10 April 2017

5 reasons why the Hutchinson Engineering laser punch combination delivers

Laser technology experts at Hutchinson Engineering found a solution by combining a punch and laser technology to deliver efficiency to their customers. Hutchinson Engineering’s Laser Punch machine is ideal for various metals, parts are finished without the need for deburring, and the laser capability allows for optimum sheet utilisation which is key when processing high-value metals.




Here is a list of 5 reasons why laser punch combinations deliver:

1.Lean Manufacturing

Lean manufacturing’s ultimate goal is to handle the part as infrequently as possible, if the manufacturer has to pay for the ‘non-value added’ time to move a part from one operation to another, the component cost will go up.

2. Automation

Whilst laser cutting machines can run attended, an operator will eventually need to remove finished parts from a skeleton and many forget to consider this time-consuming task. Combination machines automate part sorting saving time, with the added benefit of scratch-free processing.

3. Design Flexibility

Design-led companies understand and benefit from the combination of laser and punch. The designer can take advantage of the best attributes of both technologies, the laser’s ability to produce a good quality edge and the punching heads ability to perform forming operations and eliminate the need for secondary ops.

4. Eliminate Operations

Eliminate operations from 5 down to 3 with corner lock tooling

5. Quality

The laser punch combination machine adds value with improved quality. Gentle material handling with the programmable stripper force ensures excellent quality regardless of the material gauge.  Materials, such as Aluminium, Stainless Steel, Copper, Brass and Titanium can be processed scratch-free with Brush tables.

Hutchinson Engineering's Trumpf 6000 laser combination machine, with unique Argon Die, for zero splatter, is now installed and ready for production. The combination of Laser and Punch ensures Forming, Folding, Countersinking and Tapping are completed in one operation. We can accommodate a maximum sheet size 3050 x 1600mm and process materials up to 8mm thick.

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