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Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Why Opt for Laser Cutting and Folding for Your Production Facility?

If you own or manage a production facility that involves the need to cut and fold metal of any sort, you want to consider investing in a laser machine for these tasks. While the investment may be more initial costs than other forms of machinery, it can be worth it in the long run. Note a few advantages of using lasers for cutting, folding, and other metal fabrication.

Less personnel interaction with machinery

When you use a laser for cutting and folding machinery, the laser is contained in a housing unit and the operator typically guides it remotely, with the use of a computer or front panel. This results in less interaction with the machinery itself and in turn, a safer environment for workers. If you use a welder to cut metal pieces, the welder needs to get up close to the metal being cut and operators may also need to be very close to punches and presses that cut and fold metals. All of these can mean increased risk for accidents and injuries, and this risk is reduced with a laser cutter.

Less or no heat

People often think that lasers work by concentrating heat onto a surface but in truth, a laser often works with very little to no heat as the laser is a beam of light, not fire. This reduced heat can mean less cost for cooling your production facility and can also mean less warping of metals and other materials. Less heat can also be safer for your environment, as you will have less risk of propane and other stored materials igniting or being damaged due to nearby heat from welding and other forms of cutting and folding.

Easier training of personnel

Welding is a specialized skill that may take months to learn and if you use welding for cutting metal, you need to hire someone with this special training. Punches and presses may also require those who are familiar with how to feed metal through this machinery and ensure the metal is not damaged when being cut and folded. With laser cutting, your personnel may only need to learn how to use the control panel to set thicknesses of cuts and certain forms of folding, and the computerized interaction can often be easier to learn than working with machinery. This can allow you to hire even those without specialized skill and experience to work the laser cutter, which makes keeping your facility properly staffed easier on you overall. For more information or advice, contact a business such as Hunt Engineering.