Two (Laser) Heads Are Better Than One

Ajax Metal Forming boosts efficiency by networking two Salvagnini L3 lasers together.

 

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Cutting metal with a beam of light offers part design flexability and pecision not available through other means. That’s why fiber laser cutting has become so popular among OEMs across a broad spectrum of industries.

Ajax Metal Forming responded to the soaring demand in 2018 by investing in a second Salvagnini L3 fiber laser that was installed in November. With two L3s humming along, Ajax has built significant fiber laser operating expertise that the company’s customers have come to appreciate.

 

An interior view of the new Salvagnini L3 at Ajax Metal Forming.

Ajax keeps both machines operating at all times to virtually eliminate production bottlenecks.

“We knew the fiber laser wave would hit the beach at some point, so we were able to justify the additional machinery,” said Ajax Vice President Don Wellman. “Laser-cut parts are awesome, so more and more OEMs are working laser specs into their part designs. Once part designers became acclimated to laser, the ball really got rolling.”

Using RADAN CAD CAM nesting software and the comapny’s hi-speed network, Ajax can now “share” part nesting data between the two L3 machine controllers to shift production from one machine to the other or back again without skipping a beat. This technique keeps both machines operating at all times and virtually eliminates laser production bottlenecks.

Ajax offers expanded fabricating capabilities in a much wider range of materials:

  • high-purity aluminum alloys
  • brass and copper
  • galvanized and stainless steel

Our lasers can cut material up to 5’ x 10’ with thickness up to ¾ inch. On light-gauge mild steel, the speed of the fiber laser is up to 2300 inches/minute.

Materials List

  • Aluminum
  • Beryllium Copper
  • Brass
  • Copper
  • Cold Rolled Steel
  • Galvanized Steel
  • Hot Rolled Steel
  • HSLA Steel
  • Phosphor Bronze
  • Spring Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • 50 High Strength Low Alloy

 

The impressive size of the L3 enables Ajax to use a wide variety of sizes and materials.

For more information about the fiber laser cutting capabilities at Ajax, please contact the Ajax Sales Engineering Team at  763-277-7760.