LASERS FOR THE METAL, STEEL AND ALUMINUM INDUSTRIES

In the metalworking industry, lasers are a valuable and versatile tool for accelerating your workflow. You can easily project precise positioning lines for a visual target / actual comparison, or display the optimal alignment of workpieces for saws, brakes or rollers. Lasers are also ideal for measuring geometry in 2D and 3D in conjunction with industrial cameras and machine vision lasers. Speak to our knowledgeable sales team about your application, we have the right lasers for the metal, steel and aluminum industries.

Applications

In the case of long steel plates, even minimal corrections to positioning are complex, so precise positioning the first time around is important.

Special Uses:

  • Good visibility of laser projections on glowing metals
  • Laser projections onto large workplaces
  • Resistance to dust, moisture, and heat

Advantages:

  • Reduced set-up time
  • Higher product quality
  • Less waste

Often metals have to be tested as so-called slabs in their glowing state. Tactile measuring methods are not an option because of  high temperatures and possible damage to the products as well as the measuring instruments. Therefore, optical measuring systems based on laser triangulation are ideally suited to this process.

Special Uses:

  • Good visibility of laser projections on glowing metals
  • Laser projections onto large workplaces
  • Resistance to dust, moisture and heat
  • Simple and straightforward laser projections with sharp line edges for high accuracy in measurement

Advantages:

  • Wear-free measuring systems
  • No damage thanks to non-contact measurement
  • Increased efficiency due to high measuring speed
  • Flexible applicability to different varieties of products

With a line laser and an industrial camera, you can measure the actual bend radius of pipes and compare them to the nominal radius.

Special Uses:

  • Good visibility of the laser projection on partially reflective materials
  • High IP protection class against dust and moisture
  • Sharp projection edges of the laser lines for optimal accuracy

Advantages:

  • Fast, non-contact measurement
  • Flexible application to different pipe radii, thicknesses, materials, etc.

A laser line is continuously projected onto the cutting edge of the saw so the production engineer can align the workpiece with precision.

Special Uses:

  • Sturdiness to withstand impact and vibrations
  • High IP protection class against dust and moisture
  • Good visibility of laser projection without putting employees’ eyes at risk

Advantages:

  • Accurately cut edges
  • Accelerated sawing operations due to simple workpiece alignment

When manufacturing screws and nuts, compliance with requirements and thread tolerances is essential. Optical measuring systems based on 3D laser triangulation are particularly suitable for this fulfilling this purpose.

Special Uses:

  • Thin, sharp-edged laser lines for optimal accuracy
  • Exact straightness of laser lines
  • High IP protection class against dust and moisture

Advantages:

  • High speed measurement and accuracy
  • Flexible application of the same system design to different products and types
  • Non-contact measurement

When cutting metal sheets manually, the laser projects the cutting line onto the sheet. This means the production worker can follow the laser line precisely with their shearing machine. Inaccurate and overly complex marking or labeling is no longer required.

Special Uses:

  • Good visibility of the laser projection
  • Reliable compliance with laser class standards for eye safety
  • Easy to use

Advantages:

  • Precise display of cutting lines
  • Reduced waste
  • Reduced set-up time

Production staff can quickly and accurately align sheet metal on a laser line over which the sheet metal is bent.

Special Uses:

  • Good visibility of laser projections
  • Reliable compliance with laser class standards
  • Dust and moisture resistant casing

Advantages:

  • Faster and more precise alignment
  • Higher production quality and throughput
  • Less waste

Upon installation in a vehicle, the thickness of brake discs can be measured with a laser, a camera system and machine vision.

Special Uses:

  • Compact and lightweight construction
  • Built to withstand thermal expansion and mechanical impact
  • Projection of thin, straight laser lines with sharp edges

Advantages:

  • Quick inspection of disc thickness without removing wheel
  • Easy to handle
  • Consistent and accurate results

Before and after the press shop phase–in the automotive industry as well as in many other metal and sheet metal processing applications, inspection systems check the metal surfaces for proper shape, inconsistencies, or any damage before they are polished, primed, or anodized. In these cases, optical inspection methods that utilize the structured light from lasers are particularly suitable.

Special Uses:

  • High-precision projection of structured laser light in the form of straight lines, grids, circles, or point clouds
  • High light intensity for large work spaces, for instance, in the blue wavelength range
  • Lightweight construction, such as for easy affixing of arms on a robot

Advantages:

  • Fast and flexible measurement in 2D and 3D
  • Non-contact and wear-free measuring systems
  • High production quality and productivity with lower costs due to a reduction of waste

For questions about a project or any of our products, please feel free to contact our friendly consultants.