SCANLAB celebrates 20 years of laser-beam positioning

Aug. 12, 2010
Puccheim, Germany--SCANLAB, an OEM manufacturer of scan solutions for the deflection and positioning of laser beams, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Puccheim, Germany--SCANLAB AG, an OEM manufacturer of scan solutions for the deflection and positioning of laser beams in three dimensions, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Founded in 1990, SCANLAB has grown to more than 100 employees with annual sales exceeding nearly $45 million dollars.

SCANLAB’s galvanometer scanners, scan heads, and scan systems are used for industrial laser materials processing, as well as in medical and biomedical technology. SCANLAB participates in the semiconductor, automotive, solar, and medical technology industries, serving customers in such application areas as marking, microstructuring, cutting, and welding. Their North American subsidiary SCANLAB America is located near Chicago in Saint Charles, IL.

Numerous product names are associated with the company’s growth and technological advances, including the hurrySCAN, intelliSCAN, and SCANcube scan-head series, and the RTC line of control boards.

At Photonics West 2010, SCANLAB introduced its first Laser Material Processing Software called laserDESK, which supports all capabilities of the RTC5 controller board and SCANLAB’s control and servo concept called iDRIVE. laserDESK offers 20-bit position signals, a 24-bit virtual image field for layout positioning when processing on the fly, dynamic memory management of the 1 MB buffer, a simple-to-use I/O communication interface for a PC, integrated laser control with error monitoring that requires no additional hardware, and the ability to query multiple status information in real time.

SCANLAB said that its customers have helped the company by demanding (and trusting SCANLAB’s ability to achieve) steady advances in scanner technology.


--Posted by Gail Overton; [email protected];

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