Manual X-Y Positioning Tables- The ability to position parts or fixtures at the exact location under the laser marking lens field is important. In most instances, a manual X-Y Positioning Table negates the need for building and locating precise fixtures inside of the marking field. A quality X-Y Positioning Table with a well designed locating hole pattern substantially reduces setup time.
Sherline Manual X-Y Table– This table was developed by Sherline Products in Vista, California specifically for Jimani Laser Marking Systems.
Sherline Manual X-Y Table (Tooling Plate included)
Adding an X/Y Table and Tooling Plate to your Langolier or Hybrid Laser Marking System can substantially reduce setup time and cost. The tooling plate has dual purpose ¼” holes, on 1” centers. These holes are threaded ¼-20 on the bottom and reamed to ¼ on the top. This allows each hole to be used as a “part locating” hole when a ¼” dowel pin is inserted. Each hole can also be used as a clamping hole using the ¼-20 thread.
In addition to the ¼-20 holes, the plate also has 10-32 holes which are positioned to mount the rotary table and tilting angle plate.
- The X/Y tables are available with hand wheels calibrated in your choice of either inch or metric increments. Standard calibration increments are in inches.
- The X/Y tables are manufactured primarily from 6061-T6 aluminum and finished with black anodizing.
- The table travel is 12.9” in the X axis and 3.7” in the Y axis.
- The saddle has anti-backlash nuts to compensate for backlash.
- Table movement is smooth, easy, and accurate.
- The tooling plate is 8” x 18” x ¾” black anodized 6061 aluminum.
- The overall height of the X/Y base and the tooling plate is 3.9”. This offers a nice low profile to the large tooling plate.
To learn more about cleaning and lubricating the Sherline X/Y base plate click here.
Focus Laser Manual X-Y Table– The Focus Laser Table is an economical but functional solution to X-Y positioning of parts and fixtures under the laser marking field of any Low Cost Hybrid System. The table features a pattern of threaded M6 holes spaced at 25 mm intervals. The top surface tooling plate measures 12.5” wide X 9.5 inches deep. Table travel is 2.7” in the X axis and 2.4” in the Y axis. There are locking knobs on both the X and Y positioning handles.
Focus Laser Manual X-Y Table
Motorized X Axis Ball Screw Table– A motorized X axis table, when used with Prolase 10 Plus software, can considerably extend the size of the marking field and also allow for “tiling” when marking objects, such as logos, graphics or text that are larger than the marking field of the lens.
The standard Langolier Motorized X Axis Table has 15 inches of ball screw driven travel. The ball screw is connected to a Teknic rotary encoded servo motor and the X axis drive resolution is 40,600 encoder counts per inch of linear travel. The total available X axis marking length would be the width of the marking field plus 15 inches. For example, the marking area with a 7 inch square marking field lens would be 7 inches in the Y axis and 22 inches in the X axis.
The Motorized X Axis Ball Screw Table can be configured with either a standard Sherline Manual X-Y Table or customer defined custom fixturing attached to the carriage.
Ball Screw Driven X Axis Table- Requires Prolase Plus software and Jimani Servo Controller.
Shown with Sherline Manual X-Y Table mounted on carriage
Rotary for Handshaking– A Sherline 8700 rotary indexer controller can communicate with either Leopardmark or Prolase software to perform rotary “handshaking”.
The Sherline Controller communicates with Leopardmark or Prolase software via a cable connected between the controller and the I/O communications port at the rear of the marking computer. The rotary indexer is installed on right angle tilt plate and the Sherline Manual X-Y Table has a threaded mating hole pattern to accept the tilt table mounting holes. A self-centering 3 inch opening 3 jaw chuck is attached to the rotary indexer.
Sherline Rotary for Handshaking
Rotary Handshaking Explained: When a rotary indexer is used in either a Jimani Hybrid or Jimani Langolier Laser Marking System, Prolase or Leopardmark Laser Marking Software can “handshake” with the rotary directly. If we simply handshake then we use the hardware configuration complete from Sherline with the exception of a communication cable provided by Jimani. That cable connects the Sherline controller to the laser via the RTC Control Board I/O port. The marking software job file then sends move commands to the Sherline controller telling it to rotate a predefined amount. The Sherline rotary controller then signals back to the marker software confirming that the part is in the new position for continued marking.
This configuration includes the Sherline controller and rotary table with stepper motor attached. The rotary table and motor are mounted on a right angle tilt plate that installs on either end of a Sherline Manual X-Y Table. The Sherline controller is user programmed for rotational direction and distance. Jimani provides the communication cable that allows MOVE commands and MOVE COMPLETE acknowledgements to pass between the controller and the marking software.
Example of Laser Marking Using Rotary Handshaking: https://youtu.be/zO1S_Jud50s
Rotary for Tiling– DCA Rotary Tiling is designed for high speed circumferential marking in applications that require marks around a cylindrical shaped item. Prolase DCA Laser Marking Software is required for DCA Rotary Tiling. DCA Rotary Tiling is described here: https://www.jimani-inc.com/blog/high-speed-large-area-rotary-marking
The hardware consists of a rotary encoded Clearpath servo motor mounted on a right angle tilt plate. A Sherline 3 inch opening self-centering chuck is attached to the servo motor shaft. Included are a motor power supply and a communication cable connecting the motor to the DCA Communication Port at the rear of the marking computer.
DCA Rotary for Tiling
Since standard chuck jaws are not suitable for these types of products, Sherline, in a joint development effort with Jimani, designed replaceable chuck jaws for handling larger diameter parts.
Stainless Thermal Tumbler and Glassware Marked using DCA Rotary Tiling
Sherline Pin Jaws for Larger Diameter Parts
Fume extractors are an essential component for any laser marking operation. Some materials, such as painted surfaces, plastics or oily metal parts emit smoke and fumes when laser marked. Aside from being annoying, these fumes can sometimes be unhealthy to inhale. Additionally, smoke and fumes created during laser marking process tend to waft upward from the marking area and collect on the focusing lens. If the lens becomes sufficiently dirty, laser light can reflect off of this dirty surface and be redirected back up through the lens and then refocus onto and damage the scanhead mirrors. It is always good to provide some form of fume extraction and collection.
Jimani offers both TBH and Focus Laser Fume Extractors.
The TBH Fume Extractor is a very efficient, high end unit and can be easily integrated with all Jimani Langolier, Hybrid Fiber and CO2 laser marking systems.
Fume extractors are critical to the safe operation of laser marking systems in most manufacturing environments. Laser marking many materials generates particles that should not be allowed to circulate in the production environment. The Jimani/TBH line of fume extractors is specifically designed to remove particulates and odors generated during the marking/cutting process.
TBH fume extractors are designed with advanced electronics that deliver fully adjustable speed control as the filter saturation increases. These systems deliver an advanced warning (visual and sound) when filter saturation reaches 75%. Cleaning or filter replacement cycles can be precisely timed and the electronics display provides notifications of any malfunctions. For intermittent marking operations, the On/Off cycle of the fume extractor can be controlled via the RTC on board I/O port to prolong filter life by only turning on the motor when actual marking is occurring.
Two complimentary filter materials are used for the adsorption of gaseous substances. Activated carbon facilitates the physical adsorption process while the BAC granules facilitate a chemical adsorption process. Neutralization of specific gaseous substances is achieved through chemical binding with the reaction substance that is deposited on the carrier material. Because the physical and chemical adsorption processes are complementary, an extremely wide range of gases and odors can be collected.
The Focus Laser Fume Extractor is an economical entry level unit. It is attractively priced and still offers the same 3 stage filtration as more expensive fume extractors. The filter surface area is not as large as higher end units such as TBH Fume Extractors and, therefore, filters will saturate sooner and need more frequent replacement. Still, the Focus Laser Fume extractor is ideal for users that only generate smoke and fumes occasionally.
Focus Laser Fume Extractor with Exhaust Hose