Laser Cutting Systems

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Automated handling dilutes sheet metal fabrication costs in this shop with lights-out running and quick changes between jobs.
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Laser Cutting Systems: Articles

5-Axis Laser Cuts Costs at Kryton

The horizontal rotary table on the Rofin UW505 2,000 Watt 5-Axis Fiber Laser Work Station at Kryton facilitates easy mounting and centering of part fixtures in the workstation. Rotating the part to locate hole cutting positions or to perform flange cuts greatly enhances the efficiency and accuracy of the system. The vertical rotary drive of the laser cutting head represents the 5th axis and allows the cutting head to maintain perpendicularity of the laser beam to the material’s surface.
This technical review examines how 5-axis laser processing dramatically improved the secondary processing of 3D parts at this high tech job shop.

Etching Out New Advantages with Existing Laser Cutting Systems

Deep etching is very common with parts that are powder coated or tumbled. A deeper etch ensures the part number or other identifying information remains readable downstream. This can be achieved by moving the nozzle standoff closer to the part. The lower the focus of the beam, the deeper the etch into the material. (first view)
Here are some ways to take full advantage of your laser cutting machines etching ability, from decorative purposes to part numbers.

Micromachining of Metals Cheaper, Faster with New Laser Technology

Figure 4. The precision and control possible using the fiber laser marker.
Advances in single mode fiber laser marking technology with superior beam quality can now replace traditional EDM or other micromachining equipment.

Advanced Software Drives Laser Cutting of Electrical Laminations

All three of the Trumpf laser machine tools are fitted with an automated pallet changing system that allows parts to be unloaded by the operator while the next sheet is being cut. Quantities of laminations from just 200 to around 6,000 can be cut with this process, which gives European Electrical Laminations a big competitive advantage over hard tooling to do the same job.
European Electrical Laminations uses Lantek Expert CAD/CAM software on its Trumpf laser cutting machines to produce electrical laminations for stators and rotors, armatures, stator segments, and pole laminations for motors and generators used in wind turbines, high speed rail and power generation.

Keeping Pace With Production: Automating Your Solid-State Laser

Programmable suction cups enable finished parts to be picked up and removed from the sheet skeleton. 
When a laser system is waiting for material handling, it is not making money. Automated systems must be able to cope with the common differences between laser types. The process of selecting the best choice becomes increasingly involved when the system uses solid state laser cutting machines. Here are some important points to consider.

 

Laser Cutting Systems: Industry News

JMT Appoints New Laser Specialists

Laser specialist Chase Walker (left) and laser sales engineer Johntanna Messer (right).
Johntanna Messer and Chase Walker have been appointed in response to the growing demand for fiber lasers. 

LaserCoil Appoints New Director

Scott Sonnenberg is their new director of mechanical engineering and product development.

New Head of Sales for Jenoptik Laser

Bringing ample knowledge in national and international sales, Klaus Büsselmann is now responsible for the global sales of innovative laser systems at Jenoptik. (Photo courtesy of Jenoptik AG)
Klaus Büsselmann is responsible for the global sales of innovative laser systems.

 

Laser Cutting Systems: Products

Next Steps in Intelligent Fiber Laser Cutting

The OPTIPLEX Fiber laser cutting system with intelligent Zeta 9 torch technology from Mazak Optonics. Zeta 9 set up functions include auto nozzle changing, auto focus positioning, focus detection, auto profiler calibration, and beam diameter control. Intelligent monitoring functions include pierce detection, plasma detection and burn detection.
This exclusive fiber laser cutting system uses a series of six intelligent setup functions and three intelligent monitoring functions to significantly reduce operator dependency and improve throughput and cut quality.

Transforming the Way Material is Cut

The JENOPTIK-VOTAN BIM laser machine is primarily used in the automotive industry to cut highly complex 3D car body parts and structural parts as well as hydroformed tubes, e.g. for exhaust systems, precisely and quickly. Manufacturers can also benefit greatly from its dynamic capability laser cut contours and functional holes in white goods, tanks and containers.
A review of some of the newest laser cutting systems, laser marking equipment, and related accessories and services now on the market. 

Laser, Waterjet, Plasma Cutting Systems

An Eagle fiber laser cutting head with laser beam from MSS Lasers is one of the most advanced systems in the market, with linear drives on all three axes and a low inertia carbon fiber transverse bridge construction that can accelerate up to 6G with achieve cutting speeds in excess of 100 m/min.
A yearend review of some of the current advances and application capabilities in each of these metal cutting technologies.