Two (Laser) Heads Are Better Than One
Ajax Metal Forming boosts efficiency by networking two Salvagnini L3 lasers together.
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.
“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.
- Beryllium Copper
- Cold Rolled Steel
- Galvanized Steel
- Hot Rolled Steel
- HSLA Steel
- Phosphor Bronze
- Spring Steel
- Stainless Steel
- 50 High Strength Low Alloy