July 8, 2013
Schuler has unveiled laser blanking lines featuring DynamicFlow Technology. The machines, which combine laser cutting with continuous coil feeding, can produce even small batches JIT and cost-effectively, according to the company.
The machines can produce a variety of blank shapes simultaneously and optimize blank contours while production is running. The patented system processes various of materials, including high-strength steels. Optimized blank nesting reduces the amount of scrap by 30 to 40 percent, the manufacturer reports.
The line uses three laser heads in parallel to cut blanks from a continuously rolling coil with thicknesses of 0.03 to 0.12 in. and widths up to 84.65 in. The machines are compact to fit in restricted spaces.