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Save The Date! Blechexpo2021: Trumpf Launches New TruLaser Series

Save The Date! Blechexpo2021: Trumpf Launches New TruLaser Series

Blechexpo is an international trade fair for sheet metal working which is held once every 2 years in Stuttgart, Germany. It is a trade fair that begun in 1994 by Südblech which over the years, has gained much fanfare to be ranked top in Europe and second globally for trade fairs on sheet metal processing. 

With industry players to exhibit their latest developments and experts to be present for the three-day spectacle, there is much anticipation among visitors to attend the Blechexpo 2021.

Trumpf, one of the leading industry players in innovation and technologies will exhibit how companies can use networked solutions to streamline processes across the entire sheet metal process chain. Introducing, the new generation TruLaser Series 1000 –with more productivity, process stability, and cost-effectiveness. For the first time, the Highspeed Eco function is being used on this machine type. A nozzle developed by TRUMPF directs the cutting gas specifically to the sheet metal which significantly increases the machine’s feed rate by up to 70 percent, while reducing gas consumption by around 60 percent. Hence, the machine cuts sheet metal significantly faster than conventional 2D laser machines. In addition, the new series also features a newly added CoolLine technology. This function automatically sprays water mist onto the sheet to ensure optimum cooling during the cutting process.

Another new feature of this machine type is the intelligent Smart Collision Prevention function. TRUMPF relies here on a sophisticated algorithm that calculates, for example, the sequence in which the parts must be cut in order to avoid collisions between tilting parts and the cutting head. This reduces downtime and improves production efficiency. Hundreds of cutting data for different materials and sheet thicknesses are already stored in the operating software. Production workers can select the cutting program at the touch of a button and get started right away. “Thanks to its high productivity, broad range of applications and ease of operation, the new generation of the TruLaser 1000 is ideal for companies that want to get into 2D laser cutting. It also ideally complements the machine fleets of companies that already use 2D laser cutting and want to increase their capacity,” says TRUMPF Product Manager Jean-Baptiste Karam.

The machine design has been deliberately kept simple and thus optimally meets the requirements of beginners or companies that already work in one to two-shift operation.

The TruLaser Series 1000 can be used for a wide variety of materials allowing companies to use it for a wide range of applications. An automatic nozzle changer also contributes to the ease of use. With this technology, the new TruLaser Series 1000 automatically replaces the cutting nozzle as soon as the material changes. This eliminates manual intervention by personnel and reduces setup time. The new generation of machines will be available from Blechexpo 2021 in three external dimensions: 3×1.5 meters, 4×2 meters and 6×2.5 meters. Users can choose different laser powers between three and six kilowatts for their machine. Furthermore, the machine can be expanded to include various automation functions for loading and unloading. At the highest level, it is possible to operate it without personnel.

In addition to networked machines, software and services, TRUMPF will be showcasing their compact, fully automated folding machine that can effortlessly process even thick sheet metal. At the world’s leading trade fair for sheet metal working, the company will also be demonstrating how existing machine parks can be set up and networked in a future-proof manner using entry-level solutions. For example, digital assistants that provide employees with even better support with the help of artificial intelligence, for example when sorting the sheet metal parts. Existing machinery can also be made future-proof by retrofitting. The company is also showing a “Service App” that helps employees with service cases, for example through automatic spare part recognition, digital instructions or live support with video function from TRUMPF customer service on site.

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Start-to-Finish Strategy With Fibre Laser

Start-to-Finish Strategy With Fibre Laser

Yes, it is fast, but while fast-cutting speeds open up the potential, there are still the upstream and downstream manufacturing processes to consider. By Oliver Hergt, corporate communications, Bystronic Fibre Laser

Fibre laser technology has had a profound impact on sheet metal processing of many users. Modern fibre lasers achieve excellent cutting results, and this at breath-taking speeds. One could even go so far as to say that the fibre laser enables metal to be cut at the level of Formula One, that is to say, to the highest technical standards.

But a fibre laser or a fast car alone do not automatically make a champion. Fast cutting speeds merely open up the potential, which must be capitalised on during the upstream and downstream manufacturing processes.

A fast laser increases the throughput of the entire production. All of the sudden, more parts flow through the manufacturing chain in a shorter time. For users this means that it now becomes relevant, for example, as to how fast their software can convert customer enquiries into cutting jobs. And, how cutting programmes can be used to cut out as many parts as possible from the metal sheets. Fast, value-adding, and high-quality production — these are the foundations for a competitive edge.

Maintaining High Throughput

Typically, within the manufacturing chain, the next step after laser cutting is bending. Here too, the systems must be able to keep up in order to maintain the high throughput. With press brakes, it is important to decrease the set-up and programming times.

Modern bending systems offer features that can achieve this, such as: Offline programming, fast set-up systems, or even fully automatic set-up. Intelligent correction and safety functions round off the range of bending solutions. They support the user in manufacturing high-quality products with high precision and without errors.

But how can this high throughput be maintained as constant as possible? Or in other words, how does the racing car achieve peak times lap after lap? In the sheet metal processing business, automation is a key factor. This is why, for example, users upgrade their fibre lasers with automatic loading and unloading systems that ensure a suitable supply of materials to the machines and unload the parts after the cutting process.

The analysis of process data in real time is another important factor for users. Digital services collect and analyse complex data and provide the users with a clearly organised overview. This allows users to monitor their production processes: Similar to how the racing team in the pits monitors how the racing car, the motor, and the brakes perform on the racetrack.

Optimally Aligned

In a nutshell, successful fibre laser cutting means ensuring that all the production processes relating to the laser are optimally aligned.

Champions win thanks to a comprehensive start-to-finish strategy. To achieve this, users require the right partner who supports them with innovative technology, effective features, and professional service.

Fibre lasers are able to cut in sheet thicknesses of up to 30 mm.

Fibre lasers are able to cut in sheet thicknesses of up to 30 mm.


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