As part of its planned process of continuous investment in the latest manufacturing technologies, Dudley-based 2D and 3D laser-cutting specialist GF Laser has placed an order for a TRUMPF TruLaser Cell 5030 5-axis CNC laser-profiling machine, the first such model in the UK.
Simon Tregillus, Director of GF Laser, was among the customers invited to the recent TRUMPF INTECH 2019 event at the company’s headquarters in Ditzingen Germany, after which the order for TRUMPF TruLaser Cell 5030 was duly placed.
“With this order we are investing in the latest fibre technology,” he states. “The TruLaser Cell 5030 will replace our original TRUMPF TLC CUT 5 machine and run alongside our existing TruLaser Cell 7040, which will be retained.”
GF Laser’s TLC CUT 5 was purchased in 2006 and, although still performing well, the introduction of the latest TruLaser Cell 5030 will move the company into another league regarding speed and energy efficiency.
TRUMPF’s TruLaser Cell 5030 is ideally suited to small and medium lot sizes, and for applications where components are frequently changed. The machine comes with an energy-efficient, low-maintenance TruDisk solid-state laser, as well as a wealth of functions from the tried-and-tested TruLaser Cell product groups. As such, the TruLaser Cell 5030 offers its users machine-hour rates that are circa 20% lower.
Due to be installed in August 2019, the machine will be set to work on the 5-axis profiling and trimming of pressings, extrusions and spinnings – or any component containing a form – for sectors such as automotive, yellow goods, construction, architecture and art. Materials processed on the TRUMPF TruLaser Cell 5030 will include mild steel, stainless steel and aluminium. The machine will also allow GF Laser to process reflective materials such as copper and brass in five axes, a task not previously possible using the company’s CO2-based TruLaser Cell 7040.