We are proud to acknowledge that some of our long-standing fabrication customers are achieving significant growth and, as many of our customers rely on us as their single source for metal parts, we needed to invest to increase our laser cutting capacity.
This significant investment comes in the form of a Trumpf Trulaser 1030 4KW fiber laser with LiftMaster Compact sheet load and unload automation that will be commissioned and ready at the beginning of 2021. There has been a step change in laser cutting technology when traditional mirrors were replaced with fibre optics, and direct drive motors vastly improved the travel time of the cutting head. The biggest increases in productivity are found in cutting thinner sheet, and with an average thickness of 1.5mm Broxton as best places to benefit from a significantly increased capacity.
We have invested in full automation to support our strategy of a single shift with lights out production; with our Laser automation is all the more important as it significantly reduces the risk of introducing handling marks on the sheet and the laser cut parts.
- Without tooling and using the latest nesting software, we can more economically cut different parts on the same sheet.
- Using improved fiber technology which is not susceptible to beam reflection, a much wider variety of material types, including copper and higher purity aluminium can be cut.
- Integrated camera technology also enables us to manufacture combination punch/laser parts for the first time, which on certain parts can be advantageous.
- Combining speed and automation, this investment will provide a step change in capacity which assists us to drive service levels up.