One of Britain’s leading manufacturers of specialty metal components has taken delivery of a new laser cutting machine which it hopes will help generate up to £ 1million in new sales.
HV Wooding, which employs 90 people at its manufacturing plant in Hythe, has invested more than £ 500,000 in installing the Trumpf TruLaser 3030 as it seeks to take advantage of important ‘electrification’ opportunities.
The company doubled its laser capacity with this addition and the machine will immediately be used to produce thin sheets and bus bars for use in electric cars, trucks, buses and commercial vehicles, not to mention offering to customers the option to cut below 0.5mm thickness. and to a tolerance better than 50 microns.
Installed last month, the Trumpf 3030 is a state-of-the-art machine, with a laser power of 3 kW, simultaneous axis speeds of 170 M / min, axis acceleration of 14 m / s2 and a fast pallet change time of just 18.5 seconds.
The Trumpf TruLaser 3030 in action. Image courtesy of HV Wooding.
“Our existing laser was operating 24 hours a day, so we needed an additional option to help us meet current demand and give us the ability to target new opportunities,” said Paul Allen, Director of Sales at HV Wooding. .
“Customers are changing the design of rotors and stators to increase performance and this investment gives us the ideal solution to deliver fast-spinning prototypes without the cost of wire cutting. “
He continued, “The maximum sheet thicknesses we can cut on the new machine are 20mm for mild steel, 15mm for stainless steel / aluminum and 6mm for copper and brass.
“This improves our current equipment which allows us to cut up to 8mm of copper and brass. Over £ 200,000 in orders have already been placed, with the potential to add an additional £ 800,000 by the end of 2022. “
HV Wooding has had a strong 10 month run, with turnover up £ 600,000 since the UK came out of lockdown.
The company, which also offers wire EDM and stamping services, has created 16 new jobs to meet the increased demand and hopes to capitalize on the growing desire for local sourcing from customers in the automotive, aerospace and power generation.
It is also part of the Faraday Battery Challenge, working with the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Center and the University of Sheffield to develop an improved insulation solution that will improve the quality of the bus bars it produces.
Supported by Innovate UK, the project focuses on the study and development of alternative coating methods that will improve the performance and integrity of critical components, which carry high power between different parts of an electrical system.
We have invested and will continually invest in equipment to help us be the best in our field and, in addition to the new laser, we have also added a new Bruderer BSTA 25H press, a Trimos height gauge and the InspectVision inspection system. Paul added.
“These investments, along with our personal development plan for all staff, are critical to our strategic plan for the remaining global leaders in contract manufacturing of metal components.