Laser systems for material processing

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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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!

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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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  • 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.

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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

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