Laser ablating busbars
Busbars are made of metal, typically copper or aluminium, and are used in electric vehicles for power distribution and to connect high or low voltage equipment in battery banks. They conduct a large amount of electricity and have an epoxy coating for insulation. This coating must be partially removed so that the busbars can electrically connect to other components in the vehicle.
Unlike mechanical methods, laser ablation is contactless, without ablation or loss of metal, and with very little downtime or tooling needed for any changes. A galvanometer scanner passes the laser beam over the required area, turning the busbar midway through to process all sides, while leaving the metal undamaged. Our CO2 lasers ablate busbar coatings quickly.
Removal rates depend on the type and thickness of coating, as well as the coating method (cross layer), but there is no material loss (cost of copper or aluminium) when a CO2 laser is used.
450W to 1kW sealed CO2 laser source
Could a laser be used to improve your manufacturing process? We can help you to find out by testing samples of your material or product in one of our applications labs. Our applications lab facilities are open to both new and existing customers and OEMs. Our laboratories are well equipped to carry out a range of processes including cutting, marking, engraving, drilling, scribing, ablation and more. We offer rapid sample turnaround times, detailed application reports, and complimentary advice from our experienced applications engineers. Whatever your process, we can help you to determine the best laser for your application.