GF Laser orders UK’S first Trumpf TruLaser Cell 5030 5-axis laser

Share this on social media:

As part of its planned process of continuous investment in the latest manufacturing technologies, Dudley-based 2D and 3D laser-cutting specialist GF Laser (www.gflaser.co.uk) has placed an order for a TRUMPF TruLaser Cell 5030 5-axis CNC laser-profiling machine, the first such model in the UK. 

Simon Tregillus, Director of GF Laser, was among the customers invited to the recent TRUMPF INTECH 2019 event at the company’s headquarters in Ditzingen Germany, after which the order for TRUMPF TruLaser Cell 5030 was duly placed.

“With this order we are investing in the latest fibre technology,” he states. “The TruLaser Cell 5030 will replace our original TRUMPF TLC CUT 5 machine and run alongside our existing TruLaser Cell 7040, which will be retained.”

GF Laser’s TLC CUT 5 was purchased in 2006 and, although still performing well, the introduction of the latest TruLaser Cell 5030 will move the company into another league regarding speed and energy efficiency.

TRUMPF’s TruLaser Cell 5030 is ideally suited to small and medium lot sizes, and for applications where components are frequently changed. The machine comes with an energy-efficient, low-maintenance TruDisk solid-state laser, as well as a wealth of functions from the tried-and-tested TruLaser Cell product groups. As such, the TruLaser Cell 5030 offers its users machine-hour rates that are circa 20% lower.

Due to be installed in August 2019, the machine will be set to work on the 5-axis profiling and trimming of pressings, extrusions and spinnings – or any component containing a form – for sectors such as automotive, yellow goods, construction, architecture and art. Materials processed on the TRUMPF TruLaser Cell 5030 will include mild steel, stainless steel and aluminium. The machine will also allow GF Laser to process reflective materials such as copper and brass in five axes, a task not previously possible using the company’s CO2-based TruLaser Cell 7040.

GF Laser, which is ISO 9001:2015 accredited, has grown its turnover from £2 million to £3.5 million in the past three years, and today employs 25 people. 

“With the incredible cutting speeds of modern laser cutters, growing numbers of customers are turning to this technology instead of investing in a press tool, which creates more business for GF Laser,” says Mr Tregillus. “The arrival of the TruLaser 5030 Cell will allow us to accelerate the processing of existing work, thus creating more capacity. I saw the machine working first hand at the INTECH event and could see the efforts TRUMPF have made to maximise cutting performance and minimise operator involvement. This is important to a company such as ours, which runs three shifts over 24 hours.”

Navigation

Navigation

Navigation

Navigation

Navigation

Navigation

Takaaki Yamanashi, of Amada, shares how users have been getting to grips with the firm’s Locus Beam Control technology since it first debuted at EuroBLECH 2018

07 June 2022

Laser depaneling systems such as this achieve higher output by higher effective cutting speed and cutting quality. (Image: LPKF)

13 December 2021

Takaaki Yamanashi, of Amada, shares how users have been getting to grips with the firm’s Locus Beam Control technology since it first debuted at EuroBLECH 2018

07 June 2022

Liebinger spoke on a panel at the Laser World of Photonics in April (Credit: Messe Munich)

13 May 2022

Bipolar plate functionalised with USP laser microstructuring (Credit: Fraunhofer ILT)

11 May 2022

Jim Bovatsek, applications engineering manager for MKS Spectra-Physics, shares how UV picosecond lasers can effectively cut layered stacks of organic polymers in flexible OLED display production

22 April 2022