Ro­botic CNC plasma beam cop­ing ma­chine elim­i­nates draw­backs of man­ual cop­ing

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - PRODUCT WATCH -

Tra­di­tion­ally, beam cop­ing has been done man­u­ally by mark­ing the di­men­sions for cop­ing on the work­piece as per the draw­ings and then man­u­ally cut­ting out the cope from the steel beam us­ing oxy-fuel gas torch. This method leaves a rough cut re­quir­ing con­sid­er­able chip­ping & grind­ing to im­prove the fin­ish.

Cop­ing ma­chines pro­vide high speed and qual­ity, elim­i­nat­ing all the draw­backs of man­ual cop­ing. While there are many dif­fer­ent ma­chines from well-known over­seas man­u­fac­tur­ers on the mar­ket, Bris­bane-based Ad­vanced Ro­botic Tech­nol­ogy (ART) has stud­ied the needs of ev­ery steel fab­ri­ca­tion shop in Aus­tralia, from small to large, in or­der to de­velop an au­to­mated, ver­sa­tile ma­chine, giv­ing steel fab­ri­ca­tors around the coun­try a com­pet­i­tive edge; not only by cre­at­ing an ef­fi­cient au­to­mated ma­chine made by ART in Bris­bane, but also by of­fer­ing lo­cal ser­vice and sup­port.

“We de­vel­oped the Me­tal­tek XB se­ries to an­swer the need for fully-au­to­mated struc­tural steel pro­cess­ing in one ma­chine,” com­pany Di­rec­tor David White ex­plains. “To elim­i­nate as much man­ual labour as pos­si­ble we in­cluded full ma­te­rial han­dling and all func­tions are au­to­mated and sim­ple to op­er­ate. The whole ma­chine is de­signed to re­duce labour and dou­ble han­dling while in­creas­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity and prof­its.”­quiry #150910a.

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