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Kidderminster-based Beakbane, a UK manufacturer of bellows and machinery protection systems, has invested GBP500,000 in a Trumatic 6000 CNC punch-laser combination machine from Trumpf.

Purchased as part of its ongoing investment programme, Beakbanes anticipates that the new machine will deliver high accuracy, consistency and reliability of component production.

The machine’s large format (3,050 x 1,550mm) setup will provide for improved material utilisation at a time when steel prices are at a premium, thereby enabling efficiency gains through a reduction in waste.

According to Beakbane, the acquisition of this machine completes a major investment programme during the past four years to improve the company’s metal cutting, punching and folding capabilities.

Due to be installed in June 2011, the increase in capacity and efficiency provided by the investment is seen as necessary by Beakbane in order to offer existing and new customers a high quality, accurate and cost effective manufacturing capability.

The Trumpf Trumatic 6000 is a rugged, all-round machine based on an open C-frame design that is able to process sheet up to 8mm thick.

Intelligent punching, a wear-free ram guidance system and 360deg tool rotation are combined with a choice of three lasers (2, 2.7 or 3.2kW) and simultaneous (XY) cutting speeds of 108m/min for optimum efficiency.

Among the many features of the Trumatic 6000 is Adaptive Stroke Calibration, which automatically monitors and corrects in real time the depth of forming, regardless of material thickness variations.

According to Beakbane, the Trumatic 6000 will address the costly problem of machine downtime resulting from tool changes through the use of standardised tooling on a standard punch machine.

The company believes that cycle times will almost certainly reduce, due to fewer handling operations and the ability to complete parts in one hit.

Beakbane will be able to tap, countersink, form and bend in a single setup, thus reducing the non-value-added time associated with secondary operations.

Beakbane has been established since 1954 and is accredited to ISO9001:2008.


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