BLM Group has announced the availability of Clean Tube Technology, also known as a ‘spoon,’ for its lasertube machines.
Clean Tube Technology has been designed to keep the inside of the tubes free of slag, debris and dust. The probe is inserted into pipes during the cutting process and uses suction to capture spatter, gases, and vapours produced during the cutting process. This option, which is available for BLM Group’s lasertubes 8 in. and below, helps produce a clean and dross-free internal finish.
The Clean Tube Technology is especially well suited for fabricators cutting stainless tubes for the water treatment, food processing, or other clean environment industries. Another reason fabricators look to this option is for their secondary process which involves tube bending when using a mandrel. The cleaner the inside of the tube the longer the life of the mandrel. Capturing the debris during the cutting process eliminates the need for a secondary cleaning step after the cutting process, saving time and boosting productivity.
The spoon is matched to each size of lasertube machines, automatically adjusting to the tube diameter. The technology also helps to stop the laser beam from reaching the opposite side of the tube wall, delivering higher quality processed tubes.