Guided by mirrors, axis movements up to 60 per cent quicker than traditional laser
Jena, Germany and Brighton, Mich.—Jenoptik plans to unveil its new 3-D laser cutting machine at the upcoming International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago this fall.
According to the German technology firm, it will demonstrate the JENOPTIK-VOTAN BIM and its latest technology breakthrough in laser metal processing at IMTS in September.
“We are excited to introduce to the US market our robot-based 3-D metal cutting laser machine,” Jenoptik vice-president of business development and strategies Christon Manzella said in a statement. “JENOPTIK-VOTAN BIM provides industrial manufacturers a highly flexible, fast processing and cost-effective laser machine solution that carries several advantages over standard laser machines.”
JENOPTIK-VOTAN BIM’s laser robot arm is unique in that the optical fiber is located only in the stationary robot shoulder and the laser beam path is totally integrated, according to the company.
During the cutting process, the laser light is guided by mirrors.
Due to the immobility of the laser fiber, its condition is preserved, which eliminates any costly maintenance and replacement of the fiber.
Additionally, Jenoptik’s laser arm’s axis movements are 30 to 60 per cent quicker than the norm and deliver a much shorter tact time compared to conventional metal processing laser robots.