LT14 / LT24
Large solutions for grand designs
3D laser cutting for tubes up to 610 mm (24”) in diameter, open and special shaped structural sections (IPE)
The position of the three chucks during laser cutting is automatically managed to minimise bar movements, while the lighter and faster cutting head moves along the tube. This means more accurate, faster cuts and faster part processing.
Laser cutting of thick walled tubes provides cost and part quality advantages when comparted to traditional plasma or oxygen cutting. The laser performs accurate cuts needed to meet the required tolerances; without the need for grinding or other re-work. The laser cut edges are ready for welding without any additional weld prep. Laser cutting consolidates multiple operations that would normally require multiple set ups, plus additional handling and labor.
The cutting head can work perpendicularyly to the tube surface or it can cut at an angle. The tilt cutting function is useful for creating chamfers and semi-chamfers that are needed for the weld prep needed to butt weld tubes. The laser guarantees maximum accuracy and avoids the need to rework the cut edges prior to welding.
Changes of diameter, thickness or shape are all done automatically. No additional tooling or grippers are needed to switch from one shaped tube or section to another. This provides tremendous savings compared to conventional manual processes. Part quality is no longer dependent on the operators set up skill. The operator is free to focus on the cutting process and on production.
The bars being processed (loading, cutting and unloading) are continuously supported during the entire sequence of operations. This limits cutting irregularities and insures that the final part is never subject to heavy falls that can cause damage or compromise integrity.
Part loading and unloading never interrupts the cutting process because these operations are carried out in the background. Movements are performed automatically, according to the programmed conditions instead of being locked into a predetermined set of instructions. Modfications can be made during the process if required.
A metal exit conveyor quickly discharges finished parts less than 3200 mm (126”) long. The discharge conveyor is separate from and shielded from the cutting operation so that parts can be continuously unloaded without interrupting the cutting operations.
Larger, thicker tubes traditionally suffer from twist and bow. A touch probe measures the tube and determines the true tube dimensions. This data is compared with the theoretical dimensions then the machine compensates to correct the cut path to obtain accurate geometries.
The LT14 / LT24 has a full automatic drill and tap unit for making threading holes up to M16 (.625”). This eliminates the need to separate tapping operations. Effective and efficient!
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With the ‘BLMelements’ planning software no particular experience is needed to start production on a Lasertube machine. Standard (round, square, rectangular) or open and special sections of the H or IPE type can be processed with the same efficacy.
With one click, add chamfers to geometries or holes in preparation for welding. With one click, add tabs and slots between multiple tubes with laser accuracy. With one click, save time and slash part costs.
When the surface conditions of the tube is not ideal due to dirt or rust activate a special ‘pre-cutting’ feature that uses the laser beam to clean the part along the cutting path then follows up with the final cut itself. With this feature you eliminate the risk of wasting costly which is often in limited supply.
Using laser technology means having more architectural design freedom and the accompanying benefit of higher efficiency for alternate structural constructions. Applications are endless.