The modern industry’s development demands increasing precision, flexibility, and efficiency. Laser cutting robots meet these requirements, utilizing high-precision laser technology to optimize production processes, introduce new applications like 3D laser cutting, and enhance automation.
Laser Cutting: Structure and Process
Laser cutting, a non-contact method mainly used for sheet materials, employs a high-temperature laser beam to melt material upon contact. The subsequent airflow removes the molten material, resulting in precise and smooth cuts.
PNC’s laser cutting robot concept includes a harmonious collaboration of components:
- Robot Controller: The system’s brain, overseeing the robot’s operations.
- Robot Arm: Programmed to position the laser cutting tool accurately.
- Laser Power Source: Supplies laser energy to the robot.
- Jig: Fixes the workpiece in place on a positioner.
- Transfer Unit: Allows the robot to move horizontally.
- Positioner: Holds the workpiece securely.
- Safety Fence and Dark Acrylic Shields: Ensure human safety by restricting access and laser reflection.
When to Use Laser Cutting Robots?
Opt for laser cutting robots to reduce operational costs and manual supervision compared to traditional laser cutting machines. Benefits include clean cuts, no deformation of the workpiece, fast processing, and the ability to perform 3D laser cutting.
Materials and Industries
Laser cutting robots are versatile and suitable for materials like wood, metal, plastic, and glass. Industries such as wood processing, automotive manufacturing, and medical equipment benefit from laser cutting applications.
In fields such as automotive, motorcycle, and aerospace, 3D modeling and FEM analysis have transformed the design and production of parts, introducing complex three-dimensional configurations like bent tubes, hydraulically formed shapes, deep drawing, mold casting, pre-castings, or pre-welded assemblies. Using robots on these types of parts can be a sensible solution to address the geometric complexity challenge, thanks to the robot’s 6 axes and the flexibility of the 3D laser cutting head, which can freely access any point on the part
Using Laser Cutting Robots
Maintenance, occupational safety, and addressing laser cutting challenges like smoke and dust are crucial considerations when using laser cutting robots. Despite the challenges, laser cutting robots revolutionize modern industry, catering to diverse needs and providing substantial production benefits.
Thus, laser cutting robots are not only a breakthrough in modern industry but also a versatile tool, meeting diverse needs and offering significant benefits for the manufacturing process.
PNC, with years of experience integrating laser cutting heads with renowned robot brands, assures customers of tailored robot integration solutions meeting their requirements and factory conditions.
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