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Sheet-metal sub-contractor brings work in-house

Posted on 17 Sep 2019 and read 754 times
Sheet-metal sub-contractor brings work in-house Cambridge Rapid Components Ltd (CRC) — a fast-growing precision sheet-metal sub-contractor serving the furnace, scientific, laboratory and security industries — has installed an entry-level TruLaser 1030 Fiber laser cutting machine from Luton-based Trumpf Ltd (www.trumpf.com) to eliminate out-sourcing costs and gain greater control over its production processes.

Established 32 years ago, the family-run firm now employs 14 people, with more jobs expected to follow in the near future.

It recently completed a re-launch, which included new capital investment and new premises in Haverhill, creating room for the new fibre laser.

Most of the sheet work handled by CRC is between 0.9 and 3mm thick, but some is up to 5mm. Until the arrival of the new machine in June, the company was relying on its in-house Trumpf TruPunch 1000 punch press and external laser cutting services.

Company director Esther Cornell said: “We wanted to bring the speed and finish of laser cutting in-house, as we knew this technology was ideal for the high-value items we supply — particularly the high-tolerance high-complexity thermal barriers, but also other parts for the laboratory and biomedical sectors.

“We have the biomedical capital of the world on our doorstep, so this investment will help us to capture even more market share.

“It’s fantastic what we can do with the TruLaser 1030. We’re getting whole sets of parts off the machine and can now undertake full product builds, which makes a big difference to our business.

“We’re running the laser alongside our Trumpf TruPunch 1000, which is being used for aluminium parts and some engraving work.”