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First UK 6kW fiber laser on show at MSS Lasers

19 Jun 2014

Three-day “open house” will see demos of materials-processing lasers.

UK laser systems distributor MSS Lasers has announced that it will be demonstrating the eVision Inspire 1530 6kW fiber laser at its Rugby headquarters between June 24-26. The laser is manufactured by Polish developer Eagle, which specializes in developing fiber laser cutting machines.

The Inspire 1530 is said to be the first 6 kW fiber laser available in the UK, and it has the power to cut carbon steel up to 25mm thick as well as reflective materials such as copper and brass. Linear drives on all axes deliver 6G acceleration and typical table-change times are only 10s, maximising productivity and reducing downtime.

MSS Lasers commented that fiber laser technology offers many advantages including simpler machine construction, with no turbine or mirrors required, resulting in high reliability, 70% less power consumption and no laser gases: “With 6kW of power, the iNspire 1530 is the first fiber laser to offer a real alternative to CO2 laser technology.”

Special techniques

Eagle’s industrial laser systems offer a range of “smart cutting” approaches, which increase of laser machine efficiency, and reduced production costs. Key techniques include:

Fly cutting – cutting system without piercing This enables the cutting of thin sheet metal without piercing. In this process, the cutting head remains in continuous motion, shortening processing time by up to 50% in certain programs.

High-speed cutting Dedicated optics deliver energy with defined characteristics to the cut material, which maximises absorption of laser energy, hence rapid cutting of thinner materials.

Small contour cutting By selecting particular parameters of the laser beam, this approach enables high-quality cutting process of components with diameters smaller than thickness of the sheet metal.

Wide range

In addition to the Eagle fiber laser, visitors will be able to see MSS Lasers’ range of nitrogen generation equipment. The company will be launching two new models: the Nitrocube Fiber and Nitrocube HP. The Nitrocube Fiber offers high flow rates to cope with large nozzle diameters on fiber lasers, while the Nitrocube HP delivers 180m3/h and extremely high purity gas for best edge quality.

Both machines are available under MSS Lasers’ Nitrogen Supply Contract deal, which the company says offers a fixed contract for five years with no upfront cost. Interested parties who wish to attend or find out more should contact MSS Lasers.

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Matthew Peach is a contributing editor to optics.org.

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