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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

Schneidsensorik 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 optimize the processing for all sheet thicknesses

It just gets better – TRUMPF developers are evaluating cutting data in order to further optimize 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 minimize 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.

Assistenzsystem AdjustLine
AdjustLine

AdjustLine allows you to cut even materials of inferior quality quickly and with ease; the function automatically adjusts the parameters to the situation. This allows you to reduce the number of rejects and material costs.

Assistenzsystem Automatischer Düsenwechsler
Automatic nozzle changer

The nozzle changer automatically changes the cutting nozzle if required for processing a new order or due to wear. This allows you to benefit from reduced non-productive times and fewer manual interventions.

Assistenzsystem BrightLine fiber
BrightLine and BrightLine fiber

The zenith of edge quality: for stainless and mild steel, your CO2 laser cuts with BrightLine. However, with BrightLine fiber, even the solid-state laser can deliver cutting results of the highest quality.

Assistenzsystem Collision Prevention
Collision protection

When cutting thin sheets, there is often the threat of collisions due to tipping parts. The sophisticated collision protection is a type of airbag for your cutting head, which guarantees utmost process reliability and prevents structural damage.

Assistenzsystem Condition Guide
Condition Guide

The light on the Condition Guide shows you the status of important elements which influence the cutting capability; if required, the program provides you with recommendations for action and generates prognoses of when maintenance is needed.

Assistenzsystem CoolLine
CoolLine

Not even tight contours pose a problem with CoolLine. The function keeps your workpiece cool during the entire cutting process. This means that you can cut even intricate parts and achieve even tighter nests.

Assistenzsystem Detect Line
DetectLine

A camera system precisely determines the position of inserted sheets and enables reworking of cut parts with absolute precision. Additionally, the DetectLine automatically measures a cut focusing comb, and sets the focus position.

Assistenzsystem Drop&Cut
Drop&Cut

Due to the camera support in Drop&Cut, you can reproduce parts from existing programs in a matter of seconds. Additionally, you utilize unused remainder sheets.

Assistenzsystem Highspeed Eco
Highspeed Eco

With Highspeed Eco turbo-charged cutting, you can double your sheet throughput and your feed rate, while your cutting gas consumption reduces by up to 70%. This makes nitrogen cutting with solid-state lasers extremely efficient.

Assistenzsystem Online Status Schutzglas
Online condition checking of the protective glass

Spatter can contaminate the focusing lenses of CO2-machines. LensLine monitors the lens and switches the beam off in the case of emergencies. The advantage of this is that the machine is only idle for a short amount of time for lens cleaning.

Assistenzsystem Einschneidkopf
Single-cutting-head strategy

Replacing cutting heads is always time consuming; simply eliminate it entirely. With the one-cutting-head strategy, you process all sheet thicknesses with the same cutting head.

Assistenzsystem Smart Beam Control
Smart beam control

Smart beam control checks the correct focus of the laser for you, and simply readjusts the focus position if required. This saves time and makes the process reliable at all times.

Assistenzsystem BrightLine fiber
Smart collision prevention

Avoid expensive collisions with smart collision prevention: your machine processes parts and inner contours in a sequence that cleverly takes into account the tipping of parts that have been cut free.

Smart Nozzle Automation
Smart nozzle automation

If your nozzles are no longer in perfect condition, this can lead to burr formation. The consequence of this is reworking or rejects. Smart nozzle automation substitutes in the right nozzle and checks nozzle condition and beam centering.