Nov 24, 2015 Off Comments in Laser Cutting by

NEATH, WEST GLAMORGAN, WALES – Groundhog is a 30-year-old manufacturer of standards-compliant welfare units in which staff working on construction projects can wash, change clothes, and eat. The company was one of the first to introduce these mobile facilities that avoid transportation and installation cost.

Production of mobile welfare units has doubled to 20 per week, while static units have risen from two to five per week. Highly productive machine tools, such as a laser cutter, are needed to support rapid increases in throughput, together with the use of automation where appropriate.

In June 2015, the company added a Bystronic 3kW BySprint 3015 fiber laser cutting machine equipped with a ByTrans 3015 12-shelf system for automated handling and storage of sheet metal. This machine took over from a Bystronic CO2 laser cutting machine with manual sheet loading and unloading that had been in use since 2006.

“The combination of the manually loaded CO2 laser cutter and our automated punch press, even with the latter running lights-out, could not cope with the doubling of production volumes,” commented Matthew Stevenson, design manager at Groundhog. “There is not enough space in our current factory for two laser machines, so we decided to replace the CO2 model with the Bystronic fiber laser. This machine is equipped with the manufacturer’s automation system, which actually takes up less space than the previous laser machine’s manual loading area.

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