New robotic laser cutter from Auburn Hills company

AUBURN HILLS—Shape Process Automation, the Auburn Hills manufacturing robotics company, announced the release of its next-generation robotic laser cutting device, called Newton, at the Great Designs in Steel conference last month in Livonia.

Designed for use with fiber laser-outfitted six-axis industrial robots, company officials say Newton’s efficiency and precision provides dramatic cost savings and dimensional accuracy in cutting ultra high strength steel, aluminum and hydroformed metals.

Newton’s main targeted market is trimming structural parts in the auto industry. Newton cuts circles, slots, rectangles and hexagonal shapes into various metals with never-before-seen speed, accuracy and efficiency. The result is increased overall equipment efficiency and reliability in automated manufacturing systems, improving processes and cutting cost.

“Newton increases cutting speeds 60 to 70 percent over existing capabilities, with improved cutting accuracy and a reduction in required floor space,” said Christon Manzella, the company’s director of business development. “This cutting-edge technology will reduce required labor and program costs while improving manufacturing quality across the industry.”

The device also saves hundreds of hours of programming time with Shape’s intuitive easy-to-use system software suite that enables the operator to quickly adjust both individual and global system offsets.

Manzella said this next-generation robotic device has the potential for industry-wide advancements. “As a vertically integrated, full-solution provider for OEMs around the world, Shape Process Automation is poised to expand and improve the industry by providing the most technologically advanced tools on the market,” he said.

For more information about Newton, including a product demonstration, visit

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