Quickness, not speed, new system feature, VIL acquired, Bystronic expands U.S. headquarters

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Quickness, not speed, new system feature
Farmington, CT—Trumpf Inc. is rapidly fulfilling its goal of becoming a dedicated U.S. entity. Company president Peter Leibinger, in his comments to a full house of customers at the company's customer and technology center, pointed out that this 33-year-old operation, which employs more than 560 people, needed to produce its own CO2 and Nd:YAG lasers and laser cutting systems. The company still imports some products from the parent company in Germany, but now has the capacity and capability to develop products for the North American and selected international markets.

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The reason for the May VIP event at Trumpf was the introduction of three new products, two that are U.S. innovations. The first, the latest in the flying optic, gantry style, shuttle table design is the L 3050, a 5kW CO2 system capable of cutting sheet metal and plate in one setup in a combination of metals. This unit is so tuned to the job shop market that several shop owners were ready to line up to place orders. One told ILS that it would back a truck up to the door to take the demonstration unit if allowed.

But what ILS thinks was the innovation star of the show was the new L 2530 Plus unit, which uses linear drives in the X and Y axis of the cantilever design, boasts a small Y axis motion of only 4 inches, which allows fast cutting without the need to accelerate the mass of the large cantilevered motion systems. Called the Sprint axis, this "sports car feature" allows cutting of small contours because the motion is only in the lighter-weight cutting head.

Granted the L 2530 and its cousin the twin-head HSL 2502C, also newly introduced into the U.S. at the VIP event, are focused on a smaller market that requires high-speed profiling in thin-gauge metals. Also the 2502, with two cutting heads and twin 3kW CO2 lasers, can really turn out a lot of parts in a short time.

As Peter Leibinger told his audience, Trumpf Inc. has three guiding principles; independence (the aforementioned new systems), innovation (the Sprint cutting concept) and respect for its customers.

Learn more about the Trumpf products by accessing its Website at www.us.trumpf.com.

VIL acquired
West Chicago, IL—VIL Laser Systems has been acquired from Littell International by Wayne Trail Technologies. The latter specializes in the design and supply of flexible automated systems for processing hydroformed tubes and rails, as well as programmable tube bending equipment and servo transfer automation for the pressroom.

VIL, a supplier of larger tailored blank welding systems for the auto industry appears to be a good fit with Wayne Trail. This affiliation is expected to allow the development of new and innovative ways for VIL to serve its markets, specifically those related to ultra-light steel auto bodies. The same team, under Bob Lewinski, will continue to handle current and future customer requests.

To contact VIL at its new facility in West Chicago call (630) 293-3333 or fax (630) 293-7777.

Bystronic expands U.S. headquarters
Hauppauge, NY—Bystronic Inc., the U.S. operation of Bystronic AG (Neiderönz, Switzerland), celebrated the opening of its new North American headquarters in a 67,000-square-foot facility here. This handsome building houses a customer service center, as well as facilities for sales, service, training, parts sales and administration. Bystronic, located in the U.S. since 1978, has been in an expansionary mode in the U.S. over the past months, adding technology centers in the Los Angeles and Chicago areas. The company's old 50,000-square-foot building will now serve as a manufacturing and logistics center.

The company took the occasion in New York to introduce into the U.S. the new Byspeed, a high-speed laser cutting system described in the cover feature of the May issue of ILS.

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