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3-Axis Linear Motor Drive Laser Cutting Machine

Ultra-fast! Ultra-Precise!

Full-range, fine-cutting laser system

What do leading manufacturers need in a laser machine to stay competitive?

Amada produced the LC-F1NT after carefully examining this question. The answer is to have the best laser machine for any manufacturing requirement with the ability to produce high-quality products as efficiently as possible. Amada, who understands every manufacturing need, addresses these requirements by introducing the next generation in laser processing with user-friendly and application-oriented approaches.

Global Standard Laser Machine

7 Achievements of the LC-F1NT Series

1 2 3

Faster piercing and faster cutting by using linear drives in all three axes Superb cutting quality with sharp corners over the full thickness range Extraordinarily precise


5 Innovations

attained through front-loading developments

1 3-axis (X,Y,Z) linear motor drive is exceedingly fast

and extraordinarily precise

2 Amada-tuned oscillator for quality cutting 3 New AMNC/PC with high-speed processor 4 Twin-Adaptive optics eliminate lens change 5 Cut-process monitoring gives edge quality

repeatability with auto-plasma detection

4 5 6 7

No lens change required Automatic nozzle changer (option) Cut-process monitoring Flexible design allows for a fully accessible enclosure and right or left hand layout


Seven Achievements of the F1

change the laser machine concept



Exceptionally fast piercing and cutting with 3-axis linear motor drive

Faster NC processing

Accelerated NC processing leads to a larger reduction in piercing time

Combining the increased speed of the AMNC controller with the overall processing speed, the nested sheet shown on the right was reduced by 1.89 times compared to a conventional machine. The AMNC reduced 56% of current running costs.

Nesting sheet

Mild steel, 0.031" 1 sheet, 4' x 8' material

Speed command

Conventional machine: 315ipm LC-3015F1NT: 551ipm

Processing time

Conventional machine: 23min 50sec LC-3015F1NT: 12 min 37sec

Shorter Processing Time

Shorter processing time at the same cut command speed!

A synergistic effect of faster axial acceleration/deceleration and a faster travel speed result in a significant reduction of the fabrication process.

Cutting command speed, acceleration and cycle time*

Rack and pinion ball screw Cutting speed Approach Peripheral cutting F3000 Processing time F3000 Processing time Significant difference!

Sample workpiece 0.197" x 0.197", 0.051" in thickness

Linear motor drive Cutting speed

*Cycle time: The time from the beginning to end of a series of operations in a single process.




Superb cutting quality with sharp corners over the full thickness range

Amada-tuned oscillator AF4000i-B

Minimizes light fluctuation

Comparison of cut surface quality with conventional machine

Processing speed (ipm) comparison of cut surface roughness: Ra value (µm) 0.04" from top of face sheet (µm) Processing

Laser beam quality is improved by minimizing beam fluctuation unique to a high-speed axial flow.

4kW oscillator (AF4000E) on conventional machine Assist gas 315"/min Ra=2.1 118.1"/min Ra=1.9 78.7"/min Ra=2.5 118.1"/min Ra=2.2 Cut surface thickness

4kW oscillator (AF4000i-B) on LC-F1NT Cut surface thickness 334.6"/min Ra=1.4 118.1"/min Ra=1.2 78.7"/min Ra=1.4 118.1"/min Ra=1.1

Material thickness

Stainless steel Nitrogen 0.04" Stainless steel Nitrogen 0.12" Stainless steel Nitrogen 0.24" Mild steel Oxygen 0.24"

Burn-free corners and edges

Smoother finish on cut surface

Output responsiveness of conventional machine: 8msec

Target (proportional to speed) Laser power Laser power Directed laser output

Output responsiveness of LC-F1NT: 0.125msec

Target (proportional to speed) Directed laser output

Output response Conventional machine: 8msec

64 times faster


8msec Time

0.125msec Time

High-output responsiveness of 0.125msec with LC-F1NT oscillator allows thorough control of laser power Achievement


Extraordinarily precise

Achieving high-accuracy and high-speed cutting

Constant precision cutting

With the 3-Axis Linear Motor Drive system, exceptional high-precision accuracy is enabled by true closed-loop feedback of the head position directly to the NC control.

Semi-closed loop control (Ball screw drive: Conventional machine) NC equipment Command Coil slider Command Full-closed loop (Linear motor drive: LC-F1NT)


Position data

Ball screw



Linear scale

Scan head

Position data

Command from NC

Rotary motor

Feeds back to NC via encoder

System cannot determine actual position of cutting head

Command from NC

Feeds back position directly to NC

Actual position of the cutting head is determined

Linear drive system provides high-speed processing

Consistent precision cutting

Trajectory data of D300 (11.8") uniform circular motion (comparison with conventional machine)

A 3-axis linear motor drive achieves high circularity without axial wear and tear.

Conventional machine


Measurement trajectory at 787"/min






No lens change required

Twin adaptive optics generate optimum beam

A single 7.5" lens handles thin to thick sheets

Two adaptive optics control the beam diameter for optimal cutting performance. A single 7.5" lens handles thin to thick sheets, reducing the non-value added time of replacing the lens.

Thin sheets 0.03" Thick sheets 0.75"

0.13" 5" lens

Conventional machine

7.5" lens


7.5" lens

A single 7.5" lens will cut thin to thick sheets.

Optimum beam control


Thick sheet cutting Thin sheet cutting

A/O No.1 A/O No.2 Controls beam diameter

A/O No.1 A/O No.2 Controls beam diameter

Focal length Focal point

Focal length

Focal depth

Focal depth

A/O: Adaptive Optics



Continual production on mixed variant material and thickness


Automatic nozzle changer

Nozzle changes automatically based on the cutting condition

The optional nozzle changer helps to promote continuous, unattended operation. The 8-station changer will automatically change, clean, and calibrate the nozzle and head based on the requirements for the material to be processed. This feature increases machine utilization while reducing overall process time.




Cut-process monitoring

Monitoring eye


Cut status detection function

Constantly monitor cut error factors such as piercing, gouging and plasma to support constant, stable cutting.

Monitors cut status with feedback to the machine

Scattered light




Site-friendly with full access enclosures and selectable right or left layout

Flexible layout for machine with shuttle table (LST)

By placing all shuttle tables on the material entrance side, a single operator can manage multiple systems.

Left output against shuttle

Customers can choose a sheet output direction, right or left, for peripheral equipment according to their system layout (Check actual availability of different configurations)

Right output against shuttle

Shuttle table: Right output

Oscillator: Rear side (standard)

O m pera ult to ipl r c e s an ys m te an m a s ge

Shuttle table: Left output

Oscillator: Rear side









Shuttle table: Left output

Oscillator: Right side

Simple setup enabled by fully opening the enclosure

The fully open enclosure allows easy access for nozzle replacement and lens maintenance. It also allows the operator to load and unload materials from the main cutting area.

Machine design achieves both high speed and versatility with a linear motor drive


Comparison with a conventional machine (Time, Cost and Power Consumption)

When the cutting productivity of part samples is compared with a conventional machine, the advantage of the LC-F1NT is clear.

Comparison of sample cutting

Workpiece sample: Mild steel 0.04", Nitrogen cut

Comparison of running cost 41.0% less cost per piece

160 140

Workpiece sample: Stainless steel 0.24", Nitrogen cut

Comparison of running cost 4.3% less cost per piece

180 160

Total 149.3 41.0% Down Total 78.2 55.6 22.0 LC-F1NT 0.6

Comparison of cutting time

11% shorter time per piece

Conventional Machine: 4kw Cutting speed Three nested parts Single piece part 70.86"/min 4min 50sec 1min 13sec LC-F1NT: 4kw 78.74"/min 4min 19sec 1min 4sec

Total 180.7

Total 163.0

Comparison of cutting time

36.6% shorter time per piece

Conventional Machine: 4kw Cutting speed Three nested parts Single piece part 314.96"/min 5min 4sec 1min 41sec LC-F1NT: 4kw 334.64"/min 3min 11sec 1min 4sec

120 100 80 60 40 20 0

140 120 100 80 60 40 20 0

4.3% Down

116.5 1.0 31.8

Assist gas cost Laser gas cost Electricity cost

157.2 0.7

Assist gas cost Laser gas cost

140.0 0.7

Conventional machine

22.8 Electricity cost 22.3 Conventional machine LC-F1NT

Workpiece sample: Stainless steel 0.08", Nitrogen cut

Comparison of running cost 31.1% less cost per piece

160 140

Workpiece sample: Mild steel 0.24", ECO-cut

Comparison of running cost 10.6% less cost per piece


Total 150.4 31.1% Down

Comparison of cutting time

18.2% shorter time per piece

Conventional Machine: 4kw LC-F1NT: 4kw 118.11"/min 2min 22sec 36sec

Total 17.8 0.4 3.4

Assist gas cost

16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 0

Total 15.5 2.7

Laser gas cost

10.6% Down 0.4

Comparison of cutting time

27% shorter time per piece

Conventional Machine: 4kw Cutting speed Three nested parts Single piece part 196.85"/min 5min 45sec 1min 55sec LC-F1NT: 4kw 216.53"/min 4min 13sec 1min 24sec

120 100 80 60 40 20 0

113.7 1.1 35.6

Assist gas cost Laser gas cost Electricity cost

Total 89.8 60.2 28.8 LC-F1NT


Cutting speed Four nested parts Single piece part

118.11"/min 2min 55sec 44sec


Electricity cost


Conventional machine

Conventional machine


Comparison of running cost

Workpiece sample: Stainless steel 0.08", Nitrogen cut, Nested sheet Workpiece size: 4' x 8'

Comparison of running cost 24.7% less cost per piece

1200 1000 800

Workpiece sample: Mild steel 0.24", ECO-cut, Nested sheet Workpiece size: 4' x 8'

Comparison of running cost 15.0% less cost per piece

1200 1000 800

Total 1787.3 24.7% Down 1350.1 13.7 423.5

Assist gas cost Laser gas cost Electricity cost

Total 1033.7 199.1 25.4 809.2

Assist gas cost

Total 1166.3

Comparison of cutting time

Total 904.7 161.6

Laser gas cost Electricity cost

15.0% Down

Comparison of cutting time

20.2% shorter time per piece

Conventional Machine: 4kw Cutting speed Cutting time 196.85"/min 22min 46sec LC-F1NT: 4kw 216.53"/min 18min 10sec

600 400 200 0

781.2 10.9 374.2 LC-F1NT

15.3% shorter time per piece

Conventional Machine: 4kw Cutting speed Cutting time 118.11"/min 42min 22sec LC-F1NT: 4kw 118.11"/min 35min 54sec

600 400 200 0

21.5 721.6

Conventional machine

Conventional machine


Comparison of power consumption

Comparison of standby power

Unit: kW

80 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 60 50 40 30

Comparison of power consumed during cutting at 4kW output

Total 75.4 29.2

Unit: kW

Total 48.1

Total 62.6




Total 29.6

Chiller Oscillator Machine

12.0 17.1 LC-F1NT 0.5

20 10 0

40.4 5.8


40.7 5.6 LC-F1NT




Conventional machine

Conventional machine



Cooling cut

Assist gas Laser beam

Outer nozzle

Inner nozzle, sensor Cooling water Material


(WACS) Sprays water on the surface of thick material during laser cutting to prevent the heat build-up from adversely affecting the cutting quality and improves the yield of the material.

Sample workpiece


Measured hole


Measured hole


CCD Camera Lens Ring light



Sample workpiece

Position measurement of two scanned holes

1. 2. Combined with NCT processing, a position of scanned holes is measured and displacement from NCT's original point for processing is corrected automatically. The pitch between two processed holes and the circularity are measured. If the measurement results are out of specification, an alarm message is displayed.

X-direction conveyor

Lens assembly

Carries out scrap and smallsize products in X-direction using the conveyor provided within the frame.


5" lens assembly (for thin materials) Right: 10" lens assembly (for thick materials)


Variety of Configurations

The LC-F1NT utilizes a cell system that allows you to select the optimum configuration according to your production style, fabrication process and installation space. The system is designed to increase machine utilization for high-mix/lowvolume production and high-volume production. The system is also designed for future expansion. Long-run automated operation model for high-mix/low-volume production and mass production

Fork pallet changer (ASF)

Single-sheet loading/unloading equipment + Shelf containing material pallet, finished parts pallet and cutting pallet.

Automated warehouse (MARS)


Large number of shelves allows storage of a wide variety of materials and finished parts.

LC-3015F1NT+ASF-3015F1+MARS (future option) LC-3015F1NT+ASF-3015F1+2nd Station (option)

LC-3015F1NT+ASF-3015F1 Double tower (option)


Solution Packages

Machine, peripherals, software and engineering are key in production improvement. The solution packages are products that meet fabrication requirements by combining these four elements at a high level.

Basic model

Programming time has been significantly reduced by utilizing drawing and nesting data made on Dr.ABE_Blank.



Model 10

(option) SheetWorks


Bending machine

During the day, the machine can be operated either as a stand-alone unit or fully automated

During night shifts, the machine can be set to fully-automated operation. In a manned operation, the system is flexible enough for remnant material to be loaded into the system helping to reduce material waste.



Model 20



Punch and laser combination machine

Automatic operation during daytime and nighttime

High-capacity model capable of operating for 24 consecutive hours with automated storage for MARS.


(option) vFactory

Model 30

Punching machine




High-mix/low-volume production, job interruptions, unexpected job and short lead-time--with such a variety of demands pressuring your shop floor, our cutting-edge software offers you support to improve your production efficiency.


High-efficiency NC control system as standard equipment Simplifies operation and management of the LC-F1NT

Consolidation function with one-touch operation Processing Condition setting

You can consolidate functions you frequently use such as Origin Return, JOG cut, Positioning and Nozzle/Head Replacement Position, with one-touch operation. Just press the Start button for execution.

Grid Pattern setting

This allows you to set optimum conditions for piercing, corner treatment, etc. Settings of up to 10 conditions each for material thickness and a maximum of 200 types are permitted.

Inspection setting

This enables you to easily create a grid pattern program on the shop floor.


This setting automatically notifies an operator of an upcoming part inspection with a warning message based on the inspection period you set for each item.

This allows you to set a daily schedule for standalone machines as well as manufacturing lines and check the overall progress.


The LC-F1NT and automation is controlled by a state-of-the-art system which supports the long hours of automatic operation The AMNC-IT responds quickly and adjusts to requirements for high-mix/low-volume production, shorter lead times and lower cost. Pre-edit/Schedule Creates, edits and manages processing schedule using FMS. Operating status animation · Startsautomaticoperationforlasercell · Estimatesscheduledcompletion · Displaysworkpieceflowonmanufacturing line during scheduled operation using FMS


History management Displays history of completed production in scheduled operation using FMS. Maintenance Allows for various options to be set up in the operation scheduler of the FMS system.


High-efficiency nesting system maximizes laser machine productivity Dr.ABE_Blank is a fully-automatic CAM software for creating laser processing data. You can generate processing data automatically by calling upon drawing data and setting numeric/material information for it.

Operating AP100 After drawings are unfolded on AP100, processing data is created automatically by calling up the drawing data from the SDD and setting numerical/material information. Operating 3D Data Drawing data unfolded by SheetWorks is stored in the SDD. The processing data is created automatically by calling up the drawing data from the SDD and setting numerical/material information. Operating DXF Data The processing data is created automatically by setting the numerical/material information based on DXF data created on a CAD system.

Drawings are unfolded


3rd Party CAD system


Dr.ABE_Blank-Laser Automatic nesting for laser




Solve production bottlenecks by utilizing digital data vFactory visualizes your factory by automatically collecting various information from your factory's machines via the network. vFactory is helpful in solving your factory's bottlenecks by allowing you to check production status and processing state of each machine in real time.



Shuttle table (LST)

Simple loading/unloading equipment (shuttle table) with two alternately-moving processing pallets

(Installation area) Purge unit (H=48.3") 13.7" 20.1" 67.7" 37.8" Chiller (H=65.2") 11.8" Length of duct (L=196.9") 51.2"


Oscillator (H=89.8") 171.1" 27.8"

Dust collector (H=95.9")


70.3" (Installation area)


Model Material Spec Work support Operation method Max. size Max. mass of load LST-3015F1

79.2" (Path line)

120" x 60" x 0.98" 2,028 lbs./pallets Metal plate Shuttle operation only



35.4" 37"

237.9" (Overall length)


* Specifications, machinery and equipment appearance are subject to change without notice for reason of improvement.



Fork pallet changer (ASF)

Single-sheet loading/unloading equipment + Shelf consisting of material pallet / finished parts pallet / cutting pallet

27.6" (Installation area)

Dust collector (H=95.9") 35.4"


20.1" 13.7"

Purge unit (H=48.3")

Oscillator (H=89.8") 37.8"


Chiller (H=65.2") Frame end

27.8" 29.5"

Control panel

85" Protective fence (H=78.7") Material pallet Finished parts pallet Cutting pallet 184.8" 205.1" 290.2"

ASF specifications

Model Pallet layout (standard) Tower overall height Cycle time Pallet change Single sheet cycle Min. material size Material pallet specifications ¹ 4 Max. material size Max. material height Capacity Min. material size Cutting pallet specifications ² 4 (with 4 clamps) Max. material size Capacity Number of clamps Min. part size Finished parts pallet specifications Max. stacking height Capacity ASF-3015F1 Material pallet: 2 Finished parts pallet: 3 Cutting pallet: 2 184.8" 40 sec 7 min 15 sec 36" x 36" x 0.03" 120" x 60" x 0.5" 7.5" (including 4" skid) 6000 lbs. 31.5" x 6" x 0.03" 120" x 60" x 1" 2000 lbs. 4 pneumatic 7" x 7" x 0.03" 3.5" on the parts tray ³ 6,000 lbs.





23.6" 17.7"

0.6" 19.7" 6.6"


ASF-3015F1 Operation panel (H=51.1")

Plastic chain with plug switch



LC-3015F1NT+ASF-3015F1 Fork pallet changer (right output)

¹ The material pallet can be used without a skid. ² Specifications of the cutting pallet describe the fork without operation. ³ Amada supplies the equal number of parts trays to match the finished parts pallets. 4 Specifications, machinery and equipment appearance are subject to change without notice for reason of improvement.

Machine specifications

Model Max. axis travel Max. mass of load Rapid traverse Max. cutting speed Acceleration Cutting head Z-axis sensor NC Oscillator model Power requirement Machine weight Standard equipment LC-3015F1NT 120.9" x 61" x 3.9" 2,028 lbs. X, Y, Z: 4,724"/min 2,362"/min X, Y: 1.5G Z: 3G Cartridge-type cutting head HS-2007 (Anti-plasma, noise resistant) AMNC/PC AF-4000i-B (4kW) Machine: 51 kVA / Oscillator: 55 kVA / Chiller: 27 kVA 28,660 lbs. (including oscillator) Full opening enclosure, CNC assist gas control(2.0MPa),CNC focus control, Oil shot, Cut process monitoring, Nozzle cleaner

* Specifications, machinery and equipment appearance are subject to change without notice for reason of improvement. Note: LC3015F1NT, LST3015F1 and ASF3015F1 (excluding hyphens) are the official machine names and model numbers for legal applications, such as machine installation permit, import/export permit and financing application. For legibility, LC-3015F1NT, LST-3015F1 and ASF-3015F1NT are used in this brochure. There may be differences in the specifications that are described in this catalog to the Amada products which are actually shipped. Please ask our staff for more detail.


Eco-friendly approach for future manufacturing.

LC-F1NT is the first laser machine that took into consideration the hazardous chemical substances prohibited by the RoHS Directive*, to meet your strict demands for eco-friendly products. Also, LC-F1NT contributes to CO² emission reduction by saving electricity usage through less power consumption and shorter processing time enabled by the processing speed improvement. *The restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances enforced by U.S. Substance prohibited by the RoHS Directive is not contained in our products.

Before using this product, please read the operator's manual carefully and follow all applicable instructions. · When using this product, appropriate protection equipment to the safety regulations of your country is necessary.

This product is using Class 4 invisible laser radiation for cutting and class 3R visible laser for indicating position. · · Class 4 laser : Avoid eye or skin exposure to direct or scattered radiation. Class 3R laser : Avoid eye exposure to direct radiation.

Amada America, Inc.




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