Flexible solutions for laser processing

Outstanding productivity with innovative CNC solutions

Market leadership through technology partnership

Safe, compact and energy-efficient automation systems with our proprietary CNC kernel offer maximum performance for your laser processing machine. Excellent precision even at high speeds ensured by path-synchronous laser control.

An equal partnership

Take advantage of our know-how in CNC laser processing and cutting-edge technology in automation and drive engineering, and turn it into the foundation of your success. The results of many years of partnerships and research activities have been integrated into a single comprehensive system: CNC, motion and robotics combine perfectly to achieve outstanding machine safety, intuitive operation and precise drive technology. The range of applications spans from materials processing to handling or further line integration.

Your benefits at a glance

  • Compact and energy-efficient multi-axis automation system from a single source
  • Flexible and high-performance due to own CNC kernel with comprehensive laser processing functionality
  • Fast and precise with integrated laser control independent of path velocity
  • Open, standardized interfaces to the laser periphery and the digital factory
  • Safe machine solutions including consultation
  • Leadership through technology partnership with a single point of contact
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Tailor-made system solutions

You are the expert in laser processing. We are your partner, from the design of the machine automation system all the way to providing service for it.

We would be happy to demonstrate to you our competence for creating solutions for highly diverse applications in laser processing:

This application example shows a complete 3-axis interpolating automation system for a laser cutting machine. The CNC, the machine safety equipment as well as the intuitive commissioning and operation harmonize perfectly.

Our application fields

Laser processing

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New application fields in laser processing demand the highest flexibility of the CNC system. The precise adaptation of all process variables to the contour is crucial for the quality of the final products.

Your benefits

  • CNC automation with innovative machine operation, all from a single source
  • Special laser module for precise and synchronized laser control and real-time evaluation of distance sensors
  • Comprehensive CNC features for the laser processing of metals, plastics, acrylic, composite materials, wood and more

Our solutions

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2D laser cutting

The CNC laser package ensures precise and at the same time fast cutting or engraving of complex contours. The safe collision protection of the cutting head with protruding or tilting parts takes place almost without delay in the CNC kernel.

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Tube cutting

Tube profiles with different contours can be cut with orthogonal or bevel cutting heads. Such a 3D cut often saves the post-processing of the profile.

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3D laser processing

Up to 16 interpolating CNC axes per channel provide for a flexible processing of diverse surface contours.

Laser micro-processing

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High-precision yet fast fine cutting, ablation, micro-drilling or laser turning in the sub-micron range place the highest demands on the CNC control and its peripherals. The excellent performance of our automation system fulfills all expectations.

Your benefits

  • Flexible interfaces and control processes for ultramodern laser sources (e.g. ultrashort pulse lasers) are integrated directly into the CNC
  • Position-synchronous laser pulse generation with 20 ns resolution and repeatability
  • Uncomplicated operation of special motors such as spindle or linear drives
  • Easy realization of complex contours with up to 16 interpolating CNC axes per channel

Our solutions

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Galvanometric scan head - highly dynamic

Galvanometric scan heads allow outstanding precision and dynamic in materials processing. Our laser module controls up to 4 scan heads via the SL2-100 interface directly from the CNC kernel; this saves on expensive additional hardware.

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Contour decomposition - quick precision for large areas

Our ‘contour decomposition’ technology supports the precise and highly dynamic processing of large surface areas. The contour is divided between the dynamic optical axes of the scan head (dynamic, small work area) and a mechanical system (large work area) and is moved synchronously.

Combined punch/laser processing

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Realize your combination of mechanical forming and cutting of filigree contours using just one flexible CNC automation system.

Your benefits

  • Drive controllers with up to 250 kW with configurable and programmable motion profile for the electrical punching head
  • Energy efficiency thanks to energy recovery into the DC link or directly into the supply grid
  • Coordinated CNC punching and laser processing features in a single system
  • Highly dynamic distance control for reliable protection of the cutting head from collisions with reshaped sections

Our solutions

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Dynamic control of the punching head

The motion profile of the punching head is crucial for the processing quality. The calculation of the profile is performed directly in the drive controller. The CNC controls and synchronizes the punching process, which depends on the contour.

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Flexible CNC punching package

The punch and nibble modes can be configured and executed in the CNC controller. The tool follows along on a tangent of the contour. This protects the tools from damage and ensures a smooth contour.

Laser module for maximum performance

Laser pulses with 20 ns accuracy for highest dynamic

In order to achieve a maximum dynamic and short process times, the laser source and the distance of the cutting nozzle are controlled directly from the CNC kernel. A high-speed I/O module converts the commands almost

instantaneously. A 20 nm position resolution is ensured at a 1 m/s cutting speed. At the same time, the laser power and other technology parameters are adapted to the contour.

Technology leadership based on a strong partnership with KEBA

Future-proof laser technology package

CNC functionality for precise contours · Collision protection for the cutting head against protruding or tilting parts · Open, standardized interfaces with laser periphery and the digital factory · Flexible NC program adaptation

CNC competence partner

More than 40 years of CNC competence · High system solution competence · Independent and flexible thanks to our own CNC kernel · Advanced technology leadership based on a strong partnership

High-precision laser I/O interface

Consistent cutting quality independent of the processing speed · Highest precision thanks to position-synchronous laser pulses with 20 ns resolution and repeatability (+/- 20 nm at 1 m/s) · Laser power controlled to match contour · Top-speed dynamic distance control of the laser cutting head

Compact & safe automation system

Complete CNC solution from a single source · Wide drive power range e.g. also for punching · CNC, Motion and Robotic with one automation system · Scalable machine safety including advice

Reference

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HMI solutions

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Controllers

For all requirements: Standard controllers, control and drive systems with safety control, or optimized controllers with onboard I/Os

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Servo controllers

KEBA’s ServoOne product family offers a wide variety of servocontrollers for drive systems, ensuring optimum machine process integration.

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Peter Giesche Business Development Director CNC Applications +49 8382 9855-16
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