AFL Associates Receive 2013 Fujikura President’s Award for LAZERMaster Technology

Spartanburg, SC – May 29, 2014 – Several AFL associates were awarded the 2013 Fujikura President’s Award for the LZM-100 LAZERMaster, the world’s first fully automated glass processing and splicing system that utilizes CO2 laser technology. An annual award provided by Fujikura, AFL’s parent company, this honor recognizes Fujikura group companies or departments for outstanding achievement in the development of new products or processes.

“Selection criteria for this honor is driven by a number of factors, including technology achievements, economic contributions and business process improvements such as productivity and quality improvement,” said Steve Althoff, executive vice president/general manager of equipment at AFL. “The LAZERMaster meets all of these requirements, and we’re honored to have been chosen for this award.”

Seven associates were recognized for the Fujikura President’s Award including (pictured left to right): Doug Duke, AFL; Mike Harju, AFL; Hiroshi Sugawara (represented by Yasu Ninomiya), Fujikura/AFL; Bill Klimowych, AFL; Wenxin Zheng (team leader), AFL; Michael Hetrick, AFL; Nick Kawanishi, AFL; Toshirou Mizushima (represented by Ryo Hasegawa), Fujikura/AFL; Steve Althoff, AFL. Steve Althoff (far right) nominated the team for the award.

As fiber laser market and high power delivery systems applications continue to grow, the LAZERMaster provides a solution to these critical splicing and glass processing applications.

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