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8.15.2012

Laser Cutting Equipment Reduces Costs for Mechanical Tube Users


One of the most cost-effective and versatile pieces of equipment in our facility is the laser tube cutter. It has the capability to cut various shapes of tubing including: round, square, rectangle and flat-sided oval at very tight tolerances. The laser cutter is accurate to within .001” for all dimensions. It is able to perform functions that are not possible with conventional tube processing equipment.

“The laser cutter is an amazing piece of equipment,” said Rick Paul, Plant Manager for the Kokomo facility where the equipment is housed. “The name is a bit of a misnomer because the laser does more than simply cut tube. The laser combines a number of processes including: sawing, punching, drilling, notching, machining and deburring into a single operation. All of which lead to a cost savings for our customers,” he added.

“The laser has been instrumental in growing our value- added business and achieving our growth initiatives,” said Loretta Kliver, Director of Sales for the mechanical tube division.  “The equipment is currently being utilized for solar, vineyard stakes and various products for new and existing customers. It is also used for Tectron Tube® products and by our affiliate, Unistrut® Construction for solar racking,“ she added.

To view a video of the laser cutting machine in action Click Here