Servo Punch/Fiber-Laser Combo Plus IoT-Driven Remote SupportJanuary 15, 2019
Amada’s expansive booth included a host of recent equipment introductions, including the EML-2515AJ, a servo-driven punch/3-kW fiber-laser combination, which offers high-speed cutting and 300-kN punching force. The combo machine, configured for large-format working areas, offers an increase in stroke frequency of as much as 25 percent as compared to previous offerings, as well as higher speeds, reaching 50 m/min.
These improvements are achieved with considerably lower energy consumption than via a CO2 laser. The machine also features an integrated nozzle changer. This reportedly enables continuous production by eliminating manual setup. A punch and die changer allows automatic tool setup.
Amada also detailed V-Factory, its IoT-driven remote support service. It employs IoT technology to link machinery and provide real-time monitoring and adjustment. With V-Factory, machines, tooling and software can collect data, integrated into a safe and secure environment at Amada through a V-Factory Connecting Box. The company’s newly established IoT Support Center serves as a contact point with users. Through this link, Amada provides measures for preventing production stops as basic support, as well as other support options. These include back-up measures during emergencies, and use of ‘big data’ to improve production efficiency.