BENEFITS OF LASER BLANKING
The benefits of laser blanking have positive impacts on both part quality and our customer’s bottom line. It eliminates many of the limitations of traditional blanking and is the future of metal blanking.
BLANK PRODUCTION RATE
The combination of technologies, combined in the BWD laser blanking process, leads to a significant production rate advantage over traditionally recognized Sheet Fed Laser productivity and associated pricing. While not consistently up to the productivity rate of mechanical blanking, the SET - Blanking Without Dies® process can achieve significant production rates, which in conjunction with the quality, cost and flexibility benefits of laser blanks, represent significant value. Contact us to obtain an estimate of production capability for your blanks, you will be impressed.
By eliminating the need for mechanical blanking and providing improved material utilization along with competitive pricing, our customers are able to realize both cost avoidance and long term cost savings that directly goes to the bottom line. Application of variable coil widths is also a possibility supported by the non-mechanical nature of laser blanking.
BLANK SHAPE IS PERMANENTLY STORED AS A COMPUTER FILE
The elimination of large blanking dies significantly reduces non-value added use of floor space. The efficient electronic storage of the data necessary to produce configured blanks of all shapes affords rapid cueing for production and allows for small incremental modifications to optimize subsequent stamping/forming or trimming processes.
SUPERIOR EDGE QUALITY
Laser cut sheet metal edges provide a recognizable quality improvement through the elimination of mechanical working along with burrs and/or slivers on the cut edges. Laser cut edges are “weld ready” for laser welded applications. The High power density associated with a fiber optic laser beam does not create an appreciable heat affected zone in high strength or alloyed steel grades. Non-contact laser cutting also eliminates the possibility of diminishing edge quality over the lifespan of mechanical blank tooling and press equipment.
IMPROVED FLEXIBILITY IN CONFIGURED BLANK SHAPE
Laser blanking eliminates the constraints that exist with mechanical blanking dies related to blank shape and nesting opportunities. As a result our customers can add previously unattainable stamping relief features in blank outline and realize better material utilization at a cost that represents value.
ELIMINATES BLANKING DIES
With laser blanking, there is no need for capital investment in mechanical blanking dies and associated presses, cutting tools, die storage and logistics. The process is material agnostic, working equally well for all steel alloys as well as Aluminum and other metallic sheet materials. Additionally, incremental or breakthrough engineering changes to blank design in order to support improved yield and stamping efficiency are easily accomplished.