Jul 23, 2015 Off Comments in Laser Cutting by

Lasers have become the true workhorse of metal fabrication, and they have never been more productive. They cut nests at unprecedented speeds, which has made material handling automation even more important. All the high cutting speed in the world may not dramatically affect overall cycle time if a laser sits idle for prolonged periods, waiting for operators to load sheets and unload parts.

Similar thinking also applies to edge quality. Edge quality is, of course, subjective. A machinist will look at a laser-cut part and find that the edge quality is not very good. A welder, on the other hand, may look at the same part and see a smooth, consistent, high-quality edge. Regardless, the application requirements dictate what is considered a “quality” edge. A laser can finish a nest of parts in no time flat, but what if those parts need to be sent through a secondary deburring operation?

Cutting at so many inches per minute is great, but overall cycle time may not change much if parts get caught in a deburring bottleneck. To ensure a better cut edge, operators historically had to alter cut program parameters, such as the cut speed around sharp corners, but they sometimes found that this took longer than simply sending the entire run through a deburring system.

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