Danny Fantom, managing director of subcontractor FC Laser was advised to complement his existing 4.4 kW CO2 laser with a 3 kW fiber laser cutting machine. Although skeptical at first about the benefits of this technology with its lower power, Fantom decided to go ahead with the recommendation. After the fiber laser had been running alongside the CO2 facility for two months, he commented that he could honestly say that in terms of speed and quality of cut, the new fiber laser machine greatly exceeded his expectations. “The quality of cut is very reliable without adjustment and the speed of the machine is typically twice that of our latest CO2 machine on most materials.” Adding a fiber laser to his shop has enabled the growing subcontractor to maintain fast and reliable delivery times. Moreover, the ability to process copper and brass has also been extremely useful, as this is work for which they would not have quoted in the past.
Brattonsound Engineering replaced a three-year-old, 2.2 kW CO2 laser with a 2 kW fiber laser cutting machine. The company cuts thin materials mainly up to 2 mm for its range of gas fires and gun safes. In production, the machine exceeded expectations, with some nests of parts cut three times faster than on the old CO2machine. Average improvement was a doubling of cutting speed. The overall quality of cut parts was as good, even with the faster cutting speeds, and more consistent quality was achieved across the entire sheet. As predicted, running costs for the machine have also been reduced. With its solid state, highly efficient fiber power source, the electrical load has more than halved, dropping from 37 kW to only 16 kW. Furthermore, as the machine is cutting twice as fast, running costs per part produced have reduced by two-thirds, taking into account both electricity and cutting gas. Brattonsound’s Gerald Tag commented. “Prior to our new fiber laser, the laser operator had to take the time to assemble kits of parts between each cutting plan, but with the new fiber laser machine he does not have time to stop. As soon as a sheet is loaded, it is cut before the parts are removed from the previous sheet.”
For over 6 years Nukon US has produced some of the most sophisticated fiber laser machines in the world for a price that has helped hundreds of metal fabrication and laser cutting shops put a NUKON fiber laser machine of their floor. NUKON US is dedicated to help precision sheet metal, fabrication, sign and laser cutting shops afford these incredible high performance machines.