Coherent’s new laser solutions for the packaging industry
Coherent featured its range of laser based sub-systems and turnkey solutions for converting and label processing at Labelexpo Europe. The company’s PowerLine C series sub-systems integrate a CO2 laser, scan and beam guiding optics as well as an intelligent control software to enable a wide variety of kiss cutting, slitting, perforating, and marking tasks. Furthermore, a variety of configurations, including beam splitting and beam switching optics, deliver maximum operational flexibility. Additionally, Coherent provides complete, Class 1, turnkey solutions that integrate their sub-systems (with as many as nine different laser sources) with part handling, vision and other factory automation tasks.
The combination of high performance, high reliability CO2 laser sources and easy to use software make Coherent PowerLine C products an ideal solution for many labelling and converting tasks, including:
Perforating and scribing of labels and packaging in high speed processes, both cross web and in the direction of travel.
Precision marking, engraving, and micro processing of a wide range of labels and packaging, including polymers films, paper, foils, fabrics, and vulcanised rubber.
On the fly high speed cutting of stiffer packaging, such as cardboard or blister packages, at full web speed.
For both the system integrator and end user, Coherent’s StarFlex GUI software provides a consistent user interface across all systems, regardless of whether the process is in the web direction or cross web, and involves perforation, scribing, or other tasks. This reduces system development costs, and minimises the training required. Additionally, the software operates systems with up to nine lasers, and facilitates fast layout changes to minimise production downtime and reduce costs. Process parameters can even be changed and optimised without the need to stop the system.