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  • Maria Targońska

Relocation of a fiber laser in Pułtusk

The Intricacies of a Fiber Laser Relocation: A Case Study in Pułtusk


Introduction


The relocation of industrial machinery is a complex task that demands meticulous planning, specialized skills, and a deep understanding of the equipment involved. One such challenging project was the relocation of a fiber laser in Pułtusk, carried out by the Tincors team. This article delves into the intricate steps involved in this process, highlighting the importance of each stage from disassembly to reinstallation.


Setting the Stage: Initial Preparations


The project kicked off in July, a time when most companies are in full operational swing. The Tincors team was tasked with moving a fiber laser within the premises of the client's company. Adding to the complexity, the entire operation was scheduled for a Saturday, a day when the plant was closed, presenting logistical challenges that required creative solutions.

Before any disassembly could begin, it was crucial to ensure that the fiber laser was in optimal working condition. Fiber lasers are incredibly precise devices, and any misalignment or malfunction could have far-reaching implications. Therefore, the initial stage involved starting the machine and conducting a thorough check of all its components. This was done in strict accordance with the manufacturer's guidelines, ensuring that each part was functioning as it should.


The Disassembly Process: Electrical and Mechanical


Once the initial checks were completed, the team moved on to the disassembly stage. This began with the electrical disconnection, a critical step that would significantly impact the reinstallation process at the new location. Specialized electricians disconnected the media, compressed air, and liquid nitrogen supplies from the machine. Each connection was meticulously marked using a proprietary system, and comprehensive documentation was prepared for the new owner.

Simultaneously, the mechanical disassembly was underway. The fiber laser consisted of two main elements, both of which were chemically anchored to the foundation. Given the delicate nature of the machinery, extreme care was taken to protect all sensitive components during this stage.


The Logistics of Relocation: Transport and Placement


Transporting a 10-ton machine is no small feat. For this, a set of transport rollers and a forklift were employed. The fiber laser was moved approximately 50 meters to its new location, where it was to be integrated with a storage rack. This required precise placement within the working range of the robot arm, a task that demanded exact measurements and careful maneuvering.


Leveling and Anchoring: The Most Time-Consuming Stage


Arguably the most time-consuming part of the process was leveling the machine and anchoring it to its new location. Chemical anchors were used, as recommended by the manufacturer, to ensure stability and operational efficiency.


Final Steps: Reconnection and Calibration


Once the machine was securely anchored, it was time to reconnect the utilities. Media, compressed air, and liquid nitrogen were reconnected, and the fiber laser was started up for calibration. A functional test was performed using a single sheet of metal to confirm that the machine was operating as expected. Upon client approval, the project was deemed successfully completed.


Equipment and Tools Used

  • Hydraulic jacks

  • A set of transport rollers with a capacity of up to 32 tons

  • Forklift

Conclusion


The relocation of a fiber laser is a complex operation that demands a multi-disciplinary approach, involving electrical and mechanical disassembly, logistical planning, and precise reinstallation. The Tincors team successfully navigated these challenges, completing the project within the stipulated time frame and to the client's satisfaction. This case study serves as a testament to the expertise required in the specialized field of machinery relocation, particularly when dealing with high-precision devices like fiber lasers.



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