Mazak Optonics Corp. has released a new OptiFlex fiber laser cutting series with its Zeta 9 technology, a series of six intelligent setup functions and three intelligent monitoring functions designed to reduce operator dependency and improve throughput and cut quality.
Although many of these functions have been available on CO2 series machines, their availability on fiber laser cutting machines is a major breakthrough for fiber processing effectiveness.
Zeta 9’s six intelligent set up functions include auto nozzle changing to optimize assist gas usage and maximize job feedrate, auto focus positioning to maximize part quality, focus detection to automatically calibrate reference positions, auto profiler calibration to keep a stable distance between material and the nozzle while cutting, auto nozzle cleaning to reduce operator intervention, and beam diameter control to cut a wide range of materials by changing the shape of the laser beam.
Zeta 9 also offers intelligent monitoring functions including pierce detection to minimize pierce times, plasma detection to monitor and stabilize stainless steel cutting, and burn detection to monitor cutting and notify the operator of poor cutting conditions for mild steel.
Available in both a 3015 1.5 x 3 m (5 by 10 ft) and 4020 2 x 4 m (6 by 12 ft) version, the OptiPlex Fiber with Zeta 9 can significantly increase the productivity of thin to thick worksheet cutting, compared to conventional laser processing machines. It is also designed to process reflective materials at greater speeds than its CO2 counterpart and can significantly reduce operating costs for applicable material types and thicknesses.
The laser machine uses the new Mazak PreView 3 CNC Control which features a user-friendly 15 in. touchscreen control and automatically determines the required processing conditions for the material, prior to cutting.