The use of the laser for cutting and welding tubes and profiles has been well established on the market for years due to the laser's technological benefits.
TRUMPF will exhibit two laser systems that demonstrate the approach to efficient tube processing at the TUBE trade show in Düsseldorf. Along with the new generation of the TruLaser Cell Series 1100, the German machine tool and laser manufacturer will show the tube cutting machine TruLaser Tube 7000.
TruLaser Cell 1100: Easy to integrate and to configure
The TruLaser Cell 1100 was designed specifically for the continuous welding of tubes, profiles and coils. In this new generation, TRUMPF has added a new level of user-friendliness. Controlled axes, combined with the integrated user interface for lasers and machine control, simplify handling and considerably increase ease of use.
The TruLaser Cell Series 1100 comes with universal beam guidance systems that are easy to integrate into production lines for tube and profile welding. Also, this laser system is mobile. The TruLaser Cell 1100 can be individually configured for each application by using either a CO2 or solid-state laser.
TruLaser Tube 7000 for highly productive tube cutting
The TruLaser Tube 7000 is a high-end laser cutting machine that cuts tubes and profiles with large diameters and wall thicknesses at a high level of productivity. With a clamping range from 15 to 200 millimeters, it can process tubes with a diameter of up to 250 millimeters and weighing up to 225 kilograms. Because the tube cutting machine can be equipped with a laser output of up to 3.6 kilowatts, it is suitable for a broad range of applications. It can process tubes having a maximum wall thickness of 8 millimeters.
Compared to conventional processes such as sawing, drilling or milling, the TruLaser Tube 7000 provides greater productivity because it allows for innovative tube designs that are only possible using the laser. Taps and hooks, for example, make it easier to assemble the tubes and profiles later on, and clip connections simplify welding tasks.
In addition, the TruLaser Tube 7000 requires little time for setup during program changes. The parts program controls almost all profile-dependent settings on the machine and loading unit without the operator having to do a thing. The step rollers on the machine bed that support the tubes and concurrently guide them laterally, adjust themselves automatically to various diameters. Even the large, integrated waste container that collects the cutting scraps operates automatically - self-emptying its waste.
The FocusLine function automatically adjusts the laser beam's focus position to the type and thickness of the material being used. The machine software adjusts itself to the values set in the technology table, so there is no setup time needed for this process, either. In addition, the lean cutting head with a 155 millimeters focal length has a safety magnet coupling and can be attached without using tools.