AT&F Steel announces the addition of a third state-of-the-art robot cutting system to their extensive capabilities.
The advanced contour beveling system cuts multiple bevel profiles, straight or shaped, in a single operation. A recognized leader in steel processing, AT&F Steel continuously expands its capabilities to meet the needs of its growing customer base.
The programmable 6-axis robotic torch and hi-tech laser guided camera system allows extensive geometries to be cut including X, Y, V and K axis bevels from 0 to 60 degrees while boasting finished tolerances of +/- one-half degree and +/- one-thirty-second inch (1 mm) on the final dimensions. Combining those quality benefits with blistering cutting speeds up to 300 inches (762 cm) per minute provides significant cost-saving opportunities for customers. The 13 feet x 50 feet (4 M x 15.2 M) cutting table can handle non-ferrous metals up to three inches (80 mm) thick and can be configured to use plasma and oxy-fuel.
"The equipment is state-of-the-art," says Michael Ripich, AT&F President. "The laser guided eye ensures great bevel quality every time. Moreover, this technology is a great deal faster and more accurate than traditional beveling methods, as well as safer."
Most importantly, however, the process has broad benefits for customers. The system eliminates down-stream operations like grinding, machining, and handling. Using precisely cut beveled parts minimizes fit-up and reduces welding time, lowering over-all manufacturing costs.
"At the end of the day, our decision to invest in new equipment capabilities is fueled by our desire to provide value-added products and services to our customers," says Ken Ripich, AT&F Executive Vice President. "Our ability to provide weld-ready contoured bevels without having to machine or grind them saves both time and money throughout the manufacturing process, a savings we pass through to our customers."