Entry-level fibre laser cutting machine
A new, flatbed, laser cutting machine has been introduced by Swiss manufacturer, Bystronic, aimed at sheet metal processing companies wishing to exploit the high productivity of fibre technology and its broad range of applications. The competitively priced BySmart Fiber can be supplied with a laser source of 2, 3, 4, or 6 kW and optional automated material handling solutions to allow the full potential of the machine to be utilised.
Available in UK and Ireland through subsidiary Bystronic UK, Coventry, the new machine platform achieves same rapid, top quality cutting for which the Swiss manufacturer's fibre laser equipment is well-known. The 6 kW source enables users to achieve the maximum increase in cutting speed, for example by up to 70 per cent compared to a 4 kW fibre laser when cutting 3 mm stainless steel. The advantage is even more pronounced in comparison to a 6 kW CO2 laser, as productivity is trebled.
Fibre lasers are able to process a wide range of materials from steel and stainless steel to aluminium, copper and brass with operating costs and maintenance requirements that are relatively low. For manufacturers whose applications lie in the thin to medium sheet thickness range, it means faster cutting, lower costs, and higher profit per part. Additionally, Bystronic offers its Power Cut Fiber function to extend the range of applications to thicker sheet, delivering high quality cuts in material up to 30 mm.
The fibre laser’s powerful output must be optimally integrated into the cutting process and to achieve this, Bystronic equips the BySmart Fiber with the latest generation cutting head, which can be adapted to maximise quality when profiling different metals. Users choose between two focal points of the laser beam depending on sheet thickness and material type.
In addition, Bystronic equips the 6 kW version of the BySmart Fiber with the Cut Control function, which monitors the entire process. If a tear occurs, laser cutting is automatically stopped, reducing the risk of miscuts and rejected parts.
Operators control the BySmart via a 22-inch touch-screen. With the ByVision Cutting user interface, the process is controlled with a few swipes of the finger. The control accesses an extensive database that includes the parameters for all common types of sheet metal. Taking the material, sheet thickness, and part geometry into account, it generates the ideal cutting process. During operation, all processes on the machine are tracked and the most important data appear on-screen, including the current cutting plan, the position of the cutting head and the machine status.
Bystronic’s extensive loading and unloading solutions and third-party automation equipment can be integrated. Depending on the order situation, the system organises material flow fully- or semi-automatically while also offering flexibility at the laser cutting machine to process smaller orders manually.