CNC laser cutting and profiling machines achieve cutting speeds of 140m/min and head acceleration of 12m/s2, for rapidly profiling a wide range of materials up to 25mm thick mild steel
Prima Industrie UK will demonstrate the speed, accuracy and productivity benefits of its Platino CNC laser cutting and CompactServer work handling technology at the UK’s MACH 2008 international machine tool show. Platino CNC laser cutting machines achieve cutting speeds of 140m/min and head acceleration of 12m/s2, making them ideal for rapidly profiling a wide range of materials up to 25 mm thick mild steel, said Prima.
The machines are available with 2.5, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0kW heads and work areas of 3000 x 1500mm or 4000 x 2000mm.
* Advanced machine dynamics – the Platino’s high dynamics are backed by exceptional precision achieved through a fixed workpiece design and the use of advanced flying optics, said Prima to cncmachineblog.com.
Consequently, the machine will consistently maintain positional accuracies of 0.03mm across its entire work area, along with a repeatability of 0.03mm.
Its productivity and performance are also enhanced by off-line programming capabilities, optional nesting software and an in-built anti-collision safety device.
* Sheet or tube – suitable for flat sheet or the processing of round, square or rectangular tube, with zero changeover time, the Platino has proved to be equally cost-effective for short batch or extended production runs, with more than 1000 machines sold to date worldwide, reported Prima.
Advanced work handling – the equipment’s versatility and productivity are further enhanced by a series of advanced work handling systems.
Prima’s presentation at MACH will feature the company’s CompactServer system, which enables the Platino, Syncrono and Domino series machines to be operated as independent, unmanned manufacturing cells.
Equally suitable for OEM and sub-contract manufacturers, the CompactServer is designed to integrate with the laser cutter’s pallet changer to provide highly efficient automatic operation, even under ‘lights out’ conditions.
* Small ‘footprint’ – with all components fitting above the machine’s pallet changer, the new CompactServer requires no additional floor space.
It is available as a factory-supplied equipment option or can be quickly and simply retrofitted to existing installations without the need for floor reinforcement or special foundations.
In operation, the new unit uses vacuum cup grippers to transfer unprocessed sheets to the pallet changer during the machine’s cutting cycle, enabling downtime during the load/ unload sequence to be minimised.
The CompactServer is controlled directly by the machine’s CNC system and incorporates a wealth of safety, referencing, sheet separation and measuring features to ensure trouble-free operation over an extended service life.
Suitable for standard sheet sizes up to 1500mm x 3000mm and up to 20mm thick, the CompactServer offers a maximum single shelf payload of 3000kg, with a maximum raw or finished material stack height of 150mm.
In addition, each of the unit’s two shelves can be replaced by guide-mounted motorised pallets to allow stack handling by a bridge crane.
Prima UK’s managing director, Joe Attuoni, said that ability to Prima equipment unattended under ‘lights out’ conditions allows users to dramatically increase their competitiveness, particularly against suppliers from low labour rate economies.
He added: ‘The Platino’s versatility not only allows them to produce high quality profiled products with minimal operator input, it also enables them to meet demanding delivery lead times that simply could not be achieved by sourcing overseas’.
* About Prima Industrie UK – Coventry-based Prima Industrie UK draws on the established track record of its Italian parent organisation, Prima Industrie, a world leader with 30 years experience in the design, development and manufacture of laser cutting machines and automation systems.
Prima UK provides sales, installation and servicing for a wide range of new and pre-owned 2D and 3D cutting machines that are used by customers in industries as diverse as aerospace, automotive, marine and electrical equipment manufacturer.