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Dual Laser and Blade Cutting System Enters Market

BUFFALO, N.Y., USA - Eastman Machine Company, manufacturer of cutting machines, automated cutting systems, material handling equipment, and software solutions announces the release of its latest generation laser cutting system applicable to customers in the aerospace, automotive, composite and industrial fabrics industries.

Several enhancements were developed for the 2010 release as compared to laser cutting systems previously available from Eastman (circa 1995). Eastman’s Buffalo-based engineering team has designed a dual configuration laser system equipped with a three-tool cutting head. The availability of a laser plus three tool spindles is the first system of its kind to enter the market; this technology will minimize any associated switchover time between material cutting requirements. Laser cutting is beneficial for fabrics that require fused edges to prevent fraying. The dual laser and blade cutting system will provide unprecedented opportunities to Eastman customers, allowing them cutting capabilities for a greater variety of materials and applications.

The tool head features a 200 watt gas assist laser (100 watt optional) and three individually aligned and calibrated tool spindles that may be equipped with any combination of rotary and straight knife blades, notches or punches. The tool head is also equipped with a pneumatic pen/marker holder for labeling pieces. Other new features include an industrial size fume extractor to ensure purified air in the workplace; an on-board chiller; touch screen operator control; linear rack and rail drive system; and a diagnostic control cabinet.

The new dual system from Eastman will offer all cutting capabilities of Eastman’s CNC static cutting table. The Eastman static table is a single to low-ply cutting system that provides superior cutting performance and increased throughput. This fully automated cutter plotter is capable of marking, drilling and punching virtually any flexible material at speeds of up to 60 inches per second (152.4 cm/s). Automated cutting systems offer optimum material yields while reducing labor and operating costs.

Source: GlassOnWeb