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Case Study; Bespoke Laser Machine for Major UK Car Manufacturer

CASE STUDY; TMK1610

Case Study TMK1610-BM bespoke laser machine by CTR for major UK car manufacturer

CTR were approached by one of the main car manufacturers in the UK to supply a machine designed specifically for their custom application.

 

Customer Specification:

The customer requested the following;

  • A laser machine to replace their current systems, offering a larger work area and increased functionality.
  • A machine suitable for use in their woodshop department.
  • The most creative, cost optimal and risk mitigated solution to their requirements.
  • The use of industry-standard technology.
  • Project representation on-site.
  • To work with their production schedules to ensure there are no losses to production.

 

Machine Specification:

CTR held meetings with the customer and held in-house department meetings to ascertain the best machine proposal to meet the customer’s requirements. The following machine was proposed;
Model: TMK1610-BM
Machine Work Area: 1600mm x 1000mm
Machine Power: 125W RF CO2 laser

 

Cutting Abilities;

0.5 veneer Y
Mylar foil Y
All materials currently cut Y
6 layers of veneer Y
10 layers of veneer Y*
4 layers of veneer Y**
<=20mm perspex Y

* Can cut but shows some heat damage.
** Some soot deposit on cut edges of upper layers.

 

Machine Extras;

  • Honeycomb bed
  • Computer, touch screen monitor and Software
  • Laser cooling
  • Machine shrouding on slideways and mirrors

 

Machine Features;

  • The most compact footprint to work area ratio in the industry. This often saves money on valuable floor space or means a larger work area for a given floor space.
    a. Footprint: 2.2 x 1.75m (3.85 m2)
    b. Work Area: 1600 x 1000 mm (1.6m2)
    c. Footprint to work area ratio: 2.4
    The laser cooling system is also incorporated within the machine footprint.
  • The welded steel box section framework is far heavier and more robust than folded sheet steel fabrications. This means the machine has greater stability and is less susceptible to vibration.
  • The machine is a class 1 laser enclosure, with three emergency stop buttons and fixed safety guards on non-operating sides. This ensures that there is no exposure to the laser beam when the machine is in normal operation.
  • Linear motion component shrouding on the machine slide ways and mirrors minimises debris and dust ingress.
  • The X and Y axis are driven by high accuracy ball screws (rather than being belt driven). Ball screws result in high repeatability and positional accuracy avoiding the elasticity associated with belt driven systems.
  • CO2 RF laser sources of 100 W, 150 W, 200 W, 400 and 650 W can be supplied in this machine. This increases the flexibility of the machine for different custom applications; provides an operating life of over 45,000 hours; allows for future upgrades if required and comes with a two year warranty.

 

Production:

Meetings and conversations were held between CTR’s designers and the customer over a period of several weeks while the fine detail of the machine was confirmed.

Once the machine design had been signed off, it entered production.

CTR provided regular updates to the customer on the progress of their machine.

 

Summary:

The machines were installed in 2016 and 2017 to the customer’s site in the UK. The commission and training were completed and the machines are now used regularly as a part of the customer’s production process.

Case Study TMK1610-BM bespoke laser machine by CTR for major UK car manufacturer

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