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FABTECH REPORT: AMADA punch/fiber laser combination machine with automated material storage and handling

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AMADA says it has engineered its LC 2515 C1 AJ for high-speed productivity — combining the forces of a 22-ton turret punch press with the flexibility of a 3kW fiber laser.

To maximize punching productivity in conjunction with laser cutting, the C1 AJ features a 44-station MPT (Multi-Purpose Turret). In addition to ensuring maximum speed, the highly-efficient fiber laser uses approximately a third of the electricity when compared to a CO2 system.

The laser head moves in the Y-axis via a direct drive servomechanism for maximum speed and accuracy and is isolated from punching vibration to help maintain beam integrity and cut quality. Reliability is further enhanced by a gap near the laser axis which is engineered to allow cutting gas and slag to escape without impacting processing. A cartridge-type lens provides for simple and fast lens changes. In addition, the use of non-contact sensor technology ensures that the laser beam remains focused on the sheet, thereby guaranteeing maximum quality and consistent cutting operations.

Unique features of the MPT include four tapping tool stations and three innovative die lift stations. The die stations automatically lift to facilitate upward forms while reducing material scratches and preventing downward forms from hitting the forming dies during sheet movements. In addition, a brush table automatically lifts to support material and provide scratch-free processing — eliminating the need for secondary finishing.

Additional features include:

  • AMNC 3i touchscreen control
  • Barcode reader for rapid program loading
  • 44 station MPT (4 auto index) (4 tapping stations) provides flexible production
  • MPT also provides unique forming and tapping functions
  • Patented bridge frame construction
  • Compact and ergonomic safety enclosure
  • Energy saving — ECO Cut and reduced power consumption
  • Rapid changeover between synchronized punch and laser
  • Flexible table design
  • Compact footprint

Non-Stop Productivity

To keep pace with the inherent high-speed processing of fiber laser technology, Amada provides a variety of automated material handling systems.

One example, the ASR 3015N TK, extends unattended operation to multiple shifts. Its compact tower design produces floor space savings while providing reliable and extremely efficient material storage and handling. Speed and productivity are mathematically predictable and no longer linked to personnel motivation. Preprogrammed commands allow the system to work around the clock with a minimum amount of operator intervention. Flexibility to produce smaller lot sizes in a variety of material types and thicknesses is provided by the additional shelves of the automated tower. In addition, an integrated TK (Take Out) system provides automated single-part separation and sorting. The highly-reliable TK system removes the part from the skeleton the instant it is cut free. Then, the part is precisely stacked.

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