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Bystronic Laser AG

Niederönz, Canton of Bern, Switzerland

Fast, Efficient and Razor-Sharp

[ Published in HOERBIGER@MOTION 03/2013 ]

Bystronic Laser AG develops and sells sheet metal working systems around the globe. The company's headquarters in Niederönz in the Canton of Bern in Switzerland produces state-of-the-art laser and waterjet cutting machines. The latest innovation, the ByAutonom laser cutting system, is equipped with the Laser Gas Regulator (LGR) newly developed by HOERBIGER. In part thanks to the outstanding performance of this novel gas and pressure change system for laser cutting machines, the ByAutonom is significantly faster and more efficient than the machines offered by the competition.

Bystronic was founded in 1964 in the village of Bützberg. The company name resulted from the combination of the names of the three founders Byland, Schneider and Trösch. After initially focusing on glass processing machines, Bystronic started to develop laser cutting machines in the early 80s. The success of the new market segment resulted in the inception of a separate entity, Bystronic Laser AG, in 1986. The Bystronic headquarters in Niederönz is home to development, production and assembly, an apprenticeship center, as well as a demonstration and training center for customers. Approximately 500 of the some 1,500 employees worldwide of the Bystronic Group work here. In addition to the site in Gotha, Germany, another development and production location for laser cutting machines and press brakes in Tianjin, China, has been part of the Group since 2002.

Bystronic develops all the components that play a decisive role in the performance of the systems either on its own or jointly with select partners. One of Bystronic's select partners is HOERBIGER Automatisierungstechnik GmbH in Altenstadt, Germany. HOERBIGER has developed drive systems for press brakes for the Bystronic location in Gotha for years, but the collaboration in the field of laser cutting systems is still relatively young.

For the development of a new generation of laser cutting machines, HOERBIGER offered Bystronic Laser AG to develop a new, fast Laser Gas Regulator based on the tried and tested HOERBIGER piezo pneumatic modules. Given the good partnership for drives used in press brakes, Bystronic Laser AG accepted the offer, even though previously the performance-defining key components for laser cutting machines had been primarily developed in-house.

In the end, the Laser Gas Regulator designed by HOERBIGER eliminated any doubts that Bystronic had. Its technological unique selling propositions were compelling for the Bystronic developers in every respect. The HOERBIGER Laser Gas Regulator regulates the process gas used during laser cutting up to five times more quickly and considerably more reliably than conventional gas and pressure change systems used in laser cutting machines. Bystronic presented the innovative ByAutonom laser cutting machine equipped with the HOERBIGER Laser Gas Regulator (LGR) for the first time to a broad trade audience at the international EuroBLECH 2012 trade show.

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The productivity of a gas laser hinges on the precision and speed of the control system in the cutting head regulating the supply of assist gas, oxygen and compressed air. Bystronic is using the Laser Gas Regulator (LGR) newly developed by HOERBIGER for the first time on the innovative ByAutonom laser cutting system. The LGR regulates the process gas used during laser cutting up to five times more quickly and considerably more reliably than conventional gas and pressure change systems in laser cutting machines.

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Laser cutting, also called laser beam cutting, is a thermal severing process. It is generally used for sheet metal, but also for wooden panels and organic materials, wherever complex contours, precise and fast processing, the production of three-dimensional apertures and/or contactless, virtually force-free processing are required. Compared to alternative methods such as stamping, for example, laser cutting is already economical at very small lot sizes.

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Laser cutting, also called laser beam cutting, is a thermal severing process. It is generally used for sheet metal, but also for wooden panels and organic materials, wherever complex contours, precise and fast processing, the production of three-dimensional apertures and/or contactless, virtually force-free processing are required. Compared to alternative methods such as stamping, for example, laser cutting is already economical at very small lot sizes.