Laser cutting system switches from flat-sheet to tube/pipe cutting

December 6, 2012

Amada has added a rotary index to its FOM2 laser cutting system, delivering the power and speed to cut mid to thick materials. The rotary index is located on one of three interchangeable shuttle pallets, simplifying the switch from flat-sheet cutting to tube or pipe cutting.

The FOM2RI-3015 can process round, square, and rectangle tube; C-channel; and angle iron. The rotary system can handle materials up to 441 lbs. Optional Dr. Abe_Tube software from the manufacturer is preprogrammed with many common shapes and configurations, simplifying the fabrication of tubular structures that fit together for welding.

Since the rotary index is an integrated unit, the cutting head can be positioned near the controllable pneumatic chuck, minimizing the dead zone. Bowed pipe or tubing can be cut without vibration while maintaining accuracy from end to end.

New features include an automatic nozzle changer, cut process monitoring, and auto-pierce detection. The Amada/Fanuc RF-excited resonator helps improve the overall shape and stability of the laser beam.

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