TPT May 2022


Mazak launches new laser processing machine for small and medium diameter tube

tube diameter of 152.4mm. 8,000mm and 180kg options are also available.

YAMAZAKI Mazak has launched its new high-productivity laser processing machine specifically designed for the high-speed, large lot cutting of small and medium diameter tube. The new FT-150 FIBER is a compact laser processing machine featuring an ergonomic design, with the operator area, loading station and unloading station all located on the same side. Gaetano Lo Guzzo, director laser business Europe at Yamazaki Mazak, said: “The new FT-150 FIBER, further enhances our tube laser cutting capabilities with a machine specifically designed for the high speed and high accuracy cutting of small to medium diameter tubes. The exceptional productivity delivered by the combination of fibre resonator, ultra-fast feedrates and the capability to machine multiple different processes along with the bundle loader system, makes the FT-150 FIBER ideal for volume manufacturers looking to make a step change in their tube laser processing capabilities.” Equipped with a 3W fibre resonator, the FT-150 FIBER can process single workpieces up to 6,500mm in length and 150kg in weight, with a maximum

The new FT-150 FIBER from Yamazaki Mazak

to 3000mm in length (a 4500mm option is also available) into parts buckets, or via an optional conveyor belt. The sorting system can sort and unload small, medium and large finished parts in four different areas. determine the required radial position for cutting; while the ‘Work Centre Location’ detects any bends or twists in the workpiece, and automatically makes any adjustments prior to cutting. Other features include support units for long workpiece material to prevent sagging during the cut, and an ‘Internal Spatter Guard that prevents spatter adhering inside the workpiece and to avoid internal surface burning. An optional rotary tool spindle with ATC for tapping holes, drilling and thermal drilling is also available. The FT-150 FIBER is equipped with automatic functions, including auto profiler calibration and nozzle cleaning to further enhance productivity.

The machine can cut a wide variety of materials typically used in the architectural, automotive, construction and furniture industries, including mild steel, stainless steel, copper, brass and aluminium. The FT-150 FIBER can perform multiple processes, including cutting, tapping, drilling and thermal drilling. In process time is reduced as it negates the need for processes such as punch press, deburring and hole tapping. In addition, the fibre laser, together with high-speed feedrates, high-speed acceleration and fast chuck-indexing, deliver high cutting speeds. Productivity is also increased due to its large capacity bundle loader, which can automatically load raw material weighing up to four tonnes, to enable continuous operation over extended time periods. The FT-150 FIBER can unload workpieces in a variety of ways, from standard solutions to automatic sorting systems for the efficient production of large-lot and multiple part models. The machine can unload finished parts up

Yamazaki Mazak

SMS Group invests in industrial services provider and works towards decarbonisation

of SMS intends to broaden its business portfolio and to participate in the ever growing market for industrial services. In addition, both companies will join forces in important areas like decarbonisation.

KAEFER is a provider of industrial services and solutions with annual sales around €1.8bn and more than 30,000 employees globally. Headquartered in Bremen, Germany the company has a history of more than 100 years and holds market positions in the field of asset integrity services for the industry, marine and offshore as well as materials and construction industry. With this investment, the owner family

TOGETHER with European investor Altor Fund V, domiciled in Sweden, SMS Group has entered into an agreement to acquire a 50 per cent stake in KAEFER, a global industrial services company. The owner family of KAEFER will continue to hold the remaining 50 per cent. The three parties signed a corresponding investment agreement. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory clearances.

SMS Group



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