Laser World of Photonics: SCANLAB presents new scan head generation and innovative software for laser process control

THE SCANmotionControl software delivers precision and process control

SCANLAB will exhibit its latest innovations at Laser World of Photonics 2023. The company will showcase the intelliSCAN IV series and SCANmotionControl software, which enhances laser process control.

intelliSCAN IV series: Compact high-performance scan heads

The scan heads of the new intelliSCAN IV series set standards in terms of compactness, performance, and integration capability. Thanks to reduced dimensions and integrated water cooling, they offer greater stability and a 20% increase in dynamics compared to previous models.

The intelliSCAN IV is characterised by its ease of integration into a wide range of system concepts. The housing is dust- and water-protected, meeting the IP66 protection class, and includes an interlock connection for integration into a safety circuit. A key feature is the novel cooling concept. The housing integrates water cooling channels, which ensure temperature stability for the galvanometer scanners, beam inlet, and electronics.

The new scan head generation is compatible with all RTC drive boards from SCANLAB. Users can choose between classic scanner control with a tracking error or the SCANahead control known from the excelliSCAN series to exploit the full dynamic potential of the scan head.

In addition, the intelliSCAN IV is “ready for SCANmotionControl”. The new software enables unprecedented process control while minimising processing times.

SCANmotionControl for laser process control

SCANmotionControl is a trajectory planning software designed for scan systems that tracks dynamic-limited setpoints. Through the simultaneous adjustment of laser power and scan speed, SCANmotionControl offers process control and maximises throughput. The software ensures precise application of laser energy, maintaining the defined intensity at the desired location and time. Additionally, the inclusion of simulation and parameter optimisation significantly reduces process development time.

The new software can be integrated with both excelliSCAN and intelliSCAN IV systems. Particularly in demanding applications, such as additive manufacturing, the combination of scan heads and software enables movements that are synchronized with the laser. Essentially, these solutions are attractive to customers who require maximum productivity with the highest quality.

Extended modular portfolio for flexible scanning solutions

“Our customers desire solutions that are optimally tailored to their requirements, and they value our extensive choice in scan systems,” emphasises Georg Hofner, CEO of SCANLAB. “The intelliSCAN IV is a highly attractive addition to our portfolio, and with the innovative SCANmotionControl software, we are adding a new dimension to the SCANLAB modular system.”

SCANLAB’s CTO Christian Sonner added: “Our product innovations are the result of strong teamwork. We are delighted that the SCANmotionControl software has been nominated for the Photonics Innovation Award 2023. Knowing that the flexible combinability of our scan solutions is important to our customers, all future scan heads will be ‘ready for SCANmotionControl’.”