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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 chose a TruLaser Tube 7000: one of the first in the UK. According to SMF, the upgrade has brought many benefits, including loading and set-up being three to four times faster.


TruLaser Tube 7000
TruLaser Tube 7000

The company, which does work from electrical control cabinets and machine guards through to architectural metalwork and parts for spacecraft, had previously been running a TRUMPF Tubematic. It now uses the TruLaser Tube 7000 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, as well as processing 6.0mm stainless steel for the architecture market. 

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. According to managing director Steve Morrison, there wasn’t a machine on the market that came anywhere near the TRUMPF tube machine for capability.

Stepped rollers on the TruLaser Tube 7000 that provide both support and lateral guidance for the tubes adjust automatically to the diameter of the workpiece, while the self-centring clamping jaws also adapt automatically to the tube’s geometry. Furthermore, the FocusLine regulation mechanism keeps the laser’s focal position constant, adjusting it automatically to suit the type of material being processed and its thickness.

The machine’s software activates the laser parameters as necessary, depending on which tube is being processed.

Click on the link above to download the TruLaser Tube 7000 brochure.

Key benefits of product application

  • Where operators previously struggled loading 7.5m lengths of tube using the Tubematic, the TruLaser Tube 7000 can accommodate 9m lengths with ease.
  • The machine has a five-axis head and the ability to accommodate tube up to 250mm diameter rather than 150mm previously.
  • According to managing director Steve Morrison, the machine cuts all of the work superbly, and gives very good yield.
  • The TruLaser Tube 7000 has been extremely reliable since it was installed.
  • The machine is much quicker for programming and loading than anything else than the company looked at.
  • Three or four jobs can be done on the TruLaser Tube 7000 in the time it previously took to load one job on the Tubemaster.
  • Whereas adjustments to the rollers and bridge supports were done manually on the Tubemaster, they are all now completed automatically.
  • Morrison said: ‘Not only has the TruLaser Tube 7000 allowed us to process longer work and bigger diameter tube, but we can also now better accommodate one-offs, prototypes and small batches.
  • He added: ‘At the other end of the scale, the machine can automatically load and cut some impressively small material. Using the adaptive clamping system we have cut tube as small as 10mm diameter — we’ve even cut 50mm wide x 3mm thick flat bar, which is an achievement in its own right.’

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Remaining profitable today is a challenge and staying competitive in the future requires solutions that can adapt to your every-changing business needs. The technology built into TRUMPF precision machinery gives fabricators the flexibility to increase the efficiency of their high-quality, close-tolerance part production – in small batches or high volume jobs.

TRUMPF ranks among the world's leading manufacturers of production technology and industrial lasers. Technical solutions for its customers have been the company's focus since 1923. In every technology group TRUMPF machines are designed to minimise unit costs and to provide reliability and a rapid return on investment.

All machines are designed to accept flexible and expandable automation. The choices range from simple productivity gains from features such as automatic laser nozzle exchange through to all the elements necessary for full lights out production.

In the field of CO2 and solid state production lasers the TRUMPF product spectrum is now unparalleled and its experience extends from OEM systems to small hand-manipulation processing stations through to large 5-axis machines. It has competence at any level of power from 2W to 20kW.

The production processes for which TRUMPF lasers are designed are numerous and include welding, cutting, drilling, tube processing, surface treatment, additive manufacturing and component marking.

TRUMPF punching is much more than simply making holes. The TruPunch range of machines provides complete part processing – including forming – and virtually eliminates the need for secondary processing. And in its TruMatic series these benefits are combined with laser cutting; the best of both worlds.

The TRUMPF TruBend press brakes use patented technology to ensure that the bending angle is precise, right from the start and can handle small, complex or single components cost efficiently. Completing the main technology groups are the TRUMPF TruTool range of power and pneumatic portable fabrication equipment.

Under the umbrella of TruServices TRUMPF provides a highly comprehensive range of business services to support its customers. This starts with finance – TRUMPF operates its own bank – and includes full software support both at machine and business level. A wide range of predictive maintenance and service packages are also available as is application and product specific training.

With TRUMPF nothing is left to chance. In every aspect of its business, customers can be assured of quality and exceptionally value for money.

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