LaserCoil Technologies Adds LaserCoil CAM to Coil-Fed Laser Blanking Systems

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LaserCoil Technologies has enhanced its coil-fed laser blanking systems with new automated programming capabilities that optimize part nesting and cutting paths

LaserCoil CAM automatically creates and optimizes nesting and cutting path parameters for the LaserCoil blanking systems.

LaserCoil CAM takes only minutes from the importing of CAD files to active cutting of a simple blank. To illustrate its efficiency, imagine if you could design and machine a blanking die for a complex part in less than 30 minutes.

LaserCoil Technologies LLC has announced the addition of LaserCoil CAM to its coil-fed laser blanking systems, automating the importing of part profiles for optimized nesting and laser cutting to save significant time and money. LaserCoil CAM accommodates single and multiple cutting heads, as well as peripheral automation, such as the system’s dynamic conveyor lanes. In addition to optimizing the part recipes, LaserCoil CAM also controls and monitors the LaserCoil system during production.

“Creating nesting and cutting programs is a time-intensive process requiring a skilled technician,” said LaserCoil Chief Technology Officer Jay Finn. “LaserCoil CAM takes only minutes from the importing of CAD files to active cutting of a simple blank. To illustrate its efficiency, imagine if you could design and machine a blanking die for a complex part in less than 30 minutes.”

The program is designed for ease-of-use, enabling even less experienced system operators to quickly create an optimized program. LaserCoil CAM starts by creating a recipe with pre-built initial cutting parameters that are supplemented with the blank’s profile data imported via a CAD file. The user can either ask the software to select the best coil from multiple coils in inventory, create the best nest for a specific coil width, or permit the program to specify the optimum coil width based upon part yield.

Taking into consideration the appropriate grain constraint for material flow as well as part profile, the software identifies the best nesting pattern. LaserCoil CAM then determines how the profiles will be cut by the laser. Next, the operator generates the cutting path, and adjustments can be made by simply clicking on the profile parameters and setting a new cutting routine. A simulation is run to show the sequenced travel path of the laser cutting head.

“We’ve achieved real-world results that prove the value of this first LaserCoil CAM release,” noted Scott Sonnenberg, LaserCoil director of mechanical engineering/product development. “This software provides our customers a single interface to help reduce programming time and scrap rates, as well as improve their throughput and yield.”

By laser cutting direct from coil stock, LaserCoil systems provides a fast and flexible approach to blanking that is well-suited for production environments that run multiple blank profiles and materials in runs of up to 100,000. The systems can process a wide variety of coil material in aluminum, mild steel, the new high-strength steels, and other materials for surface sensitive panels as well as structural components in thicknesses from 0.5 to 3.5mm and up to 2m wide coil at any length.

For more information on this approach to laser cutting of coil strip, visit http://www.lasercoil.com or watch the LaserCoil CAM video.

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