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  1. Fiber laser machine ensures lowest price for sheet metal cutter

    BALLYMONEY, COUNTY ANTRIM, NORTHERN IRELAND – McAuley Engineering is split into two divisions of approximately equal turnover. One is precision metal cutting and CNC tube bending, notably for the aerospace industry, as Bombardier Aerospace and Thompson Aerospace are customers. The oil, gas, and power generation industries are additional market sectors that the company supplies, from the North Sea to Nigeria, Brazil, and the Far East. The other manufacturing division encompasses sheet metal processing and fabrication using equipment that includes metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding, punch presses, press brakes, guillotines, a plasma cutting machine, and fiber laser cutter capable of cutting sheet up to 3 × 1.5m. The transport and energy industries are the main recipients of the company's sheet metal parts and fabrications, as welding and assembly are becoming an important part of its business. The components can be found on the iconic Routemaster buses in London, as well as in the commercial haulage and rail industries in the UK, Ireland, Far East, and US. Aggregate crushing and screening has recently been added to the list of industries supplied. Both the precision machining and fabrication sides of the business sprang from the company's frustration in the late 1990s at the slowness of external subcontract suppliers and the variable-quality components they supplied when they started building machinery for the electronics industry. The company was able to provide much better service in-house, and soon dropped machinery manufacture to concentrate on subcontract machining services to industry. They bought two punch presses in 2003 and 2005 for cutting and profiling components in sheet up to 2.5 × 1.25 and 4mm thick. Three years later, they purchased a plasma cutting machine for producing components from 8 × 2m stock. Gradually, there was more requirement for higher-speed machining to increase throughput, raise competitiveness, and improve cut quality. However, the scalloped appearance of edges that nibbled on the punch presses was a particular problem when producing components for some customers. The solution was introducing laser cutting technology. After extensive research into fiber laser cutting machines on the market, the company conducted cutting trials at three potential suppliers. The scope of the review encompassed not only capital investment, but also machine running costs such as power consumption, cutting gas usage, other consumable costs, and after-sales service. It led to a BySprint Fiber 3015 as the company's first laser cutting machine. "Typically, 60% of our sheet metal throughput is aluminum, and we also process stainless steel and copper," says managing director Jonathan McAuley. "These reflective materials are cut much more efficiently using fiber laser technology than on a CO 2 laser machine, which shaped our purchasing decision. We frequently profile light gauges down to 1mm and a fiber laser is well known to be several times faster when processing thinner materials up to 5mm. However, it was a customer's 15mm-thick, plasma-cut component that we asked the three potential fiber laser cutting machine suppliers to nest and cut out of a plate of aluminum." "The Bystronic machine not only produced superior edge quality in the fastest time, but also had software that was the easiest to install and use," McAuley says. "The supplier's PowerCut technology increases the thickness of plate that can be cut by about 50%. We often process mild steel up to 25mm thick on the laser and the feature also raises profiling speed for these thicker materials. PowerCut increases cutting capacity in aluminum and stainless steel up to 30mm." McAuley Engineering added a ByTrans 3015 Extended material storage and handling system to automate sheet handling and enable lights-out operation. To ensure that sheet metal is removed from the cutting area and replaced with a new sheet quickly, the company now automates its laser cutting by linking it with a ByTrans 3015 Extended material storage and handling system ( FIGURE ), as they are moving toward lights-out operation during the night shift. For more information, please visit www.mcauleyengineering.co.uk .

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    Wed, 14 Sep 2016

  2. Stencil cutting expanded at Photo Stencil with laser cutting machine

    Colorado Springs, Colo. – Photo Stencil LLC has expanded its capacity and process capabilities with the purchase of a Tannlin TX stencil laser cutting machine with automatic optical inspection.

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    Thu, 8 Sep 2011

  3. Komatsu integrates laser cutting business to strengthen sales

    Komatsu NTC Ltd. has split its laser cutting machine business and transferred it to Komatsu Industries Corp.

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    Wed, 3 Apr 2013

  4. RFID lens

    Trumpf introduces enhanced LensLine monitoring capabilities for its 2D laser cutting machine by combining with an RFID lens.

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    Wed, 23 Oct 2013

  1. LVD Strippit to show fiber laser cutting machine at Fabtech 2015

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    Thu, 29 Oct 2015

  2. Sail and awning maker installs automated laser cutting machine

    Dolphin Sails has installed a heavy-duty automated flatbed laser cutting machine to improve productivity and save costs.

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    Mon, 20 Jul 2015

  3. Spartanics unveils carton laser cutting machine

    Spartanics, Rolling Meadows, Ill., has unveiled its carton laser cutting machine for package printers and others producing packaging made from carton stock such as pharmaceutical contract manufacturers.

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    Tue, 19 Jul 2011

  4. Coherent 1kW laser cutting

    At Fabtech 2015, Michael Kinsman, a laser application specialist for Coherent, showcases the company's M10C 1kW CO2 laser cutting machine for processing metals and nonmetals.

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  5. Fiber versus CO2 laser cutting

    Bystronic explains the different attributes of each laser for laser cutting and gives job shop examples.

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    Wed, 13 Nov 2013

  6. Laser bevel cutting in Japan’s shipyards

    Fifty-five years of technology development have enabled numerous product and process advances in the shipbuilding industry.

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    Wed, 1 Jul 2009

  7. Laser cutting company invests $1.5M in two new laser machines

    Laser cutting and sheet metal subcontractor Intec Laser Services will invest $1.5 million in two new state-of-the-art laser machines.

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    Thu, 18 Jun 2015

  8. The industrial laser market in Turkey

    The history of laser processing in Turkey began with cutting applications in the 1990s, when imported cutting machines, specifically products from European machine manufacturers ...

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    Tue, 1 Jan 2013

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