There are many robotic cutting and other material removal systems on the market today. Laser cutting, a process that feeds a laser beam through a fiber-optic cable, could be the right choice for you, depending on your needs.
Laser cutting robots, like many of the robots available today, have six axes, which allow them to move all around a part to cut or remove material, giving them freedom while also enhancing the accuracy and precision of the application.
A robotic laser cutter will improve the quality of cuts on each work piece, which will, in turn, further improve the quality of the finished product.
Quality is not the only advantage to laser cutting though – increased speed also draws consumers to this type of automation. An increase in production speed in one area can speed up production on the entire line, driving down costs while increasing revenue.
However, not every cutting application can be translated into laser cutting. Laser cutting is more appropriate for 3-D cutting tasks, rather than a dedicated 2-D cutting process. Along with shape, the consumer needs to take the thickness of the work piece, the coatings on the materials and the fixtures available.
RobotWorx, a certified integrator of FANUC, Motoman and KUKA robots, has highly-skilled engineers and designers who will work with customers to define their cutting application needs and help them determine whether laser cutting is a viable solution for their task.