Improved usability, speed and accuracy
Laser cladding is an effective way to improve the performance of equipment that is prone to wear and corrosion in industrial environments. “Our customers typically get greater extended life out of their components because we are able to produce very high performing surfaces,” explained Hooper.
“The main saving for most of customers is not so much the cost of the part itself but the cost of the downtime associated with changing that part,” he added.
The key objective of this project was to improve the productivity of the laser cladding process by reducing the set-up time required for each particular application.
Thanks to the new control system, the control program set-up time has been reduced from typically 30 minutes to less than 5 minutes for most jobs. In addition, LaserBond can now save more data, building a library so that if there is a similar job, there is no need to start the programming process from scratch, introducing further time savings.
“Given the inherent variability in application requirements we needed a system that was quick to set up with enhanced usability. The new systems are very much in line with Industry 4.0, providing access to operational and diagnostic information from the machine. They have improved the connectivity of our robotic systems and enabled us to improve productivity significantly,” concludes Wayne Hooper.
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