We have a complete line of
High Power Detectors for
measuring multi-k W lasers.
We offer regular detectors,
available off the shelf, with
models up to 30 k W and
up to 100 k W, designed for
Square, round or even
rectangular apertures are
possible and sky’s the limit
in terms of maximum power!
HP & Super HP Detectors
Up to 100 kW
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explains. “In order to avoid this costly secondary step, we switched
to nitrogen and no longer have to be concerned with the laser oxide
edge. To minimize the cost, we installed a nitrogen generator that
has an 18-month payback.”
Double-sided storage. A flexible material system with compact
storage is a key module in automating the material flow (FIGURE 4).
It makes different materials available at the working point quickly
and practically, and can also serve as intermediate storage for ready
components and as a buffer.
This combo storage system allows processing of components from a variety of materials, which can be changed, as pro-
grammed, automatically. The sheets are automatically transferred
into machines and cells of the system. “The Combo FMS Double-
Sided Storage provides us with 17 cassettes,” Aronson explains.
“We have 12 cassettes for raw material and five for parts.”
Loading and stacking robot. P & A Metal Fab chose the portal-type LSR loading and stacking robot to be integrated with its
combination machine (FIGURE 5). The LSR provides a reliable, fully
automatic process, from loading to picking of parts and stacking
them. Skeletons are unloaded with the unloading device. The operator is free for other tasks while machine productivity and utilization
“We have a project for a customer in the gaming industry, where
we run four sets of parts on a sheet,” Aronson concludes. “On our
old punch/laser, the process took 45 minutes and the end product
was non-sorted, micro-joint parts. On the Prima Power machine, the
process takes 15 minutes...and the parts are sorted. I don’t need to
have an employee standing there sorting 100 sheets of parts that
will take him a day or two to complete. We believe that we made the
right decision in purchasing the LPe6f. This is the right tool for us.
We are getting a great benefit from having the parts being sorted—
that really reduces our secondary sorting labor.” ✺
ROBER T J. KOLCZ ( email@example.com) is director of marketing and corporate
communication for Prima Power North America, Arlington Heights, IL;
FIGURE 5. The portal-type LSR loading and stacking robot was
selected for integration with the laser/punch combination machine,
enabling automated parts loading, picking, and stacking.