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Mitsubishi Laser Automation

Mitsubishi sells a higher percentage of lasers with automation than any other manufacturer. Here’s why:

  • It Works – There are over 80 automated lasers in operation in Wisconsin alone. Most owners add a second laser to their line, or go on to purchase additional systems.

  • It’s Fast – What good is a fast laser if your loader can’t keep up? That’s not an issue with Mitsubishi automation. A Mitsubishi tower can even keep pace with multiple lasers cutting different materials, a task many can’t handle.

  • Built to Last – .030” to full-sheet, 1” load/unload capacity. Some owners who bought their systems years ago are already on their third set of lasers.

  • Modular – Install automation right off the bat, or add it later. What you’ll end up with will be identical to a turn-key system. Trade up for new lasers while keeping the automation in place.

  • Fast Retrofit – If adding automation means weeks of laser downtime, most will never do it. Mitsubishi has retrofitted hundreds of lasers and has the process down pat.

  • Ncell Shop Floor Line Control – Created by the leaders in production automation software, works with any offline nesting software

  • Auto Cardboard Layering – Cosmetically sensitive stainless nests, even those with a pvc covering, can get marred as they stack on a cart. This unique feature prevents this from occurring.

Why Laser Automation?

MSC-III Series Automation

Mitsubishi’s MSC-III revolutionized laser automation when it was first introduced in 2003, and it remains Mitsubishi’s most popular system today. It’s modular, fast, and built to last. Some owners are now on their third generation of lasers within the same line. The MSC-III is available as a cart style load/unload (the EL-4) or a tower.

EL-4

The EL-4 features two over and under shuttle carts for raw material, and two for completed nests. Unlike dual-cart cells (with just one material and one nest cart) the EL-4 remains in operation even when changing raw material pallets or removing nests. As the base system in the MSC-III series, the EL-4 can be expanded with the addition of a tower and additional lasers. And what you end up with would be identical to a turn-key multiple laser line.

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MSC-III Tower

The MSC-III tower is Mitsubishi’s most popular automation configuration. Most owners go on to add a second laser to their line. If you’d like a system to be able to expand as your throughput needs grow, an MSC-III tower is for you.

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MSC-V Series Automation

While Mitsubishi’s MSC-III lineup is fast, the new MSC-V series, to be unveiled at FABTECH 2015, is really fast. The unique design of the MSC-V makes it ideal for keeping pace with high-speed lasers cutting short cycle time nests. Check back for more information!

FSC Compact Tower

Most automated systems from Mitsubishi have the popular “flow-through” architecture, with raw material on one side and cut nests going to the other. But sometimes this layout is not possible or desirable. For such situations Mitsubishi offers the compact, flexible FSC tower.

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River Rack / Custom Automation

A River system streamlines production by eliminating non-value added activities associated with inventory control and administration. The system can be installed as a stand alone rack supplying material to nearby work stations, integrated with Mitsubishi lasers for lights out operation, or perform both functions. All River systems are configured specifically for a customer’s unique space and application.

Mitsubishi can also customize other systems within the automation lineup, or in some cases design an entirely new system. For example, one Wisconsin customer had Mitsubishi design a system that automatically removes nest skeletons from its dual laser line. They go right out the building and into a dumpster. If you have a special application or goal, Mitsubishi is ready to listen!

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