Trumpf, the machine-tool builder and developer of laser production technology and medical systems, has earned Daimler AG's Key Supplier Award for Innovation. The presentation at Daimler's Key Supplier meeting in March acknowledged Trumpf's contribution to the development of the robot-driven laser welding system RobScan.

RobScan consists of a robotic arm integrated with programmable focusing optics and scanner optics for laser welding. Mirrors rapidly position the laser beam on each area within the processing field. As a result, spot and seams can be welded without moving the workpiece or the focusing optics.

Daimler's RobScan installation uses Trumpf TruDisk disk lasers. This technology makes it possible to link several robots to a beam source via the Trumpf LaserNetwork, powered by laser light cables and facilitating high laser capacity.

Compared to conventional welding methods, RobScan permits higher production speeds and a better weld seam quality. It also reduces flange widths, and thus the weight of the finished components.

“We have found the ideal partner in Trumpf with the development of RobScan,” according to Daimler director Dr. Thomas Weber, “because for both companies, innovation is not only a word, but part of our corporate culture.”

“We are very pleased to receive this award,” stated Jens Bleher, managing director Trumpf Laser- und System-technik, who accepted for Trumpf. “It shows us that our forward-looking innovations in laser technology offer our customers true added value.”