Sheet metalworking machine manufacturer, Bystronic, has extended the functionality of its fibre laser profilers to make them even more efficient. The BySprint Fiber range of machines will in future have two new options, one that monitors the cutting process in real time and corrects it, and another that allows automatic nozzle exchange. Both features, which have been available on the company’s CO2 lasers for some time, allow extended periods of unattended running.
Bystronic’s fiber laser machines are now going to be sold with CutControl and automatic nozzle change. CutControl monitors the cutting process in real time and corrects it, while automatic nozzle exchange picks out the optimum nozzle for a job from one of 40 nozzles in a magazine. Both features originate from the company’s CO2 lasers.
CutControl stops the machine if an interruption in the cut is detected and it then returns the head to repeat that section of the cut. Component rejection and scrap rates are consequently reduced.
Another application of CutControl is it can determine where the edge of the sheet is on the table, resulting in optimal material utilisation, particularly when long, straight cuts run close to the sides of the sheet. The automatic nozzle change takes only 15 seconds, faster than manual exchange, meaning productivity is increased.
Cut Control monitors the cutting process
The Cut Control function will be available for BySprint Fiber machines with 3 and 4 kilowatt laser sources. Integrated process monitoring stops the machine automatically if an interruption in the cut is detected and returns the head to repeat that section of the cut. Component rejection and scrap rates are consequently reduced.
Nozzle magazine speeds changeover of materials
Automatic nozzle change is another new feature for the BySprint Fiber. The operator no longer has to think about which cutting nozzle is correct for a different sheet of material, as the machine automatically selects the optimum nozzle from one of 40 stations in a magazine. It improves process reliability and as nozzle change takes only 15 seconds, faster than manual exchange, productivity is increased.
With a nozzle magazine fitted, a fibre laser machine can be pre-equipped for unattended cutting of orders involving sheet metals of varying types and thicknesses. Automatic nozzle change is available for all combinations of the BySprint Fiber, including in the 3 m x 1.5 m and 4 m x 2 m formats and with 2, 3 or 4 kilowatts of laser power.
For further details contact First Cut on TEL: 011 614 1112 or visit www.firstcut.co.za