Laser cutting machine shines for compressor component supplier

May 1, 2018
Cook Compression has revolutionized its metal fabrication output by installing a fiber laser cutting machine.

ELLESMERE PORT, ENGLAND—Compressor components supplier Cook Compression has revolutionized its metal fabrication output by installing a Kimla LF1530 fiber laser machine, replacing two of its CO2 laser machines and reducing electricity usage by almost £1000 (just over $1400) per month.

Cook Compression’s Kimla fiber laser cutting machine enables the company to manufacture an increased number of parts more efficiently.

The installation of the new equipment, supplied by laser cutting and metal fabrication equipment distributor MBA Engineering (Wetherby, England), has enabled Cook Compression to significantly enhance its laser cutting services.

The precision of the Kimla technology, which cuts with 0.03 mm accuracy, has eliminated the need for Cook Compression’s engineers to utilize additional metal finishing processes to effectively complete a project, saving on costs and valuable manpower.

Although two machines have been replaced by one, Cook Compression’s capacity has increased by 30% since the installation of the Kimla machine, enabling the compressor expert to manufacture an increased number of parts more efficiently (FIGURE).

The Kimla technology can also cut metal with a thickness of up to 15 mm, enabling Cook Compression to enhance the services it can offer to its customers.

“Since installing the Kimla machine from MBA Engineering, we have experienced unprecedented results,” says Richard Wignall, managing director of Cook Compression. “During a recent project, we managed to cut components in two minutes and 44 seconds—a tenth of the time it would have taken previously. We were concerned that the speed of the cutting process would affect the quality of the finished product, but we couldn’t have been more wrong—all parts were of superior quality and cut with precision accuracy.”

All Kimla parts and consumables are manufactured in-house, resulting in lower repair costs for customers. In addition, the Kimla team can repair 85% of problems remotely, resulting in faster repair and reduced monetary losses.

MBA Engineering specializes in supplying machinery and consumables for metal fabrication and is the exclusive partner of the revolutionary Kimla fiber laser systems in the UK. The Kimla machines are some of the most efficient fiber laser systems on the market, up to 50% faster than competitor models. This is thanks to the technology’s pinpoint accuracy, compact size, and usability.

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