Greater Efficiency in Laser Cutting

From: Trumpf

TRUMPF’s latest developments in 2D laser cutting achieve higher performance, flexibility and productivity along with increased process reliability.

TRUMPF’s latest developments in 2D laser cutting achieve higher performance, flexibility and productivity along with increased process reliability. In booth B1903 at FABTECH 2014, TRUMPF will highlight the TruLaser 5030 fiber; the first 2D laser cutting machine to be available with an 8-kilowatt TruDisk laser. The increase in laser power significantly boosts productivity when processing medium and thick sheet metal. FABTECH takes place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA, November 11-13, 2014.
As a highly productive, universal machine, the TruLaser 5030 fiber is able to process complex contours and thin sheets while keeping the cost per part to a minimum. The BrightLine fiber, CoolLine, and enhanced PierceLine functions guarantee high-quality laser processing in thicker materials as well. CoolLine, a new feature for solid-state lasers, stabilizes the cutting process in steel by use of targeted cooling. This results in greater material tolerance while enabling more intricate material contours and a tighter layout of parts. The new PierceLine function with improved piercing capabilities enables the laser to process smaller contours while significantly boosting speed.

Smart Collision Prevention and the Drop&Cut options further increase the efficiency and reliability of laser processing for TRUMPF 2D laser cutting machines. With Smart Collision Prevention, the risk of collisions during laser cutting is minimized. The function analyzes the cutting process to determine where cut parts are likely to tip and adjusts the processing strategy to accommodate. This can most often be achieved without adding microjoints to the part and can significantly reduce downtime caused by collisions. When coupled with the smart nozzle function with integrated nozzle inspection feature, and the enhanced PierceLine piercing process, Smart Collision Prevention assures maximum process reliability for the TruLaser 5030 fiber. This substantially expands machine capacity while reducing the need for consumables.

The Drop&Cut feature aids in cost-effective production and enables operators to easily use part skeletons for additional production. Operators are provided with a live image of the machine’s interior on the control unit’s user interface. From the control unit, the operator simply clicks or taps the screen to drag the programmed contour to the desired location on the projected sheet and initiates the cut. With the new TruLaser 5030 fiber, the process is conveniently managed from a new and ergonomic 19-inch control panel that can be adjusted to any height. Smart Collision Prevention and Drop&Cut will be available on the TruLaser 5030 fiber as well as new laser machines of the TruLaser Series 3000 and 5000.

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