Lasers for Industrial Applications: Global Markets

  • October 2013
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  • BCC Research
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  • 143 pages

STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The study goals and objectives are as follows:
• To provide the reader with a better understanding of the industrial laser market: past, present and future.
• To ensure the reader understands the benefits and deficiencies of each of the lasers included. The lasers included are carbon dioxide, Nd:YAG, fiber, disc and direct diode.
• To understand the growth trajectories of each of these lasers for industrial applications.
• To understand the industrial applications for which these lasers are used including welding, cutting, sintering, marking, and additive manufacturing, among others, and the industries (e.g., automotive, factory, airplane) in which they are used.
• To provide the reader with an understanding of the safety concerns for each of these lasers.

REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY

The industrial laser market is highly interesting, growing rapidly, and often technology-driven.
While the carbon dioxide and neodymium YAG lasers have been used for industrial applications for some years, the fiber, disk and diode lasers are just coming into their own, with most of their market opportunity ahead of them.
The market for industrial lasers is in a strong-growth mode. This is because industrial lasers are replacing other, older industrial tools at a noteworthy rate. It is both interesting and exciting to see the footprint of the industrial laser, and how it is changing traditional business practices.
While there has been much anecdotal information about the market for industrial lasers, we believe a comprehensive report on the various aspects of this topic will shed light on where it is going.

SCOPE OF REPORT

The laser is a fascinating tool that has had its impact on many markets, including consumer, medical, scientific, communications, and industrial, among others.
The scope of this report is the industrial market; how lasers are used to allow us to better manufacture products through such processes as welding, sintering, cutting, and marking.
Lasers help businesses perform better by providing labor–saving tools that operate more efficiently and precisely than more traditional methods.
In today’s age of green technology, lasers can help us use power more efficiently and safely. The following lasers are discussed in detail in this report:
• Nd:YAG.
• Carbon Dioxide.
• Fiber Laser.
• Disk.
• Direct Diode.

INTENDED AUDIENCE

The audience is any individual or organization that stands to gain by the growth of this industry. The audience includes the manufacturers of the lasers themselves; those involved in the supporting infrastructure that provides the components for the laser; those integrators that provide the gear that surrounds the laser in a system; customers or would-be customers who want to better understand how industrial lasers can improve their workplace; and analysts interested in investing in growth sectors.

INFORMATION SOURCES

The report is derived from information provided by knowledgeable sources in the market, including those who work at the companies making lasers and systems, as well as customers using the equipment. Secondary sources such as published works also were used extensively.

ANALYST CREDENTIALS

The author, C. David Chaffee, has been a writer and analyst in the photonics industry for 31 years. He has written innumerable articles on photonics, markets for photonics, and the technologies they deploy.
Mr. Chaffee has written two books on fiber optics: The Rewiring of America: The Fiber Optics Revolution (Academic Press) and Building the Global Fiber Optic Superhighway (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich).
He wrote the first newsletter in fiber optics entitled Fiber Optics News, as well as more than 25 market research reports in the photonics area for companies including CIR Research, Laurin Publishing, Phillips Publishing and Chaffee Fiber Optics.
Companies he has worked for include Brimrose Corporation, LightCounting, OSA (the Optical Society) and Photonics Spectra Magazine.
He also formerly worked at Ciena Corporation, a photonics and high tech company, as Corporate Editor, responsible for all written communication coming from the company.
He has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park and has worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

REPORT HIGHLIGHTS

This report provides:
• An overview of the global market for lasers used in industrial applications.
• Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2012, estimates for 2013, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2018.
• A breakdown of application segments, including medical, precision cutting, continuous and spot welding, cladding, drilling, bending, engraving, sintering, soldering, laser scribing, optical pumping, test and measurement, remote sensing, coherent laser radar, interferometry, materials channelization, and photonic doppler velocitemetry.
• A separate examination of the surrounding equipment market, including hardware, software, optical fiber cable, and chillers.
• Comprehensive company profiles of major players in the industry.

Table Of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION 2

STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES 2
REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY 2
SCOPE OF REPORT 2
INTENDED AUDIENCE 3
INFORMATION SOURCES 3
ANALYST CREDENTIALS 3
RELATED REPORTS 4
BCC ON-LINE SERVICES 4
DISCLAIMER 4

CHAPTER 2 SUMMARY 6

UNMISTAKABLE TREND LINES 6
SUMMARY TABLE REVENUE FOR LASER MARKET, THROUGH 2018 ($ MILLIONS) 7
SUMMARY FIGURE REVENUE FOR LASER MARKET, 2012-2018 ($ MILLIONS) 7
OTHER INDUSTRY PARALLELS 8
HIGH-POWERED LASERS TO DOMINATE REVENUES 10
PREPARING FOR THE INDUSTRIAL LASER FUTURE 12

CHAPTER 3 OVERVIEW 15

THE INDUSTRIAL LASER INDUSTRY 15
CONCEPTS IN THE INDUSTRY 15
IMPORTANCE OF THE INDUSTRY 16
THE DAY OF THE DESIGNER LASER IS HERE 16
CANNIBALIZING REARS ITS UGLY HEAD 17
PRODUCT LIFECYCLE 17
TECHNOLOGY LIFECYCLE 18
NO CLEAR WINNER FOR INDUSTRIAL LASER TYPE 19
TABLE 1 FIRST- AND SECOND-GENERATION INDUSTRIAL LASERS 19
HISTORY OF THE INDUSTRY 19
HIGHEST VOLUME OF INDUSTRIAL LASERS FOR MARKING, ENGRAVING 20
TABLE 2 FIRST COMMERCIAL USE OF INDUSTRIAL LASERS 20
CARBON DIOXIDE LASERS EMERGE AS EARLY WORKHORSE 21
FORESEEABLE FUTURE EVENTS 22
INTRA-LASER COMPETITION ENDS ERA OF GOOD FEELING 23
GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS 24
ANSI Z136.1 - SAFE USE OF LASERS 24
ANSI Z136.3 - SAFE USE OF LASERS IN HEALTH CARE 24
ANSI Z136.4 - RECOMMENDED PRACTICE FOR LASER SAFETY
MEASUREMENTS FOR HAZARD EVALUATION 24
ANSI Z136.5 - SAFE USE OF LASERS IN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS 24
ANSI Z136.6 - SAFE USE OF LASERS OUTDOORS 24
ANSI Z136.7 - TESTING AND LABELING OF LASER PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT 25
LASER CLASSIFICATION 25
TABLE 3 PATHOLOGICAL EFFECT OF LASERS BY WAVELENGTH 27
CONCLUSIONS 27

CHAPTER 4 WORKHORSE CARBON DIOXIDE LASER CONTINUES TO LEAD MARKET 29

THE CARBON DIOXIDE LASER: PUTTING INDUSTRIAL LASERS ON THE MAP 29
DISCOVERY AND FIRST APPLICATIONS 29
PUTTING INDUSTRIAL LASERS ON THE MAP 30
THE FIRST HIGH-POWERED CARBON DIOXIDE LASERS 30
TABLE 4 TYPES OF CARBON DIOXIDE LASERS 31
U.S. MILITARY SHOWS MAJOR INTEREST 31
CURRENT STATUS OF CARBON DIOXIDE LASER USE 32
TABLE 5 CARBON DIOXIDE LASER MODES 34
RECENTLY INTRODUCED PRODUCTS AT LASER MUNICH 2013 34
TABLE 6 CARBON DIOXIDE LASERS INTRODUCED AT LASER MUNICH 2013 36
THE MARKET FOR CARBON DIOXIDE LASERS 36
TABLE 7 GLOBAL MARKET FOR CARBON DIOXIDE LASERS, THROUGH 2018 ($
MILLIONS) 37
GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION FOCUSED ON ASIA, EUROPE 37
TABLE 8 GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION OF CARBON DIOXIDE LASERS THROUGH
2018 (%) 38
WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS 38

CHAPTER 5 FIBER LASERS 40

HISTORY OF FIBER LASERS 40
EARLIEST FIBER LASER APP WAS NOT A HUGE MARKET 41
BIG DIFFERENCES BETWEEN FIBER LASERS, FIRST-GENERATION LASERS 41
IPG BRILLIANTLY REALIZED EARLY IMPORTANCE OF LASER DIODES 42
ARE FIBER LASERS THE BEST? 45
MOBIUS ACQUISITION CONTINUES FIBER LASER THEME FOR IPG 46
OFS, JDS UNIPHASE (JDSU) SEEN AS POTENTIAL COMPETITORS TO IPG 46
MANIPULATION TO THE APPLICATION SEEN AS A BENEFIT TO MAJOR FIBER
LASERS 48
TABLE 9 GLOBAL FIBER LASER MARKET, THROUGH 2018 ($ MILLIONS) 49
GEOGRAPHICAL MARKETS FOR FIBER LASERS 49
ASIA HEADS MARKET, FOLLOWED BY EUROPE, NORTH AMERICA 49
SOUTH KOREA, TURKEY SEEN AS COMING FIBER LASER HOTBEDS 50
TABLE 10 GEOGRAPHICAL DISPERSION FOR FIBER LASERS, 2012-2018 (%) 50
ONGOING GROWTH EXPECTED IN THE FIBER LASER INDUSTRY 50
HIGH-POWERED LASER MARKET EXPERIENCES INCREASING INTEREST 51
TABLE 11 GLOBAL HIGH-POWERED (1 KW AND ABOVE) FIBER LASER MARKET
THROUGH 2018 ($ MILLIONS) 51
A TECHNOLOGY TURNAROUND 53
FIBER LASERS REPLACING CO2 LASERS AT SIGNIFICANT RATE 53
RECENT TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES AT LASER MUNICH 2013 54
TRUMPF INTRODUCES 1 KW FIBER LASER 54
CONCLUSION 55

CHAPTER 6 NEODYMIUM YAG LASERS 58

FLASHLAMP OPTION EVENTUALLY SEEN ON THE WAY OUT 58
TABLE 12 NEODYMIUM:YAG SUPPLIERS BY NATION 59
PREPONDERANCE OF COMPANIES REMAIN BASED IN U.S., GERMANY 59
ONE WARNING SIGN: VERY LITTLE NEW AT LASER MUNICH 2013 60
GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION FOR ND:YAG LASERS 60
TABLE 13 GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION: ND:YAG LASERS, 2012-2018 (%) 61
SOUTH KOREA, CHINA ARE HOTSPOTS 61
THE MARKET FOR NEODYMIUM:YAG LASERS 61
TABLE 14 GLOBAL MARKET FOR ND:YAG LASERS, THROUGH 2018 ($ MILLIONS) 62
CONCLUSIONS 62

CHAPTER 7 DISK LASERS 65

TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANTAGES OF DISK LASERS EXPLORED 65
TECHNOLOGICAL PROS /CONS WEIGHED VERSUS FIBER LASERS 66
TABLE 15 FIBER VS DISK LASERS: TECHNOLOGICAL COMPARISON 67
TRUMPF TWO-IN-ONE FIBER DELIVERY SYSTEM IS IMPRESSIVE 67
RAPID GROWTH FOR DISK LASERS COMING 68
TABLE 16 GLOBAL MARKET FOR DISK LASERS, THROUGH 2018 ($ MILLIONS) 69
TRUMPF'S MAJOR ADVANTAGE IN DISK LASERS SEEN AS SIMILAR TO IPG'S IN
FIBER LASERS 69
CONCLUSION 70

CHAPTER 8 DIRECT DIODE LASERS 72

TABLE 17 TECHNOLOGY COMPARISON: DIRECT DIODE, FIBER AND DISK LASER
TYPES 72
TABLE 18 TRUMPF DIRECT LASER DIODE PRODUCT CAPABILITY 74
A PROBLEM AREA 74
FOCUS OF DEBATE: EFFICIENCY VS. BEAM BRIGHTNESS 75
MARKET SEEN DOUBLING TO $130 MILLION BY 2018 76
TABLE 19 GLOBAL MARKET FOR DIRECT DIODE LASER SYSTEMS THROUGH 2018 ($
MILLIONS) 76
WHO WILL BE THE GAME CHANGER FOR DIRECT DIODE LASERS? 76
RECENT TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES 77
CONCLUSION 77

CHAPTER 9 SHORT-PULSED LASERS 80

MAJOR BUZZ ABOUT ULTRAFAST LASERS AT LASER MUNICH 80
OFS DOING RESEARCH IN THIS AREA 82
TABLE 20 GLOBAL MARKET FOR ULTRAFAST LASERS, THROUGH 2018 ($ MILLIONS) 82
CONCLUSION 82

CHAPTER 10 LOW POWER INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS 84

LASER MARKING, ENGRAVING: AN ENORMOUS APPLICATION 85
TABLE 21 THREE TYPES OF LASER ENGRAVING MACHINES 85
MATERIALS THAT CAN BE ENGRAVED OR MARKED BY A LASER 89
FIBER LASERS IMPROVE ABILITY TO ENGRAVE POLYMERIC MATERIALS 91
LASER ENGRAVING OF ANILOX ROLLS 92
SUBSURFACE LASER ENGRAVING (SSLE) 92
IPG ENTERS FIBER LASERS IN LOWER POWERED SPACE 93
LASER SYSTEMS USED FOR LOWER POWER CUTTING 94
HISTORY OF LASER CUTTING 95
TABLE 22 LASING MACHINE BY APPLICATION 96
LASER ENERGY ABSORPTION AND MELT-VAPOR FRONT 98
MELT EXPULSION 99
LASER PEENING 100
LASER ACCELEROMETERS 100
LASER BONDING 101
MARK QUALITY 101
THE LASER MARKING PROCESS 102

CHAPTER 11 HIGH-POWERED APPLICATIONS 104

LASER ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SEEN AS MAJOR GROWTH AREA 104
LASER CLADDING SEEN AS A HIGH-GROWTH AREA 105
FIBER LASERS SEEN EXCELLING IN HIGH POWERED APPLICATIONS 107
DEFENSE APPLICATIONS OF HIGH-POWER FIBER LASERS 109
LASERS PLAY MAJOR ROLE IN DECOMMISSIONING NUCLEAR PLANTS 111
CONCLUSION 116

CHAPTER 12 THE LASER COMPONENTS MARKET 118

LASER COMPONENTS READY FOR GROWING SHORT PULSE MARKET 121
IMPORTANCE OF FILTERS DISCUSSED 123

CHAPTER 13 PATENTS 126

IMRA FILES SUIT AGAINST COHERENT 126
NUFERN IS AN IMRA LICENSEE 127

CHAPTER 14 LASER SAFETY 129

REGULATIONS 131
REVISED SYSTEM CLASSIFICATIONS 133
Class 1 Laser Product 133
Class 1M Laser Product 133
Class 2 Laser Product 134
Class 2M Laser Product 134
Class 3R Laser Product 134
Class 3B Laser Product 134
Class 4 Laser Product 135
OLD SYSTEM CLASSIFICATIONS 135
Class I 135
Class II 135
Class IIa 135
Class IIIa 136
Class IIIb 136
Class IV 136
GENERAL PRECAUTIONS 136
PROTECTIVE EYEWEAR 137
FIBER OPTICS FOR COMMUNICATIONS 138
NON-BEAM HAZARDS - ELECTRICAL AND OTHER 139

CHAPTER 15 CORPORATE PROFILES 142

ADVANCED OPTICAL TECHNOLOGY 142
ALABAMA LASER 142
ALLTEC GMBH 142
ALNAIR LABORATORIES 142
APPLIED LASER ENGINEERING 143
ARCTIC PHOTONICS 143
BandW TEK 143
BRIGHT SOLUTIONS 143
CAB PRODUKTTECHNIK GMBH 144
CHANGCHUN NEW INDUSTRIES 144
CINCINNATI 144
COHERENT 144
COMPACT LASER SOLUTIONS 144
CONTINUUM LASERS 145
CONVERGENT LASER TECHNOLOGIES 145
CRYLAS GMBH 145
CRYSTALASER 145
CVI MELLES GRIOT 145
DILAS DIODE LASER 146
EDGEWAVE GMBH 146
EDINBURGH INSTRUMENTS 146
EKSPLA 146
ELECTROX 146
ELK INDUSTRIES 147
EOLITE SYSTEMS 147
EPNER TECHNOLOGY 147
ES TECHNOLOGY 147
GEOLA DIGITAL UAB 147
IB LASER GMBH 148
IMRA AMERICA 148
INNOLAS UK 148
INNOLIGHT GMBH 148
IPG PHOTONICS 148
JDSU 149
JEN-OPTIK LASERS AND MATERIALS PROCESSING 149
L-3 COMMUNICATIONS 149
LASAG INDUSTRIAL LASERS 149
LASEA SA 149
LASER ENGINEERING 150
LASERLINE GMBH 150
LASIT 150
LITRON LASERS 150
LOCKHEED MARTIN ACULIGHT 150
LOTIS TII 151
LTG LASERTECH GROUP 151
MANLIGHT SAS 151
MEGAOPTO 151
MEGAWATT LASERS 151
MENLO SYSTEMS 152
MILLENNIUM LASER SYSTEMS 152
MONOCROM 152
MPB COMMUNICATIONS 152
NEOLIGHT TECHNOLOGIES 152
NEWPORT CORP. 153
NEW STAR LASERS 153
NKT PHOTONICS 153
NLIGHT CORP. 153
NORTHROP GRUMMAN SPACE TECHNOLOGY 153
NP PHOTONICS 154
NUFERN 154
OFS 154
ORBITS LIGHTWAVE 154
OZ OPTICS 154
PARALLAX TECHNOLOGY 155
PHOTONICS INDUSTRIES INTERNATIONAL 155
POLARONYX 155
POWERLASE 155
PRC LASER 155
PRECO 156
PRIMA INDUSTRIE SPA 156
PROSCAN ELEKTRONISCHE SYSTEMS GMBH 156
PULSE SYSTEMS 156
QUANTEL SA 156
ROFIN BAASEL UK 157
RPMC LASERS 157
SYNOVA SA 157
SYNRAD 157
TIME-BANDWIDTH PRODUCTS 157
TOPTICA PHOTONICS 158
TRUMPF 158
VISION ENGRAVING AND ROUTING SYSTEMS 158
WESTERN PHOTONICS TECHNOLOGY 158



LIST OF TABLES

SUMMARY TABLE REVENUE FOR LASER MARKET, THROUGH 2018 ($ MILLIONS) 7
TABLE 1 FIRST- AND SECOND-GENERATION INDUSTRIAL LASERS 19
TABLE 2 FIRST COMMERCIAL USE OF INDUSTRIAL LASERS 20
TABLE 3 PATHOLOGICAL EFFECT OF LASERS BY WAVELENGTH 27
TABLE 4 TYPES OF CARBON DIOXIDE LASERS 31
TABLE 5 CARBON DIOXIDE LASER MODES 34
TABLE 6 CARBON DIOXIDE LASERS INTRODUCED AT LASER MUNICH 2013 36
TABLE 7 GLOBAL MARKET FOR CARBON DIOXIDE LASERS, THROUGH 2018 ($
MILLIONS) 37
TABLE 8 GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION OF CARBON DIOXIDE LASERS THROUGH
2018 (%) 38
TABLE 9 GLOBAL FIBER LASER MARKET, THROUGH 2018 ($ MILLIONS) 49
TABLE 10 GEOGRAPHICAL DISPERSION FOR FIBER LASERS, 2012-2018 (%) 50
TABLE 11 GLOBAL HIGH-POWERED (1 KW AND ABOVE) FIBER LASER MARKET
THROUGH 2018 ($ MILLIONS) 51
TABLE 12 NEODYMIUM:YAG SUPPLIERS BY NATION 59
TABLE 13 GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION: ND:YAG LASERS, 2012-2018 (%) 61
TABLE 14 GLOBAL MARKET FOR ND:YAG LASERS, THROUGH 2018 ($ MILLIONS) 62
TABLE 15 FIBER VS DISK LASERS: TECHNOLOGICAL COMPARISON 67
TABLE 16 GLOBAL MARKET FOR DISK LASERS, THROUGH 2018 ($ MILLIONS) 69
TABLE 17 TECHNOLOGY COMPARISON: DIRECT DIODE, FIBER AND DISK LASER
TYPES 72
TABLE 18 TRUMPF DIRECT LASER DIODE PRODUCT CAPABILITY 74
TABLE 19 GLOBAL MARKET FOR DIRECT DIODE LASER SYSTEMS THROUGH 2018 ($
MILLIONS) 76
TABLE 20 GLOBAL MARKET FOR ULTRAFAST LASERS, THROUGH 2018 ($ MILLIONS) 82
TABLE 21 THREE TYPES OF LASER ENGRAVING MACHINES 85
TABLE 22 LASING MACHINE BY APPLICATION 96



LIST OF FIGURES

SUMMARY FIGURE REVENUE FOR LASER MARKET, 2012-2018 ($ MILLIONS) 7

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