Sheffield company invest £1 million in new laser cutting machines

Charles Day Steels has invested more than £1 million in improving the company’s Sheffield-based laser cutting capabilities. The profiling and cutting specialist has installed two new laser cutting machines from Bystronic UK in order to reach competitiveness in sectors they would have previously struggled in; as well as improving its offering to existing customers.

The Bysprint Fibre 4020 and the Pro 4020 systems the company has installed are both 6kW, allowing the company to cut thin, reflective metals such as aluminium, copper and brass up to 5mm. The company said that these reflective metals have often proved problematic to cut on traditional CO2 lasers but fibre technology is inherently better suited for these materials.

Charles Day also estimates the new systems could increase part output by up to 400 per cent, depending on type of material and its thickness; bringing cost savings to customers whilst maintaining quality and precision.

Jon Day, the owner of Charles Day, said: ‘Even after the first week of operation we could see the added efficiencies these new lasers bought to the table. Our output increased dramatically which meant even shorter lead-times for our customers.’

The increase in capacity is set to increase productivity across a full range of sheet thickness up to 25mm, complementing the firm’s traditional flame, waterjet and high-definition plasma profile cutting services.

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