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Machine builder extends blanking line capability with automated stacking

February 1, 2018 - LaserCoil Technologies LLC, which builds coil-fed laser blanking systems, has added end-of-line robotic stacking capability. Available in single or dual stations, the stackers are side-by-side capable and can reach 120 strokes per minute.

The stackers can be programmed to handle rectangular, trapezoid, patterned, contoured or irregular shapes in both aluminum and steel.

The addition of automated stacking capability can help to improve blank quality by preventing marring of the surface finish and contaminants that can be introduced via manual operations. Additionally, LaserCoil’s use of automated vision technology allows for high accuracy stacking without tamping or touching the edges of the blanks.

LaserCoil systems can process a wide variety of coil material in aluminum, mild steel, high-strength steels and other materials for surface-sensitive panels as well as structural components in thicknesses from 0.5 to 3.5mm (0.0197 to 0.1378-inch) and up to 2.135 m (84-inch) wide coil at any length.

Laser systems can significantly reduce material scrap given their nesting capabilities. Components can be nested more closely and smaller parts can be co-produced from normally unusable hunks of metal—window cutouts, for example.

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