Fonon Technology International, Inc the world-renowned inventor and manufacturer of equipment based on Zero Width Laser Cutting Technology™ (ZWLCT™; explained in detail below) has announced the latest innovation in laser scribing for the Flat Panel Display (FPD) Industry. The new generation of glass laser cutting equipment - Fantom™ G6 product line based on an F300GL integrated laser module.
The mathematical modeling and physical tests lead to a brand new laser beam shape generated directly by the F300GL laser head resulting in full separation of 0.5 – 0.7 mm glass at 500 to 700 mm per second (has been achieved in the company lab on G4 glass for selective applications).
The F300GL Integrated CO2 laser system has no need for external beam shaping optical elements and field alignment, and provides virtually maintenance-free, 24/7 operation and a laser replacement procedure requiring less then 30 minutes.
Results achieved on G4 glass suggests that the new technology can be used for building industrial-grade laser cutting equipment for Generation 6 and 8 glass panels.
The new product will be available as a standalone glass cutting system, as a component for the in-line system from Fonon DSS, and as an OEM package from C3 Laser Corporation – subsidiary of Fonon Technology.
As the cost of mechanical scribing machinery increases exponentially with glass panel sizes up to G8 the laser head is no longer a price prohibitive component in the overall equipment cost.
"With 40 to 50 glass scribing facilities opening annually in China alone and the emergence of new technology for large format TFT LCD displays (G8 glass size,) the business opportunity for laser cutting equipment in the FPD industry worldwide approaches a level of nearly a quarter billion dollars," said company CEO Dmitri Nikitin.
Fantom™ G6 product line is based on an F300GL Integrated Glass Scribing Laser Module. This laser module provides a high level of internal part protection and serviceability. It requires no gas and is small enough to mount easily on a machine tool, yet powerful enough for the most challenging FPD applications. “We have accomplished superior results in the Generation 5 & 6 areas, and we are on the verge of incredible breakthroughs for Generation 8”, said Dmitri Nikitin, CEO of Fonon Technology. “In addition, new enhancements have been made to our ZWLCT® making it more efficient with even higher throughput!” When comparing this new technology with the older method of glass cutting, the cost of ZWLCT® is far below mechanical scribing costs. This change in market ROI makes our ZWLCT® the best choice since the glass panel industry continues to grow in proportion to panel sizes.
“We are currently in negotiations with several companies interested in a joint development and application of our technology for their Generation 8 glass panels.
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