Record year for laser sales

Yamazaki Mazak has announced a record year in 2016 for sales of laser machines in the UK. The company says that this has been driven by a combination of new products and the recent formation of a dedicated UK laser sales team. Growth has been witnessed across a variety of sectors, with particularly strong performances in construction and general subcontracting.
Ian White, general manager for laser sales in the UK, is confident that the sales growth can be continued this year. “We have a number of new products to launch into the UK market, including a world-first with the introduction of Direct Diode Laser (DDL) technology, the Super Turbo-X 3015 Fiber, a fibre-laser version of the CO2 range, and new laser automation systems.”
With regard to the laser automation mentioned by White, the company has now introduced Quick Cell (pictured), which is available in six-, 10- and 14-pallet variants.
Quick Cell is capable of significantly faster processing speeds in comparison with the original design: loader/unloader travelling speed is 54 m/min, while elevating speed is 8 m/min. Furthermore, sheet change time is around 60 seconds, depending on sheet size. It is suited to unmanned laser-cutting operations, with the next operating pallet being prepared during processing. The new pallet is loaded as soon as the cutting process is complete, with the used pallet moved to the stocker.
Designed by Japanese industrial designer Ken Okuyama, Quick Cell can be used with Optiplex CO2, fibre and DDL machines, and Optiplex Nexus CO2 and fibre machines.
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