At its FABTECH 2021 show floor press conference on September 14, 2021, Trumpf showed off some fancy new equipment with a fancy new way to show it off—virtually. High definition wall sized screens, with speakers either in-person in front, or virtually in the screen, explained what the assembled press corps was looking at it.
And a few of the offerings deserve special notice.
TRUMPF's emphasis for its 2D TruLaser product line is how it helps to eliminate operator pain points. Product experts showed off a variety of topics such as easy part separation with nano joints and how TRUMPF's Active Speed Control enables the laser to adapt in real-time to ensure optimal cut quality. In addition, attendees learned about TRUMPF's new Sorting Guide, a camera-based system that simplifies part sorting and Power by the Hour, a program that allows operators to take advantage of a higher laser power at a lower investment cost--only when they need it.
The new TruMatic 3000 fiber
The new TruMatic 3000 fiber is the first combined punch-laser machine from TRUMPF to feature a control panel with a Touchpoint interface. The 20-ton combination machine pairs a “flying” delta-drive punching head featuring a new descending die with all-tool rotation and a 3 kW TruDisk laser. Together they perform a range of processes from punching and forming to tapping and laser cutting, aiming to reduce handling and eliminating secondary operations. The TruMatic 3000 fiber with a working area of 60” by 120” can also be equipped with TRUMPF’s SheetMaster Compact automation, which offers the ability to load and unload full sheets.
Welding with TRUMPF
TRUMPF is now jumping on the cobot welding bandwagon with its cobotic arc welding in the new TruArc Weld 1000. The company bills it as a solution for high-mix, low-volume production. With intelligent systems like TeachLine and software such as TruTops Weld, operators can further optimize their laser welding processing when for accurate part positioning and offline programming, according to the company.
TruLaser Tube Technology
TRUMPF promoted features such as BevelCut, RapidCut and the optional technology package for tapping in its TruLaser Tube. Open access to the loading and unloading areas aims to deliver flexible and fast changeover for individual tubes and these machines can also be equipped with standalone and automated loading solutions to minimize material handling for operators while improving production transparency within TRUMPF's TruTops Fab software, according to the company.
TruBend: precision bending
With TRUMPF's TruBend product portfolio, operators can optimize bending to increase productivity with features such as TRUMPF's ACB Wireless angle measuring system. Additional features such as the LoadMaster Bend further reduce cycle times with parallel-to-production blank preparation and TecZone Bend enables quick and simple programming for pressbrake operators allowing them to carry out programming at the machine or offline, according to the company. TRUMPF's ToolMaster is also a solution for tool changes. TRUMPF reports the flexible automated system allows for automatic tool changes when switching from one set-up to the next within just a few seconds.
A new range of smart services solutions aim to improve machine data analytics and transparency for customers. One solution is The Smart Part. This concept for future predictive maintenance services targets machine components and their life cycle status. TRUMPF power tubes, which form the heart of the laser generator in almost all CO2 laser cutting machines, are now able to automatically report their status to the operator. As a result, the user knows when the part needs replacing making it an efficient way to avoid unplanned downtime. This is just one module in TRUMPF’s strategy to develop proactive service concepts that are based on connecting TRUMPF machines to the company’s Condition Monitoring Cloud.