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New Cutting-Edge OptX 2kW Handheld Laser Welder

Miller Electric Mfg. developed the new handheld laser welder in collaboration with IPG Photonics Corp., to create an easy-to-use welder to support welding shops amid the ongoing labor shortage by unlocking the capacity of their workforce and dramatically boosting productivity.

Posted: May 1, 2024

The Miller OptX 2kW handheld laser welder is ideal for precision welding applications with tight fit-up and minimal gaps where high productivity is needed, including sheet metal, fabrication, manufacturing, aerospace and defense, transportation and HVAC. It helps welders easily master joint configurations including lap welds, fillet/inside corner welds, butt welds, outside corners and spot/plug welds.
The Miller OptX 2kW is ideal for sheet metal and general fabrication applications with high-volume, low-mix and TIG processes in place that are dealing with bottlenecks, often due to lack of throughput speed and labor force availability.
Shop supervisors who are racing to reach production goals but challenged by the ongoing shortage of skilled laborers will appreciate the versatility and power of the Miller OptX 2kW. With this cutting-edge tool, welders and non-welders alike can quickly train and excel at their craft — without the steep learning curve associated with arc welding.
The Miller OptX 2kW handheld laser welder boosts productivity up to five to 10 times with quick and easy training, faster travel speeds, reduced heat input and the near elimination of pre- and post-weld processing. This cutting-edge technology will help fill the ongoing shortage of skilled welders across the United States and Canada, leading to better, faster production that helps manufacturers confidently meet deadlines and quotas so they can meet their growth and profitability goals.
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The Miller OptX 2kW is ideal for sheet metal and general fabrication applications with high-volume, low-mix and TIG processes in place that are dealing with bottlenecks, often due to lack of throughput speed and labor force availability.

Miller Electric Mfg. LLC, a leading worldwide manufacturer of arc welding products, announces the release of its OptX 2kW handheld laser welder, cutting-edge technology that will help fill the ongoing shortage of skilled welders across the United States and Canada and dramatically boost productivity up to five to 10 times.

“Our industry’s manufacturers and welders fabricate the products we all rely on every day. They deserve cutting-edge technology and a trusted partner to get the job done,” said Dave Lambert, group president of sales and marketing at Miller. “As the welder shortage continues each day, Miller is proud to offer the OptX 2kW to support busy welding shops, alleviate their labor shortage and deliver to their bottom line.”

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Shop supervisors who are racing to reach production goals but challenged by the ongoing shortage of skilled laborers will appreciate the versatility and power of the Miller OptX 2kW. With this cutting-edge tool, welders and non-welders alike can quickly train and excel at their craft — without the steep learning curve associated with arc welding.

Miller developed the OptX 2kW in collaboration with IPG Photonics Corporation (NASDAQ: IPGP), a global leader in fiber laser technology. The strategic partnership pairs IPG’s pioneering laser capabilities with Miller’s renowned welding expertise and excellence. The alliance advances laser technologies for the handheld welding market, which urgently needs a product that can help expand worker capacity amid the ongoing labor shortage.

It’s estimated that the United States is suffering a welder shortage of 330,000 skilled laborers through 2028, an average of 85,200 jobs to be filled annually. The OptX 2kW will help close the productivity gap with:

  • Quick and easy training for both new and seasoned welders to drive output and productivity 
  • Faster travel speeds and reduced heat input 
  • The near elimination of pre- and post-weld processing
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The Miller OptX 2kW handheld laser welder boosts productivity up to five to 10 times with quick and easy training, faster travel speeds, reduced heat input and the near elimination of pre- and post-weld processing. This cutting-edge technology will help fill the ongoing shortage of skilled welders across the United States and Canada, leading to better, faster production that helps manufacturers confidently meet deadlines and quotas so they can meet their growth and profitability goals.

The OptX 2kW is best suited for:

  • Precision welding applications with tight fit-up with minimal gaps where high productivity is needed but automations are too costly
  • Industries including precision sheet metal, HVAC and aerospace
  • Sheet metal applications up to 5/16-in. material thickness
  • Metals including:
  • Steel and stainless steel
  • Aluminum
  • Galvanized
  • Titanium
  • Brass
  • Copper
  • Mild steel
  • Dissimilar metals (e.g., stainless steel to copper)

The OptX 2kW is now available through Miller distributors. To see if it’s the right fit for your operation, learn more at www.millerwelds.com/optx today.

www.millerwelds.com

About Miller Electric
Miller Electric Mfg. LLC, headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, is a leading worldwide manufacturer of Miller® brand arc welding products and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW).

About IPG Photonics Corporation

IPG Photonics Corporation is the leader in high-power fiber lasers and amplifiers used primarily in materials processing and other diverse applications. The Company’s mission is to develop innovative laser solutions making the world a better place. IPG accomplishes this mission by delivering superior performance, reliability and usability at a lower total cost of ownership compared with other types of lasers and non-laser tools, allowing end users to increase productivity and decrease costs. IPG is headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts and has more than 30 facilities worldwide. For more information, visit www.IPGPhotonics.com.

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