At Medtec Europe 2014, ROFIN presented the next generation of human machine interface for the market-leading 4-axis laser cutting system StarCut Tube and the entirely revised CNC laser welder Select.
StarCut Tube - next generation human machine interface
With several hundreds of installations world-wide ROFIN's 4-axis laser cutting system StarCut Tube has been setting the benchmark for high-precision tube processing for medical implants and instruments for more than a decade. Last year, a newly developed tube loader and a wet-cutting module opened new fields of application. Today, ROFIN presents the newly designed next generation human machine interface (HMI).
The new HMI integrates all user interface components which are required during normal operation one a single screen. All information about system status and production progress is clearly arranged. User input and parameter modification is limited to certain designated fields. Up to now, almost all tube cutting systems have been using separate user interface screens to control laser, CNC and accessories. With the new StarCut Tube HMI this is a matter of the past.
The HMI is based on a smart administration concept which allows to easily create production jobs using so-called recipes. With the built-in user administration, access to job creating as well as to other functions can be limited to certain users. There is no longer any need for normal users to deal with the operating system, so access to it can be blocked.
Select - new high-end laser CNC
ROFIN's Select has become one of the most widely used laser welding systems in medical device manufacturing. The multi-functional laser workstation is perfectly suited for high-precision CNC welding with manual or partly automated parts loading. At MEDTEC 2014 the next, entirely revised Select generation made its debut. It takes advantage of ROFIN's expertise with high-end CNC systems like StarCut Tube and MPS. The new Select features a high-class servo-driven motion system and a completely reworked CNC and laser controlling software.
The new controlling software processes CNC machine codes in the same way they are processed on conventional CNC equipment. This is true for automated creation of flanging radiuses as well as for using a look-ahead algorithm to calculate the optimum feed rate. The laser source will be perfectly synchronized with the motion system at all times, even when using advanced features like V-Track Mode or Pulse Ramping. Joystick-controlled and CNC-controlled operation are seamlessly integrated into the user interface. A new, capacitive multi-touch display and the redesigned joystick-box make setup and teach-in of CNC programs a breeze.