SET Enterprises will use the laser blanking line that has a combined laser power of 12 kW to produce blanks for exposed and unexposed automotive stampings, beginning in 2019. The automotive supplier chose the Schuler Laser Blanking system because of its demonstrated high output capability and flexibility offered by the DynamicFlow Technology.
The system features three laser heads and can simultaneously cut blank shapes of all types at straight line cutting speeds of over 100 m/min from a coil-fed, continuously forward-moving strip of coiled metal, itself traveling at speeds up to 60 m/min. This high output feeding and cutting capability makes conventional blanking dies unnecessary and, as a result, allows for optimisation of blank shape and nesting optimisation to achieve improved blanking yield and support formability.
Installation of the line will begin this summer, with the operational hand-off scheduled for the spring of next year. With this equipment in place, a total of five Schuler laser blanking lines with three lasers will be in operation, producing class A blanks for the European and US-American automotive industry.
Video shows a general laser blanking line set-up, not SET's set-up.