Laser System attains cutting speeds up to 11,800 ipm.

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Lightning High Dynamic Laser System utilizes Rofin SLAB Series laser and features central load-bearing frame, airplane-type manipulator, and linear motors in X-Y-Z axes coupled with independent, automatic focal adjustment. MICROMach controller provides tight, integrated control of laser processing and system manipulation. System cuts max sheet sizes of 120 x 160 in. x 1,600 lb and max sheet thickness of ¾ in. mild steel.

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Lightning Laser System from Salvagnini Offers Exceptional Work Dynamics, Increased Productivity

HAMILTON, OH (November 14. 2002) -The Lightning High Dynamic Laser System from Salvagnini, offering exceptional work dynamics and increased productivity, is a breakthrough in laser cutting technology.

With more productivity per kilowatt, the Lightning is the focus of a cutting and processing system designed to take maximum advantage of the enhanced cutting speeds attainable with the newest generation of laser sources.

Accuracy and product design flexibility result from the Lightning's heavy construction, characterized by a central load-bearing frame and airplane-type manipulator.

The Lightning takes full advantage of the superior quality, limited divergence Rofin SLAB Series laser to attain faster cutting speeds -up to 11,800 ipm (300,000 mm/min) in X-Y axes -than conventional machines with the same or greater power requirements.

The Lightning is managed by the proven Salvagnini MICROMach controller and features tight, integrated control of the laser processing and system manipulation.

The Lightning cuts maximum sheet size of 120" x 60" x 1,600 lbs. (3.048 mm x 1,524 mm x 730 kgs) and maximum sheet thickness of 3/4" mild steel.

Other features include:
o Linear motors in the X-Y-Z axes, coupled with independent automatic focal adjustment.
o Positioning speeds of 11,800 ipm with 3 g acceleration in the X-Y axes.
o A heavy-duty 120 x 60" (3048 x 1524 mm) worktable on the X-Y axes.
o Control manages "al volo," fly piercing without stopping the machine.
o Integration with any Salvagnini loading, unloading and storage solutions.
o Salvagnini Metal Studio CAD/CAM environment.
o Styling and ergonomics by the internationally renowned design firm of Pininfarina.

For more than 30 years, Salvagnini has served the global metalworking industry by designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing flexible sheet metal processing systems, machines, process software and tooling for factory integration. Major product lines include punching and shearing, automatic panel bending and laser cutting systems. And as the originator of automation in the sheet metal fabricating sector. Salvagnini
offers complete material handling capabilities, including ASRS. robotic loading/unloading, conveying and parts manipulation. More than 20,000 Salvagnini systems are in operation in more than 50 countries around the world.

To find out more about how the Lightning High-Dynamic Laser System can solve the toughest laser cutting challenges, contact Salvagnini America, Inc., 27 Bicentennial Ct., Hamilton, OH 45015. Phone: (513) 874-8284. Fax: (513) 874-2229. Website:

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