The flexible blanking method means there is no more need for procurement and handling of blanking dies.
VM Automotive is currently reaching the final stages of installing a Schuler laser blanking line in its facility in Berlin, near East London, Eastern Cape. The line will cut blanks out of a moving sheet metal coil that then get formed into car body parts in further steps. As fiber lasers are used for the cutting process, no dies are required, in contrast to conventional blanking lines.
The flexible blanking method means there is no more need for procurement and handling of blanking dies. Product changes can be made almost without any set up time, simply by loading the corresponding cutting programme. Additionally, material can be saved by optimising nesting. If more shaped blanks can be cut from the same surface area, this significantly reduces coil waste.
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