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KNOW-HOW Cutting tools g…/… Are lasers finally competing with rotary die cutters? control software do most of the thinking for the operators. You simply need to import the vector-based diagram of the desired geometry and set cutting to the substrate/thickness of the job. These best-in-class systems will not only optimize cutting sequences for the fastest web speeds and job throughput but also give detailed prerun information on what the run length will be. It is the machine, not the operator, which determines the cut time per part and the web speed. The complexity of part geometries does not have a significant impact on setup time, which always takes several minutes, rather than several hours, days or weeks like a rotary cutter or some hard tool cutters that are required for tool fabrication and installation. 8. Versatility to handle varying job run lengths There are still many that think laser die cutting is simply a prototyping tool for very short run work. This is usually because people do not know that laser die and rotary die cutters can now proceed at the same web speeds for a fast-growing number of applications. However, rotary die cutters do remain very limited and a poor match for prototyping work. Even if you are using steel rule dies, you will always need to take the time and effort to create the die. If you are considering new equipment acquisitions, it is no longer necessary to choose between beefing up prototyping capabilities that help with making competitive job bids or systems that will let you do runs that can sometimes take weeks to get out the door. Laser die cutters of today – at least the ones with later-generation software engineering – can equally handle job runs of any length. 9. Laser die cutters eliminate scrap costs The costs of many plastic and composite substrates are such that any savings in scrap have a bottom line impact. The “make-ready” step is totally eliminated with laser cutters. And the more predictable nature of the cut depth also eliminates scrap for many types of parts with more complex geometries or other requirements. For example, fabricators of domed labels that apply polyurethane finishes to plastic/composite underlayers traditionally had to plan on 10% +/- of all parts becoming scrap. Now, these same companies report zero scrap in their doming processes because the uniformity in laser die cuts allows for the even application of liquid resin layers. When sourcing laser die cut technology in today’s marketplace, it is important to know that all laser die cutters are not alike. Quite the contrary, there is a wide array of price points and capabilities in the many different laser die cutting system product offerings. Knowing your real quality requirements is the first step in zeroing in on whether your operation is better served by low-cost or higherquality laser cutting systems. As a manufacturer of both high-end and more affordable laser cutting systems, Spartanics estimates that four times as many users will be adequately served by lower-cost systems. The software tools to control and set up the laser source are the most important factors in all laser systems. However, among the many laser cutter brands and models, this software varies from antiquated to advanced versions. In addition, laser wattage, cutting area minimums and maximums, specific XY registration requirements and system automation can all play a factor in cost. You can expect a cost difference of up to 20% between laser cutting systems made from high-end components and those made with components of lesser quality. Make sure that your source for laser cutting technology is not married to particular component suppliers. Lower cost systems can produce high-quality outputs if and only if the underlying software engineering and system integration are expert. A quick guide summary comparison between high-end, standard and antiquated systems is shown in Figure 2. The best way to verify that a particular laser cutting machine is up to the application requirements is to first use the contract manufacturing services of the machine manufacturer or send in sample materials for testing. This will enable you to ensure that your quality requirements can be met and that efficient production rates can be achieved. Often expert software integrators will also fine tune laser cutting machines to the exact requirements of the application, so that if and when you purchase that particular laser cutting machine it is fully customized to maximize yields for your particular job profiles. More information: www.spartanics.com The JEC Composites Magazine is available ONLINE on www.jeccomposites.com/magazine-subscription (FREE Subscription) 31,349 copies total qualified circulation, BPA Worldwide, May issue 2009 (23,500 Print circulation and 7,849 Electronic circulation) jec composites magazine / No55 February - March 2010
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010

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NEWS WORLDWIDE
Companies - AGY is expanding into Asia Pacific
 - Pipeco: successful shift from steel to composites
Agenda of events
 - ContiTech and BASF reach new milestone in lightweight construction
 - BMW M-Series carbon-fibre roof
Innovations - NRC and Magna to develop ultra-light materials for next-generation vehicles
BUSINESS
Market survey -  The European composites market 2008/2009
Trends - Automobile interior parts go greener
Niche market - Concept Blade - The leading edge of acoustic technology
Human capital - RHS manager
FEATURE
Outlook - Natural fibres for the 3rd millennium
 - The outlook for flax and hemp fibres in composites .
Properties - The biomaterial for green composites
Weaving -  High-performance biocomposites: novel aligned natural fibre reinforcements
Compounds - Bioplastic-based compounds
 - Combining polypropylene and natural fibre in automotive applications
Application - Complete houses made of wood-plastic composites
Recycling - Recycling composite materials reinforced with plant fibres
USERS’ PLATFORM
Composites in the world - New cordless hammer drill
 - Life cycle analysis: eco-friendly coffin
 - Carbon 451 lamp
 - Premium pocket binoculars
Successful partners - Earthquake-proof FRPM pipes
Application - PlanetSolar: around the world on the world’s largest solar-powered boat
KNOW-HOW
Cutting tools - Are lasers finally competing with rotary die cutters
Design & Manufacturing - Advanced composite racing yacht construction
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - NEWS WORLDWIDE
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Companies - AGY is expanding into Asia Pacific
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 -  - Pipeco: successful shift from steel to composites
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Agenda of events
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Innovations - NRC and Magna to develop ultra-light materials for next-generation vehicles
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - BUSINESS
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Market survey -  The European composites market 2008/2009
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Trends - Automobile interior parts go greener
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Niche market - Concept Blade - The leading edge of acoustic technology
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Human capital - RHS manager
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - FEATURE
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Outlook - Natural fibres for the 3rd millennium
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 -  - The outlook for flax and hemp fibres in composites .
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Properties - The biomaterial for green composites
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Weaving -  High-performance biocomposites: novel aligned natural fibre reinforcements
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Compounds - Bioplastic-based compounds
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 -  - Combining polypropylene and natural fibre in automotive applications
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Application - Complete houses made of wood-plastic composites
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Recycling - Recycling composite materials reinforced with plant fibres
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - USERS’ PLATFORM
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 -  - Life cycle analysis: eco-friendly coffin
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 -  - Premium pocket binoculars
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Successful partners - Earthquake-proof FRPM pipes
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Application - PlanetSolar: around the world on the world’s largest solar-powered boat
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - KNOW-HOW
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Cutting tools - Are lasers finally competing with rotary die cutters
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Design & Manufacturing - Advanced composite racing yacht construction
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