Laser Cutting Machine, Installing Our Own.
The thought process behind installing your own laser cutting machine.
Your own Laser cutting machine is a big investment and one which we have considered for several years.
Our current spend with several subcontract laser cutting companies is currently around six thousand pounds every month and growing steadily. Our main concern has been that although we have a reasonably large laser cutting requirement it is not sufficient to keep a machine busy all the time. A laser cutting machine apparently does not respond well to being switched on and off too frequently so the obvious answer would be to try to attract subcontract laser cutting from outside sources. However, with the large number of laser cutting companies the market is flooded and therefor a very competitive one. We wanted to be able to just use the laser cutter for our own products and not be reliant on work from other sources to keep the machine going. It seems that with careful management of our own laser cutting we can justify installing a laser and leave the machine on standby when we are not cutting with it.
Laser Cutting Machine Case Study
We installed a powder coating plant in a purpose build factory at the back of our main production facility some years ago, it is in this building that we propose to install the laser cutting machine. However, it seems that the power supply to that building has too small a capacity to accommodate the new laser cutting machine. This will involve us installing a new cable via a trench from the main fabrication shop across the yard to the paint shop, a cost we had not envisaged.
The compressor we currently have in the paint shop will also not be of sufficient capacity to supply both the new laser and the existing requirements of the powder coating plant. A compressor of sufficient size to supply both plants is almost seventeen thousand pound which when added to the additional electrical works is a significant additional cost.
These costs are quite a considerable addition to the cost of the laser cutter but we hope that having our own plant will allow us to improve our products. Having to subcontract our laser cutting as we do at present puts a financial brake on our product development. We hope that with this brake to some extent removed we have more freedom to develop the way we manufacture our products and to de-skill them where possible. By making the component parts we laser cut more easy to assemble with smarter design we can reduce the labour time and skill required to manufacture.
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