Profile: IPG Photonics Corp (IPGP.O)
7 Mar 2014
IPG Photonics Corporation (IPG), incorporated on December 2, 1998, is the developer and manufacturer of a range of fiber lasers, fiber amplifiers and diode lasers that are used in numerous applications in diverse end markets. IPG’s diverse lines of low, mid and high-power lasers and amplifiers are used in materials processing, advanced, communications and medical applications. The Company sells its products globally to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), system integrators and end users. It markets its products internationally primarily through its direct sales force. It designs and manufactures components used in its finished products, from semiconductor diodes to optical fibers and other components, finished fiber lasers and amplifiers. It also manufactures certain complementary products used with its lasers, including optical delivery cables, fiber couplers, beam switches, optical heads and chillers. In July 2012, the Company purchased 22.5% interest in its Russia-based subsidiary, NTO IRE-Polus. In September 2012, it acquired J.P. Sercel Associates Inc.
IPG’s laser products include low (1 to 99 watts), medium (100 to 999 watts) and high (1,000 watts and above) output power lasers from 0.5 to 2 microns in wavelength. These lasers either may be continuous wave (CW), quasi-CW (QCW) or pulsed. The Company offers several different types of lasers, which are defined by the type of gain medium they use. These are ytterbium, erbium, thulium and Raman. It also sells fiber pigtailed packaged diodes and fiber coupled direct diode laser systems that use semiconductor diodes rather than optical fibers as their gain medium. In addition, it offers high-energy pulsed lasers, multi-wavelength lasers, tunable lasers, single-polarization and single-frequency lasers, as well as other versions of its products. Its ytterbium fiber lasers reach power levels up of to 50,000 watts. It makes single-mode output ytterbium fiber lasers with power levels of up to 10,000 watts and single-mode output erbium and thulium fiber lasers with power levels of up to 400 watts. It also sells laser diode chips and packaged laser diodes operating at 9XX nanometers. IPG offers a retrofit service to replace CO2 and YAG laser sources with fiber lasers in many welding, cutting, drilling and other systems, allowing customers to retain their existing laser systems. IPG also makes active and passive laser materials and tunable lasers in the middle-infrared region.
IPG’s amplifier products range from mill watts to up to 1,500 watts of output power from 1 to 2 microns in wavelength. The Company offers erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs), Raman amplifiers and integrated communications systems that incorporate its amplifiers. These products are predominantly deployed in broadband networks, such as fiber to the home (FTTH), fiber to the curb (FTTC), and passive optical networks (PON), and dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM), networks. It also offers ytterbium and thulium specialty fiber amplifiers and broadband light sources that are used in advanced applications. In addition, it sells single-frequency, linearly polarized and polarization-maintaining versions of its amplifier products.
IPG’s offer integrated laser systems for particular geographic markets or custom-developed for a customer’s manufacturing requirements. The Company Through its IPG Microsystems business, it offer industrial grade UV excimer, diode pumped solid state and pico-second laser micromachining systems and materials processing services. Key applications for these systems include advanced laser scribing and lift-off (LLO) of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), thin film solar scribing, semiconductor, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), research, biomedical and industrial micromachining.
IPG also develops and sells specialized fiber laser systems for unique material processing applications as requested by customers desiring a complete laser-based solution, including remote welding, micro-welding and cutting. The platforms include multi-axis workstations for welding, flatbed cutters, and diode markers. Other systems offerings include a welding seam stepper and picker, which is an automated and integrated fiber laser welding tool providing customers increased processing speeds, better quality and the elimination of certain clamping tools.
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IPG Photonics Corp
50 Old Webster Road
OXFORD MA 01540