Pressbrake investment offers boost to capabilities
For sheet metal sub-contractor Accurate Laser Cutting, bending material forms an integral part of their bespoke engineering service.
Customers of Accurate Laser Cutting are now taking full advantage of the firm’s dual cutting & forming capabilities more frequently, with the firm witnessing an influx of larger and often more complex types of work. “Our pressbrake centre is equipped to handle materials up to 4 metres long.” explained production manager Neil Tomkins. “This, in combination with our 4m x 2m flatbed laser is most definitely our competitive advantage and is also beneficial to our customers because we can take care of cutting & folding all under one roof, eliminating the hassle of using multiple sub-contractors.”
Service is also of great importance to the laser cutting firm. On average, customer quotations are dealt with in a strict four hour time frame and subject to capacity, a free next day delivery service is often available. “We do everything we can to meet our customer demands and strive to react to their requirements as quickly as possible.” explains company director Steve Morgan. Our premises are open 24/7 making it convenient for customers to collect their orders on evenings and weekends or any other time to suit.”
The volume of orders for pressbraking have increased significantly since the new kit was commissioned just under twelve months ago. This also justifies the firm’s decision to invest over £60,000 in an advanced range of tooling, offering a wider range of flexibility for customers. “For us, it’s all about going that extra mile.” Mr Morgan explained. “In the unlikely event of us not having the required tooling, we are always willing to work with the customer to find a solution that meets their tooling needs.” Both pressbrakes are equipped with hydraulic quick change top tooling systems, ensuring rapid set up for economical small batch runs. They cater for anything from one offs & prototype work through to high volume, large batch quantities on a free issue or complete supply basis.
The utilisation of high performance CAD/CAM software BySoft7 & SolidWorks allows for complete integration across their entire range of Bystronic equipment. Improvements to software & offline programming techniques have also streamlined the manufacturing process even further, resulting in greater levels of consistency on finished parts. “Pressbraking is a skilled operation and traditionally, a labour intensive process with the need for extra parts to set up on. With BySoft7 & ByBend, this is no longer the case as we can programme & predetermine any limitations offline, removing the risk of error on the shop floor to allow for greater accuracy and increased rates of productivity.” company director Jon Till concludes.