Laser systems for material processing

ACSYS – Proactive Idea Generator for Longterm Customer Relationships – Interview with Gerhard Kimmel, founder and managing director

ACSYS Lasertechnik GmbH knows every detail of the laser process.

The laser system market has been very dynamic over the last few years. The reason is that laser applications are finding their way to more and more industries. This increasing variety presents mid-sized companies in Germany with great challenges, in addition to which they are facing increasing market competition from Asia.

On the occasion of its 15-year anniversary, owner-led ACSYS Lasertechnik GmbH (Kornwestheim) is taking stock of its successful development from start-up to internationally active laser system manufacturer. We talked with founder and Managing Director Gerhard Kimmel about his concepts and ideas, his goals for the future, and how his team finds daily motivation for new solutions.

Gerhard Kimmel, managing partner of ACSYS Lasertechnik.

Gerhard Kimmel, managing partner of ACSYS Lasertechnik GmbH.

What is your estimation of the development and the prospects of laser system technology?

The prospects for the laser tool are fantastic – it is an amazing processing medium. It is more precise as effective than mechanical processing and allows the production and rework steps to be dispensed with. A laser system can pay for itself in a very short time.

I think that the introduction of the fiber laser in 2007 was a huge technological advance. The fiber laser represents the state of the art in many application areas. The ultra-short pulse laser is a new up-and-coming technology with great application potential.

How will this development affect the market?

I see a trend that will lead to laser applications in many disparate industries. And the establishment of the fiber laser has brought new actors the market, actors who are buying components and vendor parts and building simple laser machines. This has resulted in the presence of many suppliers in the low-price range.

How is the competition structured?

We operate in a field of large suppliers that focus on high numbers of standard machines and many smaller companies that focus on simple solutions or one-off prototypes or special solutions. In China, state-supported suppliers that nobody had ever heard of a few years ago are supplying laser systems for pocket change.

How is ACSYS, a mid-sized company, holding up against that competition?

We develop high-quality, reliable, industrial laser systems that meet our customers’ requirements and perform their machining tasks in the best possible way – and in a manner that guarantees availability. We work proactively as an idea generator with great development, application, and service competence.

What else is there that separates ACSYS from the competition?

When we founded the company in April 2003, our goal was to do things better. For instance, we started very early with developing our own software. We wanted to offer a bit more than others did, and not just buy and assemble parts. We reacted to market demands from the very beginning, implementing new technologies, developing our own patents, and remaining true to our philosophy: always providing the customer with the best solutions.

What are the customers’ reactions?

Since 2003, we have sold well over 1,000 laser systems and boast first-class references that we could have only dreamed of as a start-up 15 years ago. Our customers come to us because they like our products. The feedback we always get is this: ACSYS provides the best solution! This make ACSYS a unique laser machine manufacturer.

Unique in which respect?

Unique is our market-oriented development dynamics. It never stops. We constantly strive to provide solutions that are even better and more precise. We also score points with the great expertise of our staff, a highly motivated team that provides support for all projects worldwide in collaborative partnership. In the projects, our services range from planning to commissioning of the laser systems at the customer’s premises, of course, and even beyond. These are strengths that allow us to thrive as a mid-sized company.

Gerhard Kimmel: “We wanted to offer a bit more than others did.”

Gerhard Kimmel: “We wanted to offer a bit
more than others did.”

What is the secret of your success?

The focus, and my daily responsibility in everything I do, is safeguarding the future of the company. For me, doing work that covers costs is the reason a company exists. Looking back at 15 years of establishing the company, I see how important it was to give the company a solid foundation that was able to cushion the adversity on the European market and later the international market, and the order fluctuation that came with it.

There is one thing that I am convinced of: Because we engaged in this solid corporate development, financial success came automatically. Success is not guaranteed. I know that I have a responsibility to the team and to the company. When I make decisions, I try to keep what’s good for the whole in mind.

What do you mean by “the whole”?

ACSYS, with its more than 100 employees and multiple German and international branch offices, is large enough to act with strength and substance. But it is also small enough to be flexible and remain close to the customer, whom it meets on equal footing. And when I look at ACSYS’s numbers today, I see a healthy company with a stable financial foundation.

Over the last 15 years, we re-invested the money we earned in the company. I think that is the best thing you can do. We have been constructing this solid foundation from the very beginning: Three years after our founding, we were already planning the construction of our production plant in Mittweida, and in 2014 we expanded our headquarters in Kornwestheim. We networked our offices, our analysis service is digital with direct technician access, and for some time we have been constructing a knowledge management system.

And how does that benefit the customer?

This team knowledge and the experience of 15 years of project work is something the customer can sense when he comes to us with task requirements. It’s a process we call “customer sampling”: we work with the customer in our demonstration rooms, using various laser systems to develop a manufacturing process for his own component. The customer isn’t buying a black box when he comes to us; he can touch and understand the technology. For instance, we describe the procedure early on in the offer phase and document the laser machine using text and diagrams. Describing the process also minimizes risks for us, since it ensures that we have understood the customer requirements. Success depends on a sense of responsibility for each new task and each new challenge. For us, that is the foundation for long-term cooperation with our customers.

Company ACSYS Lasertechnik GmbH
Leibnizstr. 9
70806 Kornwestheim, GermanyPhone: +49 7154 808 75 0
Fax: +49 7154 808 75 19
e-mail: info@acsys.de
Internet: www.acsys.de
Founding 2003
Managing Director Gerhard Kimmel
Core industries Automotive industry, electrical industry, mold and die production, plastics industry, laser service provider, medical technology, measuring technology, minting industry, watch and jewelry industry, tool industry
Products, processes Laser systems and software development for the laser marking, laser digitizing, laser engraving, laser cutting, laser welding ––> basic designs and customer-specific developments
Company headquarters Headquarters: Kornwestheim, Germany
Branch offices: Mittweida and Lüdenscheid, Germany; Lenexa, Kansas, USA; Bromsgrove, Great Britain; Perg, Austria
Sales structure Sales partnerships in 35 countries worldwide
Certificate DIN EN ISO 9001:2008; DIN EN ISO 14001
Membership VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau, Mechanical Engineering Industry Association), VEMASinnovativ Mechanical Engineering Network Saxony
Award Großer Preis des Mittelstandes 2014

 

Company of the month – ACSYS: Renowned specialists in machining solutions

The Industrial Process News declared ACSYS for “Company of the Month”.

To the article… (page 25)

Industrial Process News is extremely excited to announce that ACSYS has been awarded this issues Machining Specialists Company of the Month profile for its excellent products and services to the Machine Industry.

Andreas Stirm, Laser Application Engineer (Left), Dieter Miller, Sales Director Export (Centre) and Mick Hemmings, UK Sales Manager.

Andreas Stirm, Laser Application Engineer (Left), Dieter Miller, Sales Director Export (Centre) and Mick Hemmings, UK Sales Manager.

ACSYS DE was first established in 2003 by Gerhard Kimmel, followed by ACSYS UK in 2010, ACSYS US in 2014 and ACSYS AT in 2018. Based in Kornwestheim, Mittweida and Lüdenscheid, the company specialises in offering customeroriented solutions for machining different materials. ACSYS is an engineering and manufacturing company for highprecision laser machining centres used for cutting, welding, engraving, marking and micro-structuring. The company place their expertise in the minting, tooling and automotive industry and boast their wide range of loyal clients within the UK and globally.

The company are proud to say that they have a highly motivated team that provides support for all worldwide projects that are in a collaborative partnership; this includes from planning all the way to the commissioning of the laser systems. ACSYS pride themselves in saying that their products and services are used and trusted in many sectors; the company have subsidiaries in Germany, Mittweida and Lüdenscheid, and North America, Lenexa and Kansas.

The worldwide company guarantees short delivery and service times through sales partnerships that are currently based in 35 countries.

What makes ACSYS stand out from their competitors is their customised solutions based on standard, camera solutions, automation and in-house software development. ACSYS are an advanced solution provider who is in a position to offer stateof-the-art laser technology, including nanosecond, picosecond and femtosecond lasers through its own research lab. These facilities are constantly developed further through close cooperation with the Laser Institute of Mittweida University.

Customer service is at the heart of the company which is why they have a hands-on team that are always around for support for all projects, whether they are local or worldwide, within the framework of the collaborative partnership that involves the customer in the development process from the very start to the end of the project and beyond – for example, the customer will receive support from ACSYS service specialists while calibrating and commissioning during installation. Standards are always set and met; this is proven by regulations set such as DIN ISO 9001:2008 and DIN EN ISO 14001 which confirm manufacturing quality.

The company’s most highly-sought after products are the PIRANHA and BARRACUDA range of Laser systems. The PIRANHA is a laser processing system which offers a high performance with a minimum footprint. The processing system has a fibre laser system which has a remarkable beam quality, making it a sole production machine for laser marking and engraving. Marking uses include punch marks, fine engraving and 3D microlaser engraving. Features include a multi-axis system which has 5 movable linear and rotary axes, linear moving columns and cross tables, and, rotary and swivelling dividing heads.

The BARRACUDA is an all-in-one system which has a dimensioned and easily accessible work area, not to mention it offers an appropriate amount of space or large projects/workpieces. This machine bed is ideal for industrial requirements and is made from polymer concrete which absorbs vibrations and has temperature-stable qualities. All systems by ACSYS can be used for any customised solutions.

For further information or general enquiries, visit the company website. Alternatively, you can contact the company via telephone or email.

T +44 (0)1527 870820

m.hemmings@acsyslaser.co.uk

www.acsyslaser.co.uk

ACSYS laser system amortized in a very short space of time

Engraving dies now only take 12 hours to produce instead of 500.

A success story with Worcestershire Medal Service Ltd. (Bromsgrove, GB).

It is a dream come true, to cut the order throughput time from around 21 days to 12 hours. Only three years ago, Phil McDermott, Managing Director of the Worcestershire Medal Service Ltd. (Bromsgrove, GB), would not have believed this to be possible. Today, it is now possible, literally overnight, to manufacture a new production die for medals, decorations or honorary awards for our customers.

This dream became reality by pure chance. On a daily basis, the ACSYS laser technology salesman for the United Kingdom drove past the window display of Worcestershire Medal Service, a company that produces Orders, Decorations and Medals. In the early part of 2014, Phil McDermott was on the lookout for a replacement for his 15-year old milling machine. Which was when the ACSYS salesman dropped into the shop to introduce his own company, a German manufacturer of laser machining centres. Initially, Phil McDermott was fairly surprised by the amount he would have to invest in order to own a laser system of that kind. Also, neither he nor his employees had any experience whatsoever in laser technology.

Experiencing true customer closeness

To overcome this hurdle, the ACSYS salesman arranged an on-site appointment at which he demonstrated the principle of 3D laser engraving in detail, and went on to explain the possibilities of laser material machining. The most compelling argument was the speed at which the laser system operates. Since the UK subsidiary of ACSYS was able to produce various demonstration items overnight, Phil McDermott was won over pretty rapidly: “Key factors in our purchasing decision were the superlative technology, the outstanding quality, the saving in time and the convenient local presence of ACSYS”.  The UK subsidiary of ACSYS is located in Bromsgrove.

Charity project tackled on a joint basis

Before the sale of its first laser system to Worcestershire Medal Service, ACSYS UK helped them to arrange a big charity project at which the dies for the Waterloo 200-year memorial coin was manufactured predominantly by ACSYS, in a very short period of time and to a very high standard of quality. This was the perfect occasion to put the system to the test. When the coin manufacturer purchased its PIRANHA in 2014, it was then able to meet the wishes of its customers very quickly indeed. Phil McDermott gets really enthused when he recalls that time: “With the laser, we were suddenly able to complete projects overnight”.

A great boost for the image of a company with such a strong tradition. Worcestershire Medal Service produces many different Orders, Decorations and medals for UK government clients, for the Royal Household and for the military. The quality of these decorations is also appreciated greatly by customers from around the world, in the Commonwealth as well as in other countries. “Moreover, we can also use the laser to scribe and mark finished products”, stated Phil McDermott. “That can include sequential numbering, very fine engraving or also very deep engraving”.

More than simply a saving in time

ACSYS laser systems like the PIRANHA offer many advantages over the traditional die manufacturing process which employs CNC milling machines. The ACSYS 3D scanner makes it possible to digitise oversize hand-made models for further processing on the computer, but it is also no problem to record and digitise data from coins. The stored data are reproduced using the 3D laser engraving process. Also, the laser beam can be used to engrave directly into the hardened steel of the coining tool.

This dispenses with conventional milling operations such as tool changing, subsequent reversal of cutters and hardening and most importantly the hand finishing associated with traditional milling. This substantially reduces the amount of work involved. Frosting also becomes child’s play with a high-resolution dual camera system on the laser system. After precise partial definition of the areas to be frosted on the computer screen, the laser beam applies different frosting structures to the coining stamp, precise to within a  few microns.

Phil McDermott emphasizes: “We can now offer our products much more cost effectively. The amortization period for the first laser system was meant to be five years, but the system paid for itself within one year”. Other great advantages of the laser system are that it is simple to program, and it is able to process orders automatically. “ACSYS training courses with Artcam and the AC laser hardware and software prepared us perfectly for our daily work with the laser system, with relevant applications and delivered to a very professional standard”, recalls Phil McDermott. Over Christmas 2016, the laser system was running several orders for coining tools in autonomous, standalone fashion during the vacation period.

Worcestershire Medal Service is now working with its second PIRANHA laser system, in service since 2017. “We have now received many more orders simply because we can respond so rapidly”, states Phil McDermott, a man very satisfied indeed with his investment decision. “It has fundamentally changed what we are able to do. At present, we are creating two pairs of coining stamps per day”. For next year, we are currently considering the purchase of several OYSTER laser systems for coin edge engraving.

Laser systems for coin manufacture

The laser is able to engrave directly hardened material. This dispenses with the need for additional cutter reversals and the time-consuming rework of dies.

Advantages of the laser

  • Laser as a tool, so no tool wear.
  • Hundred-percent reproducibility.
  • Customisation through digitisation.
  • Automatic production.

 

ACSYS Lasertechnik GmbH (Kornwestheim) is an engineering and manufacturing company for high-precision laser machining centres used in various production and assembly operations such as lettering, engraving, cutting and micro-structuring. Based on production requirements and the level of automation involved, the ACSYS team works closely with each customer to develop laser machining centres in the Engineering & Production Centre at ACSYS. The specification of each system can be fine-tuned to reflect parameters such as speed, precision, batch size, flexibility and setup time. In addition, the hardware and software provided by ACSYS equips each customer with a fully-capable machine concept built to a first-class quality standard. To achieve this, development engineers at ACSYS test workpieces, materials and production operations in their in-house test laboratory. Based on these test results, one of the existing standard machines is then equipped with an appropriate laser source to suit the specific needs of a given customer.

Invitiaton to the MACH 2018 in Birmingham | 09 – 13 April 2018 | Hall 17, Stand 134

 

 

MACH is the UK’s premier event for engineering-based manufacturing technologies.

We invite you to MACH in Birmingham, and look forward to your visit.

 

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Taking place from 9-13 April 2018, MACH is poised to be the destination of choice for engineers and manufacturers, bringing together the best of UK manufacturing under one roof. With over 25,000 visitors across a 5 day period, a vibrant seminar programme and unrivalled networking opportunities MACH showcases the heart of UK advanced engineering.

 

Individual High-Tech Laser systems.

News and innovations in the field of laser material processing by ACSYS at the MACH 2018 in Birmingham.
The PIRANHA II Multi as a Highlight will be presented to trade visitors from 9th to 13th April 2018.

 

The PIRANHA II offers high performance and quality with a minimum footprint. Fiber laser systems with exceptional beam quality make the PIRANHA a unique production machine for laser marking and engraving. For high-precision marking such as punch marks, fine engraving or 3D micro laser engraving, the system offers high-resolution camera systems, precision packages and multi-axis system with up to five movable linear and rotary axes, consisting of linear moving columns or cross tables and rotary and swiveling dividing heads. With its rotary tables, tag feeders, foil handling or special attachments, the PIRANHA offers optimized adjustment options for any task. Perfect laser engraving by ACSYS.

The new developments do justice to the ACSYS philosophy of placing customer benefit at the core of their actions. The modular design of the laser systems allows customer-specific configuration and thus also remains open for future hardware and software modifications and extensions.

 

Anwendungen für Laseranlagen von ACSYS

NEC Birmingham UK, Hall 17 – Stand 134.

 

Challenge us!

We work “live” on your workpieces and most different materials!

  • Date: 09. – 13. 04. 2018
  • Venue: NEC Birmingham UK
  • Opening times: Daily 9.00 to 17.00, Sat. 09.00 to 16.00

 

Do you need more information, have questions for Transportation Travel and overnight accommodations?

Call us or write to us.

Tel.: +44-1527-870820

E-Mail: tradefair@acsyslaser.co.uk

 

 

 

 

ACSYS at the Technical Forum during the World Money Fair 2018

In the following video you will see our lecture during the technical forum on 1st February 2018. Click the picture or here for youtube video at the ACSYS Channel.

ACSYS presents and explained the engraving and frosting on freeform surfaces with the DFC (Dynamic Focus Control) from ACSYS.

A virtual 3D model of the die in the software will guide the hardware. The working distance of the laser will perfectly follow the workpiece.

Click here for more laser experience of ACSYS in the minting world.

 

We would like to welcome you to our premises in order to show you the advantages of our laser processing systems.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us, we look forward to you!

Your ACSYS Team

All new PIRANHA®μ PICO by ACSYS – The Definition of Precision in Laser processing.

 

 

 

 

ACSYS introduces the new flagship of the PIRANHA family. As the name implies, the new PIRANHA®μ PICO is equipped with a latest generation of a picosecond laser. Optionally, the modular design of the system also allows configuration with a femtosecond laser or a current fiber laser system.

The PIRANHA®μ PICO is also capable of being equipped with a second laser source as a dual laser system.

With a footprint of less than 2,5qm the PIRANHA®μ PICO is extremely compact and flexible.

 

The system will be presented on February 2nd at the World Money Fair in Berlin.

You will find more information here soon.

ACSYS at the EMO 2017 – Our virtual booth

After six action-packed days, more than 2,200 international manufacturers of production technology.

 

We were with five laser systems on site, had many interesting conversations and applications.

If you could not visit us, we offer you our virtual tour of the fair.
With the gyro sensor of your smartphones, you can also “commit” to our booth! Just click the appropriate icon at the bottom left.

If you have a VR glasses or similar, you can also use the VR function.

Have fun on our stand, we look forward to your visit!

 

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At the EMO ACSYS presents the all new PIRANHAµ PICO, full automation system PIRANHA Multishift, BARRACUDA Multi, the new PIRANHAµ cut and the OYSTER.

The new PIRANHAμ PICO have been specially designed for high-precision applications. While the PIRANHAμ is equipped with a fiber laser system of the latest generation, the PIRANHAμ PICO has a current picosecond laser. Optionally, the PIRANHAμ can be equipped with a femtosecond laser (PIRANHAμ FEMTO).

Based on the PIRANHA III we have created a machine, which is a symbiosis of fully automated processing and OPR – Optical Parts Recognition. The two side loading and unloading lift stations each have a capacity of 20 trays, in which the workpieces are placed. The parts are prepositioned using a grate. The system moves one tray at a time from the loading lift station under the laser camera head.

Due to its flexible layout, the BARRACUDA is the ideal basis for customized solutions. Powerful fiber lasers with high-speed writing heads guarantee maximum precision and minimum processing times. Multi-axis solutions extend the BARRACUDA, thereby turning it into a partially or fully automated production machine.

 

The PIRANHA cut is an entirely new development. A compact machine for sheet metal sizes up to 600 x 600 mm², a high contour accuracy (± 25 µm) and suitable for sheet thicknesses of up to 3 mm. The cutting systems are equipped with air-cooled fiber lasers of different power ratings depending on the required application and are suitable for laser burn cutting and laser fusion cutting.

 

The OYSTER offers an economical entry into laser marking. The table system delivers outstanding results for individual parts and small-scale series for a wide range of different materials. The OYSTER is used whenever small parts are to be marked or engraved quickly, flexibly and to a high quality standard.

The new developments do justice to the ACSYS philosophy of placing customer benefit at the core of their actions. The modular design of the laser systems allows customer-specific configuration and thus also remains open for future hardware and software modifications and extensions.

ACSYS laser systems are suitable for laser marking, laser engraving, laser cutting and laser welding. We work “live” on your workpieces and most different materials!

Tilted Height Lines by ACSYS – Realistic 3D Effect without Depth engraving!

The intelligent arrangement of two-dimensional lines, the impression of three-dimensionality arises.

The intelligent arrangement of two-dimensional lines, the impression of three-dimensionality arises.

ACSYS Lasertechnik presents a new technology available in the laser processing:

Tilted Height Lines by ACSYS. 

This designation stands for an intelligent technology to reproduce three-dimensional CAD reliefs with simple lines on most different materials.

The intelligent arrangement of two-dimensional lines, the impression of three-dimensionality arises.

The lines are generated in the software (AC-LASER) by ACSYS. In the Software the lines cover the CAD Relief and follow the height profile contained therein. The viewing angle on the relief can be freely selected. The result is an optical 3D model, the laser processing however, is purely two-dimensionally.

The advantage is very fast processing times with a simultaneous very high surface quality.

Common applications for the technology are all industries with high standards on optical quality. The Tilted Height Lines can be used for optical enhancement or as a unique feature of sophisticated designs. By absolute reproducibility also applications as security features are conceivable.

The lines can be directly applied to the workpiece, but they can also be embossed or molded.

Safety first! – ACSYS presents new security features with laser technology for coins and medals.

At the World Money Fair 2016 in Berlin, ACSYS presents new possibilities of laser processing in the field of security technology for the minting industry.

Alexander Aminidis, Application Engineer at ACSYS, presents during the technical forum the new security features:

ACSYS introduce innovative security features for coins, medals and circulating money.

  • Micro-text
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  • Mikro-symbols
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  • Simple Reflection Grid
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  • PatentedCode-in-Code safety feature with structures  in the micrometer rangeFolie11
  • Multi frosting
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ACSYS emphasizes the idea of the modern security features for the minting industry with a limited edition of special medal. The ACSYS medal combines all security features shown on the obverse and reverse. The medal was created in collaboration with the Staatlichen Münze Stuttgart (Germany).

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The embossing tools were all made with the laser.

Learn more…

 

Environmental management DIN EN ISO 14001

ACSYS is aware that ecology-minded acting and thinking and sustainable operations are highly priority areas. Therefore ACSYS’s corporate philosophy comprises commitment to observe and take into consideration environmentally friendly matters, an attitude that is a future-oriented development factor. It is why our company integrated an environmental management system in the