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New FANUC controls for laser processing

By Canadian Packaging Staff   

General Controls/Drives CNC controls FANUC FANUC FA America laser processing

FANUC Factory Automation America (FANUC FA America) has recently introduced its Series 30i/31i-L MODEL B high-speed laser controls that are capable of supporting advanced levels of high speed laser processing.

(Hoffmann Estates, IL) FANUC Factory Automation America (FANUC FA America) has recently introduced its Series 30i/31i-L MODEL B high-speed laser controls that are capable of supporting advanced levels of high speed laser processing.

The new Series 30i/31i-L MODEL B CNCs have the capacity to deliver seamless choreography between axes motion and power modulation, even in cases of extremely high speeds when processing thin gauge materials.

The impressive internal laser power stabilizing characteristics deliver edge conditions on thicker materials which redefine the norm of RZ and RA (measured length of surface roughness).  Truly unique in laser processing, smooth edge cross sections with a superior edge finishes quantify smoothness rather than surface roughness.

Reliable and versatile, the new FANUC Laser controls lends innovative excellence and impressive processing characteristics to the base units.

The new Series 30i/31i-L MODEL B CNCs provide exceptional performance, superior technology and impressive gains in processing speeds and power modulation which translates into shorter cycle times and increased edge quality.

Relative to other CNCs in its class, the FANUC Series 30i/31i-L MODEL B Laser control has update rates of 125 microseconds, what FANUC notes as being some 40 times faster than the rate at which a single neuron can fire within the human brain.

These technological features translate to superior cut quality and accuracy; which translates into premium quality parts and a realized competitive distinction.

In line with other new FANUC CNCs offerings, the Series 30i/31i-L MODEL B provides up to 8MB of high-capacity, non-volatile internal memory that is available to store constant inventory nests, which need not require network access to activate and run during surplus machine availability. External interaction via ATA or Compact Flash memory cards bump up an additional 2GB of part program storage.

Added flexibility includes a USB port, where any commercially available USB storage device may also be connected to store and transfer large programs. For increased processing capability, a fast data server can also be installed in the CNC providing up to 4GB of flash memory and a 100-GBit Ethernet connection. A high-speed, error-immune fiber optic connection between the CNC and an integrated PC front-end allows the hard disk be used for part program storage.

The Series 30i/31i-L MODEL B CNCs has an embedded Ethernet interface, allowing the user to integrate the CNC control system into a company network for data collection or for high-speed part program transfers.

As well, world-wide links can be set up via the Internet making remote diagnosis, maintenance and online training possible. Because the integrated Ethernet interface does not use a public operating system, it is practically ‘hacker-free’ and immune to viruses, providing a safe and worry free connection to business networks.

Minimal training and programming are needed with the new Series 30i/31i-L MODEL B CNCs for operators that already use FANUC controls but upward compatibility is guaranteed and older part programs will run smoothly on the new controls.

The Series 30i/31i-L MODEL B CNCs for laser cutting can be combined with rugged, energy efficient, high-performance servo drive systems that are specifically designed to deliver the industry’s leading reliability and performance – even in dusty, high-vibration environments of the most challenging fabricating shops. Laser systems with FANUC technology benefit from FANUC’s world renowned reliability and energy efficiency; delivering increased productivity.

And as an added bonus, the laser control series has dual energy savings settings which interpret short term and long term beam off times and adjust the laser current and energy consumption accordingly, once cutting resumes, the laser quickly engages full production. Power save features result in reduced energy costs without a loss in part production and part quality.


FANUC Corporation, headquartered at the foot of Mt. Fuji, Japan, is the most diversified manufacturer of factory automation (FA), robots and robo-machines in the world. Since its inception in 1956, FANUC has contributed to the automation of machine tools as a pioneer in the development of computer numerical control equipment. FANUC technology has contributed to a worldwide manufacturing revolution, which evolved from the automation of a single machine to the automation of entire production lines. FANUC is committed to developing efficient, reliable and innovative products.

FANUC Factory Automation America (FANUC FA America)

FANUC FA America is the exclusive provider of industry leading FANUC CNC systems and solutions in the Americas, providing a one-stop shop for comprehensive CNC solutions including industry-leading control systems, a complete range of drives and motors and CO2 (Carbon dioxide) laser solutions. FANUC FA America also offers engineering support, genuine FANUC parts, repair and factory automation solutions and training programs to machine tool builders, dealers and users. FANUC CNC systems are known throughout the world for their high reliability, high precision, high speed and simple operation.

FANUC FA America headquarters is located in Hoffman Estates, IL and supports 37 offices and service centers throughout U.S., Canada, Mexico and Brazil.
For more information, contact FANUC FA America at: 1-888-326-8287, e-mail at, or visit the Web-site at


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