Ecublens, Switzerland
Ecublens, Switzerland

Synova Capital is a private equity firm specialising in investments in UK growth companies. The firm manages capital on behalf of institutional investors and family offices and invests across five sectors: business and support services, financial services, software and information technology services, consumer brands and healthcare and education.Synova was founded in 2007 by its managing partners, David Menton and Philip Shapiro.Synova was awarded 'Young Firm of the Year' at The Private Equity Awards 2014, and is one of the finalists for ‘Private Equity Investor of the Year’ at the HealthInvestor Awards 2014.Clearwater Care was one of the finalists for ‘Specialist Care Provider of the Year’ at the HealthInvestor Awards 2013. Kinapse was ranked 55th in the 2013 Sunday Times Fast Track 100, and TLG Brands was ranked 30th in the 2012 Sunday Times International Track 200. Wikipedia.

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Synova | Date: 2017-04-19

The invention relates to a machining head (1) for coupling a laser beam (100) into a liquid jet (200). Said machining head (1) comprises an optical unit (2) that includes at least one optical element (20, 21.1-21.4) for focusing the laser beam (100) as well as a coupling unit (3) that includes a liquid chamber (32) delimited by a wall in which a nozzle (33) having a nozzle orifice (37) for generating a liquid jet (200) is arranged. In a state in which the coupling unit (3) is connected to the optical unit (2), the laser beam (100) that can be focused by the optical unit (2) can be directed in a beam direction through the liquid chamber (32) of the coupling unit (3) into the nozzle orifice (37) and can be coupled into the liquid jet (200) that can be generated by the nozzle (33) and extends in the beam direction. In order to supply liquid from the optical unit (2) to the liquid chamber (32), a liquid interface (50) is formed between the optical unit (2) and the coupling unit (3); in the state in which the coupling unit (3) is connected to the optical unit (2), the liquid interface (50) is arranged upstream of the last optical element (20, 21.4) of the optical unit (2), upstream and last being in relation to the beam direction.


The invention concerns a process for treating a workpiece, preferably for shaping a workpiece by ablating material, by a liquid jet guided laser beam. The process comprises the following steps: Production of a liquid jet by a nozzle; impinging the liquid jet on a reference surface allocated to the workpiece, whereby an intersection of the liquid jet with the reference surface defines a liquid jet-footprint; effecting a displacement between the liquid jet and the reference surface, whereby the liquid jet- footprint evolves to a trace along a trajectory associated with the trace during the time frame, wherein the trace covers a trace-area; irradiating the workpiece at least during part of the time frame with a laser beam coupled into the liquid jet, preferably for ablating material such that the trace has at least one overlap-area, wherein each of the at least one overlap-areas is defined by an associated common area of an associated second length-section of the trace and an associated first length-section of the trace and wherein the workpiece is irradiated by the laser beam along at least one of the length-sections. It concerns further a computerized numerical control (CNC) program for controlling a liquid jet guided laser machining device and a computer readable medium containing such a CNC program. Further, it contains a computer program for generating the above mentioned CNC program. Finally the invention concerns a liquid jet guided laser machining device to perform the above mentioned process.


A method for determining a spatial position of a liquid jet, in particular of a liquid jet for optically guiding a laser beam, comprises the steps: providing a collision object having a measuring point for interacting with the liquid jet, detecting a state of the liquid jet in a first configuration between collision object and liquid jet,changing the configuration so that the state of the liquid jet changes,detecting the configuration change between the first and second configuration.


Patent
Synova | Date: 2015-06-12

The invention relates to a machining head for coupling a laser beam into a liquid jet. This machining head comprises an optical unit having at least one optical element for focusing the laser beam, and a coupling unit having a liquid chamber that is delimited by a wall, wherein a nozzle having a nozzle opening for generating a liquid jet is disposed in the wall. In a state in which the coupling unit is connected to the optical unit, the laser beam that is capable of being focused by the optical unit is directable in a beam direction through the liquid chamber of the coupling unit into the nozzle opening, and is capable of being coupled into the liquid jet that is generatable by the nozzle and runs in the beam direction. For the liquid chamber to be supplied with liquid from the optical unit, a liquid interface is formed between the optical unit and the coupling unit, wherein, in the state in which the coupling unit is connected to the optical unit, the liquid interface, when viewed in the beam direction, is disposed ahead of that optical element of the optical unit that is last in the beam direction.


News Article | September 12, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.co.uk

Synova, a provider of advanced laser cutting systems, has developed a new CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine with 5-axis capability to satisfy stringent technical requirements in the aerospace and energy sectors. As engine manufacturers continuously seek to improve performance, high-quality machining of turbine engine components and process stability in production are critical to success. The new MCS 500 with water jet guided Laser MicroJet® (LMJ) technology allows precise and fast 2D and 3D laser cutting and drilling of hot section components used in modern jet engines and industrial gas turbines with high repeatability. The MCS 500 is based on a platform manufactured by Makino. Thanks to Synova's "wet" laser process, it drills cylindrical cooling air holes in turbine blades and vanes and cuts complex geometries such as diffuser shapes without any heat damage. Superalloy turbine blades with non-conducting thermal barrier coating (TBC) can be processed in one simple step without cracks or delamination in the ceramic coating and with extremely low recast. "Synova's MCS 500 Laser MicroJet machine enables our customers to drill holes and to shape diffusers in components already pre-coated with a thermal barrier, as opposed to post-coating drilling processes currently being used. This approach significantly simplifies the overall process, improves quality and reduces overall manufacturing," says Dr Bernold Richerzhagen, Synova Founder and CEO. The LMJ machine also enables 3D machining of components that are made of new heat-resistant and ultra-hard materials such as ceramic-matrix composites (CMCs) without affecting their basic structure. GE Aviation is an aero-engine manufacturer that relies on Synova's MCS 500 for machining CMC shrouds for its LEAP engines. The LMJ system can be flexibly incorporated into production as either a standalone system or into automated lines for operator-free high-volume production. It is equipped with various interfaces that can be custom configured with automation and handling according to individual needs. All MCS machines incorporate Synova's unique water jet guided laser technology (Laser MicroJet®) that generates a cylindrical laser beam within a hair-thin water jet, resulting in perfectly parallel walls, tight kerf widths, smooth cutting surfaces and sharp edges without heat affected zone and free of micro-cracks, oxidation and depositions. Synova will exhibit at EMO in Hannover, Germany from September 18 to 23 in Hall 12, booth A39. Join us there and learn more about the technology. Synova S.A., headquartered in Duillier, Switzerland, manufactures advanced laser cutting systems that incorporate the proprietary water jet guided laser technology (Laser MicroJet) in a true industrial CNC platform. Customers benefit from significant yield and quality improvements in cutting, as well as enhanced capabilities for precision machining a wide range of materials. For more information, contact us at sales@synova.ch or visit our website at www.synova.ch.


News Article | September 12, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

Synova, a provider of advanced laser cutting systems, has developed a new CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine with 5-axis capability to satisfy stringent technical requirements in the aerospace and energy sectors. As engine manufacturers continuously seek to improve performance, high-quality machining of turbine engine components and process stability in production are critical to success. The new MCS 500 with water jet guided Laser MicroJet® (LMJ) technology allows precise and fast 2D and 3D laser cutting and drilling of hot section components used in modern jet engines and industrial gas turbines with high repeatability. The MCS 500 is based on a platform manufactured by Makino. Thanks to Synova's "wet" laser process, it drills cylindrical cooling air holes in turbine blades and vanes and cuts complex geometries such as diffuser shapes without any heat damage. Superalloy turbine blades with non-conducting thermal barrier coating (TBC) can be processed in one simple step without cracks or delamination in the ceramic coating and with extremely low recast. "Synova's MCS 500 Laser MicroJet machine enables our customers to drill holes and to shape diffusers in components already pre-coated with a thermal barrier, as opposed to post-coating drilling processes currently being used. This approach significantly simplifies the overall process, improves quality and reduces overall manufacturing," says Dr Bernold Richerzhagen, Synova Founder and CEO. The LMJ machine also enables 3D machining of components that are made of new heat-resistant and ultra-hard materials such as ceramic-matrix composites (CMCs) without affecting their basic structure. GE Aviation is an aero-engine manufacturer that relies on Synova's MCS 500 for machining CMC shrouds for its LEAP engines. The LMJ system can be flexibly incorporated into production as either a standalone system or into automated lines for operator-free high-volume production. It is equipped with various interfaces that can be custom configured with automation and handling according to individual needs. All MCS machines incorporate Synova's unique water jet guided laser technology (Laser MicroJet®) that generates a cylindrical laser beam within a hair-thin water jet, resulting in perfectly parallel walls, tight kerf widths, smooth cutting surfaces and sharp edges without heat affected zone and free of micro-cracks, oxidation and depositions. Synova will exhibit at EMO in Hannover, Germany from September 18 to 23 in Hall 12, booth A39. Join us there and learn more about the technology. Synova S.A., headquartered in Duillier, Switzerland, manufactures advanced laser cutting systems that incorporate the proprietary water jet guided laser technology (Laser MicroJet) in a true industrial CNC platform. Customers benefit from significant yield and quality improvements in cutting, as well as enhanced capabilities for precision machining a wide range of materials. For more information, contact us at sales@synova.ch or visit our website at www.synova.ch.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: FoF-ICT-2011.7.1 | Award Amount: 5.71M | Year: 2012

Materials processing is by far the highest value application of lasers, and Europe is a power-base for this technology. HALO will develop the next generation of materials processing lasers, which will have adaptable beams actively optimised for specific processes. They will produce better processing results exploiting the as yet unused potential of:\nFibre guided high power CW lasers for metal sheet cutting (addressing the largest market share of laser machines)\nPico-second lasers operating at high average powers\nPulsed lasers emitting at new wavelengths for precision cutting of thin metal sheets and brittle materials like glass (addressing products of consumer markets such as high end phones or PC systems).\n\nThis will require a range of new technologies: HALO will develop the necessary elements to bring about a step change in lasers for materials processing:\n\nComponents tailored for adaptable beams and new beam shapes\nNew approaches to adaptable hollow beam sources at new wavelengths\nTechniques for beam shaping and forming\nProcess optimisation for adaptable beam processing using IT-based meta-models\nAdaptable jet-assisted laser cutting.\n\nThe project addresses these two most important markets of laser processing and will be demonstrated in specific industrial applications by important end users:\n\nSheet metal cutting (sheet thickness 1 to 25 mm)\nPrecision cutting of glass and thin metal sheets (<1 mm).\n\nThe HALO project consortium includes market leading laser component and system manufacturers, world renowned researchers, beta end users of the system manufacturers and one end user representing excellence in EU SMEs.


An adipose-derived stem cell (ASC), regenerative cell and/or regenerative factor processing system including a tissue extraction device for extracting raw tissue, such as adipose tissue, from a patient, an ASC, regenerative cell and/or regenerative factor isolator, and an implantation device for re-introducing the isolated ASCs, regenerative cells and/or regenerative factors into the patient.


An apparatus (100; 200) for processing material by means of laser is claimed. Said apparatus comprises a liquid supply chamber (106a) for conveying the liquid to a nozzle (108), where the nozzle (108) forms the liquid jet (106), so that the liquid jet (106) acts as a wave guide for the laser. Further said apparatus comprises an entry window (109) in the liquid supply chamber (106a) for the laser and a focussing unit for focussing the laser through the entry window (109) into the nozzle (108). In order to improve the flexibility of the apparatus (100; 200) concerning processing material, two laser beams are combined with a beam combiner (103; 203) and coupled into the liquid jet (106). Additionally the invention relates to a method for material processing and to a method of aligning said apparatus (100; 200).


A process for providing a protection against damages in a machine head, wherein the machine head launches a transparent liquid jet guided laser beam LB by means of a nozzle 3 along an optical axis for treating a work piece is claimed. The process comprises the following steps: First a blind steel plate (protection plate 20) is fixed to a front of a protection chamber (10) prior to the liquid water jet (WJ). Then the transparent liquid jet (WJ) guided laser beam (LB) is stared, which impinges on the blind steel plate (20) blank and drills a transit-hole into the blind steel plate blank. The transit-hole (23) has a size which substantially corresponds to a cross-section of the laser beam (LB) guiding transparent liquid jet (WJ). The steel plate (20) with the transit-hole (23) provides a protection plate (20) having the transit-hole (23) precisely arranged on the optical axis. Therefore no further alignment is required. Further an apparatus for treating a workpiece by means of a laser beam (LB) which is guided in a transparent liquid jet (WJ) is claimed. The apparatus comprises a laser head with a coupling unit (CU) for producing a liquid jet (WJ) guided laser beam (LB), a protection chamber (10) mounted on the output (5) of the coupling unit (CU) and a protection plate (20) replaceable fixed to the first chamber (10) and mounted at a distance from the outlet (15) of the first chamber (10) and having a hole (23) for passage of the laser beam (LB) guiding transparent liquid jet (WJ) and protecting the outlet (15) of the first chamber (10) from debris sputtered from the treated workpiece.

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