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Rofin Lasers at the heart of medical device production

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Lasers have now become an integral part of the medical device manufacturing industry. Whether it’s the high speed production of miniature cardio-vascular stents, creating intricate spot welds of less than 100microns, welding and joining plastic components or creating high quality marks on medical implants, Rofin lasers, available from Laser Resources  are often at the heart of the solution.

The EasyMark 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 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 can process a diverse range of parts. An optional rotary axis provides further flexibility for marking cylindrical components. Accepted as one of the most compact laser marking systems on the market, EasyMArk operates from a conventional 240volt 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.

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 included 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.

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