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Jenoptik's Laser Machine Solution for Precise 3D Metal Processing at CIMT

3/14/2015

The robot-based laser machine JENOPTIK-VOTAN® BIM (Beam in Motion) provides industrial manufacturers with a highly flexible, fast and cost-effective solution for 3D processing of metals. Various companies, for example, from the automotive industry where this Jenoptik technology has already been successfully applied, rely on it.

The heart of the JENOPTIK-VOTAN® BIM laser cutting system is a laser robot arm in which the laser beam delivery is fully integrated. The laser beam is coupled in through the robot foot avoiding that the transport fiber has to be moved within the working area. This approach minimizes not only the costs of maintenance but as well the costs for fiber replacement and the system footprint in general. The small laser cutting head that weighs only five kilograms can easily access even the narrowest areas. This is the only way to achieve the high path accuracy and the very high level of system dynamics, necessary for 3D processing. With a repeat accuracy of ±50 µm, this laser machine by Jenoptik ranks among the most precise systems of its class. Moreover, the axis movements of the Jenoptik laser arm are up to 60 percent faster than the current standards, thus allowing for a significantly shorter cycle time compared to other robot systems.

One key objective in the continuous further development of the JENOPTIK-VOTAN® BIM is to increase the production capacity while minimizing the size of the machine at the same time. The other aim is to simplify its integration into production lines or combined processing units, such as cutting systems.

The JENOPTIK-VOTAN® BIM components, consisting of the robot, the laser, the switch cabinet and a turntable that supports maneuverable sequences and continuous cutting have a modular structure so that they can be arranged flexibly within the given plant environment to suit the processing task.

In order to achieve an optimal result for a variety of applications, Jenoptik also offers more system variants in addition to the compact JENOPTIK-VOTAN® BIM individual plant. These variants are based on the BIM robot module that has an open interface for integration into an overall plant concept. Possible variants are a system with a feeding robot conveniently holding a 3D-shaped tube or other part in front of the processing robot, or a multi-robot system. In this way, it is possible to set up a highly productive processing system comprising several robots and using minimum space, where the robots can work on a part simultaneously, thus providing maximum flexibility and enhancing performance.

The JENOPTIK-VOTAN® BIM laser machine is primarily used in the automotive industry to cut highly complex 3D car body parts and structural parts as well as hydroformed tubes, e.g. for exhaust systems or car body rails, precisely and quickly. In addition, manufacturers can benefit greatly from the dynamic capability of the machine which facilitates the laser-based cutting of contours and functional holes in so-called white goods, tanks and containers.

You can see a live demonstration of the 3D robot system at CIMT trade fair in Peking at booth 305 in hall W2.

Related Exhibition:
CIMT 2015
14th China International Machine Tool Show
4/20/2015 - 4/25/2015
Venue: New China International Exhibition Center (NCIEC), Beijing, China

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