Punch/fiber laser combination machine equipped with automated material handling

December 14, 2016

The LC 2515 C1 AJ punch/laser combination machine from Amada America Inc. features a 2-kW fiber laser that provides up to 70 percent electrical savings when compared to a CO2 system, the company reports. The fiber laser can cut reflective materials such as copper, brass, and titanium.

The laser head moves in the Y axis via a direct-drive servomechanism. It is isolated from punching vibration to help maintain beam integrity and cut quality. A gap near the laser axis is engineered to allow cutting gas and slag to escape without affecting processing. A cartridge-type lens provides for simple, fast lens changes. In addition, the use of noncontact sensor technology helps ensure that the laser beam remains focused on the sheet.

The system features a 49-station Multi-Purpose Turret (MPT), which includes four tapping tool stations and three die lift stations. The die stations lift automatically to facilitate upward forms while reducing material scratches and preventing downward forms from hitting the forming dies during sheet movements. A brush table automatically lifts to support the material and provide scratch-free processing to eliminate the need for secondary finishing.

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