TRUMPF Laser Technology Center celebrates 20th Anniversary
On June 7, 2016, the TRUMPF Laser Technology Center celebrated its 20th anniversary during its annual Open House in Plymouth Township, MI. The celebratory event was held in conjunction with the Advanced Laser Applications Workshop (ALAW). Close to 200 people gathered Tuesday night in the recently remodeled customer showroom for the keynote address, given by Dr. Cornelius Schinzel, Director of International Sales. His speech chronicled many of the highlights over the past twenty years and included a special note from Klaus Loeffler, Managing Director Sales and Service of the laser technology for the TRUMPF Group who helped to establish the Michigan facility and served as its first managing director.
As Dr. Schinzel recounted, TRUMPF had all but abandoned the laser business in the United States after a few difficult OEM laser sales in the early nineties. Fortunately, Dr. Wollermann, one of the fathers of the RF excited CO2 lasers, and the person responsible for the laser business of the TRUMPF Group at that time, decided to send Klaus Loeffler, a young engineer, to America to prepare the OEM laser sales from the technical side. At Loeffler’s recommendation, the TRUMPF Laser Technology Center was established in Michigan in 1996 to support the developing interest in OEM lasers for manufacturing.
Over the last twenty years, TRUMPF’s Laser Technology Center has matured from a small facility with a handful of employees to a complete sales, service and spare parts location for OEM lasers and multi-axis systems. Supported by a staff of more than 100, these dedicated employees support the needs of more than 1,500 customers – a number which continues to rise as the latest laser technologies enable new opportunities and applications across all industries. The Laser Technology Center contributes to TRUMPF’s 11,000 employee, $3 billion global business.
Dr. Schinzel’s address on Tuesday evening was followed by a champagne toast led by Dr. Christof Lehner, the current General Manager of TRUMPF Laser Technology Center. Attendees were then free to explore TRUMPF’s latest laser technologies for cutting, welding, marking and surface treatment. The highlighted demonstration was a 3D metal printed component produced with the new TruPrint 1000. This product will be officially introduced to the North American market at IMTS 2016.