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Volkswagen AG’s first TruLaser Cell 8030 machines enter operations

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TruLaser Cell 8030
Photo: TRUMPF Group

November 10, 2011

Ditzingen, November 10, 2011 – The TruLaser Cell 8030 was developed for laser cutting hot-formed 3-D components in high-output production environments. This dynamic machine achieves a high throughput rate thanks to its exceptional cutting speed. A specially adapted processing area and switch cabinets integrated into the body of the machine give it a smaller footprint than comparable machines, while downtimes have been considerably reduced by optimizing the control processes. In addition, the TruLaser Cell 8030 has a highly dynamic rotary table with reduced rotary times. The integrated disk laser offers both excellent beam quality and impressive energy efficiency – a major factor in keeping running costs down. Quality is guaranteed by FocusLine automatic focus adjustment: this ensures ideal laser focusing, even on components with variable thicknesses – such as those often found in the automotive industry. The TruLaser Cell 8030 can be effortlessly integrated into an automated production line thanks to its built-in robot interface.

This high level of productivity, coupled with resource efficiency and ease of automation, means the TruLaser Cell 8030 is particularly suited to processing press-hardened components. For example, Volkswagen AG uses the TruLaser Cell 8030 to cut press-hardened 3-D bodyshell parts for the structural sections and greenhouse of future vehicle models in the Volkswagen portfolio.

In summer 2011, Volkswagen AG placed a major order with TRUMPF Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH for 50 TruLaser Cell 8030 machines. Volkswagen will have all of these machines up and running by 2015, with the majority entering service in 2013. The decisive factor for Volkswagen in awarding this contract was that the TruLaser Cell 8030 had the lowest processing costs – and hence the lowest cost per part – compared to the alternatives. The company is also happy with the TRUMPF laser machines it has been using to manufacture structural components for the Volkswagen Passat since 2004. TRUMPF delivered the initial batch of new laser cutting machines to Volkswagen’s production plants in Wolfsburg and Kassel in August. This marked the start of deliveries under the major order that had been announced in May.

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