The old YAGs could only accommodate up to 14 crew, all of who were sharing sleeping quarters.
The YAG vessel replacement program (ORCAs) was to provide and have proven to be an invaluable asset in meeting all of these goals", said Vice-Admiral Buck (ret'd), who was chief of the maritime staff when the ORCA program was approved.
We are going to see powerful YAGs coming into automaking, and that is going to change everything," he says.
VW is expected to purchase more than 50 YAG lasers for this program.
Once relegated to delicate and temperature-sensitive laboratory work, the new, more powerful YAG will also be soon challenging a lot of nonlaser ways of doing welding, cutting, and drilling.
A good example of the breadth of what YAG lasers are now doing is provided by Lumonics Corp, Industrial Products Div, Livonia, MI.