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Universal Laser System-ULTRA 9

.Introduction

It can be said that Universal Laser Systems is one of the earliest laser machine manufacturers, and Universal Laser Systems has extensive experience in this field. Therefore, we can see many different types of machines on the product page of the company’s official website, Universal. Laser Systems offers a wide range of modular components that can be configured into more than 1,000,000 different laser system configurations, giving you the ultimate flexibility to build the best solution to meet your needs. The ULTRA 9 platform offers laser material processing for the widest possible range of materials. It is designed and ideally suited for precision material processing in manufacturing, research and development, academic research, and prototyping environments. With its unique modular architecture, customizeable solutions can be easily reconfigured with a wide array of options for enhancing performance, capability, and safety to complete the perfect solution to meet present and future business needs.

.Platform Specifications, Features, and Options

Laser System ULTRA 9
Processing Area 36 x 24 in (914 x 610 mm)
Multiple Laser Support Up to 3 laser sources of different wavelengths can be used individually or in combination
Laser Sources Available
1.CO2 10.6 µm | 10, 25, 30, 50, 60, and 75 watt power single laser sources
2.CO2 9.3 µm | 30, 50, 75 watt power single laser sources
3.Fiber 1.06 µm | 50 watt power single laser sources
Laser Source Combinations
Any combination of the 3 laser sources above, up to 2 CO2 laser sources and 1 fiber laser source
Maximum Laser Power CO2 150 watts
Fiber 50 watts
Rapid Reconfiguration™ (CO2 Laser Sources only) Patented technology that enables users to install and reinstall any supported ULS laser source onto any ULS laser system without tools or optical alignment
MultiWave Hybrid™ Technology* MultiWave Hybrid™ enables any combination of the 3 laser wavelengths to be focused to the same focal point within the same focal plane and used either sequentially or simultaneously
SuperSpeed™Technology* SuperSpeed produces two focal spots (one for each laser beam) which allows the system to deliver two independently controlled raster lines at a time
SuperSpeed requires a laser system equipped with 2 CO2 lasers of the same wavelength and power
Minimum Addressable Beam Positioning 2 µm (.00008 in) beam position addressability
Mechanical Positioning Repeatability +/- 5 µm (.00012 in) repeatability
Maximum Positioning Speed 175 in/sec (4445 mm/sec)
Maximum Functional Raster Material Processing Speed >300 in/sec (>7620 mm/sec) – Requires SuperSpeed module
Maximum Functional Vector Material Processing Speed 75 in/sec (1905 mm/sec)
Maximum Functional 2-Dimensional Material Processing Speed 75 in/sec (1905 mm/sec)
Precision Material-Independent Autofocus Repeatability of +/- .001 in (25.4 µm) using motorized focus assembly and high resolution touch sensor
Integrated Touch Screen Control Panel A fully integrated 21 in (533 mm) touch panel command and control console used to control laser system operation
Controllable Laser Power Density* The unique ability to control laser power densities, while maintaining a high degree of alignment accuracy of the focal plane with the material surface as well as a Gaussian beam distribution
Power Densities: 1X*, 4X or 13X* for 10.6 µm and 9.3 µm wavelengths; 52X for 1.06 µm
Dynamic Energy Delivery Stabilization Maintains consistent laser energy delivery regardless of motion system speed
Design File Geometry Preservation Curves in a design file such as circles, ellipses, b-splines, Bézier and NURBS are maintained throughout the path planning process, instead of being linearly interpolated
True Position Laser Pulsing Optimal laser pulse placement is driven by positional feedback from synchronized multi-axis linear encoders
Intelligent Path Planner Comprehensive path planning algorithm which minimizes laser processing completion time
Multifunction Material Support Structure A built-in aluminum honeycomb work surface designed to keep materials stationary and in focus during laser processing
Reduces back reflection and allows for exhaust of laser processing byproducts from underneath materials. Includes a full-field masking material dispenser to enable material hold-down
Carbon Tiles* Provides hold-down for materials while reducing back reflection during cutting operations
Machined Aluminum Tiles* Provides a rigid and smooth work surface for laser material processing
Also compatible with Material Support Pins
(Not recommended for cutting unless configured with Material Support Pins)
Material Support Pins* Custom machined pins for laser cutting that can be inserted into the Multifunction Material Support Structure or into Machined Aluminum Tiles Pins add sufficient space between the target material and the work surface to eliminate back reflection
Cylindrical Material Indexer* Enables 360° rotation laser processing of cylinders, spherical-shaped and tapered objects. Addressable resolution of 13 arcseconds
Class 4 Pass-Through* Patented technology allows the laser system to be converted from a fully enclosed Class 1 system to an open Class 4 system to facilitate material pass-through in compliance with CDHR and international safety regulations for operating Class 4 laser systems
Traveling Exhaust* Collects laser processing byproducts at the location of laser processing (Required with Class 4 Pass-Through)
Vacuum Booster* Dedicated vacuum booster for use with the Multifunction Material Support Structure to hold materials stationary Increases the pressure differential between the chamber and the ambient or atmospheric pressure at the work surface to keep a material stationary
Programmable Gas Assist Allows the user to program gas type and flow rate on a process by process basis within a control file
Optics Protection A barrier of clean air that protects critical optical components during laser processing
Coaxial Gas Assist A breakaway gas assist attachment that directs air (or gas) perpendicular to the material’s surface
Lateral Gas Assist* A breakaway adjustable gas assist attachment that directs air (or gas) laterally or at an angle to the material’s surface
Air Compressor* A compressed air source that delivers optimally-conditioned, clean, dry, and oil-free air for both Optics Protection and gas-assisted laser processing
Intelligent Air Filtration* (UAC 2000/4000) Intelligent Air filtration uses a patented dual carbon filter and sensor suite (for CO and VOCs) which filters out laser processing byproducts, monitors filtration performance at every stage of filtration, and alerts the operator when predefined contaminant thresholds have been reached Connects directly with the laser system to turn filtration on and off with laser processing and communicate the status of all aspects of the UAC
Automation Interface Addressable device which can receive input signals and provide output signals Allows the laser system to control external devices and allows external devices to initiate laser system functions
Light Tower A set of color-coded lights mounted atop a pole used to indicate the laser system status to personnel in visual proximity of the laser system
E-STOP A highly visibly and accessible standards-compliant pushbutton that, once depressed, will immediately shut off DC power to all laser sources, the motion system and other control mechanisms, while aborting all system operations
Collision Detection In the event an obstruction interferes with the motion system, from any direction or axis, the system immediately stops and disables servo motors
Laser Safety Classification Class 1 for material processing with Class 4 conversion optional Diode laser pointer is Class 2
Safety Interlocks Safety feature that disables the laser source when interlocks are open as required by all major international safety standards
Over Temperature Detection The system is designed to disable all laser sources, home the motion system, and trigger an audible alarm in the event it detects an unusually high temperature in the laser processing area Warning: All laser processing requires constant supervision while the laser system is in use; exposure to the laser beam may cause combustible materials to ignite, which may lead to a fire hazard
Laser Blocking Laminated Safety Glass Shatterproof multi-layer laminated safety glass with appropriate wavelength filter media Meets laser safety requirements OD 5+ for 10.6 µm, 9.3 µm, and 1.06 µm wavelength laser radiation
Metal Enclosure with Labyrinth Seals All enclosure doors or access panels have overlapping flanges to prevent direct line of sight into the enclosure, as required by international safety regulations
Fire Suppression* Deploys fire suppressant into the laser material processing area if self-sustained combustion is detected Warning: All laser processing requires constant supervision while the laser system is in use; exposure to the laser beam may cause combustible materials to ignite, which may lead to a fire hazard
System External Dimensions Width: 63.09 in (1603 mm) with Control Panel Folded Width: 87.75 in (2229 mm) with Control Panel Extended Depth: 50.07 in (1272 mm) Height: 47.67 in (1211 mm)
Maximum System Weight 550 lbs (250 kg)
Power Requirements 220 – 240 V / 16 A
Exhaust Requirements Intelligent Air Filtration (UAC 2000/4000) OR External Exhaust Blower Capable of >700 CFM at 6 inWG Static Pressure (1190 m3/hr at 1.5 kPa)
LASER SYSTEM MANAGER CONTROL SOFTWARE
Intelligent Materials Database The Intelligent Materials Database generates laser processing parameters for a wide variety of material and laser system configurations If the system configuration changes, the database automatically recalculates the parameter values
Design File Relocation and Duplication Controls User controls to reposition or duplicate design files anywhere within the material processing field
Intelligent Camera Registration Aligns a Control File to registration marks or features on the surface of a material Compensates for scale, skew and perspective
True Width Raster Processing Eliminates the need for motion system over-travel beyond the edges of the raster image
Vector Acceleration Control User control to define acceleration for vector motion for each Control File
Kerf Compensation Compensates for material width removed during laser cutting in order to achieve desired dimensions without changing the design file. It maintains true arc and circle geometry if present in the design
Path Deviation Control User control to adjust the allowable deviation from the intended path
Line Segment Reduction User control to reduce excessive line segmentation contained in some design files
Industry Standard Interchange Format Support Supports industry standard graphics interchange formats including DXF, PDF and G-Code
Flexible Connectivity Enables remote design file transfer and monitoring over Ethernet or Wi-Fi via a web browser
User Access Administration Administration tool for managing multiple user accounts and permissions
Automatic Update Notification System software update notifications are automatically sent to the laser system
NOTE * Denotes optional feature
*Source: Data from the official Universal laser machine
As you can see, the universal laser system lists a lot of parameters, for those who can understand, get a lot of information about the laser machine. It is also because there are too many parameters, we can not introduce them one by one. In this article, we will discuss some places with their characteristics. First, introduce the working area of the platform.The ULTRA 9 platform has a materials processing envelope of 36 x 24 in (914 x 610), with support for materials with a thickness up to 12 in (305 mm).This limits the size of the material it can work on, but it can be used for most job requirements.
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Secondly, the most exciting thing about this laser machine is its max lasers supported.Configure the customizable ULTRA 9 platform with up to three laser sources consisting of two interchangeable CO2 lasers and one fiber laser. When the platform is configured with three lasers, users can take full advantage of MultiWave Hybrid technology™ enabling up to three wavelengths – 9.3µm, 10.6µm, and 1.06µm – to be simultaneously combined into a single coaxial beam. Each spectral component of the beam is independently controlled and can be modulated in real time.

Of course, the platform is configured with three lasers. Under normal circumstances, we only use two of the lasers, and the co2 laser and the fiber laser are used together, because in general, because of the longer wavelength of the CO2 laser, it only Can be applied to non-metal, and when we need to engrave or cut metal, at this time, co2 laser and fiber laser can be used simultaneously to work on metal materials, which greatly expands the application range of materials and meets more people’s needs. .

.Major features

1.Multiple laser support

Configure the customizable ULTRA 9 platform with up to three laser sources consisting of two interchangeable CO2 lasers and one fiber laser. When the platform is configured with three lasers, users can take full advantage of MultiWave Hybrid technology™ enabling up to three wavelengths – 9.3µm, 10.6µm, and 1.06µm – to be simultaneously combined into a single coaxial beam. Each spectral component of the beam is independently controlled and can be modulated in real time.
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2.precision material-independent autofocus

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The laser machine’s autofocus uses precision material-independent touch sensor, and this is the only laser machine in the universal laser system that uses this focusing method. It can focus accurately without considering the material of the material.

3.automation interface

The Universal Control Panel (UCP) and the Laser System Manager (LSM) are user interfaces that control ULS laser systems. Both user interfaces are configured intuitively, enabling all users to produce expert quality results. Both include a Printer Driver and Direct Import Feature for uploading graphic designs. They also provide an Intelligent Materials Database that calculates optimized settings for laser processing on hundreds of materials. The Intelligent Materials Database also allows for manual override control for adjusting laser material processing settings. Both the Universal Control Panel (UCP) and the Laser System Manager (LSM) also provide a Duplicate feature for creating multiple instances of a design file and an Estimator feature that provides accurate calculation of processing times for every laser material processing job.

4.camera registration

The Universal Camera Registration (UCR) option features a camera that locates and determines the exact positions of registration marks on materials inside the laser system. Software adjusts the predefined cut-path to fit the material. A laser system user simply places material close to the correct position in the laser system, and the UCR automatically makes adjustments to the cut-path to fit the material where it is placed. Exceptional Processing Accuracy Universal Camera Registration can substantially increase process accuracy and repeatability without the need for complex fixturing. Enhanced Productivity Built in tools to support both single cycle processes, and automation capabilities for higher volume manufacturing. Intuitive User Interface The process of setting up and running camera registration is simple, intuitive, and requires only minimal training.

5.integrated touch screen control panel

The ULTRA9 laser machine uses an integrated touch screen control panel, which is one of the few touch screen control panels in all models of the universal laser system, which abandons the traditional keyboard. More specifically, it has a large size and a good user experience. I don’t think this has a high technology content, but for the user experience, this is a very good attempt.

6.fire detection, and support for fire suppression

Under certain adverse conditions, materials being laser processed have the potential to ignite and continue to burn which can cause damage to the laser cutting, engraving, and marking equipment along with surrounding property. This can create potential safety hazards for nearby personnel. The primary method for preventing this situation is constant operator supervision of the laser system when in use. As a backup to supervision, ULS has developed a fire suppression option (available on XLS laser systems) that can help mitigate the potential for damage to the laser system and its surroundings. The fire suppression module will deploy fire suppressant into the laser material processing area if self-sustained combustion is detected. This optional backup system for fire safety has the following benefits: Improved Operational Safety Provides a redundant backup to operator supervision. Increased Reliability Reduces or prevents damage to assets caused by lapses in supervision. Improved Return on Investment Prevents costly downtime due to damage caused by fires due to lapses in supervision.

How the Fire Suppression Module Works

In the event that a lapse in supervision allows sustained combustion to develop in the laser system, there are two sets of redundant thermal switches located strategically in the laser system material processing chamber which will react to elevated temperatures. The first set will trigger at a certain temperature to stop laser processing and activate an audible alarm alerting the operator to address the situation. If the operator is unable to react in time, a second set of thermal switches is set to trigger at a slightly higher temperature than the first set. This will activate valves that release suppressant into the processing area to extinguish flames. The suppressant used is designed to evaporate after deployment without leaving a residue to be cleaned up. This suppressant it environmentally safe and approved for use worldwide.
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Improved Operational Safety

The first line of defense against the potential of sustained combustion during laser processing is an attentive operator who is monitoring the laser processing at all times. However, as a backup to lapses in supervision, a fire suppression system can reduce or eliminate damage to expensive assets and surrounding property, thereby reducing risk and improving overall safety. This redundancy can be especially useful when processing materials that are prone to combustion or when operational errors occur: laser processing settings are not properly configured, gas assist is not properly set up, or final focus of the laser is not properly set.

Increased Reliability

Overall reliability of a laser system is improved with the addition of the fire suppression module. As a backup for lapses in supervision, the fire suppression module can prevent sustained combustion from escalating and causing damage to the laser system and surrounding property resulting in costly down time for repairs and lost productivity. As an additional safeguard, sensors monitor the levels of fire suppressant in the unit and communicate with the laser system. The sensors prevent laser processing and warn the operator if a tank is empty and needs to be replaced. A backup tank is also built into each fire suppression unit allowing the operator to switch to a second tank in the event that the primary tank is deployed. In this way, laser material processing can continue while a replacement tank is acquired.

Improved Return on Investment

ULS laser cutting, engraving, and marking machines are designed to contain sustained combustion for extended periods of time using robust enclosure materials and laminated safety glass viewing ports, but if left unchecked long enough, damage can extend to surrounding property causing even costlier repairs and delays. These repairs and delays can cause extended downtime and reduced productivity in addition to posing a safety hazard. The fire suppression unit can help prevent these costly interruptions to productivity thereby helping to maximize return on investment

.Conclusion

In general, this machine should be one of the most important laser machines in the universal laser system. Many new technologies have been used on this machine, and the user experience and performance have been the best. Interested friends can Go to the seller.