Fiber laser cutting machines put unprecedented cutting power and speed in the hands of fabrication shops and manufacturers. But faster cutting speeds create new challenges for laser cutting dust control. That’s why RoboVent has developed a new dust collector specifically for fiber laser cutting: RoboVent Senturion®.
Senturion is a powerful dust collector that has been optimized for the volume and type of dust produced by fiber laser cutting. Fiber lasers produce large volumes of very fine particulates moving at high velocities within the laser enclosure. This dust can become deeply embedded in the filter media, making it difficult to pulse off and causing premature filter loading. If filters become clogged, or the dust collector simply cannot keep up with the volume of particulate produced, dust builds up in the laser enclosure. Over time, excess dust can damage costly laser cutting equipment and lead to product quality issues or safety concerns.
Rick Kreczmer, President of RoboVent, says, “Senturion was designed with the end user in mind, to better protect people and equipment from fumes generated from fiber lasers. Fiber lasers create higher loads very fine particulate, which creates challenges for the fume collection industry. Senturion has been designed
to handle the high cutting speeds and rapid filter loading inherent to fiber lasers, so they deliver better performance for end users and our manufacturing partners.”
Senturion addresses the challenges of fiber laser cutting dust collection with several adaptations.
A powerful and efficient motor-blower combination to ensure adequate airflow for laser cutting
A lower air-to-cloth ratio (more filter media per CFM of air) to handle large volumes of dust.
An advanced pulsing system to prevent dust from becoming embedded in the filter media.
RoboVent Pleatlock® filters, which have better pleats and more filter media to capture more dust
with less loading.
Senturion also comes standard with RoboVent’s advanced touch-screen control system and the SafeSensor Particulate Monitor, which detects leaks past the filter and shuts the collector down if a leak is detected. The rugged, powerful system is designed to keep up with the demands of fiber laser dust collection in high- production manufacturing facilities. The unit is plug-and-play and easy to use upon start up.
Senturion fills a need for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of laser cutting machines and the customers they serve. Frank Cea, the Director of Marketing and Development for RoboVent, explains,
“Over the past decade, we’ve seen a huge shift from traditional CO2 laser cutters to fiber lasers due to their improved cutting speeds and energy efficiency. In addition, fiber lasers have become significantly more powerful in recent years. Many users have found that the dust collectors they used for their older CO2 lasers or first-generation fiber lasers are no longer adequate for the job. We’re working with fiber laser users and OEMs to design dust collection solutions for the next generation of powerful laser cutting machines.”