Jenoptik Shows its Highlights for Laser Metal Processing at EuroBLECH 2012.

Jenoptik’s Lasers & Material Processing division and five companies of the Messer World show their latest breakthroughs in the field of laser metal processing at EuroBLECH 2012 in Hanover, Germany from October 23 to 27, 2012 in the hall 13, booth C46
Metal cutting with JenLas® fiber cw 1000 (PresseBox) (Jena, ) The joint participation of Jenoptik, Messer Cutting Systems, MesserSoft, Messer Group and Messer Industriegase as well as Castolin Eutectic became a tradition: the concept was already a big success at the EuroBLECH 2010 and Blechexpo 2011. Besides welding demonstrations with shielding gases, the main focus this year will be on the latest laser technology, ranging from the optimal gas choice for metal cutting and welding over laser resonators as well as production-related software and appropriate fiber laser sources up to the latest generation of the 3D and 2D metal cutting laser machines.

Fast and Highly Productive Metal Processing with Jenoptik’s 1 kW Fiber Laser JenLas® fiber cw 1000

At EuroBLECH 2012 Jenoptik shows its laser source JenLas® fiber cw 1000, which is a highly brilliant single-mode high power fiber laser system, featuring excellent power stability and long lifetime. JenLas® fiber cw 1000 ensures fast processing and consistently high productivity in the respective applications. This laser system is a continuous wave laser with an output power of 1,000 Watts. Compared to the other laser sources such as CO2 lasers, fiber lasers are more energy-efficient and thus, more cost-effective especially in such industrial applications as metal cutting and welding. “Fiber lasers are already available on the market within a large variety of power ranges. However, Jenoptik’s know-how in the fields of diode lasers, fiber laser pump sources, laser sources and processing optics establishes a unique environment for creating substantial customer value,” says Dr. Thomas Fehn, Executive Vice President of the Jenoptik Lasers & Material Processing division. He adds: “Our in-depth knowledge on all those technical stages combined with our extensive experience with the application itself enables our customers to seamlessly and flexibly integrate Jenoptik’s fiber lasers into the respective systems.”

Optimized for use within customers’ laser processing systems, this OEM laser source comes in a compact 19 inch housing and includes the operating software. The device safety lock that is made of certified components ensures operational safety. The laser has several user interfaces such as RS232, EtherCAT, USB port or and a parallel customer-specific interface.

JENOPTIK-VOTAN® BIM – Precise, Fast and Compact

Also showcased at EuroBLECH is Jenoptik’s robot-based 3D metal cutting laser machine, JENOPTIK-VOTAN® BIM. Smartly engineered JENOPTIK-VOTAN® BIM provides industrial manufacturers a highly flexible, fast processing and cost-effective laser machine solution that carries several advantages over standard laser machines.

JENOPTIK-VOTAN® BIM’s laser robot arm is unique in that the optical fiber is located only in the stationary robot shoulder and the laser beam path is totally integrated. During the cutting process the laser light is guided by means of mirrors. Due to the immobility of the laser fiber its condition is preserved, which eliminates any costly maintenance and replacement of the fiber. The slim and only five kilograms light laser cutting head also contributes to the accessibility into tight locations, high path accuracies and high speed 3D metal processing. Therefore both features allow reducing the collision probability during the process. With the repeatability of ±100 µm, Jenoptik’s laser machine is one of the most accurate on the market.

Additionally, Jenoptik’s laser arm’s axis movements are 30 to 60 percent quicker than the norm and deliver a much shorter tact time compared to conventional metal processing laser robots.

JENOPTIK-VOTAN® BIM components are maintained as one platform of about 12m² comprising the robot, laser, electrical cabinet and a rotating table that allows for more manoeuvrable operations and continuous cutting. Additionally, JENOPTIK-VOTAN® BIM can be moved easily via a fork lift, set up quickly - optimizing the user’s machine installation time.

Among the top manufacturing segments to leverage JENOPTIK-VOTAN® BIM is the automotive industry. This is evident from JENOPTIK-VOTAN® BIM’s highly sophisticated and precise ability to cut within seconds 3D car body components, structural parts or hydro formed tubes for exhaust systems. Fabricators can also greatly benefit from its dynamic ability to facilitate laser cutting of contours and functional holes of so called white goods, tanks and reservoirs. Other possible applications on the JENOPTIK-VOTAN® BIM are 3D laser cutting of thin metal pieces, sophisticated profiles, e.g. of the extraction system or an exhausted air system. Whether cutting thin metal pieces or sophisticated designs, JENOPTIK-VOTAN® BIM delivers high cutting quality and consistency.

The live performance of the robot system, the core part of the laser machine JENOPTIK-VOTAN® BIM can be seen from October 23 to 27 at EuroBLECH 2012 in the hall 13, booth C46 of the Hanover Exhibition Center, Germany.

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