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A 'Star' Is Born at BLM Group USA

Friday, May 18, 2018

“The star of the show.” That’s how Andrew Dodd, North American sales director for BLM Group USA referred to the company’s newly launched LT7 Lasertube during a press briefing held this week at the company’s new headquarters in Novi, MI, where its tube and sheet metal processing solutions were shown.

The machine, capable of 3D cutting, features a 3kW fiber laser that allows for cutting up to 6-in. round, square and rectangular sections. Special sections and open profiles also can be processed. Loading chains can be extracted from the rear standard bundle loader within seconds, providing the flexibility to load a single bar or open section quickly and simply. The loading and unloading systems also adapt to accommodate short and long parts with innovative tube supports throughout the process.

At the end of each production batch the LT7 configures itself for the next batch for quick changes in production and higher productivity, regardless of the new sections to be made — round, square, special and even open profiles. No manual adjustments are necessary, resulting in higher output and a lower cost per part. The LT7 further supports productivity and quality enhancements through the machines mechanical rigidity, which allows high levels of acceleration without compromising accuracy.

Exclusive patented technical solutions include:

  • Active Scan – eliminates errors induced by distorted tubes
  • Active Tilt – uses focus head movement to provide fastest processing of small features
  • Active Focus – provides error-free cuts regardless of changes of material and thickness
  • Active Marking – offers dynamic part marking for complete production traceability
  • Active Speed – ensures higher cutting quality on the most critical jobs
  • Active Piercing – increases piercing speed and reliability even on inconsistent material quality and thickness

Two exclusive software programs enhance the versatility of the LT7 Lasertube:

  • The Protube monitoring system helps users to make accurate time and cost estimates based on processing time for an entire production batch. The system also prepares work orders and sends them to the machine, while a remote management feature provides real-time production progress monitoring, system operating statistics and estimates to the next batch change. Protube can be integrated with an ERP system to automatically distribute work orders to all connected BLM Group machines and technologies.
  • Artube is a 3D CAD/CAM software that allows users to move from a design idea to a part in one click — simply enter tube dimensions to desired cuts to go straight to production. The software can also design a more complex frame through clear, three-dimensional graphics or users can import other CAD programs and send everything needed to start production to the machine immediately, without errors. 


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