Piranha P-series PlateLASER 3060


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Piranha P-series PlateLASER systems are built for performance and productivity with a polymer granite base, linear drives, carbon fiber bridge, and a state-of-the-art CNC control. With power ranges from 4 to 12kW and high acceleration speeds, these LASER cutting machines offer some of the fastest cycle times in the world.

Type  IPG Fiber LASER
Standard Power 4kW
Optional Power  6kW, 12kW
Drive Type  X-Axis – Linear Motor
 Y-Axis – Linear Motor
 Z-Axis – Linear Motor
Pallet Swap  90 seconds
Metric Imperial
Working Area – Max 3.1 x 6.2 m 122 x 244 in
Max Processed Material 4,536 kg 10,000 lb
Approx Footprint 7.6 x 17.1 m 24.8 x 56 ft
Z Axis Range 150 mm 6 in
Positioning Speed – X 130 m/min 5118 IPM
Positioning speed – Y 130 m/min 5118 IPM
Accelerations – X & Y 12 m/s2 1.2 g
Accuracy – X & Y 0.05 +/- mm 0.002 +/- in
Repeatability 0.05 +/- mm 0.002 +/- in

The cutting head on the 12-kilowatt PlateLASER fiber LASER is a sealed unit. To handle 12,000 watts of CNC fiber LASER power, Whitney uses a reflective cutting head. Reflective cutting heads use specialty ground copper mirrors to replace the collimating and focusing lenses. Copper mirrors are internally cooled, allowing cooling to take place much more efficiently, eliminating prospective hot spots from contamination. With direct cooling, the mirror surface does not thermally distort. Transmissive optics, on the other hand, use lenses instead of mirrors. Lenses are cooled from the edges, yet the beam goes through the center of the lens. So when using high-power – 6,000 watt fiber LASER and above – even the slightest contamination within the beam cap on the a lens will create a hotspot, causing distortion of the lens and a resultant shift in the focal point. This in turn yields unacceptable fiber LASER cut quality or cutting head failure.

Piranha-Whitney’s state of the art fiber LASER cutting head for 6-kilowatt cutting is a shop-hardened cutting head that can be serviced onsite. Competitors cutting heads require expensive, off-site servicing. This can result in excessive downtime and logistics issues, as well as an expensive spare cutting head for backup.

Piranha-Whitney fiber LASER cutting heads include intelligence and monitoring. Built-in sensors within the cutting head monitor temperatures in all critical areas. This monitor is integrated into the CNC control, which will stop cutting if temperatures reach predefined levels.

The Piranha-Whitney 12-kilowatt fiber LASER is not only powerful, it’s also very smart. Whitney uses material parameter libraries, or MPLs, built into the CNC control. These MPLs control everything from peer cycles, to complex contouring geometry. To change from one material type and thickness to another, you simply have to change the reference to the MPL. This feature helps maintain consistency from programmer to programmer and from operator to operator, since there are no databases connecting separate workstations. Your fiber LASER operators or your maintenance staff can get into different features of the control, depending upon their needs. The fiber LASER CNC control also has remote diagnostics capabilities. With remote diagnostics, our service engineers here in Rockford Illinois can control your machine and see what’s going on. They can do any kind of software updates, maintenance, or checks that are required. All together these features of the Piranha-Whitney fiber LASER CNC control make it versatile, easy to use, and easy to maintain. These are just a few of the features of the Piranha-Whitney 12-kilowatt PlateLASER fiber LASER.

One of the big advantages of the Piranha-Whitney 12-kilowatt CNC fiber LASER cutting system is its ability to use nitrogen and cut a steel plate up to five eighths of an inch thick. When you cut with nitrogen, you eliminate the oxide edge that occurs when you cut with oxygen. This saves time by eliminating the downstream secondary operations required to clean that oxidation off the edges of cuts.

The 12-kilowatt fiber LASER cutting system can achieve speeds up to three times faster than what you can achieve with a 6-kilowatt fiber LASER cutting system. Piranha-Whitney has developed a cutting gas system that reduces the amount of nitrogen required when cutting with 12-kilowatts in a thick plate. This dramatically reduces the cost of fiber LASER operation and production on your parts.