KMF invests over £1m in new equipment to increase efficiency   

Precision Sheet Metal firm KMF has invested in two new Laser Profiling Machines which will increase cutting speeds, reduce operating costs and allow a greater range of materials to be processed.

KMF has ordered the 3030 (L81) and the 5030 (L76). Both machines are new, state of the art, fibre lasers from Trumpf and join a full array of high end Trumpf sheet metal processing equipment.

Laser profiling is the first physical stage in the processing of sheet metal-based products and so any gains are felt throughout the manufacturing process. The new lasers are estimated to improve average run times by 50% and bring the average machine running cost down by 67%.

The £1.2m assets have been ordered to replace two existing older machines. The existing machines comprised of an early fibre machine and a traditional laser which had both been worked very hard in the 24/7 subcontract facility.

Commercial Director Keith Nicholl said: “Faster machines means that we can continue to offer a competitive solution to our customers at a time when resource costs are rising. As well as being faster the machines are more comprehensive and more accurate which allows us to build on our reputation of producing consistent quality products in high volumes. We’ve had a very positive first half of the year and we’re continuing to grow, so we need to invest in newer, better machinery to accommodate our customers and their ambitions.”

The new lasers also have more capacity to cut through heavier gauge and a larger range of sheet-based materials.

One of the existing lasers is a 3030 (L41) and has a maximum cutting thickness of 20mm of mild steel, 15mm of stainless steel and 10mm of aluminium. Both new lasers add 5mm more scope on the steels and an additional 10mm in aluminium. They will also cut through 8mm copper and brass.

Keith added: “We have now signed for the equipment and we’re looking forward to the delivery and install dates in the new year.”

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