Press Release Summary:
With 5,000 W GE Fanuc laser resonator, CL-707 includes linear motor drive delivering 10,000 ipm head positioning, and cuts through 18 ga steel at up to 1,000 ipm and processes mild steel up to 1 in. thick. With multi-sheet processing and automated pallet change, up to 320 sq. ft. of material can be processed without operator attention. Height sensor, insensitive to plasma, uses nitrogen or air assist gas on metal to achieve optimal feed rates.
Original Press Release:
Industry's First High-Speed, Super-Size Laser, CL-707 Adds 5kW Cutting Power to 8 x 20 Ft. Dual Pallet Productivity
CL-707 8 x 20 5000W combines greater cutting power with linear motor drive to offer
industry's greatest load capacity and part-making productivity
November, 2006 - Industry's largest, most productive laser cutting system, the CL-707 with interchangeable 8 x 20 ft. cutting tables further boosts cutting power and processing range with a new 5000 watt GE Fanuc laser resonator. Linear motor drive delivers 10,000 ipm head positioning, while the 5kW power cuts through 18 ga. steel at up to 1000 ipm and processes mild steel up to 1" thick. The 5kW cutting power and long-bed capacity makes possible unmatched sheets-per-hour productivity. Each 8 x 20 ft. pallet can be loaded with multiple sheets, then processed in a continuous operation to maximize the advantages of high-speed cutting.
Multi-sheet processing avoids lost production from stopping the machine after every sheet to do a material change. Automated pallet change takes just seconds, making possible virtually continuous cutting and long periods of unattended processing. Up to 320 sq. ft. of material can be processed between the two pallets without operator attention. Super-size bed design - more than double the capacity of conventional lasers - opens up lots of opportunities for makers of larger parts and products to gain the throughput and quality advantages of laser processing. The long-bed machine can be an ideal choice for a steel service center or a fabricator of large panels and structures. Large part capability allows more robust structures while greatly reducing welding and fixturing operations.
State-of-the-art technologies make the CL-707 an extremely versatile, productive tool for flexible and just-in-time manufacturing, as well as an economical alternative to punch presses and machining centers in creating parts without tooling costs or setups.
The advanced 5kW cutting head system features standard auto-focus, while a new height sensor, insensitive to plasma, enables much higher feedrates on thin metal using nitrogen or air assist gas. An improved breakaway feature keeps debris from entering the beam path and allows beam alignment checking without head removal.
Proven fast-axial flow resonator design offers high reliability and low laser gas consumption. Helical RF antennae excite the laser gas to produce more power with fewer internal optics for lower operating and maintenance costs. An electronic shutter with trigger-discharge electrodes improves pulsing characteristics to produce smoother cut edges and reduce heat-affected zone (HAZ).
Cincinnati heavy plate construction, unique among cutting lasers, provides exceptional rigidity and damping in moving the gantry at high speeds to deliver industry-best beam stability and cutting accuracy. The heavy-plate platform stands up to the rigors of material handling in a fabricating shop, delivers longer service life, and gives high retained/resale value.
The leader in linear-motor-drive laser cutting, Cincinnati introduced North America's first high-speed machine by engineering and building its own linear motor drive system. The company has the industry's largest installed base of high-speed machines and greatest cumulative laser cutting experience. Linear-motor-drive makes fast work of large parts or batch processing of smaller parts, while delivering high precision at high speed on complex geometries.
For more information on the high-speed CL-707 laser cutting system and long bed capability, visit the company's web site www.e-ci.com or contact: Rick Neff, Laser Product Manager, Cincinnati Incorporated, Box 11111, Cincinnati OH 45211; phone: 513/367-7560; fax: 513/367-7592; email: email@example.com.