Precision programming enriches the 3D laser-cutting process
No company feels the pain of shrinking lead times more than prototype shops. Case in point: Accu-Rite Industries, where the adoption of high-speed 3D laser-cutting technology paired with CAD/CAM programming software represent clear success triggers.
Design and manufacture of seating components and assemblies represent some of the trickiest aspects of automobile production. Simply stated, seats challenge engineers as they must simultaneously satisfy goals related to safety and health, as well as driver and passenger comfort. Seating components— including their many stamped and fabricated metal parts—must account for ergonomic considerations, vibration suppression and strength. Precision Programming Enriches the 3D Laser-Cutting Process Key to the remarkable advances made in automotive-seating engineering is prototype development, the specialty of Accu-Rite Industries, Shelby Township, MI. The firm works with several OEMs and Tier One suppliers to develop reclining-mechanism components, slide tracks, shells and frame parts, reinforcing brackets, hinges, latches and locks. Amongst the tools in the firm’s proverbial manufacturing toolbox are, of course, stamping presses (350- to 750-ton hydraulic models), as well as press brakes, machining centers and coordinate-measuring machines. The newest star on its shop floor: a five-axis 3D laser-cutting machine, a TLH-series model from NTC America, with a work envelope of 177 by 45 by 20 in. Equipped with a 2-kW fiber laser, the state-of-the-art workhorse boasts cutting and positional accuracy rated to 0.0015 in., and a pallet changer to optimize throughput. It takes Accu-Rite’s ability to trim stamped prototype parts to a new level of efficiency and quality. “We need the highest levels of accuracy available in the industry,” says Accu-Rite vice president John Loudon, “to keep up with demands from our customers.” Tolerances, he says, often are specified at plus or minus 0.05 mm on stamped parts.
With updates in collision avoidance and other features added to Tebis via recent software updates, programming is faster than ever—maybe 30 percent faster than it was several years ago and the process is more efficient.
Prototype specialist of seating components and assemblies
- Less Air Time, More Run Time
- Cuts look better and edge quality is optimized
- Loaded with unique and carefully engineered design capabilities
Machinery and equipment
Shelby Township, MI, United States