Integrated Control of Industrial Laser Machinery

Nuremberg / Puchheim, Germany – November 12, 2019 – Siemens AG and SCANLAB GmbH are announcing their cooperation in the area of controlling industrial laser machines. The two companies have integrated the RTC6 scan head control board into the Siemens Simatic S7-1500 Controller for use in laserbased manufacturing applications. This integrated control solution is applicable across a wide array of laser processing methods, ranging from laser cutting, welding, marking and drilling all the way to laser sintering (additive manufacturing) and micro-machining. The combined control reduces effort associated with additional hardware and shortens required engineering time, thereby generating noticeable added value for machine builders and system integrators. For the first time, a joint demonstrator will be exhibited at Frankfurt Germany’s formnext 2019 tradeshow (Siemens Booth, Hall 12.1 – Booth D81).

In recent years, laser processing has been a growth area of the machine building sector. Those complex
processing machines consist of diverse OEM components. When different suppliers work together, users profit from reduced integration effort and elimination of unnecessary interfaces. Siemens and SCANLAB will showcase their cooperation by presenting the joint control solution at formnext 2019. The Simatic IPC427E Industrial PC from Siemens serves as the platform for this new approach to controlling laser processing machines. The RTC6 scan system control board is integrated into the hardware platform via APIs and direct connection to the Simatic S7-1500 Software Controller.