Yorkshire Laser & Fabrication (YLF), a Wakefield-based subcontractor specialising in fine-limit CNC sheet metalwork, has invested £2.2m in the latest high-specification Amada machinery to help increase throughput and quality. New machines installed in the past two years include an Amada ENSIS 6 kW fibre laser with ASLUL-3015 automation tower, and an Amada EML-2515AJ punch/fibre laser combination machine. The company also uses a range of AMADA software suites, completing its transition to a completely exclusive Amada shop.
Clearly seeking more uptime from the company’s laser-cutting capacity, the Amada ENSIS-3015AJ 6kW fibre laser with ASLUL-3015 automation tower arrived in 2020.
“The machine has been fantastic; exactly what we hoped for,” declares Matthew Orford, technical director at YLF. “It’s been very robust and the uptime we’ve been getting is excellent. Sales have been really strong this year, to the point where we started to outsource some of our laser cutting. I didn’t want to install another laser and keep running an old punch. It made more sense to gain the flexibility available from a punch/laser combination machine, so we bought the EML.
The fully electric Amada EML-2515AJ combination punch/fibre laser with RMP- NTK automation arrived at YLF in May 2021.
“We have lots of parts with louvres, forms and countersinks, and we can process these much faster than on our previous punching machine, which has now gone,” says Orford. “The EML has demolished our cycle times. Batches of parts we were previously punching in 40 hours now take 10-12 hours. And the quality of the finish – from what was a very good machine before in the Amada Vipros King – is like night and day.”
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