The material storage system provides additional storage capacity for 2D laser flatbed machines from Trumpf for automated sheet metal production. The systems can thus operate independently for up to eleven hours. The new solution relieves employees and increases machine utilization.
Machine tool specialist Trumpf has unveiled a new material storage system that allows all of the company’s 2D laser flatbed machines to run independently for up to eleven hours. Depending on the variant, the material hopper has different numbers of storage compartments.
In combination with the LiftMaster Linear Basic automation solution, it automatically loads the TruLaser machines with raw material. This saves the employees having to manually insert the heavy metal sheets into the machine. In addition, cut metal sheets can be stored in the storage compartments.
This allows companies to produce overnight without the need for employees to be present. This increases machine utilization and boosts productivity.
Retrofit to automated shift
The material memory does not require any additional software and is easy to operate. In addition, the automation solution requires little space. “With the new material storage system, we are primarily addressing customers who are still at the beginning of automating their sheet metal production and, for example, want to enter an additional automated shift. This is often also possible in existing machinery via retrofitting,” explains Trumpf Product Manager Stefan Häußermann.
Customers can choose between material storage systems with three, four or five storage compartments. The solution also offers the option of inserting the raw material together with the wooden pallet into the material store. This saves the operator from having to laboriously remove the metal sheets from the wooden pallet by hand or with a forklift truck.
Trumpf also offers a separate storage tower for the material storage. If a machine does not process the raw material stack completely, this stack including the pallet can be brought to the storage tower and temporarily stored there until it is needed the next time. This serves a well ordered material storage and enables quick material changes at the plant.