Laser cutting armor plate

Sheffield, UK - MTL Group Ltd., a global supplier of processed armor steel, has been awarded TL approval from the German Federal Arm. TL approval is a pre-requirement for any company wanting to supply components to the BWB.

Managing Director Dr. Henry Shirman said, “Exports have become an essential part of MTL Group’s growth over the past two years. Being the first UK Company to be awarded TL approval by BWB is a massive step in developing relationships with Europe’s global OEMs who provide armored vehicles to the BWB.”

After a rigorous audit of both MTL Group’s systems and capabilities at their site, the company passed first time in all areas and was awarded the approval in late December 2009. TL approval now allows MTL to supply components manufactured from armor steel in accordance with strict German defense manufacturing standards for contracts specifically related to the BWB.

Over the past few years MTL Group has invested heavily in the latest processing equipment including bevel laser cutting, robotic pressing, water jet cutting, CNC machining, and robotic welding.

The company’s eight laser cutting systems have a capacity in excess of 1100 hours per week. Their wide range of industry leading laser machines means MTL is capable of handling all sizes and types of job, from carbon steels to aluminum, working 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A new Messer is the largest laser machine in the UK, capable of cutting both chamfers and weld preps of up to +/-50 degrees, improving efficiency and productivity--reducing costs and lead times for customers. This machine can cut parts up to 20m long x 3.2m wide x 25mm thick.

Processing about 2000 tons of armor per year, MTL can supply components in both blast and ballistic grade armor ranging from laser/water jet cut plates including weld preparations up to fully fabricated structures including hulls and cabs.

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