RFID lens records laser lens condition-monitoring data
TRUMPF has combined its LensLine sensor system for 2-D laser cutting machines with a radio frequency identification (RFID) lens. The condition-monitoring function analyzes the degree of contamination, helping to improve the reliability of cutting processes and reduce the frequency of lens cleaning.
The new RFID lens is a standard feature of all TruLaser series 3000 machines with a CO2 laser. The RFID chip attached to the lens records condition-monitoring data and other information such as when the lens has been cleaned. The condition-monitoring test also can be carried out automatically, at predefined intervals. The test results indicate when the lens needs to be cleaned. The schematic display provides a complete overview of the lens cleaning cycle so the operator must intervene only when necessary.
The system ensures that only lenses with the correct focal length are installed in the machine, in the correct orientation.