Charles Day (Steels) buys second Bystronic fibre laser

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Sheffield based profiling and cutting specialists Charles Day (Steels) has invested more than £1 million in two new, high powered CNC laser cutting machines from Bystronic UK in order to grow its state-of-the-art laser cutting operation.

It has chosen a 6 kW BySprint Fibre 4020 and 6 kW BySprint Pro 4020.

The decision to invest in a second fibre laser, after the Bystronic 3kW BySprint Fiber 3015 it bought in 2013, has already helped Charles Day (Steels) tap into new sectors, as well as helping improve its offering to existing customers. The new BySprint Fiber 4020 excels at cutting thin, reflective metals such as aluminium, copper and brass up to 5 mm, which have often proved problematic to cut on traditional CO2 lasers.

Fibre laser technology is said to offer higher reliability, lower power consumption and greater speeds for thin material: on 3mm stainless steel a 6kW fibre laser is up to three times as fast as a 6 kW CO2 laser.

Jon Day, the owner of Charles Day (Steels) said: "Even after the first week of operation we could see the added efficiencies these new lasers bought to the table. Our output increased dramatically which meant even shorter lead-times for our customers".

The increase in capacity is set to increase productivity across a full range of sheet thickness up to 25mm, complementing the firm's traditional flame, waterjet and high-definition plasma profile cutting services. The result is Charles Day (Steels) Ltd offering world-class sub-contract profiling services under a single roof.