Applied Photonics, JENOPTIK co-operate on laser cutting

Applied Photonics (Phoenix, Arizona) and JENOPTIK Automatisierungstechnik GmbH (Jena, Germany) will co-operate to advance the use of laser technology for glass cutting with an emphasis on flat panel d…

Applied Photonics (Phoenix, Arizona) and JENOPTIK Automatisierungstechnik GmbH (Jena, Germany) will co-operate to advance the use of laser technology for glass cutting with an emphasis on flat panel displays, the firms announced on 16 November 2005. Applied Photonics will use its patented laser cutting technology, which can make a full cut in 0.7 mm thick display glass. JENOPTIK will develop and produce laser systems for the flat panel display industry. Both firms will sell their products mainly in the Asian markets. Laser cutting offers advantages over alternative methods such as scribing and mechanical breaking. It is faster, the full cut produces better edges without microcracks, and subsequent steps, such as grinding of edges, are not required. The laser system can make full cuts of single glass or laminated display glass of different sizes. It is possible to cut the top and bottom panels of a laminated display glass without turning the substrate, thanks to double cutting heads. A pilot system for tests and technology development has been installed at Applied Photonics and the first production system for customer applications is being set up in the clean room of JENOPTIK Automatisierungstechnik GmbH.