Cleveland Ohio Laser Cutting: Fabricator adapts laser cutting to single-piece part flow

How does a fabricator keep up with the fiber laser? The conventional answer involves automation, from automated load/unload to material handling towers, all the way to sophisticated storage and retrieval systems, with shelves of active inventory spanning the shop floor.

Such automation can grow with the shop, as managers work to ensure the shop’s constraint operation—be it in bending, deburring, welding, or anywhere else—is never starved of work. The throughput of the constraint governs a fabricator’s output, and if a constraint is starved of work, the shop isn’t producing as much as it could be. Sure, the constraint moves depending on a custom fabricator’s order mix that day, week, or month. But one thing’s probably for certain: The constraint itself isn’t likely to be the cutting process.

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