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Advanced Engineering 2018

Dual Laser and Blade Cutting System Enters Market

28 January 2010

Eastman Machine Company has released its latest generation laser cutting system, designed for use within the aerospace, automotive, composite and industrial fabrics industries.

Several enhancements were developed for the 2010 release as compared to laser cutting systems previously available from Eastman (circa 1995).

Eastman’s Buffalo-based engineering team has designed a dual configuration laser system equipped with a three-tool cutting head. The availability of a laser plus three tool spindles is thought to be the first system of its kind to enter the market.

Laser cutting is beneficial for fabrics that require fused edges to prevent fraying.

The tool head features a 200 watt gas assist laser (100 watt optional) and three individually aligned and calibrated tool spindles that may be equipped with any combination of rotary and straight knife blades, notches or punches.

The tool head is also equipped with a pneumatic pen/marker holder for labelling pieces.

Other new features include an industrial size fume extractor; an on-board chiller; touch screen operator control; linear rack and rail drive system; and a diagnostic control cabinet.

The new dual system from Eastman will offer all cutting capabilities of Eastman’s CNC static cutting table. The Eastman static table is a single to low-ply cutting system that provides superior cutting performance and increased throughput.

This fully automated cutter plotter is capable of marking, drilling and punching virtually any flexible material at speeds of up to 60 inches per second (152.4 cm/s). Automated cutting systems offer optimum material yields while reducing labour and operating costs.






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