CO2 laser cutting system
The Lasertex Series of advanced CO2 laser cutting systems from Koike Aronson/Ransome (Arcade, NY; www.koike.com) uses high–speed, common–line cutting, which reduces cycle time by 20%–30% and remnant scrap costs by 1%–5%. According to the company, the key to Lasertex's high productivity is the SIGMABOX design, which seals the laser beam's path, keeping airborne particulates away from laser mirror surfaces. The result is longer periods of high beam quality and reduced maintenance. SIGMABOX also allows unlimited width and length of cut. It can operate unmanned on multiple plates for night and weekend runs that slash labor and energy costs. Lasertex systems are available in 2–, 4–, and 6kW versions to cut mild steel from 1/8 in to 1 in and stainless from 1/16 in to 5/8 in (up to 1 in with the optional Nitrogen system).
LVD Strippit's (Akron, NY; www.lvdgroup.com) STRIPPIT LP–1225 Laser–Punch—available as a standalone combined laser and punching machine or as part of an integrated automated pick–sort system—offers flexible part processing. A combination of LVD's latest hydraulic punch press and Fanuc's fast axial flow CO2 laser technology, the new system is presented within an integrated Fanuc–GE laser source, motor drive, and control package. Capable of punching, forming, tapping, and laser cutting, the LP–1225 is equipped with a low noise/scratch–sensitive brush bed system and is ideal for processing lighter gauge components. It has a capacity of 49.21 in x 98.4 in maximum sheet size, 20–ton programmable hydraulic press drive, and 0.250 in maximum material thickness.
6000W laser cutting system
The Bystar 6000W laser cutting system from Bystronic (Hauppauge, NY; www.bystronicusa.com) features a solid–state RF power supply with wear–free power generation components that reduce maintenance and repair costs. This efficient power supply reduces energy consumption, requires no component replacement, and is housed in a compact enclosure to conserve space. The Bystar is available with an optional rotary axis for the processing of tubes and profiles. For flat sheet processing, the series is offered in table sizes of 5 ft x 10 ft and 6 ft x 12 ft. The larger format Bystar L series can accommodate plate size widths up to 8 ft and lengths up to 39 ft. The ByVision control with integrated touch screen is easy to operate.
TRUMPF (Farmington, CT; www.us.trumpf.com) has introduced the TruMark 6020, a Nd:YAG laser with a 1064nm wavelength, high energy density, and superior beam quality. The product features a 60 percent increase in laser power compared to its predecessor the VMc3, and a significant increase in marking speed. With improvements to the resonator design and laser diode technology, it achieves a peak power up to 150 kW. In addition, an optional laser beam expander provides the flexibility to decrease spot size or increase the marking field to 10.8 x 10.8 inches with a spot size below 60µm. A quick connect cable unites the laser head and control unit to simplify integration and field maintenance. A new digital, high–speed scanner and more rigid industrial laser head further expand the processing capabilities of the TruMark 6020. Applications include annealing, ablation, and deep engraving of metal components as well as non–metal applications including plastics and ceramics. Available lenses supply marking fields from 2.4 x 2.4 inches to 11.4 x 11.4 inches depending on the application demands. The TruMark 6020 is available as an OEM unit or for integration into TruMark workstations. Each laser arrives fully equipped with the TruTops Mark laser marking software and QuickFlow customer programming software.