Flexlase – Inside The Machine

With Cyan Tec due to launch the Flexlase – a flexible laser processing machine – at the upcoming Fanuc Open House, we take a look inside the machine and highlight some of its best features.

The Hyperion™ Flexlase is a high-quality, compact, modular laser processing machine. The characteristics of the fibre fed solid state range of lasers results in higher quality welding and cutting along with faster speeds when compared to other solutions.

A modular machine structure gives the customer the ability to choose between different options, depending on the application, providing a platform to specify a dedicated processing tool but with the benefits of purchasing a standard piece of equipment.

The very latest Fanuc robot software seamlessly integrates directly with the fibre laser, delivering optimum quality for improved manufacturing efficiency. The machine also includes a large user-friendly touch screen which gives the operator access to machines functions, pre-set parameters, job files, drawing files, etc.

The work table is fitted on a robust slide system to allow it to be pulled out from its normal working position, giving greater access for loading and unloading of parts.

One of the impressive features of this machine is the compact footprint in comparison to the working area of the table. This machine is designed with three main configurations; a basic weld table, a weld table with rotary device and a basic cutting table.

The basic weld table will be used where the parts that are being welded can be positioned flat onto the t-slot base that is included as part of the machine or onto a fixture nest supplied separately.

As an additional option to the basic weld table, a rotary device can be fitted to the top of the table and this will allow parts to be rotated during the laser welding process. The rotary will be controlled as a seventh axis by the robot controller.

In laser cutting applications a different design of bed, including sacrificial laser cutting combes, is required. This allows a flat sheet or individual components to sit directly onto the table during the cutting process.

If the three configurations of Flexlase do not suit your application, Cyan Tec have a wide range of other modular laser cells on offer (Standard laser material processing cells | Cyan-Tec) and also can provide quotations for custom laser systems (Custom laser welding & cutting systems UK | Cyan-Tec). Please get in touch with our sales team to discuss your laser applications on 01509 815186 or sales@cyan-tec.com.

Cyan Tec to Launch Flexlase at Fanuc Open Day

Cyan Tec are pleased to announce that their new flexible laser processing machine, Flexlase, will be launched at the upcoming Fanuc open day.

The open day, running from the 1st to the 5th of November 2021, will be hosted at Fanuc’s state of art facility in Coventry, UK. This is a fantastic opportunity for potential clients to meet the Cyan Tec team and understand more about the capabilities of the Flexlase machine.

The small footprint design has the ability to cut or weld (configured to suit the customer’s requirements), including the integration of a wide range of different laser sources. Cyan Tec’s vast laser experience will assist in the configuration of the machine such as; laser processing optics, laser power and component fixturing.

Given that Cyan Tec have a history of working in a wide range of industries – automotive (including E-mobility), aerospace, nuclear, battery technology, pharmaceutical and plastics – the Flexlase has been designed with this in mind and can be easily configured to suit a wide range of applications.

To find out more about other laser processing cells offered by Cyan Tec, see Standard laser material processing cells | Cyan-Tec.

Radioactive Waste Segregation Project

Cyan Tec, working alongside nuclear partner Atkins Limited, have been awarded a government contract for a radioactive waste segregation project.

The ‘Sort & Seg’ innovation competition, launched in July 2020, set the challenge of finding ways to sort and segregate mixed radioactive waste at some of the UK’s oldest nuclear sites.

The project will be based on Cyan Tec working on a mixed pile of non-radioactive waste, with the aim of proving the designed system can increase recycling rates, reduce the number of waste containers sent for disposal and reduce the hazard to people and the environment.

Automated Systems for Battery Technology

The transition from a traditional combustion engine to battery technology is well and truly underway in the UK, with more and more users switching to electric vehicles, and Cyan Tec are making inroads into this market at pace. Lithium-ion batteries have reached the status of being the spearhead of the automotive market, capable of having a very high voltage and charge storage per unit mass and unit volume – a crucial factor in order to allow this technology to become the “norm”.

The design and manufacture of dedicated laser welding automation is a particular area of expertise for Cyan Tec, and the previous experiences of integrating industrial lasers into complex – as well as more simple – automation, has given access to this exciting new market.

Technical knowledge in this industry is crucial for clients that are investing heavily in automated systems and Cyan Tec are on hand to offer advice where required, specifically regarding the key parameters in laser welding including; laser power, welding speed, focal distance and pulse rate, which influence weld quality, weld bead geometry and weld dimensions. Within the automated process, these parameters need to be controlled to provide weld strength and conductivity without penetrating the battery cell.

The key advantage of laser welding technology compared against other alternative solutions is that it offers a precise and non-contact joining method, which can be adapted to fit small areas with low accessibility using a concentrated heat source.

Cyan Tec is a market leader in the supply of full turnkey laser systems to industry, energy and research sectors. Integrating laser welding systems into battery production lines can lower costs and increase reliability of batteries for electric vehicles.

To find out more please click https://cyan-tec.com/contact or call our sales department on +44 (0)1509 815186.

Cyan Tec Win Order for JET Project

Cyan Tec have consistently worked on a number of large projects over the last decade, but perhaps none bigger than the latest success of winning an order to produce a laser system for The Joint European Torus (JET) project. JET is an operational magnetically confined plasma physics experiment, with a main purpose of opening the way to future nuclear fusion grid energy. The research on a new energy source, using hydrogen fusion for future power plants, is described as the largest fusion experiment in the world.

Cyan Tec will install a 25kW laser system into the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, located in Oxfordshire, UK. Having previously installing a 20kW laser into the MTC in Coventry for research and development purposes, this high power laser will take on the mantle as the largest laser installed by Cyan Tec.

Through from the initial concept stage to design, manufacture, build, commissioning and on-site installation, Cyan Tec can offer complete laser solutions for the automotive, aerospace and nuclear sectors as well as many others.

To find out more please click https://cyan-tec.com/contact or call our sales department on +44 (0)1509 815186.

Cyan Tec Install Large Laser Cutting Machine

Almost a decade on after integrating – at the time – the largest laser laser source in Europe, Cyan Tec have designed and manufactured another showpiece laser system for The Manufacturing Technology Centre. The physically significant machine structure (15.5m x 9.5m) incorporates a combination of a large flatbed cutting area (12m x 4m) and the facility to perform tube cutting (12m long).

Even with the vast experience of manufacturing a range of laser cells, the aforementioned machine is unique in many ways. In particular, the incorporation of robotics along with a more traditional gantry system allows the end user to have the flexibility to laser cut up to 15mm thick materials and up to 450mm diameter tubes within one machine footprint.

The high-quality laser certified guard system includes an access doors and a sliding machine bed, allowing for the smooth loading and unloading of materials for flatbed cutting or tube cutting. The laser structure is designed to protect operators and other persons from both the laser light that is generated during the cutting processes and also the moving parts, such as the robot and gantry, which are integrated as part of the cell.       

Through from the initial concept stage to design, manufacture, build, commissioning and on-site installation, Cyan Tec can offer complete laser solutions for the automotive, aerospace and nuclear sectors as well as many others. To find out more please click https://cyan-tec.com/contact or call our sales department on +44 (0)1509 815186.

Cyan Tec Fanuc Strategic Partner

Cyan Tec is a leading robotic integrator and is proud to be recognized as a Fanuc Strategic Partner. Our partner status reflects our advanced technical capability in the field of robotic automation and system integration.

Cyan Tec has an enviable track record of successful integration of robots across a broad a range of industry sectors. We design and build robotic automated systems to enable our customers to achieve greater efficiencies and lower costs in advanced  production and process applications.

Our expert team of robotic integration engineers support our customers to successfully automate assembly, handling, testing, printing, loading/unloading, picking, packing and laser applications.

Cyan Tec’s Fanuc Strategic Partner status also reflects our strenuous commitment to customer service to ensure our customers achieve optimal robotic automation of their process and ongoing responsive after sales support.

To find out more please click https://cyan-tec.com/contact or call our sales department on +44 (0)1509 815186.

Inkjet v Spray Technology for Automotive Coatings

The automotive sector is focussed on reducing the environmental impact of vehicles,  improving vehicle efficiency and developing lighter weight vehicles.

One way to achieve lighter vehicles is through the adoption of alternative materials such as plastics. Functional coatings are used to enhance plastic product durability and provide decorative high-quality finishes.

Coatings can be applied using spray technology however overspray techniques result in low transfer efficiency and up to 80% waste. This waste is then further treated using additional chemicals and the resulting sludge extracted and discarded.

Poor transfer efficiency impacts material and process costs associated with collecting, treating, extracting and disposing of the resulting sludge. The overspray methodology also generates unnecessary VOCs damaging to the environment.

With spray technology area control, discrete area coating and imaging are impractical without additional costly, time consuming masking processes.

Inkjet technology offers improved transfer efficiency over spray and provides opportunities to introduce efficiencies and improvements across a wide range of industry manufacturing processes.

Cyan Tec work closely with chemical and coating manufacturers to develop inkjet coatings for plastics to meet the strenuous demands of the automotive industry.

Industrial inkjet printing is achieved using a printhead to deposit tiny droplets of a material on to a substrate. It dispenses fluid in a non-contact, fully controllable manner, eliminating masking and with virtually no overspray. Inkjet is a digitally controlled technology, where the printed image is gradually built up through the deposition of drops of fluid exactly where we want them.

Inkjet technology achieves transfer efficiency, of theoretically 100%, although some contingency should be allowed for maintenance purging. Transfer efficiency is higher with inkjet and therefore the environmental costs, VOC emissions, material usage and process costs are lower in comparison to spray technology.

Cyan Tec offer single and multi-pass systems, where the printhead can pass over the substrate or the substrate pass under the printhead.

Industrial inkjet technology improves quality, process control and dramatically reduces waste in coating applications. Automotive applications include emblems, logos, buttons, Piano black and woodgrain trim and facia panels.

Cyan Tec combines automation, robotic and inkjet expertise to deliver industrial inkjet systems which offer manufacturers opportunities to lower costs, reduce waste, enhance products and achieve process efficiencies.

To find out more please click https://cyan-tec.com/contact or call our sales department on +44 (0)1509 815186.

Laser System Integration for EV Battery Pack

Cyan Tec are experts in the field of industrial laser integration supplying advanced systems to industry and energy sectors.

In the quest for greener energy sources and in response to the ongoing electrification of the transportation sector, global demand for large battery packs for electric vehicles is increasing.

Automotive battery packs for electro mobility are designed and manufactured in packs of battery cells and modules, typically employing Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. These battery packs consist of a large quantity of cells connected in a series to produce the desired voltage level and in parallel to enable higher charge and discharge currents. Battery performance is reliant on dependable joints, where defective connections can lead to failure or reduction in performance. Cyan Tec are experts in the application of various wavelength laser beams to increase absorption in non-ferrous and bi-metallic materials to reliably join parts together.

Important parameters in laser welding include laser power, welding speed, focal distance and pulse rate, which influence weld quality, weld bead geometry and weld dimensions. Process parameters need to be controlled to provide weld strength and conductivity without penetrating the battery cell.

In battery pack manufacture electrical contacts are achieved via welded copper and aluminium conductors. Laser technology offers the advantages of narrow welds, high welding speed and low level of heat which is important for battery tab welding because the chemicals within the batteries are heat sensitive.

Laser welding is a reliable technology to connect battery cells and achieve fast, automated, precise production of battery pack conductive joints. Lasers offer the advantages of precision and non-contact welding which can be adapted to fit small areas with low accessibility using a concentrated heat source.

Cyan Tec is a market leader in the supply of full turnkey laser systems to industry, energy and research sectors. Integrating laser welding systems into battery production lines can lower costs and increase reliability of batteries for electric vehicles.

To find out more please click https://cyan-tec.com/contact or call our sales department on +44 (0)1509 815186.