In combination with the patented cutting unit of the TruLaser 5000 series from TRUMPF, a new 24 kW laser cuts components up to three times faster. PHOTO courtesy TRUMPF
TRUMPF unveiled an upgraded TruLaser 5000 series laser cutting machine at Fabtech 2022 outfitted with a laser providing twice the power formerly standard.
The new laser – a TruDisk 24001 – has an output of 24 kW and can process sheet-metal parts up to three times more quickly, the company said during a press conference to announce the laser’s new capabilities. Depending on the material and the application, the TruLaser 5000 can handle up to 80% more sheets of metal per hour.
“Increased laser power means companies can slash processing times while also improving the quality of processed parts,” says TRUMPF TruLaser product group manager Salay Quaranta. “With its patented cutting unit, automated functions and dynamic performance, this technology significantly boosts productivity.”
In addition the TruLaser 5000 can cut mild steel with a sheet thickness of up to ¾ of an inch using nitrogen as the cutting gas.
“Imagine cutting stainless steel and mild steel over 1.5 inches. That opens up incredible possibilities,” Quaranta says.
With a 12 kW laser, sheet-metal processors are able to cut sheets of mild steel to a maximum thickness of 9/16 of an inch when nitrogen is used as a cutting gas. In order to cut thicker parts, it is necessary to add oxygen. This leads to an oxide layer forming on the cut edges of the part, TRUMPF explains, which can be removed either by machine or by hand, a laborious process. Alternatively, a plasma machine can be used to cut thick parts but, the company says, this is less precise and much slower than using a laser-cutting machine. By contrast, the 24 kW machine can handle thicknesses of up to ¾ of an inch while using nitrogen with barely any need for reworking.
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