Award Winning Cyan Tec Drives Automation Innovation

Industrial automation experts Cyan Tec Systems are the proud recipients of two customer awards for its innovative automated matching and laser marking machine. The advanced machine is recognised with the Best European Technical Project award from, well-regarded, global bearing manufacturer NSK.

Cyan Tec’s Managing Director Tony Jones explains “the advanced capabilities of our multi-disciplinary team of engineers enables Cyan Tec to develop novel systems offering, high uptime,  production efficiencies and product flexibility. Given the automation challenges of the matching and laser marking machine it is particularly pleasing to receive the award for Best European Technical Project from NSK and a big well-done to our operations team.”

Cyan Tec is equally proud to be awarded Best H&S Project reflecting the expertise of its installation team of engineers and strength of its project management. Teamwork, investment in training and process-based continual development enables Cyan Tec to achieve award winning results and customer recognition for excellence.

The engineers at Cyan Tec have an enviable reputation for their advanced automation capabilities, enthusiasm and innovative solutions to technical challenges across a broad range of high-end sectors. Cyan Tec’s automation technical specialists deliver the automation of the future today supplying complex, precision automation and robotic solutions for advanced, high-value industrial sectors including aerospace, automotive, nuclear, plastics, medical devices, consumer goods and EV battery technology.

To learn more about how Cyan Tec’s award-winning team can solve your technical challenges contact sales@cyan-tec.com

Cyan Tec & FANUC Smart Factory Collaboration

Industrial automation specialists Cyan Tec Systems exhibits with robot supplier FANUC at Smart Factory Expo 2024 on 5-6 June 2024 at the NEC Birmingham, UK.

The advanced manufacturing and engineering exhibition enables Cyan Tec to demonstrate its innovative standard systems, bespoke automation and areas of excellence.

“Smart Factory Expo is the perfect platform to showcase not only the best of what FANUC offer, but also to highlight how our partners are uniquely positioned to help manufacturers improve their efficiency and boost their productivity.” FANUC UK’s Head of Sales, Oliver Selby.

CEO Clayton Sampson states “Cyan Tec operates at the cutting edge of smart industrial solutions specializing in high-end technologies including industrial laser, digital print and robotic integration for an expanding number of advanced sectors.”

Attracting 12,500+ visitors, Smart Factory Expo showcases the finest technologies and solutions available, promotes Cyan Tec’s advanced capabilities and generates valuable leads across diverse high-end sectors including EV, medical, advanced coatings, digital inkjet, construction and precision automation.

Cyan Tec is a market leader in the supply of automation, laser and digital print systems driving innovation and process improvement in advanced industrial sectors. 

To learn more contact sales@cyan-tec.com

Battery Automation

Cyan Tec have the skills and expertise to design and manufacture a wide range of automated systems, in varying industries, including automotive.

With the demand on the automotive sector to move to fully electric vehicles in a short space of time, Cyan Tec were well placed to assist with providing a number of systems that play a key role in battery stack production for a large automotive manufacturer.

Following the assembly of the battery stack – a number of battery cells compressed together on a standard platform – the battery is fitted with busbars and a pair of harnesses to complete the assembly. These components are then required to be laser welded to the terminals.

However, prior to the laser welding being performed on the busbars and the harnesses, the terminals are required to be laser cleaned to prepare the surface for welding.

The battery stack is presented in an optimal position for the laser cleaning process, where in this case, a servo driven gantry system presents the laser head in front of each of the terminals, triggering the laser cleaning process. The laser head travels along the battery until all of the terminals have been cleaned, before performing the same cleaning process on the opposite side of the stack. Although a linear motion system was selected in this scenario, in other automated solutions, Cyan Tec would opt for a robotic arm to present the laser cleaning head to a work object.

Once cleaned, the battery stack is fitted with busbars – various versions depending on the type of battery – which mechanically links the terminals together. The busbars, located in a carrier system, are fitted loosely prior to welding, and therefore rely upon dedicated clamping tools (also designed and manufactured by Cyan Tec) to apply the required force to the terminal / busbar / harness area. This process is critical to the laser welding as any gaps between the two materials will produce an unsatisfactory weld.

A gantry system is again used to move the laser head in front of the accurately positioned battery stack. An intelligent vision camera is used to check that the battery terminals and busbars are in the correct position prior to the laser welding being initiated. If the vision system confirms a satisfactory scan, a penetration weld is performed on each busbar and terminal within the stack. The laser welding is repeated for both sides of the stack before the welded product is removed from the laser station.

Once the busbars are welded in place, a harness is fitted to either side of the battery stack, used for diagnostics once the battery stack is integrated into a vehicle. The harness welding uses the same principle where a gantry system is used to position the vision system in front of the battery stack and upon verification, the laser is initiated to perform a spot weld on each tab on the harness.

All three of the laser processes described above are performed using a fibre laser, with dedicated optics to suit the application. Ranging from 1kW up to close to 4kW, the laser output power varies for each process. The laser selection for any automated system is extremely important, and therefore Cyan Tec work alongside a number of laser partners to decide on the most suitable laser for any given application. Trumpf, IPG, Coherent and Laserlines are typically specified as part of Cyan Tec’s industrial automated solutions and offer the end user the ability to run laser trials prior to order commitment.

In addition to the laser cleaning and welding machines provided, there are many other areas of the battery assembly process that aligns with Cyan Tec’s core competencies. With an enviable history of designing and manufacturing bespoke assembly and test equipment, along with the supply of standalone and production line spray and dispensing systems, it means that Cyan Tec are well positioned to continue to service the automotive battery manufacturing market in the future.  

Automated Matching & Laser Marking Machine

When the global renowned bearing manufacturer NSK, requested to automatically match and laser mark a wide range of components, Cyan Tec’s engineering team were more than up for the challenge.

Following a number of brainstorming sessions and successful awarding of the contract, Cyan Tec’s design team showed ultimate flexibility to change the concept from a bespoke handling system to using an industry recognised methodology of picking and placing, an ABB industrial six axis robot.

The IRB 6620 is a flexible and agile robot with a large working envelope. The robot combines four robots in one: it is possible to be mounted as a floor-standing, tilted or inverted mounted and shelf capability robotic arm. In this application, the robot is mounted as a floor-standing configuration. This relatively small and compact robot is easy to install thanks to its low weight. In spite of its small size neither the handling capacity nor the reachability are affected. With the IRB 6620 NSK are given a flexible and cost-efficient solution that generates high uptime and lower production costs.

Furthermore, Cyan Tec also aligned with NSK’s request to integrate a pair of MD-F3220 Keyence lasers that were already available from NSK’s impressive Newark facility. In addition to the lasers, Cyan Tec also integrated a number of Keyence laser screens, used to display information that was being communicated to the machine to give information such as bearing measurements and laser marking criteria. The Keyence MD-F3220, described by Keyence as offering a continuous stable operation through high-power marking with 3D control, combines the best-in-class 50 W output and 3-Axis control.

Additionally, the MD-F Series of Keyence lasers greatly reduces marking and processing times as well as tooling change efforts. Furthermore, incorporating environmental resistance and safety mechanisms has strengthened the laser marker’s stable operation capabilities. With consistent advanced marking and processing capabilities, the MD-F Series helps- to improve productivity.

The team at Cyan Tec were extremely confident that the equipment of two of its key strategic partners, ABB and Keyence, are crucial pieces of automation and ideal to make this project a success.

The machine was designed for parts ranging from 26mm to 450mm to run down a bespoke conveyor system and travel inside the guarded area of the matching and laser marking area. The conveyor systems on the machine are integrated with servo driven side guides, which are automatically adjusted by the machine, depending on the component that is being processed.

Once inside the machine, the robot receives the dimensional information about the bearing from the NSK QADB system, which determines how the bearing is matched with a previously processed component(s).

A gripper was fitted to the end of the six-axis robot and designed to handle such a wide range of bearing components. Where typically change tooling would be required for such a vast range, Cyan Tec designed and manufactured a gripper using a combination of electric drives and pneumatics to offer not only the range, but also the precise control to ensure than no damage was caused to the bearings during the picking and placing activities.

The two Keyence laser marking heads that are fitting inside the machine are used to perform two different laser marks on the bearing products.

The first laser marks an alignment pattern on the side of the product, to assist the end user with fitting of the bearings. To ensure a successful matching operation (the bearings can be matched in up to sets of 6 and the alignment mark needs to grow incrementally) the machine communicates with the laser marker to inform it of the size of alignment that has previously been marked on a matched bearing.

The second laser marks the product information on the top of the bearing. This information is determined by the aforementioned NSK QADB system.

The matched bearings are then placed into a storage rack that was provided with the machine by the ABB robot, which is integrated with sensors to detect the part in place.

Once a “matched” set of bearings has been grouped, the QADB system will inform the machine of this and issue a request for the set of bearings to be picked from the storage racks by the ABB robot and transferred out of the machine via the outfeed conveyor. This conveyor is also provided with servo driven side guides, which are automatically adjusted by the machine, depending on the component that is being processed.

Industrial Fibre Lasers: An Introduction

Industrial fibre lasers are a type of laser that has become increasingly popular in the manufacturing industry due to their ability to cut, weld, and mark materials with high precision and speed. Fibre lasers are a type of solid-state laser that uses a fibre-optic cable to deliver the laser beam to the material being processed.

Fibre lasers are used in a wide range of applications, including the automotive, aerospace, medical, and electronics industries. They are used to cut, weld, and mark a variety of materials, including metals, plastics, ceramics, and composites.

How do Fibre Lasers Work?

Fibre lasers use a process called stimulated emission to generate a laser beam. This process involves the use of a laser medium, which is a material that can be stimulated to emit light. In the case of fibre lasers, the laser medium is a length of optical fibre that is doped with a rare-earth element, such as ytterbium or erbium.

The optical fibre is pumped with a high-power diode laser, which excites the rare-earth ions in the fibre. As the ions return to their ground state, they emit photons of light. These photons are amplified as they travel through the fibre, resulting in a high-intensity laser beam.

The laser beam is delivered to the material being processed using a fibre-optic cable. The cable is designed to deliver the laser beam with high precision and accuracy, allowing the laser to cut, weld, or mark the material with high precision.

Applications of Fibre Lasers

Fibre lasers are used in a wide range of applications, including cutting, welding, and marking materials. They are particularly well-suited to cutting and welding metals, including steel, aluminium, and titanium.

Fibre lasers are also used to mark materials, including plastics, ceramics, and composites. The laser beam can be used to create high-contrast marks on the surface of the material, which can be used for identification or branding purposes.

Fibre lasers are also used in the medical industry, where they are used to cut and weld medical devices, including stents and surgical instruments. They are also used in the electronics industry, where they are used to cut and weld components for electronic devices.

Advantages of Fibre Lasers

Fibre lasers offer several advantages over other types of lasers, including:

1. High efficiency: Fibre lasers are highly efficient, with conversion efficiencies of up to 70%. This means that they require less power to produce the same amount of laser energy as other types of lasers.

2. High beam quality: Fibre lasers produce a high-quality laser beam that is well-suited to cutting and welding materials with high precision and accuracy.

3. Low maintenance: Fibre lasers require less maintenance than other types of lasers due to their all-solid-state design. They are also less prone to failure due to their high reliability.

4. Compact design: Fibre lasers are compact and can be easily integrated into manufacturing systems, making them ideal for use in industrial applications.

5. Cost-effective: Fibre lasers are cost-effective due to their high efficiency and low maintenance requirements. They also have a longer lifespan than other types of lasers, which reduces replacement costs.

Conclusion


Fibre lasers are a highly effective tool for cutting, welding, and marking materials in the manufacturing industry. They offer a number of advantages over other types of lasers, including high efficiency, high beam quality, low maintenance requirements, and a compact design. As the manufacturing industry continues to evolve, fibre lasers are likely to become even more important for a wide range of applications.

Automated Laser Welding

Laser welding is a popular method of joining metals together in the manufacturing industry. It involves using a high-energy laser beam to melt and fuse two pieces of metal together. This process is often used in the automotive, aerospace, and medical industries, where precision and accuracy are crucial.

One of the most common ways to perform laser welding is by using an industrial robot. Industrial robots, brands such as Fanuc and ABB, are known for their precision and accuracy, making them ideal for laser welding applications. The following is a technical article describing the process of laser welding using an industrial robot.

The first step in laser welding using an industrial robot is to prepare the parts that need to be welded. The parts must be clean and free of any contaminants that could interfere with the welding process. The robot is then programmed to move the parts into position for welding.

Once the parts are in position, the laser beam is directed at the joint between the two parts. The laser beam is focused on a small area, creating a high-intensity heat source that melts the metal at the joint. The robot moves the parts together, allowing the melted metal to flow and fuse the two parts together.

The laser beam is usually generated by a solid-state laser, which is a type of laser that uses optical fibers to amplify the laser beam. Solid-state lasers are highly efficient and can produce a high-quality laser beam that is ideal for welding applications.

One of the advantages of using a robot for laser welding is the robot’s ability to move quickly and accurately. The robot can move the parts into position and then move them away from the laser beam, allowing the parts to cool. This process can be repeated quickly, allowing for high production rates.

Another advantage of using a robot for laser welding is the robot’s ability to work in hazardous environments. The robot can be programmed to work in areas that are too dangerous for humans to work in, such as high-temperature environments or areas with toxic fumes.

In conclusion, laser welding using an industrial robot is a highly precise and efficient process. The robot’s ability to move quickly and accurately, combined with the high-quality laser beam produced by solid-state lasers, makes it an ideal choice for welding applications. The ability to work in hazardous environments also makes it a safe choice for many manufacturing applications.

Introducing…Strategic Partner, Carlisle Fluid Technologies

Dispensing technologies are required in many manufacturing processes. However, the perception within certain industry sectors is that it’s a manual process, automation can be expensive, and the dispensed material is a commodity item.

Cyan Tec believes that dispensing automation and robotic solutions provides their advanced manufacturing solutions partners with the perfect platform to offer their products into global manufacturers worldwide.

As a new partner to Cyan Tec’s growing portfolio of strategic alliances, Carlisle Fluid Technologies is a leading global manufacturer of products and systems for the supply, application and curing of sprayed materials including, paints, coatings, powders, mastics and bonding materials. Best known for the global brands of BGK, Binks, DeVilbiss, Hosco, MS and Ransburg, which are highly respected in the industry for quality, design and cutting-edge technology, Cyan Tec are excited to be working with one of the world’s leading players in the automated dispensing and spraying market.

Cyan Tec are able to use all of their experiences and expertise to collaborate with industry leaders such as Carlisle Fluid Technologies, integrating collaborative and industrial robots or bespoke automation into simple or complex dispensing systems.

Working with Carlisle Fluid Technologies as a dispensing partner is crucial to the integration of a successful project. This type of partnership allows Cyan Tec to trial dispensing and spraying applications in an excellent lab environment, which forms part of the proof-of-concept stage.

Similar to this dispensing process, Cyan Tec have experience of dispensing lubricant and sealant products in a wide range of applications and industry sectors. The automotive industry, particularly the production of batteries for electric vehicles, is an area of growth for robotic dispensing technology, using both industrial and collaborative robots. The integration of robotic or specialist machinery to remove manual labour offers the end user the ability to produce parts at a higher throughput and quality, as well as being able to work longer hours without breaks.   

If you’re looking to upgrade your existing equipment or to implement a new automated process, Cyan Tec and Carlisle Fluid Technologies are here to make your advanced manufacturing solution dream a reality!

For further information please contact sales@cyan-tec.com or call 01509 815186 to discuss your requirements in more detail.

Automated Leak Testing: Pressure Decay

Cyan Tec have vast experience in the design and manufacture of testing equipment, supplying both electronic and air testing machinery to a range of different industries. This technical article focusses on the basic principles of pressure decay testing, an industry known testing method that is used to detect leaks in components or assemblies, through a test station or on a production line.

Automated pressure decay leak testing is a popular method of testing the integrity of a sealed component. This process is often used in the manufacturing industry, where it is crucial to ensure that components are free of leaks before they are shipped to customers. In this article, we will discuss the process of automated pressure decay leak testing.

The first step in automated pressure decay leak testing is to prepare the component for testing. The component is connected to a test fixture and sealed off from the environment. The test fixture is then connected to a pressure source, which is used to pressurise the component.

Once the component is pressurised, the pressure is monitored to determine if there is any leakage. The pressure is monitored using a pressure transducer, which measures the pressure inside the component. The pressure transducer is connected to a data acquisition system, which records the pressure readings over time.

The pressure inside the component is then allowed to decay over a predetermined time period. The rate of decay is monitored using the pressure transducer and recorded by the data acquisition system. If the pressure inside the component decays too quickly, it is an indication that there is a leak.

Automated pressure decay leak testing is often performed using a programmable logic controller (PLC). The PLC is programmed to control the pressure source, pressure transducer, and data acquisition system. The PLC can be programmed to perform a variety of tests, including pressure decay, vacuum decay, and differential pressure testing.

One of the advantages of automated pressure decay leak testing is its speed and accuracy. The process can be completed quickly, allowing for high production rates. The accuracy of the process is also high, with pressure transducers able to detect leaks as small as 0.1 psi.

Another advantage of automated pressure decay leak testing is its repeatability. The process can be repeated m

ultiple times on the same component, ensuring that the results are consistent. This is important in the manufacturing industry, where consistency is crucial to ensuring the quality of the final product.
In conclusion, automated pressure decay leak testing is a highly effective method of testing the integrity of a sealed component. The process is fast, accurate, and repeatable, making it an ideal choice for the manufacturing industry. Additionally, the use of a PLC allows for a variety of tests to be performed, ensuring that components are free of leaks before they are shipped to customers.

Inside an application…..

When a high-profile automotive supplier needed a suite of customised leak testing systems for their latest engine components, they had no hesitation in contacting Cyan Tec Systems who had previously provided several automation machines for their UK factory. In order to fulfil the customers’ requirements, Cyan Tec provided a total of six individual leak testing machines, each designed to suit specific engine components.

To verify the quality of high-performance engines, it is necessary to perform accurate leak testing of components and assemblies, the most commonly used method being “pressure decay” which has been used for several decades to identify faults in sealing or component integrity. In this case, it was the high-level testing of the casting integrity that was required.

Cyan Tec has established a track record in automated leak testing, using third party leak testing equipment integrated into the production lines of many clients.  In particular, Cyan Tec has a strong relationship with Ateq, a well-known manufacturer of differential pressure decay leak testing equipment.

After assessing the requirements of the customer, Cyan Tec provided the six machines based around a modular design. Each machine is customised to suit one or more products, the machine construction providing a combination of guarding and safety light curtains to ensure that the operator is well-protected during the testing sequence.

Cyan Tec are an experienced manufacturer of laser processing systems, robotic automation and automated leak testing systems based in The Midlands, United Kingdom. Standard and custom systems are offered with a full service from design through manufacture, supported by a dedicated team of engineers. For more information, please contact our sales team on sales@cyan-tec.com or 01509 815186.

Automated Industrial Robot Cutting, Deburring and Grinding

Automated industrial robot cutting, deburring, and grinding have become increasingly popular in the manufacturing industry due to their ability to reduce production time, increase efficiency, and improve accuracy. Automated cutting, deburring, and grinding have replaced manual labour in many industries, including automotive, aerospace, and medical devices.

Automated cutting, deburring, and grinding are often performed using industrial robots. Robotic arms lend themselves perfectly to this type of application due to them being programmed to perform specific tasks. The robot end of arm tooling will be designed to carry the cutting, deburring, and grinding tools that can be customised to meet the specific needs of a particular industry.

The cutting process involves the use of a cutting tool to remove material from a workpiece. The cutting tool can be a saw blade, laser, or water jet. The cutting tool is attached to the robot arm, which is programmed to move the tool along a specific path to cut the workpiece.

Deburring is the process of removing sharp edges or burrs from a workpiece. This process is important to ensure that the workpiece is safe to handle and will not cause injury to workers or damage to other parts of the manufacturing process. The deburring tool is attached to the robot arm, which is programmed to move the tool along a specific path to remove the burrs.

Grinding is the process of removing material from a workpiece using an abrasive wheel. The grinding tool is attached to the robot arm, which is programmed to move the tool along a specific path to grind the workpiece.

Automated industrial robot cutting, deburring, and grinding have many advantages over manual labour. These advantages include increased accuracy, improved efficiency, and reduced production time. Automated cutting, deburring, and grinding also reduce the risk of injury to workers and improve the quality of the finished product.

Automated cutting, deburring, and grinding are also more cost-effective than manual labour. There is often a considerable initial investment required to design and manufacture a robotic cell that is dedicated to the cutting, deburring, or grinding processes, though the long-term cost benefits are significant. Automated cutting, deburring, and grinding also reduce the need for manual labour, which can be expensive and difficult to find.

In conclusion, automated industrial robot cutting, deburring, and grinding have become an essential part of the manufacturing industry. These processes are performed using a range of different industrial robots that are programmed to perform specific tasks.

Cyan Tec have vast experience in the design and manufacture of robotic production facilities, working with the leading global robot manufacturers; Fanuc, ABB, Yaskawa, Staubli, Mitsubishi and many more.  

If your cutting, deburring, or grinding process is currently labour intensive, and you are considering automating to improve accuracy, efficiency and save costs, then please contact our sales team on 01509 815186 or sales@cyan-tec.com.

Cyan Tec and FANUC bring MTC’s vision of large-scale robotic laser cutting cell to life

A suite of automation solutions from FANUC has proved integral to the delivery of an industrial-scale laser cutting cell commissioned by the UK’s Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC). Constructed by system integrator Cyan Tec Systems, the demonstration cell comprises a 12m x 4m cutting table and, from FANUC UK, a six-axis robot, a computerised numerical control (CNC) system for the flatbed, and the laser, all contained within a laser-secure enclosure.

FANUC was the clear choice for automation partner on this project. “The main reason for working with FANUC was the fact that they could offer a seamless automation solution incorporating not just the robot but also the laser and motion system,” says Cyan Tec’s Grant Copson.

Bigger is better

The system was specifically commissioned by the MTC to sit at the upper end of industry expectations in terms of scale to showcase to visiting manufacturers just what is possible within automated laser cutting. There is real scope for the cell to be used within the aerospace and automotive industries, or any industry that requires large-scale pre-cut profiles. The construction sector could also benefit from cells of this size, in particular for precision cutting of profile sections for prefabricated buildings.

The cutting table and robot sit inside a large enclosure measuring 15.5m x 9m, but the space requirements go even further. The cutting table slides out an additional 13m ensuring that if an operator wants to load a 12m x 4m product, they have adequate access to do so – even if this requires the use of a crane or forklift truck.

Flexible by design

The laser cutting bed is designed to handle flat plate, while the FANUC M-20iB robot is deployed to cut tubular sections. The robot’s six axes are mounted on a floor track and driven synchronously with a FANUC seventh axis, allowing it to move up and down the tube being cut. The integrated laser is versatile enough to be applied to either tubular or flat metal and can be regulated to suit different material types.

Ray Timberlake, Sales Manager for factory automation products at FANUC UK, points out that industrial machines of this sort have traditionally been entrusted to plasma cutters, but in this application fibre laser equipment was the only possible solution to achieve the accuracy. “The choice of laser cutting is not so much about speed, but more about the quality of the finish that you achieve,” he explains.

Capable of handling payloads of 25kg, the FANUC M-20iB robot was chosen for its high precision and reach of up to 2m. There are cameras inside the enclosure to monitor production for quality and safety. In addition, the enclosure is laser-tight to protect against scattering from laser beams, with interlocked guard doors to ensure there is no access while the laser is running.

Strong collaboration

When the MTC commissioned Cyan Tec to construct the cell and specified its size and capabilities, the Cyan Tec team was quick to enlist the help of FANUC UK, with whom it enjoys a productive partnership.

“Over the last three to four years, we’ve built up a good relationship with FANUC,” says Grant. “They see us as a key integration partner, and we value the range and reliability of their automation solutions.”

FANUC UK’s strong after-sales support service is also integral to the partnership’s success, with the automation supplier able to offer an immediate response to any issues 24/7, anywhere in the country.

Overcoming project hurdles

In this instance, the sheer scale of the installation necessitated impressive operational responses from all involved. “The MTC had to make internal alterations to accommodate a cell of this size,” says Ray Timberlake. “The entire installation was first constructed at Cyan Tec’s workshop, commissioned there, then stripped apart, shipped and reconstructed at the MTC.”

Cyan Tec’s Grant Copson adds: “The main challenge was the physical size of the cell, as well as the detail of constructing guarding on that scale – ensuring it was safe and engineering a table that moves in and out automatically were paramount. The automation itself was less challenging, given that we are well used to applying these technologies.”

Precision with control

FANUC provided its 21.5-inch iH Pro human-machine interface (HMI) panel, along with all the motors and drives to control the flatbed CNC system, while Cyan Tec created its own control software for the entire cell, accessed through the HMI.

The ‘complete package’ that Cyan Tec sourced from FANUC included 30ib series controls, managing both axis and machine functions, and the FANUC beam switch, which directs the laser beam either towards the robot or the flatbed.

When selecting the control system, compatibility with laser – including, potentially, those from other suppliers – was an important consideration.

In fact, since the project completed, FANUC has launched its 0iFL series of laser-compatible controllers, which effectively perform the same role in an even more cost-effective way.

It is clear that this large-scale demonstration cell is the perfect showcase to help manufacturers across a range of sectors understand just what is possible within the field of automated laser cutting. To find out more, contact the MTC at laser@the-mtc.org.