3-D modular laser processing machines introduced to North America

May 8, 2007

TRUMPF has introduced a new line of 3-D laser processing machines, the TruLaser Cell Series 7000, to the North American market. The modular laser cells, the company's largest available 3-D laser machines, offer flexibility for different applications, including welding, cutting, and processing aluminum to ultra-high strength steel, in 2-D or 3-D.

The X-axis travel of the TruLaser Cell 7020 is 79 inches. The Y-axis is designed as a cantilever with a working range of 59 inches. It supports a narrow, compact Z-axis with a 30-inch working range, the company says.

The X-axis travel of the TruLaser Cell 7040 is 158 inches. The Y-axis is designed as a cantilever with a working range of 59 inches. The Z-axis design is the same as the TruLaser Cell 7020. It supports a narrow and compact Z-axis with 30-inch working range. Two rotational axes give the TruLaser Cell machines 3-D flexibility.

The machine has high travel speeds and axis accelerations up to 2.5G on the dynamic cutting head and 0.8G in the linear machine axis. The focus position and diameter remain constant over the whole working envelope of the machine.

The processing head has a magnetic coupling that allows the operator to snap the head onto the machine easily and automatically detaches it should the head collide with the workpiece. Automatic head identification eliminates operating errors when switching the processing head and allows for quick exchange.

A user-friendly hanging operating panel, which as an option is moveable along the front side of the machine, provides the operator with a good view of the process and eases the part setup. An additional ergonomic teaching panel with 6-D mouse and a portable screen allows the machine to be controlled and taught easily.

Automation options include a dual-station mode that enables simultaneous loading or tooling setup while components are processed. Linear and rotation changers also are available for simplified handling of components or a more ergonomical production flow. The modularity allows all automation components to be easily retooled (retrofitted).

Compact laser processing cells with minimal space requirements are available with the company's CO2lasers with up to 6,000 W of laser power for cutting applications and 15,000 W for welding applications. Solid-state lasers up to 8,000 W also can be used.

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