In one of their largest investments to date, Don-Bur has invested £1 million in new bays, housing an advanced laser cutter; the first of its capacity installed in the UK. The new machine complements the existing plasma cutter, will triple production capacity and reduce handling time.
Handling sheet sizes up to 6.5 x 3.1m, the laser cutter can process sheet steel up to 20mm thick at an astonishing accuracy of 0.05mm per metre. Due to the constant beam length system, cut quality is maintained over the entire cutting surface and the edge function produces clean corners without burring. Cut speed is also improved as the head can travel at up to 85m per minute and can switch accurately between pieces to allow for cooling time.
The result is a precision cut sheet with an optimised usage of material and minimal waste. Each cut part is cool to the touch enabling immediate handling and the cut accuracy eliminates any re-work time such as grinding, de-burring or re-drilling. In addition, the new laser cutter handles fine work with ease. With a cut thickness of under 0.5mm, it can produce small items with intricate detail such as tab washers or light protection grilles.
Finally, the new cutter etches each piece with a part number, enabling rapid part location and eliminating mis-fitting which improves productivity and capacity.
David Burton, managing director at Don-Bur, said “The new laser cutter is a significant investment which will help us to address the consistent upward demand on available resources and diminishing margins which are apparent throughout the industry.”