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Laser machines for the automotive and supplying industry

Our process solutions for your challenges

Laser technology and process automation as offered by Jenoptik can support you as an automotive manufacturer or component supplier by providing individual system solutions for complex tasks. Economic challenges can be faced in a targeted way with technical innovation. The continuously growing variety of cars and increasingly short development periods necessitate flexibly applicable tools such as lasers enabling short set-up times even in case of a large number of variants.

Robotic arm - JENOPTIK-VOTAN™ C BIM (Beam in Motion)



Laser separated 3D - component



laser perforation car instrument



laser welding excess channel



  • Airbag applications
  • Interior and exterior applications
  • Press-hardened 3D body components
  • 3D-molded metallic sections.


The JENOPTIK-VOTAN® product line comprises application-specific series solutions and is used for different processing of various materials.

Our system solutions
Laser machines for laser perforation
Laser machines for laser cutting
Laser machines for laser welding



Laser machines for laser perforation

JENOPTIK-VOTAN" A Classic - Laser machine for laser perforationLaser perforation of demanding integrated airbag solutions

Laser machine JENOPTIK-VOTAN® A Classic

The JENOPTIK-VOTAN® A Classic is a unique plant system for the controlled and safe incorporation of invisible predefined weakening points in instrument panels made of different materials. The series system for automotive and component supplying industries enables the production of aesthetically high-quality airbag solutions on the one hand and safe production thanks to process monitoring and control options on the other.

The plant series JENOPTIK-VOTAN® A perforates plastic parts - TPO, PU, TPU or PVC - as well as textile or leather parts, even if backed with soft foam systems.

JENOPTIK-VOTAN" A Compact - Laser machine for laser perforationLaser perforation of predefined weakening points for integrated airbag solutions

Laser machine JENOPTIK-VOTAN® A Compact

The JENOPTIK-VOTAN® A Compact belongs to the laser perforation system family JENOPTIK-VOTAN® A (Airbag). It is the space-saving, flexible “little sister”. This system also creates integrated, invisible predefined weakening points for airbags in passenger car instrument panels and other interior parts by means of a laser.

Thanks to the compact container design, it can easily be moved to a different location without having to disassemble any key components. In addition to the low investment costs, the system distinguishes itself by optimized delivery, transport and commissioning times.

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Laser perforation of demanding integrated airbag solutions
Laser perforation - JENOPTIK-VOTAN® A Classic


Scope of Application
Generation of defined lines of pre - weakening:
  • in car instrument panels for passenger and knee airbags
  • for airbag covers in door trims and passenger modules
  • for interior trim parts with integrated side and thorax airbags
  • in steering wheel caps for driver airbags
  • in textile or leather decoration and compound materials
  • Aesthetically high-quality airbag solutions
  • Accurately defined residual wall thickness
  • Multilayer composite materials can be processed in one step
  • Sensor-controlled cut guidance
  • Free selection of cutting contour
  • Saving of tools and work cycles
  • Thanks to minor change-over work also usable for other products





Laser perforation of predefined weakening points for integrated airbag solutions
Laser perforation - JENOPTIK-VOTAN®? A Compact


Scope of Application
Generation of defined lines of pre - weakening:
  • in car instrument panels for passenger and knee airbags
  • for airbag covers in door trims and passenger modules
  • for interior trim parts with integrated side and thorax airbags
  • in steering wheel caps for driver airbags
  • New design possibilities
  • Lowering of investment costs
  • Optimized delivery, transport and commissioning times
  • Compact design, container solution - space-saving and flexible
  • Contactless and wear-free machining process for predefined airbag weakening points

  • Layout: definded
  • Footprint area: appr. 27 m²
  • Chiller and filter: yes
  • Operator panel: integrated, with programmable button blocks

We reserve the right to make changes in the interest of technical progress.

new opportunities in car design
reduced investment costs
optimized delivery, transport and start - up times
optimized layout
compact design, containerized equipment – saves space and is flexible
laser, robot and control cabinets are securely fixed to a base, which makes the system easy to shift to another location without disassembly
new safety concept with Simatic S7 - 300 control
laser perforation is a method of producing predefined break lines without either contact or wear
the opening force and opening behaviour of integrated airbag covers can be varied and set as required by varying the residual wall thickness and the hole pitch


Laser machines for laser cutting

JENOPTIK-VOTAN" C BIM - Laser machine for laser cuttingLaser cutting of complex 3D components


When it comes to the processing of large vehicle components such as instrument panels, traditional methods often fail because they cannot cope with the requirements of rapid processing times, high productivity and flexibility and last but not least, great accuracy. We remove casting tabs and foil remnants on instrument panels and other plastic components cleanly without creating any surface damage.

The laser cutting system JENOPTIK-VOTAN® BIM (Beam In Motion) constitutes an innovative combination of a stationary laser and a robot-based motion sequence. Due to its compact design and extremely flexible handling, it is referred to as a plug-and-play system. With the novel system concept, the core of which being a laser robot with fully integrated beam control, laser powers of up to 5 kW can be realized for the first time without impairing the advantages provided by a robot system - high mobility and accessibility, very high system accuracy and dynamics.

This laser system is used for a variety of demanding tasks in the field of laser cutting of plastic or metal components, e.g. trimming of interior cover parts, removal of borders and overlapping foil with components made subject to back injection molding, trimming of press-hardened structural components as well as 3D-molded metallic sections.

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Laser cutting of complex 3D components
Laser cutting - JENOPTIK-VOTAN® BIM



Scope of Application
  • Edge trimming and clipping of vehicle interior parts
  • Interior door paneling of vehicles
  • Trimming of 3D-press-hardened structural components
  • Edge trimming of the rubber sealing lip on passenger car windows
  • Trimming of insulation materials
  • Trimming of 3D-molded metallic sections such as cross members, exhaust system components etc.
  • GFRP parts for car exteriors, like bumper holders
  • GFRP interior paneling parts for refrigerated trucks
  • Parts used for lightweight construction in automotive, aircraft or sports equipment
  • High system availability through integrated beam control
  • Short cycle time through high BIM robot dynamics
  • High track accuracy through low BIM robot weight
  • Broad range of components through high accessibility for the slim BIM robot
  • Broad component spectrum through scalable power (up to 5 kW)
  • Low operating costs through energy-efficient radiation sources
  • Short commissioning and moving times
  • Small space-requirement through compact design
  • Task-specific fixture and filtering/extraction

  • Short cycle times
  • Excellent contour accuracy
  • High precision
  • High - quality cutting result
  • High system availability




Laser machines for laser welding

JENOPTIK-VOTAN® W - Laser machine for laser weldingJENOPTIK-VOTAN® W - Laser machine for laser welding

Laser welding on a minimum area

Laser machine JENOPTIK-VOTAN® W

JENOPTIK meets the demand for compact laser systems for various welding tasks in the automotive industry with the JENOPTIK-VOTAN® W family. Through quasi-simultaneous laser welding of plastic materials, this system enables minimum cycle times and top results such as the absence of marks and high strength. Moreover, metallic components can be laser-welded using this machine as well with minimum deformation and thermal influence.

Laser welding of plastic materials and metals up to 3D using 6-axis robots or simultaneous welding using directly radiating diode lasers is possible with the JENOPTIK-VOTAN® W on an industrial level on an area as small as one square meter. With this system and tailor-made technology development, Jenoptik is capable of constructing a customized machine, tailored to the customer’s needs.

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Laser welding on a minimum area
Laser welding - JENOPTIK-VOTAN® W


Scope of Application
  • Laser welding of plastic housings (medical equipment and electronics)
  • Laser welding of shot channels in vehicle construction
  • Laser welding for parking sensors in bumpers
  • Laser welding of metal housings (exhaust gas recirculation coolers)
  • Laser welding of cast aluminum
  • Laser welding of metals with minimum deformation
  • Thin and top-quality seams
  • Easy to operate
  • Maximum precision with high welding speeds and short cycle times
  • Process security through tailor-made technology
  • Broad area of application through scalable laser power
  • Broad component spectrum through precise robot
  • Low operating costs through selection of energy-efficient systems
  • Low investment costs with high utilization rate due to system structure