Laser Controllable by Voice Command AI Moves into Laser Material Processing

Christian Schmitz, Trumpf: "AI will make lasers even more efficient, simpler and more adaptable in the future".

A technology study by Trumpf shows for the first time the potential of artificial intelligence in laser material processing.

A laser system equipped with a marking laser and artificial intelligence that can be intuitively controlled by voice commands - just as it is possible with smartphones with speech recognition: this is one of Trumpf's latest developments. The laser specialists are thus hitting the nerve of the industry. "Artificial intelligence is the next step in automation and a key technology for the networked industry," says Christian Schmitz, Managing Director of Trumpf responsible for laser technology. "AI will make production with our lasers even more efficient, simpler and more adaptable in the future".

In the technology study shown at the Laser World of Photonics trade fair, the system operator can speak all relevant control commands such as "Open/close door", "Start marking process" or "How many products did you mark today? The laser system responds accordingly and executes the voice command.

There are several advantages to voice control. For example, even inexperienced users can easily operate the machine by voice, because manual command input via the user interface of the operating software with multi-level menu structures is no longer necessary. In addition, the system operator can prepare the next component in parallel during the voice command or remove it from the system, thus saving time. In addition, voice control also allows people with disabilities to work with the system barrier-free.

In a second step, the Trumpf developers want to further simplify the operation of the marking system. In concrete terms, this means that the machine operator must currently tell the machine which part he has inserted so that the correct marking program starts. In the future, thanks to modern sensor technology and image recognition software, the system itself will recognize which component is ready for marking and select the appropriate program. The machine is so intelligent that it automatically moves the laser to the correct position before starting the marking process.