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SMF enjoys faster throughput using TRUMPF TRULASER TUBE 7000

SMF enjoys faster throughput using TRUMPF TRULASER TUBE 7000

Added to MTDCNC by TRUMPF on 15 October 2014

When Leicester-based sheet metal fabrication shop, SMF UK, had the opportunity to replace its existing Tubematic tube laser cutting and profiling machine, the company had no hesitation in returning to TRUMPF. Reliability, capability and excellent support steered the company towards a new TruLaser Tube 7000, one of the first in the UK. According to SMF, the upgrade has brought many benefits, including 3-4 times faster loading and set-up.

SMF is a 10-man subcontract fabrication shop with a good spread of work that includes everything from electrical control cabinets and machine guards, through to architectural metalwork and parts for spacecraft. Formed in 1990 by current Managing Director Steve Morrison and his brother, the company had been running a TRUMPF Tubematic successfully for many years.

'The machine was still very capable, however, the advent of the RGF (Regional Growth Fund) and 100% capital expenditure allowances made the jump to the latest technology more achievable,' explains Mr Morrison. 'And we’re very glad we did, it’s a wonderful machine.'

Whereas operators previously struggled loading 7.5m lengths of tube using the Tubematic, the TruLaser Tube 7000 can accommodate 9m lengths with ease. Add the machine’s five-axis head and its ability to accommodate tube up to 250mm diameter rather than 150mm previously, and it’s easy to see the positive impact made by the TruLaser Tube at this progressive manufacturing business.

'Put simply, we’ve overtaken our competitors,' says Mr Morrison. 'We’re mainly using the machine to produce point-of-sale products for the retail sector, from both round and square tube, largely from mild steel with 1.2 - 3.0mm wall thickness. However, we also process a reasonable amount of 6.0mm stainless steel for the architecture market. The machine cuts all of our work superbly, and gives very good yield.'

Installed in January 2014, the machine – which is able to cut tube with wall thickness up to 8.0mm – was selected after SMF carried out a benchmarking exercise involving a number of potential suppliers.

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