Gripple enjoys benefits of using Nukon laser

A Nukon 2D fibre laser machine from Nukon Lasers UK is bringing significant vertical integration, product development and sustainable manufacturing benefits to Gripple, a manufacturer of wire joining, tensioning and suspension systems.A little over 12 months since the installation of a new Nukon 2D fibre laser cutter at its recently opened, net-zero-certified Norfolk Bridge manufacturing site in Sheffield, Gripple reports considerable benefits from its purchase.

The machine, a European-built Nukon Eco 315 4kW model, was supplied by Nukon Lasers UK, the exclusive UK and Ireland distributor for Nukon’s 2D fibre laser, 3D fibre laser and fibre laser tube cutting technologies, and the sister company of UK-based tube bending machinery specialists, Unison Ltd.

After considering a number of fibre laser machine manufacturers, Gripple shortlisted Nukon and another leading brand. With the high levels of product quality and capability provided by Nukon machines never in doubt, it was the commitment shown by Nukon Lasers UK’s sales director, Steve Haddrell in fully understanding Gripple’s laser cutting requirements, which secured the sale.

“Following installation, our Nukon fibre laser machine quickly gained a key role in the cost-effective manufacture of our OSHPD OPA-2123-10 seismic bracing and blast protection systems – brackets developed for some of the most demanding environments in the world,” comments Claire Tunnard, production manager at Gripple’s 21,000 sq ft Norfolk Bridge site.

Furthermore, by cutting largely with compressed air rather than costly nitrogen gas, which looks set to remain at historically high prices, Gripple is benefiting from significant savings that also assist it in remaining competitive.

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