Fabricator upgrades laser cutting operations

April 29, 2013
Custom Air Products & Services' workers are pleased with speed, precision, and safety features of added Amada CO2 laser.

Houston, TX - Custom Air Products & Services Inc. (CAPS), a commercial and industrial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) company, recently made the decision to upgrade its old laser cutting capability with an Amada LC3015F1NT 4kW CO2 laser, 3-axis linear drive machine. The company workers are reportedly very satisfied after several months of successful operation, citing the machine's speed, precision, and safety features.

When asked about the machine and its value to the company, laser/punch operator Carlos Vasquez had nothing but good things to say about it, especially when compared to the previous cutter that was in use. "Not only were there frequent breakdowns on the old machine, but there were also mechanical maintenance issues that tied up a lot of our time. This machine is faster, cuts thicker materials, is more precise, and is much safer and cleaner to operate."

CAPS has found that the Amada machine is also efficient for its high-mix and often low-volume custom design work and handles job interruptions and short lead time items efficiently as well.

"Although we originally considered the optional loading table that would let the machine run through the night unattended, we decided not to include that feature in our purchase because of our focus on smaller quantity, custom built products," said Fabrication Division manager Ken Villarrubia. "This machine provides safety and reliability for the machine operators, often freeing them up to pursue other work on the shop floor while the machine is in service. But most importantly, it allows us to deliver the precision, high quality products that our customers have come to expect from us."

Founded in 1996, CAPS currently employs over 180 highly skilled individuals dedicated to supporting customer needs with quality products and services. It currently occupies four modern facilities, totaling 200,000 square feet in size. These buildings include administrative and engineering offices, training facilities, a filter warehouse, and service shops for fabrication, manufacturing, and modifications. CAPS services are provided to customers throughout the US and Mexico while the company's manufactured products have been delivered to sites around the world. Currently CAPS has equipment operating on six continents and in 52 countries.

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