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Fiber laser safety and enclosures.

Fiber laser safety and enclosures.

Fiber laser safety and enclosures.

What would be the best way to get an operational education on fiber laser safety? What does OSHA and the FDA (and any other 3 letter gang)expect? and does anyone have some real world examples?

If someone were to build a custom fiber laser cutting system, what is the most economical path to adequate safety?

We need to get ahead of this. We all know some people are running fiber lasers with very leaky enclosures. In the USA this will become very attractive to the greedy lawyers.

Does anyone remember that fiber laser running at fabtech with NO PROTECTION?! one of my customers watched it and had a bad ass headache all day.

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RE: Fiber laser safety and enclosures.

It's all self-certification, and falls under FDA, if I remember correctly; all lasers we deal with are typically covered by DoD customer requirements, so they are governed only by Z136.1 American National Standard for the Safe Use of Lasers. FDA laser stuff is here: https://www.fda.gov/radiation-emitting-products/ho... Title 21 is the specific Federal Code that covers lasers, but it's consistent with the ANSI standard, hopefully. Aside from proving eye-safety, the enclosure would need to be interlocked so that opening covers and accessing non-eyesafe laser energy would result in power turning off

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RE: Fiber laser safety and enclosures.

Fiber lasers became the dominant solutions due to their cost, performance, and size advantages. However, recent application studies have shown that wavelength in the range of green and UV lasers are providing performance and flexibility advantages that provide benefits for system integrators and end-users alike.

RE: Fiber laser safety and enclosures.

IRstuff, that was useful. thank you. I'm just getting my feet wet here.

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