05 Nov Andaltec develops and manufactures part cutting equipment, thermoconformed with laser technology for the company Plasal
The Technological Centre for Plastics (Andaltec) has developed, manufactured and started up some industrial equipment for thermoconformed part cutting by means of laser for the company Plásticos Alcaudete (Plasal). This new machinery implies the development of innovative technologies. Usually, the cutting of the parts’ edge is done by mechanical means, but the great advantage of this system is that it allows a more precise finishing for part cutting processes with a more complex design. Besides, it also eases the manufacturing processes, as there is no need to change the cutting elements for different parts.
Plasal is a member of Andaltec Foundation’s Board and is also a company committed to innovation. This has allowed for its continuous expansion in customers, working sectors and staff, helped now by the pioneering use of this new industrial technology. The new equipment is being tested in Andaltec headquarters in order to move on to its actual industrial use in the following weeks. For Andaltec, this is the first of several European projects in the automotive area. Its General Manager, José María Navarro, highlights the foundation’s great expertise in lighting projects, as well as its specialisation in laser welding processes. All this experience has allowed for the creation of a service of development and manufacture of tailor-made laser cutting machinery. Gathering skills and technologies form both fields, results that meet specific company needs are achieved: devices that reduce post-processing time, improve workers’ ergonomics, eliminate labour risks and provide better product precision and quality.
Andaltec has become highly specialised in industrial processes by means of laser thanks to its participation in major R&D projects in this field in recent years. Thus, it has developed technological capabilities in techniques such as cutting, welding and laser microstructuring. Andaltec has an area specialised on laser welding, which can be applied to joining different materials, like plastics and metals. The technological centre has acquired these technological capabilities thanks to its participation in European projects such as PMJoin, which has developed an innovative system to join metal and plastic parts using laser welding. This system has achieved results on cohesion strength which improve those of current conventional adhesive joints.