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British agricultural equipment manufacturer Shelbourne Reynolds manufactures seed savers on its Trumpf Trulaser 3030 L20 flat bed laser machine.

The seed saver component is 35 x 10cm in size and comprises a set of teeth – similar to that of a comb.

To get the maximum return on a sheet, the components are nested so that the gaps between the teeth of one component form the teeth of the other.

Until the arrival of the 3030 L20, Shelbourne Reynolds manufactured seed savers on its TC L2503, purchased in the mid 1990s.

However, according to the company, the TC L2503 has neither the process security nor the reliability that are characteristic of its successor.

As a result, Shelbourne Reynolds was scrapping around five per cent of its output due to problems with edge quality.

‘The Trulaser 3030 L20 has enabled us to reduce wastage by more than 50 per cent,’ said Richard Baldwin, Shelbourne Reynold’s production control manager.

‘So, on material alone, we are saving nearly GBP4,500 per annum on this machine and the cut quality and the look of the product are also greatly improved,’ he said.

Development in drive technology has resulted in the new machine having a simultaneous axis speed that is nearly double that of its predecessor.

Additionally, this machine is the first to include the Fastline process as a standard feature.

This ensures a smooth transition between piercing and cutting to reduce processing time for thin sheet by an average of 20 per cent.

‘The cycle time for a nested batch of Seed Saver fingers is now 40 per cent less than on our Trumatic L2503, so that means less power consumption and greater machine availability for other jobs,’ said Baldwin.


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