JTB Pressings diversifies with Nukon fibre laser

Posted on 29 Jun 2018 and read 1208 times
JTB Pressings diversifies with Nukon fibre laserNukon laser machines, which are built in Turkey, well-established in Europe and the USA, and known for their speed, flexibility and cost-effectiveness, are now available in the UK from Kidderminster-based Nukon UK Ltd (www.nukon.co.uk).

This company is part of MTL Engineering Ltd, which is well-known for the repair, servicing and sales of CNC sheet metal machines.

Nukon UK recently sold an Eco 315 2kW fibre laser cutting machine to Willenhall-based JTB Presses Ltd, an established manufacturing company that specialises in metal pressings, metal fabrications, laser-cut parts, turned parts and assembly work.

The machine has a 1,530 x 3,050mm “dual modifiable shuttle table” with a change time of 16sec; and being compact, the ECO model is particularly suitable for companies with limited shopfloor space.

The maximum cutting capacity is 16mm in mild steel, 6mm in stainless steel, 5mm in aluminium and 3mm in both brass and copper.

The X and Y axes have a maximum simultaneous speed of 120m/min and offer a positioning accuracy of ±0.05mm (±0.02mm repeatability).

JTB Presses’ laser technician Jonathon Evans says he has been amazed by the speed of the machine, and JTB has picked up lots of new customers as a result of buying this machine.

Meanwhile, Nukon UK sold a Rex 4kW fibre laser with a 1,530 x 3,050mm shuttle table earlier this year to Hertfordshire-based Ambar Kelly, which provides a range of safety products for the construction industry.

This machine has exceeded the customer’s expectations, with its high-speed cutting reducing production times and costs when compared with the company’s pre-vious CO2 laser (pictured).

Ambar Kelly’s managing director, Alex Bardett, said: “The Nukon Rex machine is five-times faster than our old CO2 laser machine.

"Moreover, it is cutting with compressed air at 9 bar and giving a perfect clean cut; this has resulted in substantial cost savings, as nitrogen and oxygen are no longer required.”

Howard Hayward, Nukon UK sales manager, said: “We took representatives from Ambar Kelly to the Nukon factory in Turkey to see its manufacturing sub-contract division cutting parts on similar machines; they were suitably impressed.

"Now, what used to take Ambar Kelly a week to produce on its old CO2 laser can be produced in hours; and as a result of the significant time savings, the company is looking to expand its manufacturing services.”

Mark Lewis, managing director of MTL Engineering, said: “Having experience of repairing and refurbishing CNC sheet metal-working machines at my MTL Engineering business, I felt there was a real gap in the UK market for Nukon’s fibre lasers — hence the formation of Nukon UK. With the support of MTL, we offer a service and support network that covers the UK.”

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