Laser systems for material processing

Preserving Beauty – Laser structuring and PVD coating

ACSYS at the Technical Forum during the World Money Fair 2020.

The video shows our presentation during the technical forum on 30 January 2020, click on the image or here for the YouTube video on the ACSYS channel.

Fragile structures must be protected.

ACSYS and Inorcoat present the PVD coating process for coining dies, optimized for the coin industry.

Rainbow effect before and after PVD coating.

While the standard chromium-process of the coining dies fill up the fine structures of the rainbow engraving and makes them unusable, the method of PVD coating offers reliable protection and does not impair the filigree reflective properties of the μ-precise laser structuring.

With its laser processing systems, ACSYS uses a special laser process to generate the structures.

ACSYS and Inorcoat, together with the Mint of Poland and INCM, have completed extensive test series and optimized the laser process parameters accordingly. The result is a production process suitable for industrial use. 

Striked results on circulation blanks.

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

More videos about lasers in the coin industry can be found in our Youtube channel “ACSYS at the Technical Forum during the World Money Fair in Berlin“.

Weidmüller Klippon® Automated RailLaser – Holistic approach for automated electrical cabinet construction by ACSYS

ACSYS has developed the Klippon® Automated RailLaser in co-operation with the Weidmüller company.

Weidmüller Klippon® Automated RailLaser made by ACSYS (Bildrechte Weidmüller)
Weidmüller Klippon® Automated RailLaser made by ACSYS (Image rights Weidmüller)

New digitalization and automation approaches play a decisive role in the manufacture of electrical control cabinets, resulting in production processes being implemented faster, more precisely and more economically than before. This is critical in times of full order books and an increasing shortage of skilled labour.

In combination with Weidmüller’s Configurator (WMC) software, the Klippon® Automated RailLaser enables fully automatic marking of pre-assembled terminal strips. The use of terminals with pre-attached markers eliminates the need to separate, assign and mount individual markers. This allows time savings of up to 90% in marking processes. The laser marking of the terminal strips meets the highest demands on marking quality.

Universelle Beschriftungsmöglichkeiten. Durch die innovative Lasertechnologie werden keine speziellen Markierungen verwendet. die für den Klippon® Automated RailLaser erforderlich sind. Zusätzlich zu den vorinstallierte weiße Marker, die Marker aus dem Weidmüller-Standard. Portfolio mit einer breiten Palette von Farben und Materialien können Sie die verwendet werden. (Bildrechte Weidmüller)
Universal marking options.
Due to the innovative laser technology no special markers are necessary. In addition to the pre-installed white markers, all markers from Weidmüller’s standard portfolio can be used with a wide range of colours and materials. (Image rights Weidmüller)
Höchste Flexibilität. Durch den universellen Tragschienenhalter und den laserdirekt arbeitenden Markierungstechnologie ist es möglich, die Klemme sehr präzise zu markieren. Blöcke und andere Tragschienenbauteile - auch mit komplexe Geometrien. Die Tragschienen TS35 können gekennzeichnet werden durch 100 bis 1.200 mm Länge, 7,5 bis 15 mm Höhe und mit einem Gesamtgewicht von bis zu 15 Kilogramm. (Bildrechte Weidmüller)
Highest flexibility.
The universal mounting rail holder and direct laser processing make it possible to mark terminals, blocks and other mounting rail components very precisely, even with complex geometries. The TS35 mounting rails can be marked from 100 mm to 1,200 mm in length, 7.5 to 15 mm in height and with a total weight of up to 15 kilograms. (Image right Weidmüller)

The “Weidmüller Configurator” (WMC) is responsible for the consistency in the process; it generates the digital twin of the terminal strip. The individual marking levels are generated from this data and sent directly to the Klippon® Automated RailLaser. The user only has to insert the equipped mounting rail into the system and then press the “Start button”. A data matrix code on the back of the mounting rail ensures that the correct program is called up. The Klippon® Automated RailLaser first checks the inserted mounting rail and then performs a comparison of the digital and real model. This is followed by direct marking of the terminal blocks that have previously been fitted with markers. The color of the markers used is irrelevant: in addition to white and yellow, numerous other colored markers can also be laser marked fully automatically. This option makes it easy to meet the industry-specific color requirements or the individual color schemes of customers. Special markers are not required because all Weidmüller plastic markers are suitable for fully automatic marking.

More information about the system at Weidmüller.

ACSYS supplied the know-how and the complete construction of the automatic laser system.

Testaufbau bei ACSYS.

Test setup at ACSYS (image rights Weidmüller).

Brilliant play of colours – the ultra-short pulse laser in top form

Ingeniously simple – Tilted Heightlines in colour.

Colored, tilted contour lines made by ACSYS – Realistic 3D effect without depth engraving. 

ACSYS presented the Tilted Height Lines by ACSYS – Realistic 3D effect without depth engraving. The name stands for an intelligent technique to reproduce three-dimensional CAD reliefs with simple lines on different materials.

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

Another groundbreaking technology is rainbow engraving. The refractive structures are introduced into the material in the nanometer range.

Rainbow effect laser engraving opens up completely new possibilities, e.g. in the production of coins and medals. Whether as a high-quality application of collector coins, as a security feature or as a unique feature. The effect can be produced directly or through punching and is absolutely reproducible.

Rainbow effect laser engraving on a coin stamp. Test matrix of the rainbow engraving, only the angle of incidence of the light source varies.

Impressive know-how wherever the eye looks.

The innovative know-how of ACSYS in combination with the most advanced ultra-short pulse technology results in an almost realistic coloured three-dimensional impression of the tilted contour lines.

Unleash Laser Frosting 2019

ACSYS at the technical forum during the World Money Fair 2019 in Berlin.

The video show our lecture during the technical forum on 31st January 2019. Click the picture or here for the youtube video at the ACSYS Channel.

New possibilities and improvements for laser frosting and structuring.

ACSYS presents brand new Gradient Frosting:

  • Import of BMP & JPG
  • Ramping frosting by a greyscale
  • Density depending on the color
  • Usage of patented frosting algorithm
  • Smooth transition of the frosting
  • With 64 bit nearly unlimited memory capacity

New Frosting Assistant:

The Frosting Assistant can be used to create a data set if no vectors files are available.

  • Original image of the current workpiece
  • Possibility to redraw the outline live on screen
  • Drawing monitor with pen can be used
  • Different image filters for contour detection
  • Import of existing outline or contures
  • Re-edit of the data is possible
  • OPR – Optical Part Recognition ready

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

ACSYS in the current issue of the Laser Technik Journal

The interview with Gerhard Kimmel has been published in the current issue of the Laser Technik Journal (Volume 15, October 2018).

Online in the Wiley Online Library – Link.

The PDF with the interview can be found here – Link.

 

The contents of the booklet can be found under the following links:

http://www.pro-physik.de/phy/zeitschriften/ltjissue.html,

http://www.photonicsviews.com/laser-technik-journal-4-2018/ and

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/18639119/15/4

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

 

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.