22 Mar Factory Update: New Bystronic BySprint Fibre Laser Cutter
At the start of the year we welcomed two new Bystronic press brake machines to the factory production line, and this week we’ve taking delivery of the next part of the machine family; a Bystronic BySprint Laser Cutter.
The new BySprint fibre laser cutter can cut a range of sheet metal from 4mm brass to 12mm thick steel with an accuracy of under +/-0.1mm. It runs at nearly three times as fast as our existing laser cutter and offers a suite of new production technology to help us strive to maintain our 5S manufacturing processes as well as leaner manufacturing operations.
At over 11meters long, and 6meters wide, it wasn’t a simple pop in and put it in place moving operation. The first step was to get the area ready for our delivery, which involved the welding team to relocate into our newest factory building in their newly designed bays.
Unloading the new laser cutter
The next day, the moving team arrived… with two arctic size wagons and a crane for starters! As you can see it was the start of the snow flurries in Manchester, but the installation team were experts in getting the two wagons unloaded safely, and into the factory.
Once loaded onto the crane’s wagon, it was time to get the 16-wheeled crane lorry into the factory, while the rest of the factory remained fully operational, including the existing laser cutter next to the wagon.
Once in, and anchored to the floor, the moving team got to work. With the help from engineers at Bystronic each piece of the machine was lowered exactly into place. At 11 meters long, and over 12 tonnes in weight, it required precision moving, and great team work from the various companies involved.
You don’t often get the opportunity to see inside a fibre laser cutting machine, firstly due to safety, and also due to a large proportion of the machine being encased in various panels and unreachable.
Why so much protection? When a fibre laser cuts a material such as sheet metal, it emits fumes. This means measures are put in place to protect staff and visitors alike with viewing areas of the machine are shielded with special UV filtering glass to stop any dangerous light sources damaging the human eye.
So, we took the opportunity to snap the internal tractor arm and bed being installed before it was encased in the protective green glass doors and windowless side panels.
After the sheet loader and laser bed were in place, the next phase was for the sheet automation to be installed. This sheet automation allows us to continue our 24/7 hour operation, with over 100 sheets of repeat parts automated in just a few hours of it being tested last week.
The ByTrans Extended automation element of the machine works on an autonomous circle of unloading and loading the not one, but two, material beds. As you can see from the video, while one product is being cut, the quicker sheet automation beds are loading and offloading in one smooth motion from in pallet to out pallet.
Finally, it was time to put the new machine through its paces with the production and operation teams, as well as the CAD engineers.