Laser/punch combinations have evolved in recent times and this is why it is important for fabricators to have a second look at the technology. Some of this advancement in technology has helped to push the laser/punch back into the spotlight. The most dominant of this laser cutting technology is the emergence of the solid state laser as a lot of the combination machines designed today is with this technology at the forefront. This fabricating technology can help to increase the profit of fabricators in some instances. Here are 5 reasons to revisit the laser/punch combination machine.
They can Work Independently
For any fabricator that has struggled with sorting parts that comes off a solid-state laser, this simple question will catch your attention: what if there is a machine that could do that for you? The luxury that was previously enjoyed by punching machines over laser cutting machines is now a benefit that is part of today’s laser/punch combination machines. This machine’s software is capable of determining the best way to tackle the blanking of the part and also what bin the chute should deposit the part. Processing can be taken to the next level if a fabricator combines material handling with laser/punch combination machine. Fabricators looking to maximize labor resources will especially find these type of machines useful.
They Work Intelligently
The development of advanced control software and an increase in the use of sensors have led to machine tools that are much more efficient and reliable than what it used to be. This will be most beneficial for metal fabricators wanting to maximize uptime in the face of a robust manufacturing economy. For instance, the punch monitor checks the sensor to see if a hole has been punched into the sheet or not. The control software allows the machine to continue with the task if the hole is clear. Apart from protecting the fabricator from redoing the parts, this system also notifies the operator when a punch break is likely to happen.
They Can Be Used to Expand a Fabricator’s Capability
The design of the solid-state laser generator is such that it can be networked to two machine tools. This gives the fabricator an opportunity to make investments that are cost-effective in multiple capabilities without having to buy another laser welding device. For instance, it is possible for a fabricator to operate a laser/punch combination with a solid-state laser processing unit. Fabricators can get maximum usage from the laser generator with the help of this network.
They Can Process More Materials
CO2 laser cutting machines are known to have difficulty with reflective materials such as copper and brass; it is best suited for materials that are less reflective. A solid-state laser cutting machine has changed that with a wavelength of about 10 times smaller than that of the CO2 laser. The laser energy is absorbed more easily as reflective materials do not reflect the smaller wavelength laser.