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Lincoln Precision Engineering (LPE), a laser cutting company based in the East Midlands, has installed a TRUMPF TruLaser 5030 fiber laser profiling centre with BrightLine fiber technology. According to LPE, this installation has helped deliver the best months’ trading figures in the company’s 26-year history.

Lincoln Precision Engineering

LPE’s 15,000ft² facility in North Hykeham operates 24 hours a day, focusing on supplying quality components to local and national customers at a competitive price with fast lead times. In 2013, the company decided to acquire another laser cutting machine to take the business to the next level.

Trevor Wherrell, LPE’s managing director, said: ‘We already had a TRUMPF TruLaser 3030 4kW CO2 laser, but we found it was often running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Although it has proved a very reliable machine, we started to worry that we didn’t have back-up if it did go down for any reason. Moreover, we had no more capacity to grow as a business without another laser cutter.’

TRUMPF invited LPE to the Euroblech 2013 exhibition in Hanover, Germany, where it could witness the company’s latest fibre laser cutting products, as well as the new BrightLine fiber technology. BrightLine fiber makes solid-state lasers more versatile. Machines offering this technology are able to cut materials from mild steel and stainless steel through to highly reflective materials such as copper and aluminium, from 1–25mm sheet thickness.

Key benefits of product application

  • Wherrell said: ‘Since the TruLaser 5030 fiber with BrightLine fiber has been installed, we’ve been taking advantage of the full thickness range, although on a daily basis we commonly process between 6mm and 12mm.’
  • Typical batch sizes at LPE are 50–200 off, so quick setup is vital, as facilitated by the automatic nozzle changer on the TruLaser 5030 fiber. Parts are supplied to industries that include agriculture, yellow goods, architecture, automotive, construction, rail and motorsport, as well as the turbine sector.
  • According to Wherrell, offering a TRUMPF-made product presents the LPE sales division with more opportunities to pick up business, because TRUMPF machines are reliable and high quality.
  • Using TRUMPF technology helps LPE to ensure good quality, rapid delivery and competitive prices. Wherrell said: ‘As a business, getting this balance right is paramount to success. Although it’s a good market at the moment, it’s no accident that in the month following the installation of the TruLaser 5030 fiber we achieved our best ever month in 26 years’ trading.’

TECHNOLOGY THAT KEEPS YOU AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION

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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