Nov 12, 2015 Off Comments in Laser Cutting by

Over the last few years, steel storage manufacturer Bisley (Newport, South Wales) has diversified its business and introduced a vast range of additional steel products for the office. Last year, it entered the industrial storage arena with new ranges of tool cabinets, cupboards, and wall cabinets.

To support the increased production levels, at the end of last year the company installed a Bystronic 3kW BySprint 3015 Fiber with ByTrans 3015 Extended automated sheet handling and storage. It joined two 5kW CO2 laser cutters of a different make installed over 10 years ago and five turret punch presses at its Newport factory.

The fiber laser cutting cell operates 24/7 and is devoted to cutting mild steel sheet ranging in thickness from 0.7 to 1.2mm as required by newly formed Bisley Industrial Storage. Restricting the spread of gauges maximizes the potential for lights-out running.

Office furniture production lines are also supplied with parts produced on the BySprint Fiber. However, on this side of the business the variety of gauges is greater. Some 40% of throughput is 0.5mm, rising to 2mm for supports.

“The Bystronic fiber machine cuts thin-gauge steel faster than our CO2 lasers, despite having a laser source 40% less powerful, and is now our main laser profiling resource,” says Paul Ostrolenk, Bisley’s technical director. “These days, it is difficult to see why anyone would buy a CO2 laser for cutting thin-gauge material now that fiber laser technology has matured. As it is so fast, we decided to order a 12-shelf automated sheet storage system. It wastes little time presenting the next sheet to the working area and retrieving the skeleton, so production is virtually continuous. It was the build quality and simplicity of the automated sheet feeding that decided us in favor of the Bystronic solution, together with its ability to be fed with material manually like a normal machine when the need arises, unlike some other systems we looked at.”

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