Lantek Develops ICA Algorithm to Optimize Sheet Metal Cutting Process
VITORIA-GASTEIZ, Spain, May 26, 2020 – Lantek, multinational focused on the development and sale of CAD/CAM/MES/ERP software solutions and pioneer in the digital transformation of companies in the metal sector, has introduced Intelligent Collision Avoidance (ICA), a new and revolutionary algorithm that it has developed to minimize potential collisions between the head of fiber laser cutting machines and the contours of the sheet metal during the cutting process.
The innovative ICA algorithm developed by Lantek avoids production being interrupted by damage to the cutting head when it collides with the cut pieces.
With this development, the company has taken another step further in its commitment to working towards full automation and unattended cutting, minimizing the risk of machine shutdowns due to collisions. It increases productivity by significantly reducing the possibility of interruptions caused by a collision that renders the cutting head unusable.
Lantek’s ICA algorithm, which combines various measures for avoiding collisions between the cutting head and the parts that have already been cut, adds new strategies and techniques which include controlling the cutting of parts while considering nearby contours (configurable within a range), thus reducing the collisions that occur between the head and any unstable contours when cutting the raw material.
Lantek’s new algorithm is able to detect exactly which components and scrap elements of the sheet metal pose a potential risk, bouncing and positioning themselves on top of nearby contours or becoming rotated, posing a risk to the movements of the cutting head. When this is detected, the system automatically assigns one or more micro-cuts. As the cutting of the sheet metal advances, the system can define a safe cutting path, allowing the user to choose to cut parts as soon as possible or at the end of the sheet metal machining. Also, if this last finishing process for mini-cuts comes into conflict with potentially unstable contours, the system moves automatically to an area without conflict.
With ICA, Lantek offers a much more effective solution to the problems faced by the companies that use laser cutting machines which, occasionally, are forced to interrupt production due to damage caused to the cutting head by cut parts remaining on top of the sheet metal or becoming rotated when they are ejected.
These machines, due to the power, speed and capacity required for cutting greater thicknesses of sheet metal, use high pressure gases to eject the cut fragments. As a result, occasionally, a part is left on top of a contour that will be cut later, be it directly afterwards or at any point during the subsequent machining. Colliding with cut material that has remained on top of the sheet metal is likely to compromise the head.
“Thanks to the Intelligent Collision Avoidance technology, Lantek once again demonstrates its capacity for innovation and equipping its systems with greater intelligence”, states Francisco Pérez, director of the OEMS manufacturing channel. “This way, we resolve a problem that is evident in our sector in a more streamlined and simple way. The result is better efficiency and precision in the cutting processes, allowing greater machine performance automating production even more. This has a positive effect on productivity levels as we avoid production being interrupted by possible breakage or damage to the cutting head.”
Lantek is a multinational which is leading the digital transformation of companies in the sheet metal and metal industry. With its patented manufacturing intelligence software, it enables factories to be connected, turning them into Smart Factories. It rounds off its range of services with CAD, CAM, MES, and ERP solutions for companies that manufacture metal parts from sheet metal, tubes, and profiles using any cutting technology (laser, plasma, oxycut, waterjet, shearing and punching).
Founded in 1986 in the Basque Country (Spain), one of the main European hubs of machine tool development, Lantek enables the integration of sheet metal and metal processing technologies using the most advanced manufacturing management software. The company is currently the outstanding leader in its sector as a result of its capacity for innovation and commitment to internationalization. With more than 23,700 customers in over 100 countries and 20 offices in 14 countries, it has an extensive network of distributors with an international presence. In 2019, its international business contributed to 86% of its revenue. For more information, visit: https://www.lantek.com/us.