TRUMPF offers a choice between 2D laser machines in every performance class featuring both solid state and CO2 lasers.
Whatever the requirement, TRUMPF has the right machine. With the new TruLaser 3030 fiber the engineering company from Ditzingen in southern Germany rounds off its 2D laser portfolio. Customers are spoiled for choice. Solid state lasers can swiftly and efficiently cut thin sheet metal and mild steel, while they can also process non-ferrous metals. By contrast, CO2 lasers are suitable as a robust all-purpose tool for stainless steel, aluminum, and mild steel in all sheet thicknesses.
However, the great choice offered by TRUMPF is not restricted to the choice of laser. Customers can also choose the right performance for their needs, as TRUMPF offers both lasers in every machine performance class. This allows customers to find the right machine for every job and thus obtain the best possible results at the lowest cost per part.
The right solid state laser machine
As a flexible standard machine, TRUMPF’s new solid state laser unit belongs to the TruLaser Series 3000. With a laser power of three kilowatts, it cuts through up to 20 millimeters of mild steel, 15 millimeters of stainless steel and aluminum, and 6 millimeters of copper and brass. Moreover, the all-purpose cutting unit processes all sheet thicknesses, meaning you do not have to change the cutting head.
The TruLaser 3030 fiber is ultra-safe, with its closed frame ensuring that absolutely no laser light escapes. The processing area is clearly visible thanks to large certified safety screens. Simple and self-explanatory, the machine is operated from an ergonomic swiveling operator console. These characteristics make the machine ideal for contract manufacturers who are specialized in thin sheet metal and mild steel in all sheet thicknesses and whose production volumes are served by a single machine.
Companies with capacity for more machines should invest in higher-productivity special-purpose units. With almost double the axis speeds, the TruLaser 5030 fiber increases productivity for thin sheet metal by around 15 percent at the same laser power. The machine is also available with a higher-power 5-kilowatt laser. This allows it to achieve lower cost per part at high utilization rates, making it best suited to users who cut a lot of thin sheet metal and non-ferrous metal.
For even greater productivity, there is the TruLaser Series 7000. With two cutting heads and axis speeds of up to 305 meters a minute, these mass production specialists reach maximum cutting speeds in thin sheet metal.
Easy to operate
In contrast to the two high-productivity series above, the advantages of the TruLaser Series 1000 are the price and ease of operation of the machines. They are ideal for customers who have not yet acquired much experience in laser cutting. However, they are also suitable for constructing prototypes or as an inexpensive extra machine for cutting non-ferrous metal. Setting up a laser network makes particular sense for prototype construction, with the 2D laser machine sharing its laser with a laser welding station.
The right CO2 machine
If stainless steel and thick sheet metal are the priority, CO2 lasers are the better tool. With its low investment costs and ease of operation, the compact TruLaser 1030 is the ideal entry-level model.
The standard machines in the TruLaser Series 3000, on the other hand, offer flexibility. They are easy to handle and robust, enabling them to process all common material thicknesses. The machines in the TruLaser Series 5000 are highly-productive powerhouses. With a laser power of up to eight kilowatts, they cut through up to 50 millimeters of stainless steel and achieve high feed rates and top quality even with thick sheets.
For special jobs requiring high productivity, look no further than the CO2 machines in the revamped TruLaser Series 7000. Their strength resides in cutting electrical sheet steel, for example, as CO2 lasers are better suited than solid state lasers to cutting even thin sheets of these specially-coated soft magnetic materials. In addition, the machines in this series attain maximum productivity with their two cutting heads.
Also revamped is the TruLaser 8000, which can be said to occupy a sort of special position within TRUMPF’s 2D laser portfolio. As a machine designed for oversize formats, it processes sheets up to a length of 16 meters.
The right solution
Thanks to the broad portfolio and the choice between CO2 and solid state lasers in each machine performance class, customers turning to TRUMPF will find a solution that is just right for them. As Reinhold Gross, managing director sales at TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG, comments: “We help our customers to stay ahead of the game. We do this by offering them the full range of products and then giving them impartial, factual advice. This enables them to always choose the right machine for their application.” In addition to the right machine, TRUMPF also offers various automation components as well as software and services, providing customers with a complete one-stop solution that is perfect for their needs.
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This article was first published in autumn 2012.