Sheet metal working equipment manufacturer, Bystronic, has introduced a new rotary axis for processing tube on its ByStar Fiber flat-bed laser cutting machine, which offers up to 10 kW of fibre laser power. The new equipment enables users to switch between sheet and tube processing in a few simple steps.
The factory-fitted rotary axis, together with a retractable tailstock, enables tubes from 30 mm to 315 mm in diameter and in a variety of lengths to be machined. The operator inserts the tube either from the outside through a hatch in the ByStar Fiber’s housing or directly into the machining area through the sliding door along the side. Unloading of cut parts is similarly rapid.
Supplied also is a Tube Cutting software module, which is an expansion to the proprietary BySoft 7 programming software. It allows users to design parts for tube processing, input existing CAD files, edit them and generate cutting plans.
To support fast set-up times for processing a variety of tube profiles, Bystronic has integrated an assistant function into its ByVision Cutting user interface. Via the ByStar Fiber’s touch screen, it guides the user through every operating step.
For manipulating longer tubes, Bystronic offers a rotary axis box, akin to a bar magazine on a lathe. The detachable accessory is mounted on wheels and enables tubes up to 3 meters long to be fed in through the hatch in the machine housing and positioned accurately. With an additional extension box, tubes up to 6 meters in length can be processed.