The TruLaser Weld 5000 is the solution for apra-norm. The automated laser welding system saves apra-norm a lot of time. Production Manager Norbert Schmitz says: "We used to need two hours to manually weld the very complex housing for TRUMPF, consisting of 40 single parts. Now the straight welding time is only five minutes. The preparatory work has increased due to pre-riveting. Regrinding, on the other hand, is completely unnecessary." apra-norm now only needs 45 minutes instead of three and a half hours for the entire procedure, including preliminary and post-processing work of a housing. CEO Stefan Meffert is enthusiastic: "Staff who used to be busy with welding can now work on other orders. At the same time, production for TRUMPF is running on the laser welding system. This means that we do not have to hire twice as many people despite the increase in volume – which would have been impossible with the difficult employment situation."
Together with TRUMPF, apra-norm selects the ideal individual concept for their TruLaser Weld 5000 and for their application. A version of the laser welding system is created with a parallel-to-production loading concept for particularly short non-productive times. The system is also highly flexible, making it not only ideal for laser housing production, but also for many other applications. While the laser welding robot processes the housing in the cell, the second side of the rotary table is loaded externally. The integrated sensor system with which the user can monitor the degree of contamination without a visual inspection is time-saving as well. In addition, three different laser welding procedures are possible without the need for reconfiguring: heat conduction welding, deep penetration welding and FusionLine.