Service Center Adds 7-kW Laser-Cutting Machine
The company had formerly relied on a four-head underwater
The NTC TLX series of machines places the laser resonator and chiller on the system’s gantry, which minimizes the machine’s footprint and shortens the beam path, which translates into space and labor savings, increased flexibility and optimum cut quality. The cantilever design and redesigned controller ease part loading and unloading. The game-changing 7.0-kW machine at Debro Steel boasts a massive 14- by 80-ft. cutting table.
“The large table was a key part of our vision for this new system,” reports Zenaitis. “It opens the door for efficient processing of very large parts and, because of our ability to stage jobs, the faster processing of small parts. This versatility combined with reduced part costs adds value for our customers and enhances their competitive position.”
Zenaitis also notes that the investment sent a good message to Debro’s employees. “By showing that we will reinvest in the company even in tough times, our employees understand that we’re in this for the long haul,” he says. “This was a positive message, and the challenges and the opportunities presented by the laser have been enthusiastically embraced by our people.”
Debro now is looking to add forming capability to its value-added mix and to continue automating parts handling, to further increase the laser’s beam-on time, boosting productivity and further reducing cost per part.
NTC America—Laser Group: 800/682-5277; http://www.ntclaser.com
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