24 July 2006

Trumpf case study: Subcontractor gains 200% more production capacity

Saint Ann's Sheet Metal Company, a subcontract manufacturer, is replacing an existing punching machine with a new TRUMPF Trumatic L2510 flatbed laser and in so doing is swapping 8 hours of manned production for 24 hours of minimally supervised and lights out production. "The growth potential this machine offers us is huge," explained MD Dave Bloomer as he confirmed the company's order at MACH 2006. "But its not just productivity of the machine that is important to us, it's also the superb quality of its output."

Saint Ann's is taking delivery of the L2510 that appeared on the TRUMPF stand at the show, a machine that attracted considerable interest thanks to its built-in automation. "Nothing compares with the L2510 for its small footprint," Dave Bloomer adds. "Our factory is in a residential area and space is limited. Being able to get significantly greater productivity from such a compact machine is great for us. Our location also requires us to keep close control of our noise levels and the laser will certainly help to create better neighbour relations."

The L2510 is Saint Ann's first TRUMPF machine and an important reason for its choice is to eliminate the need for deburring. The majority of work produced on its existing punching machines needs secondary finishing, a time-consuming and costly addition. With customers seeking significantly shorter lead times and competitive costs, methods need to be continually improving these days.

An existing job for 20,000 parts per annum for the electronics industry will immediately benefit from the new acquisition. "We will make substantial productivity gains as the L2510 will take cycle times down by 10 seconds per part," Dave Bloomer continued.

Contact: Gerry Jones

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