Q-Laser, a Tyne & Wear based precision subcontractor offering laser cutting, bending, waterjet cutting and fabrication services, is investing in the latest manufacturing technologies from Amada, including a laser cutter, press brake and production monitoring software. The investments are helping to meet growing demand at the company, which has seen a 22% increase in turnover over the past year alone.
With so much growth and success, Q-Laser deemed it necessary to invest in additional manufacturing technology, identifying another laser cutter as its top priority.
“We needed more cutting hours with the benefit of production flexibility,” reports company owner, Colin Hewitt.“Importantly, we recognised the need to keep expanding the business, where a second machine would support the laser cutter already on site. Our customers expect to have their orders processed and delivered within a few days, so it was our duty to try and accommodate that demand.”
Hewitt and his team considered two potential laser cutting machines, ultimately opting for a new Amada Ensis 3015AJ 6kW fibre laser.
“Not only was the price within our budget, but the technology and features offered, along with the machine’s ease-of-use, made our decision easy,” explains Hewitt.“It was actually our laser operators that made the final call after visiting and operating the machine at Amada’s UK headquarters in Kidderminster.”
The company’s laser-cutting operation is currently running across a single shift, with the aim of achieving two shifts in the near future.
“The Amada Ensis-AJ has given us a distinct boost over our existing laser cutter, providing higher speed, better cut quality, greater consistency and more ease-of-use,” says Hewitt. “We particularly like the ability to see the recording/live feed on the laser, which is very beneficial.”
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