High-Speed Laser Cutting
PRODUCTION LASER CUTTING OF SHEET-METAL SHAPES
At STAUB, we know production laser cutting. We’ve been doing it since 1997 and over the last two decades we’ve earned the reputation of being laser cutting experts.
We use intelligent part-nesting software for the best material utilization, automated material handling to reduce processing costs, and advanced fiber lasers for consistent accuracy and super-fast cutting speeds. These things, along with our professional team and ISO-certified processes, help us give our customers the competitive fabrication prices they want and the reliable results they need.
Our laser cutting equipment features a brand-new high-speed production laser system consisting of two Mitsubishi 6KW Fiber lasers with material-handling automation and a material storage tower.
The lasers utilize advanced controls technology, making them the fastest cutting machines, per kilowatt, in the industry, and are ideally suited for our three core materials: aluminum, carbon steel, and stainless steel. We process 22 ga. (0.030”) up to 1⁄2” (0.500”) with a maximum sheet size of 60” x 120”.
Our material-handling automation provides time-saving machine loading and unloading using a vacuum-load system with thickness detection and sheet separator features. It also includes a 16-shelf raw material storage tower, and dual unload carts and an unloading conveyor.
With fiber laser cutting, the laser light is generated in the resonator and then sent through a fiber optic cable to the cutting head where the light is focused precisely into the surface of the metal to be cut. Under the intense heat, the metal is vaporized and with the assistance of high-pressure gas (often nitrogen) directed at the cut, the molten metal is blown away. The resulting cut path is called the Kerf and is approximately 0.008”- 0.010” (0.20-0.25mm) wide.
Fiber lasers provide marked advantages over the traditional CO2 laser, including reduced maintenance, lower operating costs, increased reliability, and faster cutting speeds.
For more detailed information about fiber lasers work, check out the following video:
|BENEFITS||STAMPING||STAUB LASER CUTTING|
|Effective for 22ga – 3/8″ steel, stainless & aluminum|
|Consistent precision on holes, openings and profiles|
|Efficient material utilization and scrap reduction|
|Competitive per-piece pricing|
|No hard-tool expenses such as design, build, setup & maintenance|
|Engineering changes in days (not weeks) at little to no cost|
|Quick turnaround. No waiting months for tool development and manufacturing|
|Order just what you want. No need to maintain large inventory of parts or material|
|Great for production requirements from 5,000 EAU to 20,000 EAU|
What is a typical production volume for laser cutting?
Parts that have an annual usage of 5,000 and up to 20,000 are typically good candidates for laser cutting. Contact us today to review your specific requirement.
Do I have to have all my parts blanked at the the same time?
One benefit of laser blanking over stamping is that you don’t have to run a years’ worth of parts in one setup. Most of our customers choose to receive weekly, monthly or quarterly shipments. Contact our sales team to determine the production schedule that works best for you.
What if the blanks I need are thicker than ⅜” (or thinner than 22 ga.)?
While most of the blanking we do falls into the 22ga – ⅜’ thick range, we are happy to review your specific application to see if we feel we can help. Connect with our sales team today.
Does laser cutting work on high-strength steels and other alloys?
Staub’s laser cutting is very effective on high-strength steels. For questions about your specific material, please contact our sales team to see if we can help.
Do you laser cut blanks from coil?
With Staub’s laser blanking you don’t have to worry about buying, handling and storing coils of raw material. We use commercially-available sheet material, typically in 48’ x 96” or 60” x 120” sizes. We also work with many customers who supply their own sheet material. Talk to our sales team to learn more.
How does the cut edge of a laser cut blank compare with a stamped blank?
A typical stamped blank edge has two elements, shear and break, where the shear (the smooth area) is the only portion of the cut that is in tolerance. With a laser cut blank, the entire cut edge is smooth and flat (and in tolerance). Another noticeable benefit of a laser cut blank is that it does not have the rolled-over top edge caused by the stress of a punch/die cut. A member of our sales team would be happy to provide you with further information on this.
What are your standard cutting tolerances?
While every application is unique, a good rule of thumb is +/-.005″. Actual tolerance will depend on the material, thickness, overall part size and such, For specific information on your project, you’ll want to talk to our sales team.
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