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Allfabs Invests for Expansion with Purchase of Mitsubishi Laser

12/12/2011
 
 
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Having only launched Mitsubishi’s high power laser processing machines to the UK market in early summer, Mitsubishi’s UK agent, World Machinery, is already celebrating a sale of one of the near- £400,000 machines, to Allfabs Ltd, a specialist in architectural fabrications, based in Stourbridge in the West Midlands.

“The interest in the new machine has been phenomenal since our VIP launch day, and now we are seeing that interest translate into hard orders,” said World Machinery’s Managing Director, Wayne Hipkiss. “Customers can see how the speed, quality and low cost running advantages of the Mitsubishi machine can benefit their businesses, enabling them to deliver faster and more efficiently in their existing business sectors, and to move into new profitable sectors with the enhanced capabilities the machine provides.”

Allfabs is a well established company, its main business, at present, is providing architectural fabrications, mostly in aluminium and also mild and stainless steel. The company has supplied many prestigious projects in the architectural sector with complex components, and saw the purchase of the Mitsubishi machine as a means of expanding this ability into other key market sectors, such as automotive and telecommunications.

"We looked at several manufacturers, but chose the Mitsubishi machine because we thought their laser technology was more advanced than any other makers of fast axial-flow lasers and higher capacity than fibre lasers, with 30% lower running costs and longer service intervals,” said Allfabs Managing director Mark Duggan. “After our initial enquiry, we were shown a video of the Mitsubishi LVPlus 11, and I was surprised just how easily and quickly the machine setting can be altered to suit all kinds of materials; a demonstration proved all the claims of speed and quality of cut. We also decided to install Lantek Expert 2, which ensures that our customer enquiries are handled through to production, as well as looking after our materials and controlling all the business processes. All of this was provided by World Machinery, via a very advantageous finance package that the company put together for us.”

The laser machine purchased by Allfabs, an ML30l5 LVP model, can cut mild steel up to 25mm thick, stainless steel up to l2mm, aluminium up to l5mm and copper up to 6mm.

“The Mitsubishi machine, with its underrated 4.5kW resonator and 3 metre x 1.5 metre bed provides us with an operational range above our current needs; however this also allows a greater scope for future requirements,” said Rhiddian Billingham, Allfab’s Laser Product Manager. “The far better Edge Cutting quality and high speed cutting ability has increased our throughput far greater than we could ever achieve with our punch presses. Components now produced on the laser machine are much cleaner and easier to weld, saving production time in our fabrication department. In addition, we save on tooling costs over the punch presses, and also setting time: we can lay the sheet on the machine bed and leave the machine to find its own datum, further optimising our production cycle.”

“One feature on the Mitsubishi machine that is particularly important for our business is corner control. When the laser beam recognises a sharp point for cutting, it intelligently controls the power to ensure that the corner does not distort or fall away, due to excessive heat in the material. As the beam leaves the corner, it powers up again and continues its normal high speed power cut.”

“The purchase of the Mitsubishi machine is opening up a whole new spectrum of sub- contractor business and bringing in many new customers,” said Mr Billingham. “The Mitsubishi machine coupled with Lantek software means customer drawings are fed direct into the machine which provides a right first time quality component.”

Summing up World Machinery’s latest success story, Wayne Hipkiss said: “We have specialised in supplying a huge range of laser cutting machines, punch presses, and other CNCs for many years, so we offer the Mitsubishi machines with a very balanced attitude towards satisfying our customer’s needs. In many instances they are proving to be the best machine for the application; the low running costs, plus a favourable finance package is proving very hard to compete with.”

More about Mitsubishi’s ML30l5LVP Laser Processing Machine

The new ML30l5LVP laser processing machine incorporates some of the very latest breakthroughs in gas-discharge laser design, combined with the latest control technology using a high-speed drive system, increasing the machine’s precision and throughput considerably.

The other major factor with the Mitsubishi ML30l5LVP is reduced running costs. The machine is up to 30% cheaper to run than machines of equivalent power from other manufacturers. In addition, because the technology is proven, the ML30l5LVP is far more reliable than the latest generation of fibre optic machines, and also lower cost to purchase.

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Picture 1: The ML30l5LVP is far more reliable than the latest generation of fibre optic machines, and also lower cost to purchase.

Picture 2: When the laser beam recognises a sharp point for cutting, it intelligently controls the power to ensure that the corner does not distort or fall away, due to excessive heat in the material.

Picture 3: As the beam leaves the corner, it powers up again and continues its normal high speed power cut.

Picture 4: The other major factor with the Mitsubishi ML30l5LVP is reduced running costs.

Picture 5: The Mitsubishi machine coupled with Lantek software means customer drawings are fed direct into the machine which provides a right first time quality component.

About World Machinery

WORLD MACHINERY has over 36 years experience in providing quality new and used sheet metal working machinery. It specialises in laser cutting machines, CNC punch and turret presses, plasma and waterjet cutting machines along with pressbrakes and guillotines. It supplies both new and used machinery to the UK and worldwide export markets. Machinery export enquiries are always welcome.

Specialist engineers can advise on the suitability of all equipment for your application and installation engineers will fully commission equipment before handover when required. All machines can be seen under power at the company's extensive showroom and demonstration facilities.

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DMA Europa Ltd : Selina Price
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World Machinery Ltd : Wayne Hipkiss
Tel: +44 (0) 1746 780154 Fax: +44 (0) 1746 780464
Web: www.worldmc.co.uk
Email: sales@worldmc.co.uk

 
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