11 February 2015

Leading profiling and laser cutting firm invests in cutting edge technology

Sheffield based profiling and cutting specialists Charles Day (Steels) Ltd have invested over £1 million in two brand new, high powered CNC laser cutting machines from Bystronic UK in order to grow their state-of-the-art laser cutting operation.

After the extraordinary success of the previous Bystronic 3kW Bysprint Fibre 3015 and 6kW Byspeed Pro 3015 lasers installed back in 2013, Charles Day (Steels) Ltd has chosen Bystronic again as they further expand their laser cutting capacity with a the latest cutting-edge technology with a 6kW Bysprint Fibre 4020 and 6kW Bysprint Pro 4020.

The decision to invest in a second fibre laser has already helped Charles Day (Steels) tap into sectors they previously would have struggled to be competitive in, as well as helping them improve their offering to existing customers.

With the new Bysprint Fibre 4020, Charles Day (Steels) Ltd have secured a machine which excels at cutting thin, reflective metals such as aluminium, copper and brass up to 5mm. These reflective metals have often proved problematic to cut on traditional CO2 lasers but fibre technology is inherently better suited for these materials. So much so it’s even starting to become competitive against punching.

Fibre laser technology is an advanced alternative to the conventional CO2 laser cutting process offering higher reliability, less power consumption and on 3mm stainless steel a 6kW fibre laser is up to three times as fast as a 6kW CO2 laser.

Depending on the type of material and sheet thickness, parts output can be increased by up to 400 percent, with the subsequent cost-saving benefits passed onto their customers while maintaining the excellent quality, precision parts that they have come to expect.

Jon Day, the owner of Charles Day (Steels) said: “Even after the first week of operation we could see the added efficiencies these new lasers bought to the table. Our output increased dramatically which meant even shorter lead-times for our customers”.

In addition to maintaining their reputation of being on the cutting-edge of laser profiling technology, the CNC systems behind the two new lasers are at the forefront of computer-driven cutting technology, guaranteeing a high precision profile regardless of the complexity of the requirement.

The increase in capacity is set to increase productivity across a full range of sheet thickness up to 25mm, perfectly complementing the firm’s traditional flame, waterjet and high-definition plasma profile cutting services. The result is Charles Day (Steels) Ltd offering world-class sub-contract profiling services under a single roof.

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