Fiber is all grown up
3D laser cutting for tubes up to 355 mm (14”) in diameter, open and special shaped structural sections
- process tubes up to Ø 355 mm (14”)
- bar weight up to 100 kg/m (67 lb/ft)
- loading lengths up to 18 m (60’)
- unloading lengths up to 18 m (60’) CO2
- laser source up to 3.5 kW
- cuttable materials: mild steel, stainless steel, aluminium, brass
The LT14 FIBER cuts large diameter tubes rapidly and accurately by use of an innovative structure that rapidly moves the cutting head, not the tube. With this approach, you can obtain neater and more accurate geometries because the tube is gripped once at the beginning and is not released until the end of processing.
The two through chucks have dual functions; both rolling the tube and clamping it.
This way the tube is never released thus making the cuts more accurate.
The cutting head automatically travels from one side of the chuck to the other according to the geometries to be made and utilizing the entire length of the bar without producing scrap.
Laser cutting of thick walled tubes provides cost and part quality advantages when comparted to traditional plasma or oxygen cutting. The laser performs accurate cuts needed to meet the required tolerances; without the need for grinding or other re-work. The laser cut edges are ready for welding without any additional weld prep. Laser cutting consolidates multiple operations that would normally require multiple set ups, plus additional handling and labor.
The fully enclosed cutting area guarantees the highest safety standards: the double wall design allows the bar to be loaded, cut and unloaded without switching off the laser and interrupting cutting.
Different shaped bars can be randomly arranged in sequence on the chain loader. Each bar will be separated and loaded without manual intervention. The double safety enclosure of the working line is used to load the next bar without interrupting the cutting operation in progress. This provides both flexibility and process efficiency.
The handling carriages move vertically in to support the bars during processing.
The cut parts are positioned for unloading anywhere along the entire X axis.
This makes part removal easier and makes it possible to segregate tubes in separate locations according to length or part type.
An automatic metal belted conveyor collects parts shorter than 900 mm (36”) and conveys them out of the machine.
Cut parts can be segregated according to type and length and then discharged for convenient collection.
When processing large diameter thick walled tubes every inch of material saved provides an increase in profit margin. LT14 FIBER can nest parts dynamically: during loading it measures the bar and then determines the most efficient part arrangement of the part program according to the real, not the theoretical, bar length. This maximises utilization of the bar and minimizes scrap.
The increased electrical efficiency of fiber laser technology drastically slashes the electrical consumption of the system which means a monthly savings on your utility bills and a reduction in the initial investment in electrical equipment and services.
The faster speed of nitrogen fiber laser cutting on thin walled more than doubles machine productivity compared to CO2: mild steel and stainless steel up to 8 mm (.3125”) thick are the materials that typically benefit the most from fiber laser technology.
The fiber laser does not require routine maintenance or rebuilding procedures. No laser gas is needed. Laser beam quality is stable over time and is available immediately upon start up.
Copper and brass, materials which were off-limits with CO2 technology can be easily cut with fiber laser. Even tricky to cut aluminium and galvanised steels have no limits. Fiber technology offers new opportunities and a more robust production method for difficult materials.
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With the ‘BLMelements’ planning software no particular experience is needed to start production on a Lasertube machine. Standard (round, square, rectangular) or open and special sections of the H or IPE type can be processed with the same efficacy.
With one click, add chamfers to geometries or holes in preparation for welding.
With one click, add tabs and slots between multiple tubes with laser accuracy.
With one click, save time and slash part costs.
Using laser technology means having more architectural design freedom and the accompanying benefit of higher efficiency for alternate structural constructions. Applications are endless.