Alcoa Power and Propulsion
Alcoa Howmet Research Center
1500 South Warner Street
Whitehall, Ml 49461 USA
Tel: 1 231 894 5686
Tel: 1 231 894 7826

Howmet Castings, Morristown, Tennessee was actively engaged in an intense, focused technical relationship with Industrial Laser Systems in 2006-2007. ILS proved to be an extremely” customer-focused” organization with a “can do” attitude. Their creativity and ability to rapidly evaluate new laser-based technologies is second to none. Alcoa Howmet was highly impressed with ILS’s open, honest feedback as our project progressed which led to the successful generation of a novel bar coding technology for high temperature ceramic applications.

Bob Braumuller and his staff have the talent, attitude, and aptitude to tackle difficult technical hurdles. I would highly recommend ILS for anyone who needs solutions on difficult industrial laser-related issues.

Gregory ert Frank
R&D Speialist
Alcoa Howmet
5650 Commerce Blvd.
Morristown, TN 37814
(423) 587-3079

635 E. Highland Road Macedonia,
OH 44056 (Ph) 330-467-0750
(Fax) 330-467-9118

As part of our current growth initiative at Empire Die Casting we are developing new processes to replace those that are archaic or too costly to maintain. We contacted Industrial Laser Systems (ILS) to help us evaluate the feasibility of replacing a traditional high-speed drilling operation with laser technology. The traditional drilling process is costly to us in many ways and the laser represents significant savings to us as an operation while giving optimal return for our investment.

ILS was able to devise a laser solution for us that matches or exceeds the traditional drilling operation in quality, accuracy, and repeatability. In addition, the laser drilling operation does not require a deburring operation after the process takes place.

Cost effective, and efficient solutions like the one ILS provided for us are part of what keeps American manufacturers like ourselves competitive through such tough times. ILS has done an excellent job of developing a solution for our problem. We have talked to several laser equipment integrators about this project, but only ILS has gone to such great lengths as to provide us with a guaranteed process to present to our customer.

Pending customer approval of the process, we will be implementing the ILS machines into two of our production lines in our new, state of the art production plant in Hendersonville, NC.

As an engineer it is my hope that these ILS systems will build inroads for many, other die-casting related laser projects. Some of those projects are already being discusses in great detail and together with ILS, I am confident we can provide our customers with ground-breaking solutions to age-old problems.

With Kind Regards,
Kevi L Ballard
Process Engineer
Empire Die Casting Co., Inc.
Phone: 330.467.0750 x 3186
Fax: 330.467.9118
Email: Kevin.ballard@empiredie.com

160 Industry Dr,
Pittsburgh, PA 15275,
Email: VHeydemann@advantechus.com
Phone: 412 706-5417

Bob and his team at INDUSTRIAL LASER SYSTEMS, LLC, www.laser-industrial.com are veteran experts in cutting edge laser welding, engraving,and micro-machining applications, equipment and solutions. His group has handled the most demanding jobs and materials for me and consistently delivers quality, precision solutions with quick, on-time turnaround. Bob is my go-to expert if I have laser processing and laser machine systems needs.”

Volker Heydemann
Principal Scientist, Semiconductors – Electro-Optics, Program Development & Management Expert

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