Metal manufacturers and fabricators these days are constantly looking for ways of delivering high-quality products to users of metal products. Since cutting metal material into the desired shapes and sizes is part of their normal operations, it is important that metal manufacturers and fabricators find efficient ways of doing the job. Laser cutting machines have been hailed for many of the successes that have been realised in the metal production industry. The following points will help to explain why many metal manufacturers and fabricators have opted for laser cutting as a way of meeting their metal cutting requirements:
Higher level of precision
Precision is perhaps the greatest benefit laser cutting machines can offer. These machines will allow for a remarkable level of positional accuracy and provide you with smoother, clean-cut edges that are without dust formation due to their automatic recording capabilities. The best part about laser cutting is that high-quality precision cuts can be achieved over and over again to provide consistent results. So how is the much talked about precision achieved? A laser cutting machine will trace the outline of a metal component, melt the metal, and then cut out the molten metal part. Provided that the material can be melted, a laser cutting machine can cut any metal precisely according to the required configurations.
More materials savings
The precision cuts provided by laser beams normally gives leads to yet another economic advantage; minimal material wastage. With laser cutting, material deterioration is minimal since the heat-affected section is normally small and material close to kerf rarely gets affected. This leaves you with less quantities of scrap material to recycle, as recycling increases your overall cost of operation.
The safety of machine operators working in metal production facilities or plants has always be a matter of topmost priority to metal manufacturers and fabricators. The cutting blade used in a traditional blanking press, for example, normally moves up and down as it cuts through metal, but the machine isn’t necessarily designed with safety features to block a hand from getting stuck in it. This type of cutting machine exposes people to serious safety risks. Besides being automated as mentioned earlier, the laser beam used to cut through metal is usually confined to a light tight box so that the machine can require limited human intervention when it is cutting. Hence, no protective cover will be required as is the case when using a blanking press.