The Benefit of Modular Laser Cells

What can industrial laser technology be used for?

Have you heard of laser technology? The answer is probably yes, though industrial lasers are certainly not to be mistaken with laser hair removal or laser eye surgery. Here we are talking about the integration of, often, high power laser sources for the processing of a wide range of individual applications. In the main, Cyan Tec Systems focus on laser cutting and welding, but also have valued experience in the production of systems for marking, cleaning, cladding and ablating with lasers.

The specific applications where lasers can be used is incredibly varied, though some examples include; cutting of interior and exterior trim for automotive products, welding of nuclear waste containers and marking critical pharmaceutical components.

What is the best laser for the application?

The selection of the laser source and optics is essential to making a project of this ilk a success, and the process of choosing the right laser is made much easier with the helping hand of a specialist integrator, like Cyan Tec. In addition to the decision making surrounding the laser itself, said integrator must have the required experience in providing high-end automation too. This can include the collaboration of robotics, transfer devices such as conveyors, rotary tables and linear drives, control systems and most importantly, class 1 laser guarding.

What advantage do modular configurations offer the end user?

The biggest benefit of modular laser cells contrary to custom built equipment is that the elements being supplied are already proven as integrated combinations. This incidentally lowers the perceptual and more importantly, the actual risk to customers that are new to automation. In addition, the end user can easily configure their own automated machine using the modules that are offered by Cyan Tec. The Hyperion range of machines lends itself particularly well to laser cutting and welding applications, with over half a dozen machines that each have different elements available to ‘mix and match’, creating a personalised Hyperion machine.

Single Robot Laser Cutting System – Rotary Table Input

Are there any limitations do the modular configurations?

Of course there are restrictions, as is often the case with modular automated solutions. However, the options that are offered within the Hyperion range – something that will continue to grow – is expected to cover most eventualities, especially in cutting and welding. The main benefit of working alongside an automation company, such as Cyan Tec Systems, is that if the modular laser cells do not meet your specification, the dedicated engineering team are able to come up with a custom automated solution.

If you are interested in further education regarding the variants of modular laser cells that Cyan Tec can offer then please visit https://cyan-tec.com/laser-systems/modular-laser-systems.

Inkjet Conference 2018

The fifth Inkjet Conference (IJC) was held in Dusseldorf in October, where a record crowd was in attendance once again. There was an opportunity for the enthusiastic visitors to this rapidly growing industrial conference to listen to a range of guest speakers throughout the course of the two days, as well as having the opportunity to network with a wide variety of different businesses that were exhibiting.

Attendees of the 2018 IJC listening to a guest speaker during the two-day conference. 

Cyan Tec were one of the many companies to exhibit at the IJC in 2018 and their CEO, Clayton Sampson, also gave a presentation focusing on spray coating with inkjet or digital deposition as it is also known as when integrated into industrial applications.

Cyan Tec have the expertise to design and manufacture print modules, as well as the production of industrial digital inkjet printers, more of which is detailed on the following pages of the website: https://cyan-tec.com/industrial-inkjet-printers-home

If you would like to learn more about the IJC and what it can offer your business then you can visit their website here: http://theijc.com/

Cyan Tec Automating the Power of Light

Laser specialists Cyan Tec recently celebrated the development of its 16kW disk laser system by hosting an industry open day at Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Rotherham. The modular system features a 16kW Trumpf disk laser, the most powerful of its kind in the UK.

Representatives from across the country enjoyed an exclusive look at this advanced system with Cyan Tec engineers, plus a tour of the Nuclear AMRC workshop and presentations from both organisations. Representatives of various high-end sectors, including nuclear, aerospace and defence, were able to see the latest advances in laser welding techniques. A technology delivering efficiencies and additional capability to advanced technology businesses across the UK and beyond.

Cyan Tec’s disk laser system is designed to produce high-quality deep penetration joins, from around 15mm in stainless steel, over lengths of a metre or more. The laser head is carried by a six-axis gantry over a two-axis manipulator table which can hold components up to 15 tonnes, all contained in a safety enclosure measuring ten by seven metres and eight metres in height.

“We’re extremely proud of this system,” Clayton Sampson, Cyan Tec chief executive officer, told delegates. “It is a highly capable, flexible and robust machine which offers a huge number of advantages to high end industries, in terms of sheer penetrative power – it goes up to 20mm and is able to weld a range of different types of metals.”

Cyan Tec are pleased to have enabled The Nuclear AMRC team to push forward the boundaries of welding research to the benefit of UK businesses and international trade. The system is currently being used to investigate the viability of using the laser to weld seams on large intermediate-level waste containers for the nuclear decommissioning sector. This is vital work supporting power generation across the UK.

Laser welding promises to significantly reduce manufacturing times and costs while maintaining a high quality of weld seams. Thanks to a strictly localised high-energy input and high travel speeds of 10 metres per minute or more, the laser produces a much lower heat input than most other welding technologies, significantly reducing thermal stress and distortion.

Cyan Tec’s system can also deliver a simultaneous MIG weld for hybrid welding, which can offer a better fit-up tolerance than laser alone with less heat distortion than arc alone. The technique is used in the shipbuilding industry to join steel plates.

Cyan-Tec specialises in bespoke high-power laser systems for industrial applications, including joining, cutting, ablation and cleaning, deployed on a variety of robotic and flatbed platforms. The company is currently developing a standard cell featuring a fibre laser and six-axis industrial robot for welding of three-dimensional components, for launch in 2019.

Cyan Tec Welcomes MP for Loughborough Nicky Morgan

In June 2018 the Cyan Tec team welcomed local member of parliament Nicky Morgan to its facility in the UK’s manufacturing heartland.

Cyan Tec shared with Nicky Morgan its contribution to the UK’s ongoing manufacturing success. The company is experiencing strong growth and specializes in advanced robotic and automated systems, a key growth area for the UK.

Conversation centred on Industry 4.0, which is driving technical advances, business opportunities and job creation in the UK. Nicky Morgan observed the many real-life Industry 4.0 examples of digital technologies, robotics and automated systems manufactured by Cyan Tec.

The Loughborough MP was fascinated by Cyan Tec’s state of the art robotic laser systems and enjoyed a live demonstration of cutting edge digital inkjet printing.

Knowing how valuable the high-tech manufacturing sector is to the UK economy Nicky Morgan learnt with interest about Cyan Tec’s growing business in the UK and across the world.

Disk Laser Cell Open Day at Nuclear AMRC

The Nuclear AMRC, Cyan Tec Systems and Trumpf invite industry to discover the latest advances in welding technology and explore a state-of-the-art 16kW laser cell.

Read more here….. https://cyan-tec.com/nuclear-amrc-open-day

Exciting New 16kW Laser Welding System

Cyan Tec’s advanced technical capabilities underpin the launch of its new 16kW laser system. The highly flexible, high-power laser cell is already driving state-of-the-art projects at the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

The impressive scale of this 8m x 10m x 7m laser system reflects growing industry demand for laser systems with advanced handling capabilities.

Cyan Tec’s team of innovative, multi-disciplined engineers have succeeded in delivering a system capable of achieving high-quality welding joins, from around 15mm, over lengths of several metres, driving forward advanced welding applications in industries such as nuclear, marine and aerospace.

Cyan Tec claims an enviable reputation as a manufacturer of complex automated laser systems for welding, cutting, ablation, additive manufacture and surface modification. This exciting new system reportedly minimizes heat distortion and thermal stress to achieve high-quality welds for stainless steel, aluminium, titanium and alloy products.

The Cyan Tec laser system delivers travel speeds of 10m+ per minute, with a six-axis gantry and 2-axis manipulator table capable of handling products up to 15 tonnes. User friendly HMI and digital dual screen display enable operators to control and monitor in-cell processing.

In addition to launching advanced laser systems, Cyan Tec has a dedicated team of development engineers responding to demand for made-to-order laser solutions for special applications.

Manufacturers considering incorporating advanced laser solutions into production lines value specialist in-line equipment expertise from advanced integrators such as Cyan Tec who have a demonstrable record of successful large scale, complex high-powered laser solutions. Such dedicated integrators can offer the advice, support and technical solution required to ensure successful integration of in-line laser solutions.

Ground-breaking Robotic Inkjet for Industrial Applications

What is Robotic Inkjet?

Inkjet is the digital technology, which has revolutionized the printing industry. It is rapidly expanding into industrial environments enabling end-users to print variable images direct to product. Inkjet printing offers product manufacturing businesses the opportunity to add-value and adapt their product with full-colour product enhancement and mass customization.

Inkjet printing is a non-contact technology enabling users to print direct-to-shape, onto curved or textured substrates. Switching to inkjet printing offers fully flexible, print-on-demand capabilities and delivers the cost savings associated with reduced inventory and late point product differentiation.

Robotic inkjet is a groundbreaking technology enabling manufacturers to integrate direct-to-shape printing into production lines to achieve mechanized product handling, efficient load/unload and direct to product printing on complex 3D products using robotic systems up to six axes.

Selecting a Robotic Inkjet Solution

As with any robotic application, it is important to find an integrator proficient in both robotic handling and the applied technology. Cyan Tec uniquely combines robotic integration capability with inkjet expertise, enabling customers to be confident of a right-first-time solution suitable for their application and price expectations.

Robotic inkjet buyers first seek the advice of an experienced robotic integrator and it is a distinct advantage to find an integrator who combines inkjet capability with knowledge of inline integration, cycle times, load/unload, automation and robotic handling.

Configuring Robotic Inkjet Solutions

Robotic inkjet solutions require a combination of expert print configurations and robotic integration capability. Cyan Tec has an enviable reputation as one of the leading integrators of robotics in the UK, demonstrated by its advantageous relationships with Fanuc, ABB, Mitsubishi and Staubli. It has a proven track record in robotic integration and can demonstrate its capabilities with 6 Axis, 4 and 5 Axis Scara, Delta and intelligent vision robots.

Cyan Tec’s inkjet experts guide customers through the complex selection of printhead, ink/coating, automation and pre/post treatments ensuring robust production ready robotic inkjet solutions.

Adding-Value with Inkjet Printing

Inkjet printing is transforming production environments and reducing process costs by offering direct-to-product, inline printing. The prospects for product or component manufactures to add value through full-colour product enhancement and mass customization are endless. The benefits of fully flexible printing offer exciting marketing, product augmentation and personalization opportunities.

Expert integrators like Cyan Tec enable end-users to explore whether inkjet is suitable for their application and budget because like any technology inkjet offers greater advantages to some applications than others.

What to Consider When Selecting a Robotic Inkjet Supplier

Robotic inkjet solutions require advanced 3D design capabilities, state-of-the-art robotic engineering and specialist software development. It is important therefore to select an integrator with proven capabilities in robotics and inkjet integration. Cyan Tec is one of only a handful of suppliers with this specialized robotics and inkjet capability. It has a proven track record of supplying systems to global blue-chip customers, with demanding print requirements. Cyan Tec’s multi-disciplined engineers offer expert advice on inkjet integration and the optimal selection of printer elements. Customers rely on Cyan Tec’s advanced engineering design, pre-build customer design sign-off, rigorous pre-delivery system testing, dedicated multi-discipline installation engineers and onsite post-sales support and training.

Cyan Tec Install 16kW Laser Cell

As recognised laser integrators , Cyan Tec, have recently installed their latest high-power laser system. Working alongside the Nuclear AMRC, the installation of the 16kW cell at their Rotherham base has been a real success and is added to the impressive and growing portfolio of Cyan Tec’s laser systems. Following on from the integration of a 20kW laser source at the MTC in Coventry, the Midlands-based outfit are now deemed experts in handling large projects such as this and welcome the opportunity to discuss similar projects in the future.

A magazine article, put together by the marketing team at the Nuclear AMRC, is shown below:

 

ILAS a Real Success for Cyan Tec

Cyan Tec Systems Limited hosted an ILAS laser cleaning workshop at Fanuc’s new factory in Coventry recently and the feedback from the intuitive conference demonstrated that it was a success.

The speakers of the laser cleaning workshop gather for a photo.

The governing body of industrial lasers, AILU, made the following comments when asked about the workshop; “We received great responses at the Laser Cleaning Workshop.  The majority were pleased with the content and standard of the presentations, and over 80% rated it as excellent”.

Tony Jones (Cyan Tec’s Managing Director) introducing the day to attendees.

AILU’s representative continued; “The turnout was good, people gave us feedback during the breaks, telling us how this was a great networking opportunity to meet and make new contacts at this Workshop, (on average 5-9 contacts were made per person) and 90% are happy to recommend future workshops to a colleague”.

Networking is an important part of Cyan Tec’s success in keeping up with the latest technologies as well as finding new partners to team up with on future automation projects.

Industrial Strength: Inkjet Printing Solutions

What is Industrial Inkjet Printing?

Inkjet is a computer-based technology, which digitally generates printed images. It is a non-contact process, where fluids are jetted onto a substrate via an inkjet printhead.

Industrial inkjet is the application of inkjet technology in production environments enabling direct-to-product printing. Industrial inkjet printers can range from stand-alone systems to fully automated production lines or robotic solutions.

Buyers of inkjet systems for production environments, like any purchase of industrial machinery, first seek the advice of an experienced integrator. Cyan Tec offers solid production automation and inkjet capability enabling customers to achieve robust, production capable solutions. It is a distinct advantage to find an integrator who combines inkjet capability with knowledge of inline integration, cycle times, load/unload, automation and robotic handling.

Configuring Industrial Inkjet Solutions

Industrial inkjet systems require expert configuration of the various printer elements which frequently differ from application to application. The choice of ink, printhead, automation and ancillary treatments is crucial to the success of any industrial print system.

A dizzying variety of inks are available including aqueous, solvent, pigment, dye and UV inks. An experienced integrator can offer ink and pre-treatment combinations that are compatible with the product material.

Printheads form the heart of any inkjet print system, containing hundreds of chambers, which feed the jettable fluid into print nozzles and then jet tiny drops, onto the substrate. This non-contact technology enables inkjet to print direct to curved or textured substrates. There are a wide variety of printheads and independent integrators can offer objective advice on the best head selection for each application and optimize ink-to-head compatibility.

Methods for automating industrial inkjet processes or integrating inkjet into existing production lines can include linear transfer systems or multi-axis robotic solutions. Cyan Tec is an established certified integrator of the world leading robots and motion and control systems enabling it to offer expert advice about automated inkjet solutions for production lines.

Different printing applications may require pre/post treatments and an integrator with full inline integration knowledge can offer the required technical advice to inkjet buyers.

Adding-Value with Inkjet Printing

Inkjet printing is revolutionizing production environments and reducing process costs by offering direct-to-product, inline printing. Its print-on-demand, JIT capabilities facilitate inventory cost savings and late point product differentiation. Opportunities for adding value through full-colour product enhancement and mass customization are endless. The benefits of fully flexible printing offers exciting prospects to augment or personalize products.

It is always worth discussing with an integrator whether inkjet is the right way to go for each application and budget because like any technology its advantages are more germane to some applications and processes than others.

What to Consider When Selecting a Supplier

Production-ready inkjet printers are first and foremost pieces of industrial equipment and experienced industrial integrators with specialist inkjet know-how are best placed to offer advice to purchasers. Cyan Tec builds industrial inkjet systems for global blue-chip customers, with demanding print requirements. Its multi-disciplined engineers offer advice on inkjet integration and the optimal selection of printer elements to identify inkjet solutions with the robustness required for rigorous production environments.