Laser Cutting System for Automotive Part Production

Designed for automotive industry applications, Prima North America’s Rapido Evoluzione 2 five-axis laser system is designed to shorten cycle times and provide high-quality cutting and trimming of hot-formed steel parts.

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Designed for automotive industry applications, Prima North America’s Rapido Evoluzione 2 five-axis laser system is designed to shorten cycle times and provide high-quality cutting and trimming of hot-formed steel parts.
 
With 175 m/min linear speed and 1.4G acceleration, the laser system is said to produce oside-free weld- and paint-ready cut. It can achieve a cycle time of less than 50 sec. for a typical part made of hot-formed steel, such as B-pillar.
 
The laser system is designed to handle large quantities of parts while operating non-stop in a 24/7 manufacturing environment, the company says. The complete turnkey package includes load/unload stations integrated with CNC control to enable continuous-part laser processing.
 
The laser system features a 160" × 60" × 30" (4,080 × 1,530 × 765 mm) work volume with a compact and ergonomically designed machine architecture, the company says. The cabin is designed for easy access to the workpiece, and its ceiling is designed for increased safety and optimal fume and dust evacuation. This enables operators to move comfortably around parts during programming, loading and unloading operations, the company says.
Standard cabin designs include integrated, dual shuttle tables, split cabin configuration and a 3-m integrated turntable configuration that meets CDRH Class I and CE requirements. All fixture operations can be controlled via the CNC. Laser sources include as much as 5 kW CO2 and as much as 3 kW fiber laser.
Additional features include the latest-generation Primach-30L control for high performance, advanced-control algorithms; HMI with Web technology; and a 17" touchscreen and trackball. The heavy-duty synthetic granite structure requires minimal floor space, the company says. The system also features Perfect Tool, an automated system for precisely alighning the laser beam to the cutting nozzle.
 
The machines flying optics configuration keeps the workpiece fixed throughout the process. Safe Impact Protection System (SIPS) is included for full detachment of the head in the event of accidental impact, preventing damage to the machine, parts and equipment while ensuring immediate restarting of production, the company says.

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