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Trumpf debuts TruLaser Station 5005 welding machine for steel, nonferrous metals, and plastics at Blechexpo 2013 from Nov. 5 to 8.

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Ditzingen, Germany – The new Trumpf TruLaser Station 5005 will make its public debut at Blechexpo 2013 in Stuttgart from Nov. 5 to 9. It is useful for newcomers to laser welding. The five-axis machine offers good performance at an affordable price and is designed to meet the needs of users in the medical, electrical and precision engineering sectors with low- to medium-volume joining requirements.

The company expects the TruLaser Station 5005 to be available in the US in late spring/early summer 2014.

The machine features the same ergonomic design and process reliability as the popular TruMark Station 5000, of which the TruLaser Station 5005 is a derivative. Advantages include its space-saving footprint, convenient upward-sliding door, and integrated dust collector, which allow the welding machine to be installed in workshops of any size. The machine’s versatility extends to the beam source: it can operate with disk, fiber and diode lasers with an output of up to one kilowatt.

The TruLaser Station 5005 is optimized for welding steel, aluminum, non-ferrous metals, and even plastics. In addition to the three linear axes, it also has a rotary axis enabling the workpiece to be rotated and a swivel axis for the focusing optics, permitting welding angles of up to 120°. All axes can be interpolated simultaneously, allowing even parts with complex geometries to be joined effortlessly. The working volume of 300 x 300 x 500 millimeters provides sufficient room to process large-dimension parts. Depending on the application, users can choose between fixed optics and scanning optics. This is one of the major advantages of the new machine compared with the older models it replaces: TruLaser Station 3002 and 3003.

A tiltable control panel equipped with a touch screen, a process monitor, and a feed rate controller is used to program the machine. The panel is mounted on a swivel arm that allows each operator to adjust its orientation to their requirements. In this way, the TruLaser Station 5005 can be operated from a seated or a standing position. The all-new control system has been optimized for welding applications. A convenient Teach function ensures that parts are joined perfectly at each weld spot. The operator has direct access to the control interface via the NC program, making it possible to manipulate a pneumatic clamping device, for example, or execute other peripheral functions. A remote diagnosis function is also provided to facilitate maintenance.

At Blechexpo, the TruLaser Station 5005 will demonstrate its welding capabilities in a process for the manufacture of a coffee capsule holder. As part of a sheet-metal processing chain, the new welding system is used to create a pyramidal structure out of several sheet-metal sections with aesthetically placed, visible weld seams. A TruLaser 5030 fiber is used to produce the 2D cuts in the sheet material and a TruLaser Cell 3000, launched last year, is used to make the 3D cutouts to hold the capsules. The edges are shaped using a Trumpf bending machine.

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