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Manufacturing is an industry that requires precision and speed.
The more you can produce, with high levels of accuracy and quality, the more your business will prosper.
What slows a business down and creates unnecessary costs is double handling, potentially having workers do the same task twice to ensure quality.
Added to this is the continual cost of time, as well as energy costs associated with repeating tasks.
Traditional welding and metal cutting gets the job done, but is it good enough?
Laser and plasma cutting also gets the job done, but it provides a quicker, cleaner, more precise cut within millimeters, not only ensuring accuracy but cutting the potential of double handling.
Hypertherm, a U.S. based manufacturer of advanced cutting systems, have announced the release of a new 3 kW fiber laser system for increased accuracy and lower energy costs.
The HyIntensity Fiber Laser HFL030 has been designed with a recommended cut capacity of 20mm for mild steel, 12mm for stainless steel, and 10mm for aluminum.
The HFL030 is specifically optimised for cutting applications. It comes with pre-developed cutting processes, and all the components needed for simplifying table integration and operation. As a result, the company says the system can cut thicker materials faster than many higher powered competitive systems.
In other words, Hypertherm’s 3 kW system has the cut capacity of other 4 kW fiber laser system, using less energy than 4KW systems but without sacrificing cut quality.
The system uses a low maintenance solid-state laser source to generate a laser beam which is then delivered through a fibre optic cable to the laser head. The glass fibre transfers the beam with a focus quality tailored for cutting metal.
When compared with CO2 laser systems, the fibre laser cutting process simplifies table design requirements and integration. Operating costs, thanks in part to the high energy efficiency of the fibre laser and maintenance requirements which are virtually nonexistent, are also much lower than with current CO2 lasers.
“HyIntensity Fiber Laser system are easily integrated into a wide range of cutting machine types, allowing service centres and fabricators to expand their business by adding high‑precision fine feature cutting to their operations,” Doug Shuda, product marketing manager for Hypertherm’s fibre laser products, explained.
With the ability to pre-set cutting parameters with a full range of materials including steel, stainless steel, and aluminum, the new system is tightly integrated for ease of operation that ensures consistent automatic cutting processes.
Additionally, the system is able to cut and mark with the same consumables, which makes for easy process changeover and more efficient operations.
The laser cut technology can also be combined with plasma to deliver higher productivity for most plate applications.
According to the company, the system will make it easier for companies to use laser cutting for their fine feature cutting requirements
All of the HyIntensity systems were developed and manufactured by Hypertherm in the United States, making Hypertherm the only company to offer both laser and plasma cutting expertise in a single package.
Hypertherm designs and manufactures advanced cutting products for use in a variety of industries such as shipbuilding, manufacturing, and automotive repair. Its product line includes handheld and mechanised plasma systems and consumables, as well as fibre laser and now waterjet products, in addition to CNC motion and height controls and CAM cutting software.