Robotic Laser Cutting
Midwest Engineered Systems has decades of experience integrating modern laser welding and cutting technology into manufacturing automation systems. This ability allows MWES to reliably mitigate common problems such as attaining proper engraving depth and poor laser output in robotic and non-robotic laser cutting systems.
There are four different categories of laser cutting each of which has a different purpose depending on the laser cutting application at hand.
- Laser Oxygen Cutting
- Laser Scribing and Rupture Control
- Laser Melting Cutting
- Laser Vaporization Cutting
Robotic laser cutting is a very efficient means of cutting both sheet and thick plate metals. The process is also useful for cutting glass, ceramic and plastic materials. Robotic cells are capable of handling materials for cutting procedures. Alternatively, production systems can be set up where materials can be guided towards a stationary robotic laser head in an automated production system.
Reasons to Switch to Robotic Laser Cutting
There are numerous reasons for companies to switch to robotic laser cutting processes. Among them are the following:
- Automation of cutting can fill production vacancies caused by a shortage of skilled workers
- Giving fabricators another method to meet price-related customer demands can reduce part costs
- Improve an organization’s capacity to shorten the delivery times of its fabricated parts
- Preprogrammed robotic laser systems allow a company to add lights-out manufacturing capabilities to their processes without the need to add manpower
Advantages of Robotic Laser Cutting
Robotic laser cutting grants a wide assortment of advantages to manufacturing facilities and businesses that implement it. A few of these advantages include:
- Maximizes the use of an individual laser workstation. Without automation, these types of devices can idle for lengthy periods due to operators taking breaks and due to a factory’s non-business-hours
- Offer very fast processing speeds and can easily cut various materials in three dimensions with robotic laser cutting systems
- Operate on materials at optimum levels with fine-tuned programming instructions
- As the process is non-contact, robotic laser cutting prevents workpiece distortions and leaves cleanly cut edges on workpieces
Industries that use Robotic Laser Cutting
Robotic laser cutting’s capacity to cut metals and metal alloys, including steel, makes it a great tool for many industrial fields. It is used extensively in the external and internal fabrication of ships, robots, aircraft and automobiles.