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Laser Cutting – Features

BALLIU NV Machine Tool Corporation – COMPANY PROFILE

Founded in 1894 in Gent, Belgium, BALLIU MTC nv quickly gained a good reputation in the machine engineering business. In the beginning of the 1970’s, with the emerging commercial applications of LASER technology, we focused on developing the first LASER equipped machines for the industry. In 1998 we moved to our newly build 10000m² production facility in Lokeren. In 2003 BALLIU MTC nv joined the OGEPAR-group, a financially strong holding of company’s, several of them in the machine manufacturing business.

Today, BALLIU MTC nv is a sound, export-oriented (more than 90%) company with a extensive sales- and service organisation. Our sole business is developing and manufacturing LASER-equipped machines for all kinds of applications and materials, whether it is a titanium wire frame for sunglasses or the turbine of a jet engine. We broadened our specialities from laser cutting to laser welding and cladding. We have a complete range of standard products for laser-cutting, welding and cladding, with or without automatic loading- and unloading equipment. Our ability to integrate and adapt our machines to our clients’ needs is the base of our success.

1. LPM Piercing Control
The required time for laser drilling identical holes is never constant. The thicker the material, the bigger the difference in time can be between the shortest and the longest piercing time. Differences in time can easily mount up to 33%. Without Piercing Control the drill time has to be set at a fixed value. This value must be the maximum time it takes to be sure that the hole is successfully pierced. Piercing Control detects when a hole is successfully drilled and immediately skips to cutting the material.

2. Automatic Focus Control
The position of the focal point with respect to the position of the nozzle (and the material surface) is set depending on the processed material, its thickness and the type of machining (piercing or cutting). These parameters are saved in the Piercing and Processing library and are always used during manufacturing.

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