Upgrading Fibre Laser With Automation

  • Wednesday, 19 April 2017 00:00

Automated entry-level solutions for laser cutting offer benefits such as reducing user workload and more efficient loading and unloading cycles. By Jean-Pierre Neuhaus, head of corporate communications, Bystronic.

Automation solutions for fibre laser cutting offer a competitive advantage. They maximise the capacity utilisation of the laser cutting system and reduce the user’s workload with regard to the time-consuming material handling. Both these factors mean that cutting jobs are performed faster and at lower cost.

“Our experience shows that particularly in highly competitive markets, companies that automate their laser cutting system have a competitive edge,” Bystronic product manager Martin Bauer explained, hence the offering of various automation modules.

Fibre Laser Cutting

The BySmart Fiber system by Bystronic already focuses on the fast and cost-effective cutting of parts. The company now offers the choice between two automated systems, the ByTrans and Byloader.

The ByTrans loading and unloading solution organises the material flow on the BySmart Fiber automatically. It loads raw metal sheets onto the laser cutting system’s shuttle table. After the cutting process, it also unloads the finished parts and residual sheets.

The complete loading and unloading cycle takes 60 seconds, meaning that the system takes less time than the cutting plan that is being processed. For users, this means laser cutting without the interrupting set-up times. This is because the loading system loads one shuttle table while the laser system is cutting on the other table.

The Byloader loads the shuttle table and requires
little space

Space-Saving Loading

The Byloader automation system is a compact loading unit that is positioned on the side of the laser cutting system’s shuttle table. The system supplies raw metal sheets to the laser cutting system without taking up unnecessary space.

The company has integrated the control of the two automation systems into the BySmart Fiber’s operation system, allowing both systems to be operated using a single interface.

Optimised Production Flow

The overall concept of an optimised production environment from the incoming order to the finished sheet metal part could also be established around the laser cutting system with the company’s BySoft7 software.

The software automatically plans, initiates, and monitors part production and offers immediate access to all relevant production and machine data.

APMEN Sheet Metalworking, Apr 2017

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