Hypertherm has introduced a fiber laser cutting system designed with all components in a single package — including the power source, cutting head, gas supply, operator interface consoles, motion controls, and software. It claims the HyIntensity Fiber Laser HFL015 is a “solutions based” design will make it easier for fabricators and job shops to accomplish detailed cutting tasks.

Hypertherm develops metal cutting systems used in operations like shipbuilding, automotive repair, and general manufacturing. Its product range includes handheld and mechanized plasma and laser systems, consumables, CNC motion and height controls, and cutting software. Hypertherm systems are trusted for performance and reliability that results in increased productivity and profitability for tens of thousands of businesses.

The new HFL015 is one of five finalists selected by the New Hampshire High Technology Council’s Product of the Year and Judges' Award. The competition recognizes high-technology products and services linked to the state (Hypertherm is headquartered in Hanover, N.H.) that demonstrate excellence in innovation, performance, functionality, value, and uniqueness.

Fiber laser technology has a series of advantages over CO2 laser systems, in that it requires “virtually no maintenance,” according to Hypertherm, is more energy efficient, and occupies less space on the shop floor. A laser power supply is smaller than a CO2 supply; yet fiber delivery allows a laser beam to travel greater distances so larger cutting tables can be used.

The HFL015 system operates on established Hypertherm control platforms, with pre-developed cutting processes. This simplifies table integration and operation, contributing to better operating efficiency, compared to other laser cutting solutions. A single-emitter diode-based design supports performance reliability.

“Our fiber laser system is unique in that all of the components are engineered and designed to work together. Cutting application specialists defined and validated all of the cutting parameters so our partners and their customers can easily use laser for a broad range of applications including marking, efficient processing of gauge and fractional materials, and fine feature cutting,” stated Doug Shuda, Hypertherm’s fiber laser product manager. “Hypertherm partners and their customers no longer have to choose between plasma and laser. They can choose both, applying the best cutting technology for each particular job.”