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New July Laser Cutting

New July Laser Cutting

As part of our ongoing investment in new state of the art systems and technologies, the time has come to replace our first ever machine, the Trump TLC Cut 5, 3.2kw CO2 5 axis Laser. After being powered down for the final time mid last week, all ancillary components were carefully decoupled and removed from the main sections of the trusted machine, for reassembly at its new home, hopefully for many more years to come. For the main sections of the machine a crane was necessary to safely manoeuvre onto awaiting transport. After over twelve years of reliable and accurate service cutting a plethora of free issue Spinnings, pressings and formed tube, as well as flat sheets once converted, we are sad to see it go, but yet excited for what is to be delivered in its place. More information on our latest state of the art Trumpf Laser machine to follow! This empty space won’t remain like it for long!

July Laser Cutting Projects

July Laser Cutting Projects

Our original car park was before mostly taken over by a large grassed bank. After removing this and building protection around a main service point, our improved car park includes many more spaces. Both for our highly experienced team. As well as our incredibly valued customers; whom are always welcome to visit!
To allow us to continue as one of the top laser cutting and sheet metal forming companies in the country, space is always a necessity, the importance of which cannot be overlooked. After extending our rear yard space by removing the equivalent to a mountain of earth! The new completely flat and level floor pad will ensure safety, efficiency and quality is constantly improved upon. Ensuring we provide our customers with only the very best service
Our original car park was before mostly taken over by a large grassed bank. After removing this and building protection around a main service point, our improved car park includes many more spaces. Both for our highly experienced team. As well as our incredibly valued customers; whom are always welcome to visit!
June Laser Cutting Projects

June Laser Cutting Projects

 

This picture shows a completed batch of Laser cut parts which we process on a regular basis to meet our customers ongoing needs. These oxygen cut parts, which we are able to produce on any of our three Trumpf Laser machines, are used in conjunction with a main ‘wrapper section’ which is also folded by us on our Amada brake press machines. Both sections are shipped to our customer’s approved company for assembling and full water tight welding so that these are fit for their purpose of use within heating systems, on both domestic, and commercial systems.
This picture shows Laser cut parts, produced using the cutting gas Oxygen, post vibro – deburring. As these parts will later be used within the ‘Yellow goods sector’ it is important that paint adhesion, and overall protection from the elements, is as high as possible. The deburring process removes the ‘oxidised layer’ generated from laser cutting which would jeopardise the bond between the component, and the finish.
Shown within this picture is our Trumpf 3030, 3.2Kw CO2 laser cutting machine. With a maximum bed size of 3000 x 1500mm, coupled with the ability to cut up to 20mm thick mild steel, this machine is fit for producing components with a vast array of designs, and functions to meet ever growing demands. Regular scheduled maintenance, as well as the vast knowledge and experience that our combined team have for the technologies we operate, allow us to maximise our ability to deliver components at a consistent high quality level.

 

May Laser Cutting Projects

May Laser Cutting Projects

shown within this photograph are 0.5mm thick parts, recently laser cut using compressed air on our L20 3.2kw CO2 laser from 430 bright annealed stainless steel for our customer who specialises in passive fire retention systems. Each of these laser cut blanks is to be formed by our customer and further fire retardant material added to ensure they are fit for the very important function which they are specifically designed to undertake. By implementing specific in-process measures we are able ensure that all parts are supplied as clean and free from residual items as much as possible. We often produce these in high volumes to meet our customer’s needs; whilst ensuring we remain as competitive as possible.
This image shows a batch of recently completed pressings from our 5 axis department. Each of these pressings has been free issued to us by our customer after completing their forming operation to attain the specific shape shown. Each of these parts, which will later become heat shields within the automotive sector, is created using an advanced assortment of differing material to ensure maximum heat reflection. This in turn allows the components surrounding this heat shield the increased life cycle, minimising premature failure; resulting in costly and timely repairs. Something which nobody wishes to happen.
This image shows parts produced from 10mm thick 5251 Aluminium using Nitrogen Gas on our L50 3.2kw Trumpf fiber laser machine. By utilising the most modern of technologies and through our highly experienced workforce; we are able to offer the highest of cut quality for a wide array of varying materials and thicknesses.
Shown within this photograph is a large batch of pre – formed tubing awaiting to be processed within our Five- Axis department. With our in house, designed and manufactured fixture, we are able to process these on either of our current two Trumpf five axis CO2 laser machines; utilising Oxygen cutting gas. This allows increased flexibility and ensuring we remain as competitive as possible for our valued customers. Once the required cutting has been completed, each of these mild steel formed tube sections will be used in the Yellow goods sector.
This image illustrates a completed batch of several thousand Bright annealed 430 Stainless steel components. Each of these parts, measuring just 0.5mm in thickness, and Laser cut using Compressed air as the cutting gas, is destined to be used within the Passive Fire Protection industry. The utilisation of Compressed Air as a cutting gas ensures that our costs remain as competitive as possible without affecting our high quality levels.

 

 

 

 

April Laser Cutting Projects

April Laser Cutting Projects

GF Laser are pleased to formally offer a machining service to complement their laser cutting and folding offering by working with their sister company Moseley Brothers.

GF Laser will be using two of Moseley’s machining centres, details of which are shown below. Although GF Laser and Moseley Brothers are two separate companies they are based in adjoining units at our headquarters in Dudley.

This new service means that customers will be able to source laser cutting and machining work from a single point of contact at a competitive price.

As Simon Tregillus, Managing Director, points out “We have undertaken a number of ad-hoc machining projects with Moseley Brothers, but this is the first time that we have formalised the offering and have dedicated access to Moseley’s machines.”

The new service will allow customers to source the following:

  • Drilling of small holes in thick gauge material.
  • Higher volume drilling, tapping and countersinking.
  • Chamfering and bevelling for weld preparation.

The two machining centres in use are:

Bridgeport VMC 1000 fitted with 22 tool holder carousel

Table Size:

                                X: 1000mm

                                Y: 490mm

                                Z: 500mm

Speed range:

                                40-8000 RPM

Bridgeport VMC 800 fitted with 22 tool holder carousel

Table Size:

                                X: 790mm

                                Y: 450mm

                                Z: 500mm

Speed range:

                                40-6000 RPM

 

For further details or to request a quotation please email our estimating team at sales@gflaser.co.uk

 

March Laser Cutting Projects

March Laser Cutting Projects

This image shows completed tubular sections ready for despatch to our customer to become used within the yellow goods industry. Each one of these formed mild steel tubular sections which were supplied to us cut to the required lengths by our customer. We regularly process these in high batch volumes in our five axis department. By utilising our 7040 Trumpf 3.2Kw split cabin production five axis laser machine, we can maintain a high run rate by means of unloading, checking and loading one cabin, whilst the other is cutting. Resulting in non-stop production; keeping costs competitive.
This image shows a completed component which has required lengthy development and trials to completely meet our customer’s needs. Each of these large components will become a major structural piece for new public transport vehicles being produced as part of a large project we are involved with. By using 5mm S355 Mild Steel material; backed up by full traceability as part of the ISO9001:2018 accreditation, full traceability and quality testing is available. With the aid of our Amada specific software package; allowing us to view and manipulate the dimensionally accurate 3D model of this folded component before testing physical parts on our Amada HFE3i brake press; with 4 metres of bend length, and 220 tonnes of force, we were able to ensure that even the smallest of details was accounted for to result in the completed and 100% correct part.
illustrated within this image are 3mm thick, S355 mild steel Laser Cut parts. Cut on our Trumpf 3030 CO2 3.2kw flatbed laser machine, using oxygen gas. The holes within parts both decrease overall weight and allow for the routing of cables and ancillaries. These parts will later be used within the automotive industry on chassis sections for a number of public transport vehicles.
In House Machining Service

In House Machining Service

GF Laser are pleased to formally offer a machining service to complement their laser cutting and folding offering by working with their sister company Moseley Brothers.

GF Laser will be using two of Moseley’s machining centres, details of which are shown below. Although GF Laser and Moseley Brothers are two separate companies they are based in adjoining units at our headquarters in Dudley.

This new service means that customers will be able to source laser cutting and machining work from a single point of contact at a competitive price.

As Simon Tregillus, Managing Director, points out “We have undertaken a number of ad-hoc machining projects with Moseley Brothers, but this is the first time that we have formalised the offering and have dedicated access to Moseley’s machines.”

The new service will allow customers to source the following:

  • Drilling of small holes in thick gauge material.
  • Higher volume drilling, tapping and countersinking.
  • Chamfering and bevelling for weld preparation.

The two machining centres in use are:

Bridgeport VMC 1000 fitted with 22 tool holder carousel

Table Size:

                                X: 1000mm

                                Y: 490mm

                                Z: 500mm

Speed range:

                                40-8000 RPM

Bridgeport VMC 800 fitted with 22 tool holder carousel

Table Size:

                                X: 790mm

                                Y: 450mm

                                Z: 500mm

Speed range:

                                40-6000 RPM

 

For further details or to request a quotation please email our estimating team at sales@gflaser.co.uk

 

Laser Cutting Projects February2019

This image shows a free issued pressing from our customer which we have added additional holes in for the mounting of ancillaries. As each of the 2mm thick pressings has been originally manufactured from aluminium, they are deceptively lightweight. This property is a main factor given that these will later be used within the automotive sector. By using the 3-dimensional cad model of the pressed part, we were able to create a fixture specifically for the purpose of holding this pressing, whilst ensuring that none of the structure of the fixture would become intrusive to our operations. On our 7040, 5 Axis Trumpf Laser cutting machine we have precisely added, with the use of Nitrogen cutting gas, the required holes to a very fine positional tolerance

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This image is of a 1.5mm stainless steel component, formed by our sister company by our Nitrogen laser cut flat blanks. Once formed we then process these in our 5 axis department and Laser cut the excess material, from the pressing operation, from the outside edges of each part. This creates the final component for use on an assembly within the automotive sector.
This image shows parts recently completed by us, for use in the yellow goods sector. The strength of components is vital for every component; whether it be the largest, or the smallest. S355 Mild steel is well known for its increased strength in comparison to the more widely used and readily available alternatives. Once Laser cut using oxygen gas on our range of both CO2 and the very latest Fiber Trumpf Lasers, these parts are vibro deburred to remove the oxide layer. Something of great importance for the longevity of the paint finish to later be applied. To add more strength to an already robust component we process each of these through our Press brake department; adding multiple complex folds before despatching to our customer in high volumes.

Specialist Automotive Laser Cutting

As times change, so does our need for safer, more readily available and environmentally friendly means of transport. The Automotive sector has seen this shift and is constantly developing new vehicles with increasingly complex; but overall less components. The advantages are that less material, manufacture and handling are required, resulting in cheaper and more refined end products. We work closely with vehicle manufacturers within this sector to ensure future vehicles will be safe, affordable and sustainable for many years to come.

A prime example of this is a current project we are processing for the automotive sector. This project began relatively modestly but has since grown by a large percentage as a result of an increased demand for the final product. The two individual parts in this project, which we can process on all three of our Flatbed Trumpf Laser machines, use a very specific grade of metal designed especially for the automotive sector to be as strong as possible, whilst also extremely lightweight. By utilising our own in house compressed air, we remain highly competitive without sacrificing on cut quality or cutting speeds.

One of the issues faced at the beginning of this project was how to ensure that the laser cut parts were made available to go into press without adding extra time or handling to an already strict schedule. We worked alongside our customer to put in place a constant rotation of specially designed pallets to hold parts in the orientation required by the next stage of manufacture, direct from the laser machine. By implementing a check off by our Quality department before any packaging began, we guaranteed that all pallets supplied would be in the same orientation as the first customer buy off. This was vital due to a high run rate of pressing, processed automatically by our customer and it eradicated any need for timely human intervention.

As a company that specialises in Laser Cutting, We are one of many, particularly within the West Midlands, offering services to a plethora of sectors and customers across the globe. By working to our strengths and making constant improvements; including new procedures, checking fixtures and investment in the latest technologies, we have become one of the leading suppliers to the automotive, yellow goods and construction sectors

Tell me what you want, what you really, really want!

Tell me what you want, what you really, really want!

Our Marketing guru asked me to write an article on what our customers want from us. I’ve been thinking about this and initially a post on LinkedIn sprung to mind by a competitor of ours (who shall remain anonymous) in the laser cutting industry. The post went along the lines of:

You can have it quick

OR

You can have it right

OR

You can have it cheap

But you can’t have it quickly, cheaply and right!

Could We Order Products & Services Like Shopping on Amazon?
I guess like us he knew that what customers want is to have it yesterday, cheaply and cut correctly. And who can blame them? When we’re used to same day delivery from Amazon for virtually any item then it can be frustrating to be told that you will have to wait a bit longer and that it might be a bit more expensive then what you originally thought and that we won’t always get it right!

Also, most laser cutting websites, including GF Laser’s, promote quick turnaround and this is one of the major benefits of laser cutting when compared to say traditional pressed parts.

So, can we meet customer expectations? Could laser cutting ever be as simple as ordering something from Amazon? Now some companies have started on this route with online estimating tools and ordering but with limited success. Unless it’s a really simple part then there are too many factors open to interpretation.

At GF Laser we have made some progress in these areas:

  1. Getting it right – We’ve invested in our quality department increasing headcount and improving the tools that they use to check parts.
  2. Getting it quickly – We’ve spent around £1 million in the last few years in the latest fiber laser cutting machinery. These latest machines are up to fifty per cent quicker than the older CO2 versions.
  3. ?

Now, as for the last one well that’s a bit trickier. No-one wants to make less money and it’s in the interests of all our customers that we make a profit. So how do we remain competitive in an increasing crowded marketplace and competition from overseas?

Truth is, we’re still working on that one! We review our prices against our peers and we use the latest nesting technology to ensure that the material is used as efficiently as possible. I would say we’re also very cheap if you want 10,000 parts but producing 1 part at the same piece part cost as 10,000 is currently more challenging.

Trumpf (The manufacturers of our lasers not the American President) are making a lot of progress in the factory of the future where automation is key. Repetitive tasks can be carried out by a machine to achieve zero rejection working at high speed. Material is tracked by cameras so that it’s automatically routed to the next available laser increasing productivity tenfold. Scrap parts are automatically detected and removed from Production.

Employees will then become system engineers rather than laser operators and their role will be making sure that all the necessary computers are working correctly and are properly maintained rather than physically operating the laser.

It should then be possible to produce one part as cheaply as producing 10,000 parts. I think we’ll get there and in the next 10 years we’ll see a massive shift to this type of factory as the cost of operating a connected factory comes down.

So, yes you can have it quickly, cheaply and right. Just not as cheaply as you might want just yet!