Recent 11,000 Square Feet Expansion
New Trumpf 3030 Fibre Laser
Increased Capacity!

Examples of Laser Cutting Projects In October

Examples of Laser Cutting Projects In October

This image shows two different designs for decorative Christmas baubles. These 0.5mm thick pieces, which have been Laser cut using Nitrogen gas on our large format Fibre laser from Brass sheets directly from customer supplied cad files, will become an addition to a public displayed Christmas tree later this year. Jingle bells Jingle bells!!

Shown in this image is in fact a 2 gang electrical output cover. Each of these ‘covers’ is free issued to us by our customer as a formed piece with only the ‘fixing hole’ on either side included. Once the datum point has been identified on our fixture, which has been designed and manufactured in house to hold 10 parts at a time, we laser cut each aperture out to produce the finished stainless steel cover.
This image shows 6mm thick pickled and oiled mild steel parts which have been laser cut with oxygen gas on our 3030 CO2 3.2kw machine. As these parts are to be later painted to withstand the environmental elements which, as they are to be supplied for the yellow goods sector. The oxide layer is removed by the deburring process prior to any further operations. The result of removing the oxide layer is to increase the adhesion between the part itself and the paint layer, thus ensuring that these parts are fit for function in many years to come.
This photograph shows a laser cut part from 5mm thick mild steel. Due to the size of this piece, roughly measuring 2.4 metres long by 1.7 metres wide. We utilised our largest format machine; which, with a bed size of 4 metres x 2 metres, was easily able to facilitate the 4 metre long sheets which we sourced from our approved supplier especially for producing these parts.
This picture shows a section of what would later become a sunroof mechanism. By utilising our sister company, Moseley Brothers, we are able to supply these sections fully formed for our customer. Gf Laser begins with flatbed laser cutting the flat blanks of these components before passing them over to Moseley Brothers for pressing. Each part is then 5 axis laser cut by us and once again handed over to Moseley Brothers for re-striking to achieve the final form of the component.
This image illustrates a batch of 8mm thick S355 mild steel parts packed up and ready for despatching via our approved, nationwide delivery service. The parts which you can see here have been supplied to meet our customer requirements to ensure that each part is fit for purpose within the demanding automotive sector.
Examples of Laser Cutting Projects In September

Examples of Laser Cutting Projects In September

This image shows our customers free issue box section lengths banded and ready for collection. Each 1540mm long length is fixed directly onto the cutting table of our 7040 production 5 axis laser to have the 3 slots cut in. These sections are then used in the reinforcement of super energy efficient doors and windows in both domestic, and commercial environments.

This image shows our customers free issue box section lengths banded and ready for collection. Each 1540mm long length is fixed directly onto the cutting table of our 7040 production 5 axis laser to have the 3 slots cut in. These sections are then used in the reinforcement of super energy efficient doors and windows in both domestic, and commercial environments.

 

This image shows one of our five axis fixtures. These are all designed from our customer cad model, then laser cut on one of our flatbed machines, before being assembled and welded in house. This actual fixture has been designed to enable the cutting of 5 sections of tube within a single cutting cycle. Vastly decreasing production of large batches.

 

This image is of a new updated version of an existing blank. To increase formability and strength, the material used is a ‘boron steel.’ We have produced a relatively small batch of the initially for our customer to develop to ensure that the final part, which would be a major structural piece in vehicles globally, is fit for the intended function and exceeds all safety levels.

 

This image shows a large panel, measuring roughly 2metres in length by 1 metre in width. These are free issued to us in the final pressed form. On our 7040 split cabin 5 axis laser trim the excess material from the outside edge. We then proceed to include all fixing holes and slots, before finally removing the centre section to create an external panel for the public transport sector. To reduce overall waste we later cut the required stiffening ribs from the removed centre section. The fixture has been designed in such a manner that it is usable for each and every stage of the 5 axis laser cutting of these panels which also vary in overall size.

 

This pictorial illustrates the smooth ‘Tongue tested’ cut we are able to achieve direct from the laser cutting of 15mm S355 mild steel. These actual parts, which have been oxygen cut on our 3030 3.2kw CO2 laser machine will later become the base plate of a welded assembly within the yellow goods sector.

 

This image shows parts which have been nitrogen cut on one of our current three Trumpf flatbed laser cutting machines. Cut from pre galvanised material measuring 5 millimetres in thickness, each part is produced using our customer supplied CAD files. This ensure that, once on site, they simply bolt together accurately without modification. This enables the erection of industrial buildings in the quickest and most cost effective manner, whilst ensuring strength and safety is never compromised.
Examples of Laser Cutting Projects In August

Examples of Laser Cutting Projects In August

This image shows oxygen cut 4mm mild steel parts which have been cut on our L49 3030 Fibre Laser. These parts are currently being folded on our 100 tonne press brake firstly as trials for PPAP testing with our inhouse quality department before proceeding with full quantities.

 

This image shows parts which have been cut on our L50 3040 Fibre laser. Our current largest capacity machine has cut these parts with oxygen gas, from 3mm cr4 mild steel sheet. These parts are produced by us by the thousands month after month. Showing that we have the capacity to produce both high and low volumes to meet customer needs.
Attached is an image of “our new 220 tonne 4 metre press brake in its final position, ready and waiting to supply customers with their requirements to a greater capacity than ever before.”

 

Laser Cutting at Grazebrook Dudley

Laser Cutting at Grazebrook Dudley

Laser Cutting at Grazebrook Dudley

As with any laser cutting business continual investment is vital to keep the company growing and to remain competitive as laser cutting machines become faster and faster.

With this in mind GF Laser purchased their fifth laser cutting machine in May 2017 which is now up and running and ready for business. The new model joining the GF Laser family is the Trumpf 3030 Laser

Although GF Laser had only recently moved to larger premises they had outgrown them in the two years due to the growth in the laser cutting industry. The Directors decided to look for additional premises and when a suitable, 11,000 square feet site just a few hundred yards away became available, the company moved quickly to secure a lease.

New Fibre Laser

Given the success of the fibre laser working at GF Laser’s main site it was decided to purchase another fibre laser. The new generation of lasers were extremely fast at cutting thinner and medium gauge material and used around 40% less electricity than a traditional CO2 laser.

Whilst the site at Grazebrook was a great location with a large yard, cranage and excellent access for large vehicles there was still some work to do to prepare the site for laser cutting.

This included the following investments:

1 – Designing and constructing a new floor for the laser to ensure that it met the flatness and depth requirements.

2 – Installing CCTV and alarms to ensure the safety and security of staff.

3 – Installing a 30,000-litre nitrogen tank that could cope with the demands of laser cutting using fibre lasers.

4 – Compressed air system to serve the laser and for general use of the operatives.

5 – Suction sheet metal handling system to load material onto the laser without scratching material and to increase handling speeds.

6 – IT infrastructure so that laser programming can be undertaken at the main office including remote monitoring of the laser.

Stock Holding & Storge

Setting up the additional site, whilst a significant investment, does allow GF Laser to serve a wider range of companies with the additional capacity and space for storage of stock and customer material. Furthermore, the proximity of the site to GF Laser’s main factory and the excellent I.T links means that managing the operation will fit within the company’s existing management and quality systems.

Finally, the site has extensive room for expansion that will hopefully serve GF Laser and their customers well over the coming years.