany
Correspondence: Berthold Kessler  Email:
  Published online August 31, 2013
The excellent beam quality of high power fiber lasers are commonly used for remote welding applications in body job applications. The Welding speed and productivity is unmatched with any other welding technology including resistance spot welding or traditional laser welding. High tooling cost for clamping and bulky safety enclosures are obstacles which are limiting the use. With the newly developed Laser stitch welding gun we have an integrated clamping in the process tool and the laser welding is shielded in a way that no external enclosure is needed. Operation of this laser welding gun is comparable with resistance spot welding but 2-times faster. Laser stitch welding is faster than spot welding and slower than remote welding. It is a laser welding tool with all the laser benefits like welding of short flanges, weld ability of Ultra High Strength steel, 3 layers welding and Aluminium welding. Together with low energy consumption and minimum operation cost of IPG fiber laser it is a new and sharp tool for economic car body assembly.
Keywords: LSS (Laser Seam Stepper) | Fiber laser | Welding | Car body | Automotive industry
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