Assembly Automation Alternatives  

7550 Hwy 27 Unit 4
Toronto,  ON  L4H 0S2

Canada
905-605-9200
http://www.auto-alt.com
  • Booth: A5977

Assembly Automation Alternatives is a  world class Laser Systems Integrator offering  a complete line of Laser Cutting, Marking and Welding Systems along with Full Integration and Automation Services for both Metallic and Non- Metallic  Material Processing Systems.

Systems can be configured with  Fiber,  C02, MOPA, Green, Pico,  Femto and other specialty lasers.  Fast, highly accurate systems are available  with vision, linear motors and state of the art technologies.   Assembly  Automation  Alternatives offers both custom and standard  cost effective solutions.  Standard platforms can easily be adapted to meet your unique requirements.

The Automated Job Shop also offers contract manufacturing  from prototype to production to help design and develop new products  with early state production volumes. 

AAA also offers a line of liquid dispensing equipment with two categories of dispensers:  FlexDispense and FlexSeal for many industries including the solar industry.  The systems includes a proprietary articulating nozzle system providing precise ribbon dsipensing which replaces  very  costly and inefficient  taping. 

sales@auto-alt.com 


 Press Releases

  • Automation Alternatives now offers its newest generation of the Ruby family of fiber laser cutting systems. This state-of-the-art new generation laser system has many advanced features that can greatly help the industry by improving productivity. It is built on a heavy-duty precision platform and is designed to simplify operation. Its powerful and unique features are at the operator’s fingertips via an extremely user-friendly large color touchscreen interface.

    The main features of the system include:

    FUNCTIONALITY:

    • Offline editor
    • Easy to navigate entity control (Start at any Entity)
    • Flexible and proprietary laser control for high cut quality and adaptability to different types of laser
    • Enhanced UI and navigation
    • Enhanced alarming and machine status
    • Enhanced layer and entity editing
    • Touch screen controls
    • Window 7 and 10 compatibility
    • Ability to import multiple CAD files into one project
    • GCODE EDITOR and import
    • Compatibility with popular postprocessors

    PLATFORM:

    • High speed and accuracy achieved through use of precision linear motor-drive axes;
    • Standard and custom formats up to2 x 2, 4 x 4, 5 x 10’, & custom  
    • Automatic shuttle pallet
    • Laser power up to 10 kW (cut very thin to very thick)
    • Superior user-friendly software
    • Compatibility with many popular post processors
    • Class 1 laser safety
    • Optional integral vision
    • Unparalleled support
    • Customization and integration into new or existing manufacturing processes
    • Turnkey supply including shipping, commissioning and training
    • Very Competitive pricing
    • Built in Canada

    canada WWW.AUTO-ALT.COM 905 605 9200 SALES@AUT0-ALT.COM SALES@AUTO-ALT.COM

    USA- Laser Americas, LLC  508 989-5090 www.laseramericas.com

    SALES@LASERAMERICAS.COM  

  • ASSEMBLY AUTOMATION ALTERNATIVES OFFERS:

    AFFORDABLE FIBER LASER WELDING THIN TO THICK MATERIALS,  SIMILAR AND DISIMILAR MATERIALS  

    September 30, 2019

    When laser welding first started to appear in production settings some three-plus decades ago, the primary attraction was its high welding speed and significantly deeper weld penetration when compared to traditional welding methods.  To be sure, production laser welding systems are capable of providing welding speeds four to five times faster than traditional ARC welding.  In addition, the superior penetration afforded by laser systems enables single-pass welds in situations where traditional welding would require multiple passes.

    It didn’t take long, however, before some of the less obvious advantages of laser welding began to garner significant interest --- most notably, the ability of laser welding systems to effectively weld thin as well as dissimilar materials.  It was customers’ increasing interest in these areas that drove Automation Alternatives to focus their engineering and product development efforts on optimizing their systems’ capabilities in these areas.

    While many companies became fixated on welding ever thicker materials, others faced the more daunting challenge of welding extremely thin materials.  The high welding speeds associated with laser welding systems together with the high power-densities achievable with the exceptionally small spot size --- typically .001 to .002in for the Automation Alternatives RubyLaser FLW (fiber laser welding) system --- yield comparatively small heat-affected zones.  This is particularly important for thin, low-mass work pieces that do not have the ability to readily diffuse heat and are therefore susceptible to distortion. 

    An even thornier challenge was applications that required welding thin to much thicker materials.  The disparity between the energy required to sufficiently heat the thicker versus the thinner part risked deformation of the latter or inadequate heating of the thicker part resulting in poor weld quality.  When asked how Automation Alternatives addressed this dilemma, CEO Mehdi Soghrati explained that AAA developed a highly sophisticated laser controller that is capable of modulating the laser over a very wide range.  He went on to say that the controller algorithm ensures that sufficiently high energy is applied to the part with the higher mass and then attenuates power and modulates pulse to accommodate the thinner part during the welding process. 

    The AAA controller, it turns out, is capable of regulating the laser over a significantly wider range than competitors’ systems, and is able to modulate laser power by as much as 25% allowing for welding parts as thin as 0.001in.  This allows a higher-powered laser to weld thin materials that would typically be processed on a lower-powered machine.  The RubyLaser FLW system is also able to produce welds of different finishes, patterns and penetration.  Also, by leveraging the laser’s line-of-sight welding capability, a variety of weld geometries can be achieved that are simply beyond the capabilities of traditional welding systems.

    The ability to weld thinner parts is by no means limited to just similar materials.  Automation Alternatives systems are being successfully used in the welding of a range of dissimilar material pairs.  One customer producing industrial sensors is running 3 AAA welding systems to join thin copper parts to a stainless sensor body.  Other customers in the electronics, medical devices, and aerospace industries are using AAA systems to

    produce titanium/steel, copper/nickel, and aluminum alloy/nickel welds as well as joining a variety of different steel alloys. 

    One of the most significant obstacles to creating high-quality welds of dissimilar materials has been the creation of intermetallics and non-homogeneous structures within the weld when the melting points of the two materials being joined diverge.  This most commonly occurs when the material with the lower melting point approaches its vaporization temperature.   This was a common problem with the previous generation Nd:Yag lasers.  Fiber lasers, due to their smaller spot size and consequently smaller heat affected zone, are somewhat less prone to this problem overall.  The ability of the Automation Alternatives controller to precisely control heat input to each material individually, however, further mitigates the creation of intermetallics during the welding process.  The controller’s algorithm ‘shapes’ the laser’s power and pulse where the two molten materials mix thereby reducing the likelihood of brittle or otherwise poor weld quality --- and without the need to introduce filler metals in the vast majority of applications.

    When sourcing a laser welding system, customers tend to consider  a system based upon the thickest materials they expect to weld as well as their cycle-time requirements.  RubyLaser FLW systems are available at power levels ranging from 450W to 5kW. 

    Customers who would have otherwise been drawn to EB welding systems due to the high purity of their welds and virtual absence of contaminants, find the AAA systems a more cost-effective choice in most cases.  Compared to other FLW systems and especially Nd:Yag systems, the AAA laser controller significantly reduces the likelihood of intermetallics, producing welds that approach those of EB systems.  In addition, EB systems require vacuum chambers of a size suitable for the assemblies being welded and the evacuation and load/unload times negatively impact cycle-time.   Overall, FLW tend to be more practical for most applications.

    Not constrained by vacuum chambers, the Automation Alternatives RubyLaser FLW  systems have the added advantage of being available in 2x2’, 4x4’ and 4x8’ working areas and a can be  equipped with a feather-touch, automatic pull-out table to facilitate loading and unloading of the machine.  The ergonomics of this load/unload system are a welcome relief to laser operators that have had to work with traditional load/unload designs.  In addition, systems can be equipped with single and multiple rotary axes and spindles, specialty fixtures and custom automation if desired. 

    Automation Alternatives FLW systems rank among the most high-precision laser welding systems available in the industry.  To push the precision-envelope even further, AAA has individually configured vision systems installations  for both their welding and cutting laser lines enabling unparalleled precision.  With  hundreds of such systems installed in the field, the reliability is unquestioned.  But precision does not come at the expense of efficiency.  Automation Alternatives lasers have the lowest power consumption and maintenance costs and boast a laser life well upwards of 100,000 hours. 

    To sum it up, Automation Alternatives is able to offer a custom solution for your specific project at less than a standard off the shelf system by tailoring the design to your particular requirements rather than providing an overall generic solution.

    CONTACT:

    Canada -  Automation Assembly Alternatives  905 605 9200 sales@auto-alt.com www.auto-alt.com

    USA- Laser Americas, LLC  508 989 5090  sales@laseramericas.com

  • PRESS RELEASE:  AUTOMATION ASSEMBLY ALTERNATIVES newest Generation:  LASER MARKING SYSTEMS

    September 30, 2019

    Assembly Automation releases its next generation FlexMarker featuring a heavy-duty industrial laser marking system with Fiber, Green, C02, MOPA, UV , Pico Second or Femto lasers.    It is a fully enclosed Class 1 laser marking system. The system has a compact footprint and is easy to use. It can have different fields of view to best suit any application, an accurate and easily adjustable focal point and can be fitted with rotary axis or custom fixture for challenging applications.

    FlexMarker can be fitted with any configuration and multiple axes and wavelengths to suit a wide range of applications and materials. Each system is individually optimized based on the customer’s specific application as well as range of materials in order to produce fast and permanent marking with high resolution and contrast.   From small desktops to larger multi- axis or integrated robots to in -line marking integration on your factory.  Assembly Automation offers a broad range of solutions at affordable prices.  Vision, part recognition, conveyors, robots for enhanced manufacturing are all standard in many of the machine designs.

    Typical applications include alphanumeric part numbers, lot and date codes, serialization, linear and 2-D barcodes, logos, finishing and texturing, ablation, paint removal, annealing and much more with customizable software when needed.

    FlexMarker is very effective on:

     Metallic materials such as anodized and polished aluminum, mild steel, all finishes of stainless steel, copper, nickel, brass, tool steel, carbides, titanium, painted and chromium plated or galvanized metals;

     Plastics such as colored, clear or tinted polyester, polycarbonate, polypropylene, PVC, ABS and acrylic; and   Organics such as wood, natural and synthetic rubber, leather, ceramics, fabrics, glass, and many more.

    FlexMarker Standard Features:

    • Fully enclosed, free-standing Class I enclosure
    • High quality, high resolution gavlo-scanner
    • Different laser technologies, from CO2 to fiber to UV
    • Different working areas
    • Manual easy adjustment Z-axis
    • Integral industrial computer, monitor, keyboard and monitor holder
    • Versatile, easy-to-operate software
    • T-slotted table to facilitate fixture support
    • Lockable, heavy-duty casters
    • Internal lighting
    • Laser-safe viewing widows
    • Fume extraction exhaust port
    • Visible diode pointer
    • Two-year warranty
    • Single-phase power supply for majority of applications
    • Pallet shuttles
    • Robot integration
    • In-line factory automation and integration with OEM systems

    FlexMarker Optional Features:

    • Programmable Z-axis
    • Dynamic third axis control for high resolution oversized fields or high laser power applications
    • Vertical or horizontal rotary axis
    • Fume extractor blower
    • Local On-site training and consultation throughout North America
    • Application optimization
    • Integration into automated production lines  Customized applicaiton

    Automation Alternatives in- house technical  support team serves Canada and the US and  has a reputation of being very responsive to any technical support needs or service calls from our customers.  We also offer a comprehensive and very affordable technical support program that among other things provides free unlimited phone and email technical support via team view internet for immediate questions and consultation,  with preferred onsite support rates and discounted spare parts pricing. Full inventory of spare parts for immediate service are stocked as well .

    CONTACT: 

    Canada;  www.auto-alt.com  905 605 9200  sales@auto-alt.com

    USA: Laser Americas  508 989 5090  sales@laseramericas.com

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