11/24/2015

LaserTec Robot-Tended Workstation Automates Laser Cladding

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The workstation from LaserTec offers robotized wire or powder laser cladding.

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LaserTec offers the CladTec, a robot-tended workstation for laser cladding. The robotic cell measures 3.0 × 2.7 m and is located within a larger 6.5 × 5.1-m standard station with bollards to protect equipment from forklift damage. The cell is equipped with a six-axis robotic arm with 10-kg payload and 1.5-m reach.

An optical fiber transports a laser beam to the cladding process head, which can be equipped for either powder or wire cladding. A double powder feeder that can feed any proportion of two different powders at once is available as an option. According to the company, the system’s 1 kW of laser power can provide clad efficiency ranging from 0.55 to 0.66 kg/hr.

The station includes a two-axis positioner for in-process workpiece loading and unloading, with an option for process chucks mounting. An exhaust and filtering system plus a separate door and additional safety systems protect operators. An optional thermovision camera or pyrometer enables setting a temperature as a process parameter. Additional options include cell extension, higher-powered lasers, a robot with extended range and payload, a multiaxial rotary positioner, and additional processing heads. 

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