The Impact of Scrap Handling
Coil-fed laser blanking systems that do not remove scrap automatically during the laser blanking process require users to redesign blank shapes that utilize the entire coil strip, eliminating any scrap. This approach can potentially help speed production rates, but impacts the ability to design blanks that are optimized for the forming process. Alternatively, with systems that don’t automatically shed scrap, if the blanks are not designed to use the entire coil strip, then an auxiliary scrap removal solution has to be incorporated into the line. This greatly slows down the production rate and adds tooling costs to the solution.
With the LaserCoil design, users have the flexibility to configure blanks and use the system in a way that best meets their needs. For example, Service Centers might select to optimize material usage whereas OEMs can program the system to meet the highest production rates. This ability is enabled through the fact that scrap is gravity-shed automatically and, therefore, does not impact the system speed.
LaserCoil systems come with lasers up to 8kw in strength, available as single or multi-head systems, in a multitude of configurations, where each head can cut independently of the other, and which also allows an increase in flexibility as well as a decrease processing time for improved productivity. Additionally, the LaserCoil systems offer multi-mode capability where users can choose either Feed Index Mode (stop/start) or Continuous Mode for optimizing cutting parameters for each part configuration, increasing processing rates and enhancing quality.