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Laser drilling relies on lasers to heat, melt and vaporize a material—causing it to increase in volume. The resulting pressure quickly expels the vaporized material, leaving behind the hole.
Compared to other drilling methods, lasers offer superior speed and precision while lowering operating costs. As a result, they’re finding a home in a variety of industries, from automotive to medical device manufacturing.
They also play an important role in the pharmaceutical industry—drilling osmotic pump tablets at high speeds while maintaining extremely close tolerances.
LASER DRILLING METHODS
The most basic laser drilling method is single pulse drilling—a simple, clean and fast process that has led to several variations, including:
Percussion drilling. This method is similar to single pulse drilling, but instead of using one large burst of energy, it uses several short, lower-energy bursts. Percussion drilling lets you create deeper, more accurate holes. Because less material vaporizes with each pulse, you can also drill holes with smaller diameters.
Trepanning. During this process, the laser works like a drill bit. First, the beam pierces a hole in the material. It then enlarges the hole by moving outwards in an ever-increasing circular pattern. Trepanning is a highly precise process that creates larger holes with burr-free edges.
Helical drilling. This method is similar to trepanning except it doesn’t make a starter hole. Instead, the laser drills through the material immediately—starting from the center and moving outwards until it achieves its desired diameter. You can adjust the beam’s focus in real time, ensuring hole measurements are consistent.
We’re an industry innovator in designing and building laser tablet drilling systems for pharmaceutical applications. Our systems drill small apertures—600 μm to 1 mm—into osmotic pump tablets at speeds of 140,000 tablets per hour. They also achieve an infinite number of sizes and pattern variations. We can even add vision capabilities for more precise control of aperture quality.
Laser drilling makes no mechanical contact with plastic parts, allowing you to precisely control the shapes and sizes of holes with no tooling changeovers. Our laser drilling systems are used in a variety of applications—from spray nozzle valves, to irrigation tape.
From automotive to medical device manufacturing, many industries utilize our custom laser systems to drill holes into metal components.
Because they focus energy into small areas, our laser drilling systems reduce strain on ceramic parts—all while offering superior precision and reliability compared to traditional drilling methods.
Explore several of CMS Laser’s industrial manufacturing systems below. Due to confidentiality requirements, many of our applications cannot be publicly displayed.
CMS Laser has thousands of systems placed with hundreds of clients around the world, from multinational corporations working in several countries to niche companies serving a specific part of one industry. Use the form on the right to receive information on how we can help meet your production challenges.
Founded in 1983 as an early innovator in software controls development, Control Micro Systems—also known as CMS Laser—quickly grew into a supplier of complete industrial laser systems.
We built our reputation on providing industry-leading solutions for laser-based applications, including automated and robotic parts handling, vision and validation. We have a large global base that deals with a variety of materials and applications—from R&D to high-volume manufacturing.
We make our laser selection decisions based on the solution—not a select group of lasers. Among the best in the industry, our engineers have over 250 years of combined laser industry experience, and our staff can use any laser on the market. When a standard laser isn’t available to provide a solution, we modify or develop one that will.
A visit to our Applications Lab can attest to the advanced research we drive on a daily basis. At no cost to you, we’ll identify a laser solution that fits your needs. Send us samples of your products, and we’ll contact you with a solution.
We work with all laser types and manufacturers to provide a standard or custom laser solution that meets your requirements.
We have extensive capabilities in any type of laser application. We encourage you to visit our Applications Lab—one of the most complete facilities in the industry—and meet our talented engineering staff.
Our laser solutions provide visual verification of processes—minimizing your cost of ownership and increasing yield and throughput.
From turntables to fully automatic feed systems, we can provide an automated solution to meet your needs.
Laser System Manufacturing by CMS Laser
LASER SYSTEM ENGINEERING
Find out why companies choose CMS Laser to solve their manufacturing challenges by submitting your materials for FREE APPLICATIONS TESTING. We will process your parts to your requirements and provide a full report of our findings.