Laser machine doubles firm’s cutting capacity
Published: 13 July 2012 - Heather Ramsden
Robinson Engineering is a County Durham based provider of sub-contract sheet metalwork and fabrication services to prestigious names in British industry. The recent installation of a large AMADA laser cutting machine from World Machinery has allowed the company to rapidly increase its business; bringing faster and more flexible production allowing it to diversify and expand its customer base.
Robinson Engineering provides CNC laser cutting, CNC machining, welding and finishing services and has purchased the Amada X1 4.0kW (Mitsubishi based) laser cutting machine to complement its existing 2kW cutter. The new machine’s larger bed size, pallet changer and increased power has immediately opened up opportunities to supply bigger parts, longer production runs and allowed a faster turnaround of jobs.
The laser cutter was supplied by CNC laser cutting machine specialists, World Machinery.
MD Wayne Hipkiss, says: “Subcontractors often have to meet tight delivery deadlines, the X1 can cut at up to 10m/sec which, coupled with automatic pallet changing, sets a high benchmark for speed of production for both single and multiple parts; they also have to be flexible as they can never know what the next job will be. Robinson’s new machine is ultimately flexible as it will cut through 20mm mild steel, 12mm aluminium, 12mm stainless steel and other materials while maintaining a quality of finish that would satisfy the most demanding of clients. The Amada X1 is manufactured by Mitsubishi of Japan, machines for which we provide exclusive UK distribution and support.”
Robinson Engineering director David Robinson says: “The Amada has more than doubled our laser cutting capacity due to its faster cutting capability. This has enabled us to grow, taking on bigger jobs than weren’t previously possible, and subsequently bring new customers. We can now run jobs in parallel, or share big jobs across both machines to ensure we meet timescales.”
The Amada justified its purchase almost immediately. A large automotive customer needed a part to be reverse engineered with 20,000 units supplied over one weekend. Using the laser cutting machine, the order was completed successfully and Robinson Engineering is now a regular supplier to that customer.
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