The new TruMatic 6000 combines fully mature laser and punching technologies. Consequently, the machine is extremely versatile and, at the same time, supremely reliable.
Increased process reliability, perfect part quality, and maximized uptime distinguish the new TRUMPF combined punch laser machine. The TruMatic 6000, a world first, is based on a sophisticated machinery concept and combines the strengths of both laser and punching technologies. That makes it highly flexible and versatile. The laser can cut any desired pattern while the punching head can produce standard contours and forming. With its numerous innovative functions, this system sets new standards in punching and laser processing.
Combined machining at great dependability
One factor in the high process reliability achieved by the TruMatic 6000 is the Smart Punch Monitoring function. It determines whether a hole was actually created and, in so doing, recognizes potential damage to the punch at an early time. Especially during unmanned night shifts and on weekends, this feature avoids rejects and scrap.
TruMatic Assistance Systems boost process reliability even further. A sensor responds if a completed part should, unexpectedly, fail to slide across the part removal flap. The machine rectifies this unplanned situation itself by vibrating the flap, tapping with the laser guard, and lowering the descending die. It simply shakes off the part and continues the work.
These and additional functions considerably boost process reliability in the TruMatic 6000. The success of these measures is confirmed by Michael Grave, operations manager at Jörg Oberschmidt GmbH + Co. KG. That firm, as a test customer, has worked with the new punch and laser machine since June of 2012. “Its high process reliability is especially impressive. I have been in this business for 25 years now, but I have never come across any combination machine that is so dependable.”
Superior part quality
Unmarred surfaces and clean edges are the measures of the high quality of the parts made by punch laser machines. The TruMatic 6000 offers the right solutions for these needs. Thanks to the descending die, the sheet can be positioned in the machine without it touching the die. This prevents scratches on the sheet’s lower surface.
The upper surface is kept free of scratches during machining, too, since the laser guard has its own NC axis. Thus it can be regulated separately and, for instance, lifted to provide sufficient clearance for raised areas. Part removal flaps can optionally be fitted with brushes to avoid scratches when the part is discharged. This makes the entire processing cycle easy on the material.
The laser sources made by TRUMPF not only produce high-quality edges, but can cut any contour without difficulty. With intelligent laser power control, it also achieves perfect cutting results even for tiny corners and contours, since laser power is automatically matched to the cutting velocity. Depending on the prevailing needs, customers can choose a TruFlow 2000, 2700 or 3200 with 2, 2.7 or 3.2 kilowatts of laser power, respectively.
Reduced non-productive times
To ensure that the TruMatic 6000 is as productive as possible, the setup and preparation times have been shaved to a minimum. In the laser cutting process, the single cutting head strategy eliminates the need to change out cutting heads. When punching, however, changing tools cannot be entirely eliminated. The new TruMatic does, however, considerably reduce the time needed.
Just as in all punching machines and combination machines, the punching head can be rotated, making it possible to turn the tool as required and to use in a number of directions. In addition, TRUMPF joins in its MultiTool system as many as ten punches and dies in a single tool. This also reduces the frequency of tool changes.
When a change is needed, however, then it is done quickly. In just 3.2 seconds the punching head replaces the current tool with one from the linear magazine. There are 23 slots available for the medium-sized format with two clamps and 22 positions for large-format units with three clamps. To reduce non-productive time even further, the machine can be automated using a SheetMaster. Where customers have to produce many different parts, the new integrated tool changer is an interesting option. With its help, the system can store forty additional tools and automatically change them out.
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This article was first published in spring 2013.