We’re delving into the AL-ROCK: Our 6-axis mobile robotic laser hardening/cladding system
Our AL-ROCK system is the world’s first mobile robot for targeted laser hardening and cladding of metal surfaces. Forget about time-consuming dismounting of heavy components – simply drive the laser, with its self-propelled crawling chassis, directly to the part. The flexible, wide sweeping robot arm easily reaches even the most challenging work pieces.
The turn-key system uses a software package that allows you to scan the component in need of hardening or cladding, which generates a 3-D model of the surface. Then it is as easy as selecting the area that requires the surface treatment. For hardening, the operator only needs to select a temperature set-point and how wide they would like the path to be. For cladding, the operator will select the cladding parameters, bead overlap spacing and number of layers. This technology is 5x more efficient than traditional offline programming. It also reduces the risk of hardening or cladding an incorrect area because the scan was taken directly from the actual part, in comparison to programming from a model that could be the wrong revision or part number.
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Laser hardening and cladding are quickly gaining momentum in automotive, mining, power generation, medical and aerospace industries. Due to its low heat input and accuracy, many companies are requesting these processes for drawings in place of other conventional methods that introduce a greater risk of cracking and distortion. Lasers are also more efficient and eco-friendly than its predecessors. Another great attribution of the AL-ROCK is its built-in pyrometry. This allows for consistent heat at the work piece, which reduces the risk of melting edges or overheating in an area that may have a thin cross section.
Extensive research and development are proving these processes through sample programs and real time production work at our laser lab. For more information, or to get involved with our sample programs, contact email@example.com or call (814) 336-9000.
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