The highlight of Bystronic UK Limited’s MACH stand was the ByVention laser cutting system, which is being shown for the first anywhere equipped with a 4.4 kW resonator. When the ByVention was launched in 2006 with the 2.2 kW resonator it represented not only a completely new innovation in the field of laser cutting systems but also a new business model for Bystronic and the laser industry in general.
The ByVention has been designed to meet the needs of the market. An empirical survey showed that approximately 80 per cent of all parts cut by laser cutting machines are processed using a sheet thickness of a maximum of 8 mm and in size 500 x 500 mm. However, the ByVention has a cutting area of 1562 x 772 mm and, when equipped with the 4.4 kW resonator, allows higher cutting speeds and a maximum sheet thickness of 8 mm for aluminium, stainless steel and mild steel. In comparison, the 2.2 kW resonator allows a maximum sheet thickness of 4 mm for aluminium, 6 mm for stainless steel and 8 mm for mild steel. More power means greater cost efficiency. Savings are immediate when cutting from a sheet of steel 4 mm in thickness or 2 mm thick stainless steel or 1 mm thick aluminium.
In addition, the ByVention with 4.4 kW resonator comes as standard with two cutting heads. The 7.5 inch cutting head guarantees the highest cutting quality with thicker metal sheets. It will also be available at a later date as an optional extra for the ByVention 2.2 kW. Compared with other high quality laser cutting machines, a customer can invest in a machine at around half the investment cost, with which they can process some 80 per cent of the spectrum parts.
The machine is easy to operate and as a result training time is reduced to a minimum. This is achieved as the ByVention is operated via pre-defined programs and cutting parameters using a touch screen. New operators benefit from the simple and logical operation and after a short period of training are familiar with the control and its integrated function and are able to operate the machine to its full capacity. As an optional extra, a full version of the high-performance control ByVision is now available on both ByVention systems, which is particularly beneficial to experienced operators. This permits a larger number of process parameters to be modified. The advantage: greater flexibility, improved operating convenience, and considerably more potential for processing special parts.
One major characteristic of the ByVention is its compact design which makes it the smallest laser cutting machine for standard-sized metal sheets. The machine requires just 6000 x 6000 mm (2.2 kW resonator) or 6400 x 6000 mm (4.4 kW resonator) of floor space and therefore customers can utilise even the smallest of spaces. With the ByVention 4.4 kW a customer enjoys 100 per cent more power with a footprint that is just 7 per cent larger. The control cabinet and the system’s laser source are integrated in the machine frame and form a single unit.
Additionally, the cooling unit and the used air filter have been combined in a compact, powerful unit.
The operating area of the ByVention is completely accessible and the user does not have to worry about photo-electric barriers which are redundant thanks to the machine’s integrated safety system.
Due to the compact design, the laser beam is kept short and is therefore for high precision cuts.
The ByVention is equipped with an innovative and clever Bystronic designed material flow concept, which makes all parts instantly available and ensures flexibility when using various sizes of material and partially used sheets. Cut parts are continuously and automatically transported from the cutting area and are immediately available to the user even during the cutting process. The removal area is fully accessible; therefore removal of cut parts is simple and convenient.
The cutting area is also readily accessible from the front via a large sliding door. The new processing concept makes a shuttle table unnecessary and it can be used with various European and US American standard metal sheet formats (patent registered).
When the machine was designed emphasis was placed on rapid and easy service. The machine is covered by a two-year Bystronic warranty as well as two years preventive maintenance. This ensures high reliability of the machine and avoids expensive repairs. The highest quality control standards during the manufacturing process and the fact that the ByVention, like all Bystronic machines, is built for round-the-clock operation and a long life span ensure maximum reliability and a high re-sale value of the machine.
The machine is offered at a fixed price and also includes the Bysoft CAD/CAM software package, commissioning and basic training as well as the two year warranty and preventive maintenance. Thanks to the “everything included” concept, the customer knows exactly what the investment costs are.
This latest concept in laser cutting will appeal to a wide range of customers. Companies that already use laser cutting machines and require additional capacity for standard size sheets can extend their ‘added value’ for a reasonable price. An increased ‘added value’ can also be achieved by companies who wish to negate the need for external sub-contractors and bring jobs in-house.
The machine is economical even in single-shift working. Relatively low investment costs make the ByVention a viable prospect not only for new users of laser technology but also for companies that have limited capital available or are planning to invest in a second-hand machine. It is also a first choice where space is at a premium. Also original equipment manufacturers that produce a large number of standard sized parts can profit extensively from a ByVention.
The ByVention is not just a new machine and operating concept. Far more, this highly efficient laser cutting machine is also a new business model. This includes the fact that the ByVention is sold at a uniform price.
Bystronic UK Limited, Maple Park, Lowfields Avenue, Leeds, UK, LS12 6HH