For instance, if cutting laser
is used, post fabrication finishing like evening edges or smoothing isnt needed.
Recent additions to the company's plant include a Salvagnini panel bender, a Panasonic robot welder, an Adige tube cutting laser
machine and an ELECT-52 tube bender.
"This is especially important for shops like ours with only one cutting laser
. If it goes down, we're not cutting steel and we're not making product." Cincinnati Incorporated
Lasers have been around in the sheet metal industry for about 15 years, and the first industrial plate cutting laser
machine was a dinosaur, Mr Otten continues.
The cutting laser
, unlike other options, is a noncontact tool and therefore produces no stress, strain, or tearing when cutting.
The Helios employs a Rofin Sinar 1350-W for high-speed cutting laser
that produces high-quality parts with good edges.
"Including process gas," Llewellyn estimates, "a 1-kW [CO.sub.2] cutting laser
has about a $4/hr to $5/hr running cost, including maintenance.