Scanlab introduces compact box for scan system control

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RTC6 EtherBox: industrial-grade housing for advanced scan control. (Image: Scanlab)

Scanlab facilitates the installation of the RTC6 control electronics in laser machines. With the new RTC6 EtherBox, the firm offers the control board in an industrial-grade casing.

This means it can be installed in a control cabinet in a few simple steps. All connections, including Ethernet connections, are conveniently arranged on the front of the box. The RTC6 EtherBox can also be used in 'stand-alone operation', for example to execute pre-defined laser jobs without an additional PC.

Standards, standardized components and uniform fastening systems simplify day-to-day operations and the setup of complex machines.

With its practical RTC6 EtherBox, Scanlab has transformed the control electronics of laser machining systems into an easy-to-integrate 'click-in system'.

The handy box, with a high-quality, powder-coated aluminum housing, can be attached to a standard DIN rail in a switch cabinet in a matter of seconds. It also has rubber feet for stability when used in a freestanding position.

To guarantee faultless operation around the clock, the RTC6 EtherBox features active air cooling. All electrical connections, such as the scanning head connection (SL2-100), laser control, PC connection via Ethernet, power supply, and analog and digital inputs and outputs, are easily accessible from the outside of the portable housing.

An added benefit for users: Stand-alone operation

There are various use cases and fields of application for this compact box. The RTC6 Ethernet card inside the housing offers 'stand-alone' functionality as standard. This means a pre-programmed laser job can be initiated at any time, for instance via a light barrier or an alternative external signal.

Using the box as a stand-alone control mechanism is particularly beneficial for laser processes with high throughput, low complexity and negligible changes; for example, when cutting displays, for identical laser markings or laser cleaning. The RTC6 Ethernet card works independently and is not linked to a PC, which means cost savings for the system configuration.

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