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LT5 the ultimate laser for processing smaller tube
11 March 2016

BLM GROUP is your partner for tube processing, from laser cutting to cold saw, bending and end-forming. Established over 50 years ago, the Group has vast experience in tube processing technology, with thousands of applications all over the world. The group consists of BLM SpA, which specialises CNC-bending machines, end-forming machines, measurement systems and related automation and handling systems. ADIGE SpA: Manufactures laser cutting systems and machines for disc-cutting tubes and solid pieces. ADIGE-SYS SpA, a manufacturer of laser-cutting systems for pipes and machines for cutting and end cutting of tubes and bars.

The new LT5 Lasertube from BLM Group, is an economically priced tube laser, which targets those companies who are looking to break into the automated laser tube cutting industry of small to medium sized tubes.

The component can be finished on the same machine eliminating a multiple of traditional machining processes including: sawing, deburring, drilling, punching , notching, milling etc, – it reduces machining time by 70% and a reduction in direct labour costs and cycle times are not unusual.

Intent on delivering the lowest possible cost-per-cut and in line with the growing focus on energy conservation, lower maintenance costs and higher performance, BLM GROUP has introduced the option of the fiber laser source to its range of laser cutting systems. The Lasertube LT5 is equipped with a versatile and advanced IPG fiber laser that is capable of processing mild steel, as well as specialised materials such as aluminium, stainless, copper, and brass. The machine also delivers dramatic improvements in energy efficiency when compared to the more traditional CO2 laser, resulting in savings of as much as 50% in hourly operating costs.

Efficiency is generated by the Lasertube LT5’s ability to measure the length of each tube automatically during the preloading phase, this information is then used by the machine’s control to optimise nesting and minimise waste material and, of course, reduce manufacturing costs.

Once cut, the control can be programmed to allow parts to be unloaded either at the front of the machine or at the rear. Additionally, parts can be diverted to specific parts bins in the unloading area when different pieces are being cut from the same tube. An optional conveyor at the rear of the Lasertube LT5 can also be specified, that will unload short cut pieces or deliver waste material to a scrap bin.
The programming software Artube is a three-dimensional, parametric, Artube CAD-CAM package specifically designed, developed and dedicated for tube applications that amplifies the productivity potential of the machine.

For more information on the range of machines from the BLM Group, please contact Neil Labuschangne on 082 923 0576 email: neill@firstcut.co.za or visit www.blmgroup.com.