Large strides forward: intelligent sensor systems increase productivity

One part of our vision is already a reality. Intelligent assistance systems for laser cutting develop execution strategies, for example, which prevent collision with tilting parts, or make post-producing of parts out of scrap skeletons easier. Even nozzles are automatically inspected and replaced if necessary. The proportion of machine functions which control processes independently is ever-increasing.

An important milestone on the path to autonomous machines is the newly developed Active Speed Control system for adaptive feed control. The system monitors the kerf through the nozzle, oversees the cutting process and independently regulates feed speed. It ensures the right feed level for flame and fusion cutting, even in the event of thickness variations in a sheet, or if the sheet has been affected by quality fluctuations (i.e. rust or coating remnants). Data analysis makes quick and stable cutting possible. This can prevent disruptions to cutting, and noticeably reduces the number of reject parts. The operator is also relieved. They can pull up the most important process parameters or a live-image through the nozzle any time, and will be actively informed if the need for intervention arises. Tapeshots which were necessary up to this point are now a thing of the past.

Active Speed Control oversees the process, controls cutting

Cutting sensor system – Active Speed Control Keyvisual

Comparison between laser cutting with and without feed control

Take a look behind the scenes

TRUMPF is a pioneer in the laser cutting industry. To ensure we remain so in the future, we research tirelessly, always on the boundary of technological possibilities. We have a clear vision on the path to autonomous machines: to make the work of operators easier, through simple and sophisticated operating concepts. Our solutions give them the ability to respond to potential malfunctions with ease. The focus is on cost-effectiveness, as compared to non-assisted processing, the part costs for autonomous processes are significantly lower.

Performance analysis: TRUMPF developers optimise the processing for all sheet thicknesses

It just gets better – TRUMPF developers are evaluating cutting data in order to further optimise Active Speed Control

Agile project planning: 2D laser development employees in a sprint review

Electrifying: future technology arises in the electronics lab as well, where new components are put through their paces

Nothing escapes a trained eye: visual inspection of part quality during the development process

Nothing ventured, nothing gained: testing new functions and control parameters under real-world conditions are also part of the development of new machines

Full overview: checking the protective glass after test running a machine in development

There is no "I" in team: technical breakthroughs such as Active Speed Control and the development of the TruLaser Center 7030 can only be achieved as a team

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Ready for the future – be prepared for anything with intelligent functions from TRUMPF

Assistance systems make life easier; they shorten and simplify many processes in laser cutting, as well as make them noticeably more reliable. This allows you to put your machines to optimal use, and minimise manual interventions. In addition to the newly developed Active Speed Control, TRUMPF also offers solutions for every process step in the form of intelligent functions. A compact selection of functions for autonomous laser cutting can be found here.